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NEWS RELEASE ‘LES ORIGINALES’ TO PERFORM AT RENAISSANCE PALM SPRINGS Proceeds from Viva Les Originales! to Benefit AIDS Assistance Program PALM SPRINGS – July 23, 2014: The incomparable Les Originales are bringing their special brand of drag Read more ... entertainment to the Renaissance Palm Springs with Viva Les Originales! A Musical Tour Around the World. This not-to-be-missed performance will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7 pm. The hotel is located at 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. This show will feature Ginger Allen, Cherilyn, Richard Barbaro, Jersey Shore, Sassy Ross, Marina Mac, and Pinkie Meringue Shimmer. Returning in the role of emcee is renowned singer and entertainer Dana Adkins. Proceeds from the event will help AAP provide food vouchers for clients living with HIV/AIDS. “Les Originales have been loyal supporters of AAP for many years, and we always look forward to their hilarious and well-scripted performances,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director for AIDS Assistance Program. “This year’s show promises to be just as entertaining as ever, and we’re so glad to have this incredible ensemble of talent participating in this delightful evening.” Doors open at 6 pm for a pre-performance reception and the show begins at 7 pm. Ticket prices are $35 for general seating, $55 for preferred seating, $75 for premium seating, and $85 for VIP seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org. The performance will feature several big ensemble numbers, all with a world-travel theme. Audience members will be taken on a journey from Paris to Mexico, to Cuba and on to Berlin. The all-volunteer troupe was formed in 2003, and 100% of the funds raised from their performances support local HIV/AIDS charities. To date they have raised more than $500,000. Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org. About the performers: Ginger Allen (Jerry Green) is one of 20 children and was raised on a sheep ranch. She moved to the desert for the fresh air and a place where she could dig her heels into the sand. Cherilyn was born in a trailer in Milwaukee and is one of the hardest working drag queens in town. Richard Barbaro began his tenure with Les Originales as the resident makeup artist, but soon opened his own can of ham onstage. A native New Yorker and disco ‘fan dancer’, he has always idolized Ann Margaret, and it is widely believed that Richard thinks he’s channeling her when he’s on stage. Jersey Shore (a.k.a. Brian Scott) performs at various locations in Palm Springs, including The Bella da Ball Dinner Revue at Azul, Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Just Jersey at Cafe Palette. Brian once received a Desert Theatre League award nomination for Outstanding Male Lead in a Musical for his role as Edna Turnblad in the production of Hairspray at The Palm Canyon Theatre. Sassy Ross has close to a decade of experience as a female impersonator, and for Sassy, it has been a blast! Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Eartha Kitt, and Diana Ross are just a few of the divas you will see in Sassy’s shows in places like Los Angeles, Orange County, and Palm Springs. Marina Mac debuted January 1, 2011 at Elevation Nightclub in Cathedral City. Currently a regular cast member of Bella da Ball's Dinner Review at Azul and Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel, she hosts her own show "Rapture" in Cathedral City. Her name derived from four years in the Marine Corps (1999-2003) and her last name (McIntosh). Marina’s edgy performances incorporate military discipline, precision, and sharp movements. A professional makeup artist since 2007, she has worked with celebrity clientele, weddings, small independent movies, and the “Camp Do More Vegas Fashion Show." Pinkie Meringue Shimmer is a resident of Idyllwild, and is widely known as the Queen of Headdresses. ‘Miss PMS herself’ dons these whimsical creations to co-ordinate with her song selections, and has dazzled audiences for the past 10 years. Pinkie has been living with HIV/AIDS for 16 years and will continue to donate her time and talents for AIDS charities as long as she’s still kicking. She enjoys her cabaret family and can be found in weekly in Palm Springs at Azul’s Bella da Ball Dinner Revue, and Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel. Pinkie is married to the love of her life, Mr. Kevin Baar. # # # tickets available at www.aidsassistance.org
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Deen Mohd A
Hamid Abdulmalik Al-Hassan
