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Hello Baby Boomers and I hope that you enjoy these blasts from the past.

I am an old fashioned girl, who prefers vintage and antiques to the new and modern.

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May all of you have a joyous Holiday!
~~~~~~~Sharon~~~~~~
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Original Events of Good Friday

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Main articles: Passion (Christianity), Death and resurrection of Jesus, and Sayings of Jesus on the cross

A Good Friday procession in Bombay by Indian Roman Catholics, depicting the Way of the CrossJesus Christ, having been arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by the Temple Guards through the guidance of Judas Iscariot, is brought to the house of Annas, who is father in law of the current high priest, Caiaphas. There he is interrogated with little result, and sent bound to Caiaphas the high priest, where the Sanhedron had assembled (John 18:1-24).

Conflicting testimony against Jesus is brought forth by many witnesses, to which Jesus answers nothing. Finally the high priest adjures Jesus to respond under solemn oath, saying “I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?” Jesus testifies in the affirmative, “You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven.” The high priest condemns Jesus for blasphemy, and the Sanhedron concurs with a sentence of death (Matthew 26:57-66).

In the morning, the whole assembly brings Jesus to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, under charges of subverting the nation, opposing taxes to Caesar, and making himself a king (Luke 23:1-2). Pilate authorizes the Jewish leaders to judge Jesus according to their own Law and execute sentencing, however the Jewish leaders reply that they are not allowed by the Romans to carry out a sentence of death (John 18:31).

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Pilate questions Jesus, and tells the assembly that there is no basis for sentencing. Upon learning that Jesus is from Galilee, Pilate refers the case to the ruler of Galilee, King Herod, who was in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. Herod questions Jesus but receives no answer; Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate. Pilate tells the assembly that neither he nor Herod have found guilt in Jesus; Pilate resolves to have Jesus whipped and released (Luke 23:3-16).

It was a custom during the feast of Passover for the Romans to release one prisoner as requested by the Jews. Pilate asks the crowd who they would like to be released. Under the guidance of the chief priests, the crowd asks for Barabbas, who had been imprisoned for committing murder during an insurrection. Pilate asks what they would have him do with Jesus, and they demand, “Crucify him” (Mark 15:6-14). Pilate’s wife had seen Jesus in a dream earlier that day; she forewarns Pilate to “have nothing to do with this righteous man” (Matthew 27:19).

Pilate has Jesus flogged, then brings him out to the crowd to release him. The chief priests inform Pilate of a new charge, demanding Jesus be sentenced to death “because he claimed to be God’s son.” This possibility filled Pilate with fear, and he brought Jesus back inside the palace and demanded to know from where he came (John 19:1-9).

Coming before the crowd one last time, Pilate declares Jesus innocent, washing his own hands in water to show he has no part in this condemnation. Nevertheless, Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified in order to forestall a riot (Matthew 27:24-26). The sentence written is “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Jesus carries his cross to the site of execution, called the place of the Skull, or “Golgotha” in Hebrew and “Calvary” in Latin. There he is crucified along with two criminals (John 19:17-22).

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Jesus agonizes on the cross for three hours while the sun is darkened. With a loud cry, Jesus gives up his spirit. There is an earthquake, tombs break open, and the curtain in the Temple is torn from top to bottom. The centurion on guard at the site of crucifixion declares, “Truly this was God’s Son!” (Matthew 27:45-54)

Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and secret follower of Jesus, who had not consented to his condemnation, goes to Pilate to request the body of Jesus (Luke 23:50-52). Pilate asks confirmation from the centurion whether Jesus is dead (Mark 15:44). A soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a lance causing blood and water to flow out (John 19:34), and the centurian informs Pilate that Jesus is dead (Mark 15:45).

Joseph of Arimathea takes the body of Jesus, wraps it in a clean linen shroud, and places it in his own new tomb that had been carved in the rock (Matthew 27:59-60) in a garden near the site of crucifixion. Another secret follower of Jesus and member of the Sanhedrin named Nicodemus (John 3:1) also came bringing 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes, and places them in the linen with the body of Jesus, according to Jewish burial customs (John 19:39-40). They rolled a large rock over the entrance of the tomb (Matthew 27:60). Then they returned home and rested, because at sunset began the Sabbath (Luke 23:54-56).

