BLAINESWORLD #791, Section 2, part 2

(1) Gary B. in North Carolina (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

Dear Friends,

Tena and I wish you and your family all the very best for this Holiday Season. We are thankful for each of you and will certainly express our gratitude in our remembrance of you on Thanksgiving Day.

Please read this email in its entirety. I am going to ask you for money. But before you hit the erase button, I would ask that you, at the very least, consider my request.

Our church, Biltmore Baptist Church (BBC), supports several missions in Kenya, including an orphanage in Gilgil, Kenya. It’s located approximately 120 km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya. A Christian couple has taken on the task of caring for 56 children; most are under the age of 12. They live on a budget that does not approach basic subsistence. They take nothing for themselves and are a very weak line of defense against childhood prostitution and the specter of HIV AIDS. The incredible, moving aspect of all this is that the children and this Godly couple have no expectations, only pure thankfulness for whatever is provided.

One of our staff members shared with me that food is in such short supply that they often boil bats for the children to have something to eat. It occurred to me that the horses in my daughter’s stable live in better conditions than these children. We cannot accept this. We are compelled to try to make a difference for these children. Our goal is to communicate this need to as many people as possible and trust that hearts will be moved to contribute sufficient funds to feed these children for a year.

Our commitment to you is the following:

1. You will not be added to any email list, mailing list, etc.

2. Your contribution will be confidential. Tena and I won’t know and don’t want to know what you choose to do.

3. Your support is tax deductible if you follow the address instructions outlined below.

4. Tena and I are doing this simply to make a difference in the lives of these children. We don’t want thanks or accolades; however, we will share gladly one-to-one the compelling reasons for our request. It is at the core of our beliefs, which are not adequately described by email.

5. I am planning to be part of a medical mission trip from our church to the Gilgil, Kenya area in May 2012. After that trip, I will report personally to you the impact of your generosity.

6. Biltmore Baptist Church will be the vehicle for ensuring that these funds reach the children. Although there are minimal fees for the transfer of funds in the international setting, BBC goes to great lengths to ensure that all our mission efforts are completely vetted before we employ financial and spiritual resources to any international effort.

7. BBC’s mission efforts are not just focused on some “faraway people” in a “faraway land.” Our focus is local (Western North Carolina); regional, and international. There are unlimited needs with limited resources wherever we look.

Our staff has traveled to this area on a number of occasions. They have personal knowledge of everyone involved in the local mission activities in Gilgil, Kenya.

The bottom line is that feeding these children is a real need that must be met; and, your most basic financial contribution can provide a significant solution for meeting this need.

If you wish to support this effort, please follow this process.

1. Make check payable to Biltmore Baptist Church.

2. In the “Memo” section, write “Orphanage.”

3. Address your envelope as follows (this is very important):

Biltmore Baptist Church
ATTN: Scott Crawford, Pastor of Administration
35 Clayton Road
Arden, NC 28704

You are going to make a huge difference in the lives of these children.

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(2) Colleen in Pennsylvania:

Next Saturday is Small Business Saturday–Can you put that in your next missive? I want everyone to make every Saturday a Small Business Saturday.

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(3) Roger in Pennsylvania:

Bill Moyers: Our Politicians Are Money Launderers Not Too Different from Tony Soprano

Please Follow this URL to one of the best journalists this country has produced. This presentation is worth reading:

http://www.alternet.org/story/152949/bill_moyers%3A_our_politicians_are_money_launderers_not_too_different_from_tony_soprano/

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(4) Mary in North Carolina:

Don’t know if you can use any of these in your newsletter, but I found them interesting.

Cool Facts about the Human Body
Scientists say the higher your I.Q. The more you dream.

The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

You use 200 muscles to take one step.

The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.

Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands.

A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

At this very moment I know well you are putting this last fact to the test…!

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(5) Warren in New Jersey (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

Vote for Pep Boys as Philly’s Most Popular Brand
It’s round two of the Philadelphia Business Journal Brand Madness competition. With your help, we got an easy win against Prince, the tennis racket makers. Now, to be voted the Most Popular Brand in Philadelphia, the Boys need you.

Voting begins today, Thursday, November 17. We’re up against Five Below. Help Pep Boys win the second round by visiting:

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/poll/poll/6723791

and voting. Encourage your colleagues and associates to do the same!

With your help, we’ll sail through to round three and the next step towards Most Popular Brand in Philadelphia.

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(6) Muffy in North Carolina:

Thank you for signing my petition, Congress: If you voted against
Medicare/Medicaid you shouldn’t accept taxpayer-funded health insurance.

To really make a difference, we need a lot more people to join in. Can
you share this petition with all your friends?

Then, forward the email below to everyone you know.

Thanks!

Here’s a sample message to send to your friends:

Hi,

In April, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted
to cut Medicare and Medicaid. And now even Democrats on the so-called
Super Committee are talking about cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Essentially Congress is telling senior citizens and the poor that tax
cuts for billionaires and millionaires are more important that
providing a health care safety net for our most vulnerable.

But did you know that members of Congress get great taxpayer funded
healthcare? In fact, they get one of the best health care plans in the
world.

It strikes us as the height of hypocrisy to be accepting
government-provided, taxpayer-subsidized health insurance while denying
seniors, the disabled and the poor the basic coverage that Medicare and
Medicaid provide.

That’s why we’re circulating this petition demanding that members of
Congress who voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid stop accepting
taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for themselves. If they believe
our most vulnerable citizens should buy insurance on the corporate,
for-profit market, shouldn’t they do the same?

Sign the petition. Tell Congress: If you don’t believe in
publicly-funded health coverage, don’t accept it.

That’s why I signed a petition to The United States House of
Representatives, which says:

“If you voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid, you must stop accepting
taxpayer-funded healthcare for yourself and your family.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://signon.org/sign/congress-if-you-voted?source=s.fwd&r_by=1599478

Thanks!

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(7) Rick in North Carolina:

Hey, I checked out this movie on netflix.[GATES of HEAVEN] . . . it’s rated “Quirky”… pet cemeteries and pet embalmers??? now I’m curious as to how this is rated one of 10 best… everything you didn’t want to know about your pet!!!!!!!!!!!! have you viewed this? how many stars didn’t Blaine give it?

NOTE:

I have not seen it yet, but would like to . . . it is something done by Errol Morris, and I typically like his stuff . . . in fact, his THIN BLUE LINE is one of my favorite films! Also, see above . . . the first part of this section for something else Morris has just produced.

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(8) Gary C. in North Carolina:

Blaine, movie [HUGO} is terrific. Great homage to silent film George Melies and Scorsese’s passion for film preservation. The use of 3D is spectacular and you feel that had it been around in the early 1900s, Melies would have definitely used it.

Having said that, I don’t particularly like 3d (It was the first I’ve seen actually). I feel the process gets in the way of the storytelling. Something vapid like Avatar probably would be helped by 3D…but, I found it gimmicky at best. It works wonderfully in this picture, when needed, but when I’m listening to the story or dialogue I found myself focusing on the process instead of the film. And that’s bad, because filmmaking really is about “where dreams are made,” (a line repeated often in the film) and I find 3D gets in the way.

Now, having said THAT, this film should definitely be seen in 3D for all the right reasons. However, I’m going to rent it when it comes out and watch it again to “see” the story. 🙂

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(9) Dick in New Jersey:

I just saw Spacey in “Margin Call” on Movies on Demand. It was mediocre – unforuntely. I want to see the movie that came out 2-3 years ago on Philo Farnsworth.

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