Ladies and Gents, brothers and sisters. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the public that if you want to make a point, giving evidence with books that you have in never read is the most criminal way of going about it. Just this morn Read more ... ing, I read on a post by Adedamola Adetayo how a gentleman by the name Mr Elediman was trying by all means to show that Islam is evil and Boko Haram are acting in accordance to the teachings of Islam. To make his point, he went on pasting names of books that according to him supports his claim. The funny thing is this; one of the books he pointed to titled A Short History About Islam was authored by a re-known religious Historian Karen Armstrong. Unknown to this gentleman, not only did Karen Armstrong write an unbiased history of Islam based on its true teachings, but before she did, she actually took a tour to most Countries populated by Muslims including Palestine, lived with the people, learned the religion from the people and read the book before she wrote her book. So I pointed to Mr Eledimab the fact that what he has just done is dubious to which he later accepted the fact that he has not read the book, after quoting frpm the preface of the book to him as shown the below: "Their chief duty was to create a just community in which all members, even the most weak and vulnerable, were treated with absolute respect. The experience of building such a society and living in it would give them intimations of the divine, because they would be living in accordance with God’s will." - Preface to A Short History Of Islam By Karen Armstrong. Seeing that he has as a matter of fact shot himself on the leg, he now asked me to quote Quran 2:191 to 198, claiming that these verses in themselves are evidence that Boko Haram is acting in accordance to the Quran, so I did. As a matter of fact, I started from verse 190: ***************************** Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors. Q 2:190 And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. Q 2:191 And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Q 2:192 Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors. Q 2:193 [Fighting in] the sacred month is for [aggression committed in] the sacred month, and for [all] violations is legal retribution. So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you. And fear Allah and know that Allah is with those who fear Him. Q 2:194 And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good. Q 2:195 *************************** Now the funny thing to notice is that I stopped at verse 195, you know why? Well its because verses 196 - 198 are all talking about the Hajj pilgrimage and not the art of war which further shows that Mr Eledimab has never read these verses before putting them forth as evidence. Do I have to mention that the verses above clearly dictates the necessity of an oppressed people to defend themselves? And that they should desist this act of self defense as soon as the oppressor proclaims the need for peace? To tell you the truth, I felt shame on his behalf. This man probably has a wife and children at home, to whom he stands as a model of truthfulness and moral. Let me end by quoting what prominent Non Muslims who actually read the Quran have to say about the Quran: “It soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence… Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim is stern, grand – ever and always, truly sublime – So, this book will go on exercising through all ages a most potent influence.” [Goethe - quoted in T. P. Huges "Dictionary of Islam", p. 526] “The Koran (Quran) admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though it is the youngest of the epoch making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organizations of Muslims world wide which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon with today.” [G. Maragliouth in his Introduction to J. M. Rodwells - 'The Koran", New York - 'Everyman's Library, 1977, p VI] “A work, then, which calls forth so powerful and seemingly incompatible emotions even in the distant reader – distant as to time, and still more so as mental development – a work which not only conquers the repugnance which he may begin its perusal, but changes this adverse feeling into astonishment and admiration, such a work must be a wonderful production… indeed and a problem of the highest interest to every thoughtful observer of the destinies of mankind.” [Dr Steingass quoted in T. P. Hughes - "Dictionary of Islam", pp 256-257] “It is impossible that Muhammad (peace be upon him) authored the Quran. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human-being could possibly have developed at that time, an all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?” [Dr. Maurice Bucaille - author of "The Bible, the Quran and Science" 1978, p. 125] “Here, therefore, its merits as a literary production should perhaps not be measured by some preconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetic taste, but by the effects which it produced in Muhammad’s contemporaries and fellow countrymen. If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to the hearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugal and antagonistic elements into one compact and well organized body, animated by ideas far beyond those which had until now ruled the Arabian mind, then its eloquence was perfect, simply because it created a civilized nation out of savage tribes, and shot a fresh woof into the old warp of history” [Dr. Steingass, quoted in Hughes' Dictionary of Islam p. 528] “In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of my predecessors, and to produce something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic Koran, I have been at pain to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which – apart from the message itself – constitute the Koran’s undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind.. This very characteristic feature – ‘that inimitable symphony’, as the believing Pickthall described his Holy Book, ‘the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy’ has been almost totally ignored by previous translators; it is therefore not surprising that what they have wrought sounds dull and flat indeed in comparison with the splendidly decorated original..” [Arthur J. Arberry - "The Koran Interpreted", London: Oxford University Press . 1964, p. x.] “A totally objective examination of it [the Quran] in the light of modern knowledge leads us to recognize the agreement between the two, as has been already noted on repeated occasions. It makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad’s time to have been the author of such statements, on account of the state of knowledge in his day. Such considerations are part of what gives the Qur’anic Revelation its unique place, and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability to provide and explanation which calls solely upon materialistic reasoning.” [Dr. Maurice Bucaille in his book: "The Bible, The Quran and Science" 1981, p. 18] May Allah Show Us More Light Just So We See The Truth.
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Veronica Hernandez Morales Stars pay tributes to Robin Gibb From Twitter: Brian Wilson (Beach Boys): Robin was 'part of the family'. I love the Bee Gees voices, they're some of my favorite singers. I am so sad. Lenny Kravitz: Another legend passed. My deepest sympathy to t Read more ... he Gibb family. The Bee Gees are the soundtrack to an iconic era that shaped a world wide phenomenon and culture. Their rhythms, melodies,and production is one of a kind and instantly warms the heart. Respect Lenny Liam Gallagher (Oasis): ROBIN GIBB LEGEND LG Peter Frampton: So sorry to hear Robin Gibb has lost his battle with cancer. My heart goes out to the entire Gibb family at this very sad time. RIP Elton John: Elton John dedicates 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' to Robin Gibb at a recent concert in Las Vegas Duran Duran: Sorry to hear about the passing of Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. Our condolences to his friends and family: Bryan Adams: Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young. Justin Timberlake: We have lost a truly brilliant musician today. One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow...RIP Robin. Ronan Keating: Just heard about Robin Gibb. I am devastated. Can't believe it. May he rest in peace. My thought and prayers are with his family. X Diane Warren: Bee Gees have written some of the best songs in pop music history. #RIP Robin Nile Rodgers: "Got the wings of heaven on my shoes, I'm a dancing man and I just can't loose" ~Bee Gees~ Robin Gibb RIP Mick Hucknall (Simply Red): RIP Robin Gibb. A musical giant. Gary Barlow (Take that): I'm so sad to hear Robin Gibb has passed away.Such a great loss.His music will out live us all. Heart: Bless the Brothers Gibb. Their family blend inspired many harmonies in the back of vans full of traveling... Richard Marx: Robin Gibb RIP. The Bee Gees were so important to pop music. Huge loss. Bruno Mars: R.I.P Robin Gibb Skin (skunk anansie): R.I.P. Robin Gibb, I LOVE the BeeGees music, amazing songwriters, great voices, beautiful stories. The script: _ R.I.P. Robin Gibb. We met Robin+Barry in NY. Such a lovely guy. Prayers 2 his family. 2 many Legends being taken from us 2 early :( The Doors: We send our condolences to the family and fans of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who passed away today. Hanson: So sad to hear of the loss of The Bee Gee's, @RobinGibb, Another legend lost. Our hearts go out to Barry Gibb and Robin's entire family Paula Abdul: The Bee Gees were & are music legends. my thoughts & prayers are w/ Robin Gibbs' family & friends. xoP Kim Wilde: I toured with Robin Gibb in Germany.Always a true gentleman.He has left us an amazing legacy. Chris de Burgh: So sorry to hear of the death of Robin Gibb, who was hugely influential in the writing and performing of modern popular music.... Jermaine Dupri: BEE GEES ~ LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT ~: RIP ROBIN GIBB,MY FAVORITE BEE GEES RECORD BY FAR, "LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT" Boy George: So sad to hear about the loss of Robin Gibb, my prayers to his loved ones! R.I.P. Peter Andre:I am so absolutely gutted about Robin Gibb passing away . One of the true musical legends whom I was honored to be friends with . RIP
