Stop teleomarketers from calling

A Bill passed Wednesday by Senate States a no-call list for telemarketers. Still awaiting governor approval, the $5,000 fine that telemarketers will a cure if called those on the waiting list. Bill will not hurt small business.

Bill will…

– Put you on a large no call database

– Keep telemarketers from calling from a “private” number

– Stop unwanted emails and phone calles for company’s.

        If passed bill will help lower the annoying phone calls/ emails that interrupt your day.

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Elton John and Billy Joel concert review

Buffalo- Elton John and Billy Joel rocked the stage at the HSBC Arena on Friday! It was amazing to see Elton John facing Billy Joel while the rocked out on the Piano and sang both artist songs.  John 61 and Joel 59 still looked young at heart as they did a duel piano playing which is slowly and sadly becoming more and more uncommon.

The show started off with Elton John’s song “Your song”. It was a feeling like no other I have ever had at a concert. The sound of the pianos playing at the same time almost as if to talk to each other in a language of their own made it hard to not pay attention, not that you would want to do that at this concert.  The crowd would get on their feet and stay there after the song “My life.” It seemed to be that everyone is the audience was almost under a spell with each song that passed.  The lights were flashing almost every second as if to blind you but it was keeping your energy high as you sang at the top of your lungs every song you knew the words to.

With a sold our arena and it was well worth the money you would spend on the tickets. It almost makes scene on how much they charged for the tickets.  Which was my only dislike about the show was the tickets were so expensive. But I can tell you after the concert I was glad I spent the money on the tickets.

Over all it was a great concert and would tell anyone to go see as it passes through their town. Don’t worry about spending the money; it will all pay off in the end. By far the best concert I have ever been to.

John/Joel (solo)
1. Your Song
2. Just the Way You Are

John/Joel with bands
3. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
4. My Life

Elton John set
5. Funeral For a Friend
6. Love Lies Bleeding
7. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
8. Levon
9. Madman Across The Water
10. Tiny Dancer
11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
12. Daniel
13. Rocket Man
14. Philadelphia Freedom
15. I’m Still Standing
16. Crocodile Rock

Billy Joel set
17. Prelude
18. Angry Young Man
19. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
20. Allentown
21. Zanzibar
22. Don’t Ask Me Why
23. She’s Always a Woman
24. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
25. River of Dreams
26. We Didn’t Start the Fire
27. It’s Still Rock’n’Roll to Me
28. Only the Good Die Young

John/Joel with bands
29. I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues
30. Uptown Girl
31. The Bitch is Back
32. You May be Right
33. Bennie and the Jets

John/Joel solo
34. Candle in the Wind
35. Piano Man

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To Do or Not To Do… That is the question!

What does the Bible say about tattoos and piercings? The Old Testament says “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” Leviticus19:28.  Even thought today Christians do not look at the Old Testament as much as they do the New Testament, they still are confused on whether it should be okay to get tattoos or not. The New Testament doesn’t say anything about not getting tattoos or body piercings, which leads to the question, does the Lord find tattoos and piercing acceptable.

            Even though the New Testament does not command us not to get tattoos and body piercings, it still doesn’t give us a reason to think God would want us to have tattoos and piercings. It is hard to think that we can’t ask God to bless the activity for his own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God’ 1 Corinthians 10:31.

The most important thing to remember says Christians is Romans 14:23 which say that anything that does not come from faith is sin. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 doesn’t directly apply to tattoos or body piercings but says “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

When it comes to the other side of tattoos and piercings, the side that says they are ok if they are a way to honor God and Jesus and what they have done for us. One might ask, why do you need a tattoo to remind you what Jesus has done to save us. There are always two sides to ever story, and for this one it’s no different.

For those who believe in the bible and take the bible word for word, they will believe that it is not ok for you to get a tattoo or a body piercing. But for those who look at the Bible as more of a way of life or a way you should live your life, then it might be seen as acceptable for them. People who think its okay don’t see how you are disrespecting your body by doing these things when the Bible says that God gave us free will. This should mean that we are able to make our own decisions on whether or not we want a tattoo or a piercing.

When it comes to this topic you have to know where you stand in your faith before you can make the decision to get a tattoo or a piercing. You need to think long and hard about what you believe and if you think it is right for you. There is no right or wrong answer depending on what side you are on, but it all about if you believe it is ok or moral to do. For as long as the world exist there will always be two sides to this story, it’s up to you to decide what side you are on.

By: Laura Herby and Megan Scott

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Digging Deep into the History of Ink

The word Tattoo comes from the word “ta-tau” which means “the result from tapping”. Tattoos and body piercings have been around for thousands of years in many different cultures. Tattooed mummies for Egypt, Peru, and the Philippines have been dated back as far as 2000 B.C. The reasons for tattoos back then are a lot different than tattoos today. In Egypt the mummies found with tattoos were female, this is said to be because they were of royal status and these markings would show the gods of what importance these women were.  They were also said to protect prostitutes against sexually transmitted diseases.

The instruments used back then to do tattooing are best described as sharp pointed on the end of a wooden handle. These instruments can be dated back to 3000 B.C. There were small bronze instruments found also in Egypt. These instruments found are similar to the tools found later in the 19th century Egypt, looked to be several needles tied together. They would use wood or oil mixed with breast milk to create the ink for these tattoos.   

Most of the tattoos found on the mummies were largely dotted patterns in lines. They looked to be cosmetic on female mummies found. They were of dark or black pigment, the bright colors were mostly found in other ancient cultures.