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My Rabbi always said that “there was more then one road to the top of the mountain.” I hope that you have found yours. Even in not believing you have a belief.

Happy Holidays
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Marvin Gaye gets it together with Reeces and the Easter Bunny…

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For my friend E~ and all my readers…
Happy Holidays
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
PS…show me a Holiday that doesn’t include Chocolate and it won’t be one that I celebrate! {smiles}

In MASAYA, Nicaragua, hundreds of dogs, many dressed as babies or clowns, were taken to celebrate mass in this Nicaraguan town on Sunday, an annual ritual where the owners pray for their pets to be cured or avoid falling ill.

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A long queue of Catholics, carrying their pets or leading them on leashes, waited their turn to pass by an image of a saint in a tiny church in this town 20 miles to the south of the Nicaragua capital, Managua.

The faithful thank the saint for curing their pets or ask for the dogs to be protected from illness. The town’s priest always conducts a special canine mass.

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“We brought him so he does not get sick,” said local resident Nora Espinosa, talking about her six month old Basset Hound, dressed in a soccer outfit.

Locals say the tradition goes back to the colonial period after the Spanish conquest.
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Thank you Reuters and Reporter Ivan Castro
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God bless everyone of thier furry little heads!

I am surprised that Paris Hilton wasn’t here.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Benazir Bhutto dies from a fractured skull…BUT…they still murdered her!

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In from ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto died from a fractured skull caused by hitting her head on part of her car’s sunroof as a bomb ripped through a crowd of her supporters, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said Friday.

Bhutto waved to supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated.

“When she was thrown by the force of the shockwave of the explosion, unfortunately one of the levers of the sunroof hit her,” said spokesman Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema.

The explanation is the latest from the Interior Ministry. It initially said Bhutto was killed by shots fired by the bomber, and then, via the state~run Associated Press of Pakistan, it said the cause of death was a shrapnel injury.

But Farzana Raja of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party told CNN the government’s explanation is “a pack of lies,” she told CNN. Raja also accused the government of a “total security lapse.”

At a news conference, Cheema showed images of Bhutto in a car, standing up through an open sunroof, looking out at the crowd as she was about to be driven away.

When the gunshots rang out and the explosion occurred, Bhutto “fell down or perhaps ducked” and apparently hit her head on a lever, Cheema said, adding that the lever was stained with blood.

The blast killed at least 28 more people and at least 100 were wounded.

The Interior Ministry also revealed Friday that it had proof showing that al Qaeda was behind Bhutto’s assassination.

Cheema said the government had an intelligence intercept in which an al Qaeda militant “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.”

However, that claim has not appeared on radical Islamist Web sites that regularly post such messages from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

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The Interior Ministry told Pakistan’s GEO~TV that the suicide bomber belonged to Lashkar~e~Jhangvi, an al Qaeda linked Sunni Muslim militant group that the government has blamed for hundreds of killings.

U.S. officials believe that a Taliban leader, Baitullah Mahsud, may be the person behind the assassination.

Bhutto was laid to rest in a chaotic funeral at her ancestral home of Garhi-Khuda Baksh on Friday after violent scenes erupted across Pakistan following her death a day earlier.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding streets almost brought the procession to a standstill before it finally reached the Bhutto family’s mausoleum.

The throngs of her grieving supporters crushed up against the flag-draped coffin, while minor scuffles also broke out.

Violence erupted in Pakistan in the hours before Bhutto’s funeral started, with at least nine people reported killed and banks, train stations and cars torched.

Bhutto’s body arrived in the hours before dawn at Garhi~Khuda Baksh after a long journey by plane, helicopter and ambulance.

The opposition leader’s family, her husband Asif Ali Zardari and three children, accompanied the body aboard a Pakistani Air Force C~130 transport plane to Sukkor but traveled by bus from there to Larkana and on to Garhi~Khuda Baksh.

Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, told CNN on Friday that he had planned to attend Bhutto’s funeral, but was advised not to by Zardari, who cited security concerns.

The prime minister’s office has launched a judicial inquiry and the Ministry of the Interior is setting up a police inquiry, according to Information Minister Nisar Memon.
Memon said no decision had been made to postpone parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8.

Bhutto, who was campaigning for the elections, had completed an election rally and was leaving the rally site, Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, at the time of the attack.

Her father and former prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in the same northern city in 1979.

As a shocked Pakistan absorbed the news of Bhutto’s death, authorities called for calm and asked residents to stay inside.

In Sindh province, where Karachi is located, police said demonstrators had burned a dozen banks, set two train stations on fire, along with three trains. Since Thursday, 240 vehicles have been burned.

Because of the violence, paramilitary forces in Sindh were told to “shoot on sight” anyone causing civil disturbances, a spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers said.

But by Friday morning, Pakistani media reported an uneasy calm had spread across the shaken country, now marking a three~day period of mourning declared by President Pervez Musharraf.

Bhutto led Pakistan from 1988~1990 and 1993~1996, but both times the sitting president dismissed her amid corruption allegations. She was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation.

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A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi in October killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self~imposed exile.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by President Musharraf’s government to protect her.

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Thank you CNN News

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WHY wasn’t she better protected???

Why was what she fought so deperately against, what killed her so violently?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

From RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday after addressing a large gathering of her supporters.

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The bomb explodes near Bhutto’s vehicle following a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Bhutto died of a gunshot wound to the neck, the Pakistani Interior Ministry said. The attacker then blew himself up. The bomb attack killed at least 22 others, doctors said.

Video of the scene just moments before the explosion showed Bhutto stepping into a heavily guarded vehicle to leave the rally.

John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, said Bhutto was standing through the sunroof of her vehicle, waving to supporters, when two shots rang out.

Bhutto fell back into the vehicle, and almost immediately a bomb blast rocked the scene, sending twisting metal and shrapnel into the crowd, he added.

Police sources told CNN the bomber, who was riding a motorcycle, blew himself up near Bhutto’s vehicle. Watch aftermath of the attack.

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Bhutto was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital, less than two miles from the bombing scene, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Her body was removed from the hospital, carried above a crowd of supporters, late Thursday night, and a Pakistan Air Force plane is flying the body to Sukkur, accompanied by her husband and three children, said Pakistan People’s Party leader Sen. Safdar Abbasi.

Bhutto is scheduled to be buried in the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family at Gari~Khuda Baksh in Sindh province Friday afternoon, he added.

Chaos erupted at the hospital when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to pay his respects to Bhutto less than three hours after her death.

Hundreds of Bhutto supporters crammed into the entrance shouted and cried, some clutching their heads in pain and shock. Sharif called it “the saddest day” in Pakistan’s history. “Something unthinkable has happened,” he said. Watch Benazir Bhutto obituary »

Sharif said his party will boycott Pakistan’s January 8 parliamentary elections in the wake of the assassination.

President Pervez Musharraf said the killers were the same extremists that Pakistan is fighting a war against, and announced three days of national mourning.

Police warned citizens to stay home as they expected rioting to break out in city streets in reaction to the death.

Rioters burned tires and blocked roads in Karachi and other cities, police sources said. Police fired on an angry mob, killing two people, in the city of Khairpur in the Sindh province, Geo TV reported.

Bhutto’s husband issued a statement from his home in Dubai saying, “All I can say is we’re devastated, it’s a total shock.” He arrived in Pakistan late Thursday.

President Bush said those responsible “must be brought to justice” and praised Bhutto as a woman who had “fought the forces of terror” He said: “She refused to allow assassins to dictate the course of her country.”

The number of wounded was not immediately known. However, video of the scene showed ambulances lined up to take many to hospitals.

The assassination happened in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, named for Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was assassinated in the same location in 1951.

The attack came just hours after four supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif died when members of another political party opened fire on them at a rally near the Islamabad airport Thursday, Pakistan police said.

Several other members of Sharif’s party were wounded, police said.

Bhutto, who led Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term.