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Randall Wilbur Ark On , dian paaske wrote: On , dian paaske wrote: WSJ Calls Obama a Dummy!!!!!!!!!!!! Wall Street Journal Sizes Up Obama A "deadly" article regarding Obama, at the Wall Street Journal, which today is the most widely circulated newspaper in Ameri Read more ... ca ... Article from the Wall Street Journal - by Alan Caruba: "I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he's led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group (George Soros anybody?) took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House. In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? "Dreams of My Father" was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The "Audacity of Hope" followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a "communist with a small 'c'" was the real author. His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley's formidable political machine at his disposal. He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before? He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed "cool" in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance. And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole. And then John McCain did something crazy. He picked Sarah Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant state of Alaska . It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984's Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro and they went down to defeat. The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was extraordinary. Now, 5 full years into his presidency, all of those gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters. Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to "wish away" some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain .. The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign "world tour" were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions. Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party's hold on power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends and colleagues. Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston police officer who arrested an "obstreperous" Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against "jumping to conclusions" about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted "Allahu Akbar." The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber "an isolated extremist" only to have to admit a day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot. He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America . He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so lame. The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth. Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual's life. When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden. We laugh at the ventriloquist's dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States .. Those that voted for him have sold the country down the river.
50 minutes ago
Stephanie Deiters
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PLEASE SIGN & SHARE WIDELY THESE➨ 3 PETITIONS AGAINST BEAR PAW SOUP! ► PET.1 http://bit.ly/QeUXKV ► PET.2 http://bit.ly/QeVJHU ► PET.3 http://bit.ly/1fPKKAX ✦ LATEST NEW UPDATE: 18 JUNE 2013 ! NEW GRUESOME DISCOVERY FRO Read more ... M BEAR PAWS IN CHINA ! 213 BEAR PAWS FOUND IN TIRES BY SMUGGLERS Published on Jun 19, 2013 Two Russian men were arrested for smuggling bear paws from Russia into China. The Chinese police in Mongolia announced the news and said the smugglers were caught recently. Chinese customs confiscate 213 bear paws hidden in the wheels of a van on the Russian border, arresting two men for smuggling. "During our inspection, we found the vehicle's driver paid great attention to our tapping on the vehicle and our movements as we examined it, and was nervous," customs worker Yang Xu told reporters.Two men were arrested for illegal smuggling after the discovery of the paws, which are worth an estimated 2.8m yuan (460,000 US dollars). Hunting bears and trading their body parts is