 The most recent discovery of early tattoos happened in 1991 when an iceman was found along the borders of Italy and Australia, this icemans tattoo where carbon dated back 5200 years ago. These tattoos found on the iceman were described to be small dots across the lower spine and on his right knee and ankle. These are looked to be a marking of status.

In 1948 in Scythian Pazyryk of the Altai Mountain region a body was discovered that was 2,400 years old, he was the first mummy to be found with his tattoos covering most of his body and they were in the shapes of mythical animals. Then in 1993 a woman was found also with tattoos on her shoulders that were in the shape of mythical animals to.  To the ancient Greek cultures tattoos were a mark of nobility, not to have them showed how low on the social status you were. If you look into cultures among the Native Americas you see the first facial tattooing. Some tattoos would cover their whole face to show what tribe they belonged to.

 Polynesia and Japan were thought to be the ones to introduce what we know as modern tattoos to the Western Cultures. If you look into the more modern tattoo the reasoning for tattoos changed. For the Maori culture of New Zealand, their face was considered to be the most important part of the body. Everyone’s tattoo was unique and would convey that persons rank, status and ancestry. Women of this culture would get tattoos on their face near their lips and chins to prevent the skin from becoming wrinkled or old. It was to keep them looking young. This practice was continued up until the 1970s. When you look at today’s culture you see that its more of a fashion statement then a marking of importance. This has developed though out the generations.

When you look into the history of piercing you see a much different history than tattoos. It was found that the Romans warriors use to get nipple rings to hold their capes in place. This was a sign of loyalty to their Emperor. The Mayans were said to have their tongues pierced as a part of spiritual rituals. It’s also been rumored that Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert  had his penis pierced, but reason for this is still unproven.

Nose rings are used today as fashionable pieces of body jewelry, but did you know that they were first recorded in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago when it is mentioned in the Bible about Abraham gave his servant a “gold earring”, and in Hebrew this translates to “ nose-ring”. Genesis 24:22

Nose piercing was brought to India in the 16th Century from the Middle East by the Moghul emperors. Getting the left side of your nose pierced was most common in India because that was the spot associated with female reproductive organs. This piercing was supposed to make childbirth easier and lesson period pain.

Ear lobe piercings was the first attempt at body piercing ever. This was because it was so easy to be pierced. A body was found with ear piercings that was dated back to 5,000 years old. The body’s ears were pierced and were enlarged to 7-11 mm in diameter. This today is known as “Stretching’ your ears. The original reason for piercing your ears was for magical purposes, it was believed that demons could enter though the ears, but they were repelled by metal so they would wear metal earrings to keep away bad demons. 

The second most popular piercing from ears was the Septum piercing. Cultures would stick though pieces of bone, feather, even wood. It was most common among warriors because it would give the face a ruff and tough appearance.

Both tattoos and piercings can be dated back a long time ago to cultures that used them as a religious or a way to show their status in society. Today we look at them as a fashion statement. Although times have change and their meaning as well, it’s clear to see that no matter what the meaning, people will always get tattoos and piercings because to them it means something.

By: Laura Herby and Megan Scott

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Interview with Emily Casell

              Emily Casell age 20, spends her time learning all she can learn about music engineer. She attends Villa Maria College and it working on getting her bachelor in Music Industry. She is a caring person and loves to pride herself in helping others when they need help. This aspect of her made me want to find out more about her. So I decided to ask her questions about her life. Continue reading

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Chomsky Videos

      After watching some of the videos I think that he is right about saying that sometimes the things that we report are one-sided and that you can’t always trust what one person is saying. I don’t think that his theories were out wrong, I think that people can believe what they want and what they choice to believe. I Think people like this just think differently than most but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Its important people just be honest and respect other people’s option. But when it comes to news I think that the US has its ways to keep things out of the media for its protection. Chomsky thinks that its only the US saying all the bad things about Cambodia, and about communism. Your never going to hear the whole side to any story unless you are the story and it happend to you. But i thought it was a very interesting take on things.

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“Lost Your Head?”

ORCHARD PARK, NY–   “Lost Your Head? “

In February 2009 a man named Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan got in an argument with his wife at their local TV station where he then proceeded to go buy a knife so he would chop off her head. He was convicted by a jury of eight men and four women for second degree murder. The trail was three weeks long with a 14 day testimony. The vitric would keep him in jail for 15 years and a maximum of 25 year to life. The Buffalo news reported that it only took 50 minutes for the jury to deliberate.

                Hassan was said to be a long time abuser of his wife and that he had premeditated this murder that took place in the hallway of the local TV station. One eye witness stood on trial for four days to tell his side of the eight yearlong marriages and all the abuse he has seen over the years. Hassan came back and said that it wasn’t him that was abusing his wife; he said that he had evidence that said she was the one that was abusing him and retaliating against him. He then showed police reports showing that he was the one that was being hurt in these in situations. He said that the people that were retailing against him were only doing it so that women can always look like the victims and that men are never the ones being hurt. He was trying to prove to the jury and everyone there that it was not him that was doing all the abuse that she was leading him to do it because she was the one really abusing him.

                The CBS News said that six days earlier his wife had filed for divorce and that’s why he was so angry at her cause she wanted better things for her life and her kids life. Two of his kids took a stand on trial on Wednesday. His 20 year old daughter got emotion on the said said WBEN, she said she has never seen anyone bleed that much before.  Hassan’s 19 year old boy said gave even more evidence to show that there was abuse by the father to his mother. He also said that there was times when his dad would even hurt him and his sister.

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