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A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self-imposed exile.

CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi, who was at the scene of both bombings, said Thursday’s blast was not as powerful as that October attack.

Thursday’s attacks come less than two weeks after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf lifted an emergency declaration he said was necessary to secure his country from terrorists.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by Musharraf’s government to protect her.

Two weeks after the October assassination attempt, she wrote a commentary for CNN.com in which she questioned why Pakistan investigators refused international offers of help in finding the attackers.

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Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report
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I will never understand why people, who are for peace, have to die so violently.

Not only Pakistan will mourn her loss. Her passing will be far reaching…even here, to the states.

R.I.P.

World Peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

IN BAGHDAD, Iraq…in the waning sunlight hour of a chilly winter afternoon, a chorus of Hebrew prayer rises from a small, fluorescent lit room on the outskirts of Baghdad.

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Chaplain Andrew Shulman leads a Jewish service in Iraq.

Leading the Shabbat service is Chaplain Andrew Shulman, one of just three ordained American rabbis serving hundreds of Jewish~American troops stationed throughout Iraq.

“Being deployed away from home brings people to the chapel,” says Shulman. “You don’t have a lot else going on a Friday night here. Back at home, you are competing with the movies and the long weekends and everything. Here, people are really looking forward to breaking up the monotony of the week.”

U.S. Army officials estimate that fewer than 1 percent of the some 16,000 service members in Shulman’s 3rd Infantry Division identify themselves as Jewish. But the chaplain often travels by Black Hawk helicopter to perform Jewish rites for troops who request them anywhere in the country that was once home to ancient Babylon.

“Hanukkah was a really busy time around here,” Shulman says. “Babylon had a very special place in Jewish history. This is where we were exiled 2,400 to 2,500 years ago. To come back and have the Hebrew language wafting through the halls of the chapel, it is special.”

The U.S. military has followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam serving in Iraq. This December, all three faiths observe major holidays within weeks of each other. For some troops, it is not just difficult celebrating these holidays away from home. They are also turning to their faiths that espouse peace to cope with the reality of the war in Iraq.

Muslim-American Army Spc. Lamia Lahlou was born in Morocco and was living in New York in 2001. On September 11, Lahlou’s best friend was in one of the trains below the World Trade Center and was killed.

“I needed to do something [in response to the attacks],” Lahlou says. She eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Lahlou is approaching eight months serving in Iraq, monitoring Arab media with a classified unit linked to U.S. military intelligence. “My parents, it is hard for them to understand. Not a lot of people understand, especially Arabs or Muslims. [They ask,] ‘How can you be a Muslim and you are fighting for America?'” she says.

The Muslim soldier says she has no problem reconciling her religion of peace, with fighting so-called Muslim jihadists. “I love America, so I fight for it, that’s my jihad,” she says.

At nearby U.S. Army Camp Liberty, Chaplain Felix Kumai says he counsels Christian soldiers who see complications with biblical commandments like “Thou shalt not kill,” as they serve God and country.

“It is a really sensitive and difficult question,” Kumai, a Roman Catholic priest, says.

It is a question that gets more complicated in the face of accusations that the invasion of Iraq is a mission led by a conservative Christian commander-in-chief.

“I’ve had soldiers who have come up [to me] with those issues. In terms of their faith and then, what pertains to reality out here,” Kumai says. “I tell them, ‘Morally, we can not leave this place without stabilizing it.'”

Before the Shabbat service, Jewish~American Army Spc. Thomas Forsyth says he thinks God is looking out for him in Iraq. The 30 year old says his faith helps justify his actions in the war zone: “As a Jew, even on Sabbath, what we do is defensive.”

Shulman says the Jewish troops he counsels have a similar mind set. “These are highly professional volunteer soldiers, who knew what they were getting into,” Shulman says. “On the Jewish side of things, there is such a thing as a justifiable war.”

Not everyone may agree. But in the midst of combat, American soldiers, Jewish, Christian and Muslim alike, say their faith will help them see their deployment through.
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Thank you CNN News and Alphonso Van Marsh
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS to our troops who are deployed near and far…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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