illegal in China, but an underground industry has sprung up to cater for demand for bear products, including paws and bile. A recent attempt to smuggle bear paws into China was thwarted. The contraband was concealed in the tires of a van.A recent attempt to smuggle bear paws from Russia into China was thwarted. The contraband was concealed in the tires of a van. The paws are expected to have come from brown bears, which are protected in China. Black-market value of the cargo is estimated to be approximately 450 thousand dollars. The paws were seized in Mongolia, and a customs agent commented that the timing of the transport was odd. He said, "This case is quite special as it occurred in May, which is not a peak time for smuggling bear paws as the weather is too warm to keep the paws fresh."They are valued in the country because they're believed to have high nutritional value and are often used as extravagant gifts and as ritual dishes. The bears' paws and gallbladders also have a reputation for being powerful aphrodisiacs and are believed to have medicinal qualities.In this particular smuggling instance, the two Russian men have been detained for sentencing. The smuggling of bear paws from Russia into China has been rampant for some time.Speaking to the Global Times, Zhang Xiaohai, from the Animals Asia Foundation, said: 'The demand is huge because more people can afford them and the country has the tradition to treat bear paw as a rare ingredient for cuisine or as an expensive present,' he said.'Bear farms in China exacerbate the situation as they also sell paws illegally, which stimulates the growing trade.' !! ✦PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO REPORT HERE:►http://youtu.be/Bgjtt9LoDf0b ✦READ MORE TO THAT CASE HERE:CBS report: ►http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/18/19021840-a- fortune-in-severed-bear-paws-found-being-smuggled-into-china?lite ---------------------------------------------------------------- (➨ READ INSIDE THE PETITION NR.3) Stop this barbaric, horrific cruelly inflicted on bears in Asia for a Sichuan delicacy of Bear Paw Soup. It's not legal, but it is tolerated and accepted socially more than it should be. We ask for more arrests and harsher penalties to stop this brutal tradition and to stop the black market trade of bear products.. The demand for bear products used in Traditional Asian Medicine is another threat as it prescribes bear fat, gall, meat, paws, spinal cord, blood, and bones for complaints ranging from baldness to rheumatism. Bear entrees are popular in restaurants, and sun bear paws are favored in Taiwan for soup ! -------------------------------------------.-------- ✦FARMING BEAR BILE & BEAR PAW SOUP: THE UNIMAGINABLE HORRORS THAT BEARS ARE FORCED TO ENDURE ! ✦THE PAWS OF A BEAR ARE CUT OFF WHILE THE BEAR IS ALIVE AND USED TO MAKE BEAR PAW SOUP..!! In Some Asian cultures use a special guillotine to amputate bear paws, sometimes while the bear is still alive. The animal is often first beaten- as there is a belief that the adrenaline rushing through the body makes the meat more tender. They also eat the rest of the bear- by lowering into a fire, cooking it alive and dying a slow death. China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan all consider bear paw soup a delicacy. It is believed that the person who consumes bear paws will acquire the strength and vigor of a bear. Front paws are more expensive because they are more tender- especially the left one which the bear licks the most.The back paws are cheaper because they are tougher from being walked on. ➨ Source :http://www.livehonestly.com/29/post/2011/01/farming-bear-bile-bear-paw-soup-the-unimaginable-horrors-that-bears-are-forced-to-endure.html ➨ PLEASE GIVE YOUR SUPPORT TO WSPA ►http://www.wspa.ca/wspaswork/bears/bearfarming/poachingillegaltrade.aspx ➨ PLEASE WATCH THIS INFO VIDEO: Sun bears - the world's smallest species of bear, are at risk of extinction with habitat loss and illegal hunting to blame. Organisation "Free the Bears", 30 kilometres southeast of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh is hoping to combat this and currently has the world's largest population of sun bears in captivity.. The animals are hunted for their fur and bile which are popular in Chinese medicine while their meat and paws are used to make Bear Paw Soup, a delicacy in much of Asia. Experts estimate that sun bears have declined by at least 30 per cent in the past 30 years - their numbers continue to drop... ►http://youtu.be/bbIXqPvtc2k --------------------- ➨ CUISINE One of the 8 Sichuan delicacies is Bear Paw and a variety of Bear meat dishes.These are illegal, although available in restaurants across the globe. The longest traditions are in slack parts of Asia. One of the main problems associated is that one must have a fresh Bear paw, and the fact that the Bear needs it also for integrity. Sadly, it is likely to lose one at a time.. until it is required. For this it will wait in a cage, out the back of the establishment with up to dozens of other peers.Cambodian culture has a special guillotine to amputate. The purveyors and connoisseurs both know that the front paws are tenderer and the left paw is one that the bear licks the most, so that is the most sought after.The back paws are cheaper and tougher from being walked on. The price on the plate fetches up to US $1000 and sometimes more. First, either kill the bear barbarically, by hitting it with sticks, iron bars or whatever is handy, or remove a paw without killing the animal. Unfortunately the bear paw is preferred to be cut off while the bear is still alive, but after beating the animal its adrenalin has rushed through its body and this makes the meat more tender claims the mostly Asian clientele. It is sealed in a plastic bag soon after removal.. Some Bears are lowered in cages live onto the fire so they die slowly in the flames before cooking and can't escape. The gourmands take pleasure in seeing the animal in pain and sit in tour group circles, around the fire waiting to consume it after it is cooked.. ➨ SOURCE:http://www.arktofile.net/pages/why_nw.html ➨ PLEASE READ ALSO THIS STORY : On menu… sun bear in Phnom Penh VIETNAM restaurant !! Brit saves rare bears from being eaten.. ►http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org/2008/11/11/brit-saves-rare-bears-from-being-eaten/ ----------------------------------------------- ➨ PLEASE WATCH IN A RESTAURANT IN CHINA BEAR PAWS ARE SERVED Tang Du Zoology Restaurant at Taiyuan, China, the restaurant name alone saying about "Zoos animal meat" scroll down and see below the comments : Silke Dallmann Says: July 1st, 2010 at 1:14 pm I was disgusted to see that you serve bear paw!!!!!!!!!!! Bears are an endangered species and need protected, not killed for their food!! There is plenty of other food, there is absolutely no excuse for killing and eating endangered animals! Sheri Reese Says: July 2nd, 2010 at 12:25 am How horrible to kill an endangered species for it’s paws. I realize it is something that has been in your culture for a very long time, but you are killing off a species for one of it’s body parts. Please, sometimes we have to make some changes for the betterment of the world. You seem to serve abundant food and people seem to love it. They will not miss that you have eliminated bear paws and you will make the world better for it. Maryse Dumas Says: July 2nd, 2010 at 1:35 am With all the exotic fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, I think you should omit food of animals, turtles and other living creatures that are endangered. Now is a time for conscious eating. I am shocked that you include bear paw on your list. SOURCE►http://www.foodnut.com/415/tang-du-zoology-restaurant-restaurant-review-taiyuan-china/ ----------------------------------------- ➨ PLEASE WATCH ALSO : Scandal in Korea: Government Officials Linked to Illegal Bear Meat Restaurant ►http://www.koreananimals.org/info/news/bearscandal.htm ➨ SEE ALSO AN ASIAN MENU TABLE : Art pieces "Monkey Head Mushrooms" (bottom L), "Bear's Paw" (C), "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" (bottom C) and the "Dragon and Phoenix Steamboat" (R) are displayed during a examination of the "A Banquet In Stone" art exhibition at the National Museum in Singapore June 18, 2007. [Reuters] ►http://www.sochina.net/Chinese-Food/Singapore-building-displays-rock-aliment-feast_3391_3391.html ➨ WATCH THESE 2 VIDEOS: I found also these 2 videos,i was surprised and shocked that it was an american who prepare this disgusting "soup" in the USA ! ►http://youtu.be/5JMiZEkCvHM ►http://youtu.be/hkvBWzq_R-s ➨ WATCH THESE PICTURES : ►http://i7.hexunimg.cn/2012-01-05/136979952.jpg ►http://img.chinasmack.com/www/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/severed-bear-paw-seized-china-chongqing-airport-01.jpg ►http://image4.club.sohu.com/pic/32/dc/049cc648ca44054646f3f964fe50dc32.jpg ➨ PLEASE WATCH :News > China National News > No trade, no massacre: hundreds of bear paws sized in Guangxi ►http://www.whatsonjinan.com/news-2898-no-trade-no-massacre-hundreds-of-bear-paws-sized-in-guangxi.html ➨ READ THIS STORY FROM LAST YEAR : 10 Severed Bear Paws Seized at Chongqing Airport ►http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/pictures/10-severed-bear-paws-seized-at-chongqing-airport.html ➨ AND HERE THIS ONE ►http://www.globaltimes.cn/china/society/2009-06/436197.html Thank you~Tony Zadel/ Copyright(©) — with Andy M. 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Donald Venezia We have something to celebrate today! That wonderful label Bridge Records has released a brand new, let me say it again, a brand new recording by pianist Leon Fleisher!!! Yes, three exclamation points!!! For those of you who might not know, Leon Fle Read more ... isher was among the greatest pianists of his generation. Making his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 16, Fleisher went on to become the first American to win the Queen Elizabeth competition, and afterwards was signed on to Columbia Records (now SONY Classical) and assigned to record with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on Columbia's Epic label. With George Szell Fleisher recorded a complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerti, Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and much more. As might not be well known was the fact that at his height as a concert pianist in world-wide demand, he was struck down with focal dystonia, a neurological condition which left him unable to use his right hand with two fingers immobile. But fortunately for Mr. Fleisher (and for us) there was a body of music written for and commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein (1887-1961) who had lost his right arm during World War I. One member of a very musical household, Wittgenstein played duets with Richard Strauss, of whom Wittgenstein commissioned two piano concertos for the left hand, the Parergon zur Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 73, and the Panathenzenzug, Op. 74. Mr. Fleisher went on to record Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand coupled with the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 4 for the Left Hand and Britten's Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra (buy now at http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=6752&source=VENEZ) as well as chamber music by Franz Schmidt (Quintet in G for Piano Left Hand and Strings) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Suite for Piano Left Hand and Strings, ,Op. 23, both works commissions by Paul Wittgenstein! In the late 1990's Mr. Fleisher began to take botox treatments for his focal dystonia. While the botox hasn't cured the problem, it has been able to relax the condition enough to allow Mr. Fleisher to perform with both hands, as was evidenced in his recording Two Hands on the Vanguard label. I remember the outstanding performance on this cd of the music of Bach (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Sheep May Safely Graze), Domenico Scarlatti (Harpsichord Sonata in E, K 380/L 23), Chopin (Mazurka in c sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3 and Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27 No.2), Debussy (Clair de Lune from the Suite Bergamasque) and Schubert (Sonata for Piano in B flat, D 960). This is a remarkable performance and can be purchased at http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=88473&source=VENEZ. I can still feel the chills the Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring gave me the first time hearing this recording which was our Pick of the Week at WQXR. Mr. Fleisher shows off his versatility here, from arrangements of George Gershwin's The Man I Love (as arranged by Earl Wild) and Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are (arranged by Stephen Prutsman) to (what I believe is the world premiere recording) George Perle's magnificent Musical Offerings, which was written for Mr. Fleisher for his 70th birthday. Also included are Federico Mompou's Prelude Number 6 for the Left Hand, Leon Kirchner's L.H. (written for Leon Fleisher), Dina Koston's Thoughts of Evelyn and Mr. Fleisher's specialty, the final ciaconna (Chaconne) from the Solo Violin Partita in d minor, BWV 1004, as arranged for the left hand by Johannes Brahms. What a tour de force! Again, starting off with Bach, again chills listening to this great artists' musicality! There's so much to talk about when it comes to Leon Fleisher: his teaching, of which award winning pianist Mona Golabek is one of his students from Peabody; master classes; his performing with orchestras and in chamber settings; his conducting with the Annapolis and Baltimore Symphonies; to his being awarded Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 for his contributions to US culture. To have this new recording by Leon Fleisher is a treasure, plain and simple, and I'll treasure this along with my other Fleisher recordings. I can't wait for Bridge to bring out some more of this remarkable pianist! Donald Venezia, July 22, 2014 To buy now at a special price from ArkivMusic, http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?ordertag=Perfrecom14598-1459373&album_id=1463131&source=VENEZ
All the Things You Are by Leon Fleisher
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