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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 18,517

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Don't Trust The Pictures Hotels Post On Their Websites

I have certainly found this before. There are many nice hotels where I live on Saipan but there is one hotel in particular that would be perfectly fine if it was promoted as a low cost budget hotel - but its website makes it sound like a classy luxury resort. It is always best to check a number of reviews before you book - including some from sites like www.tripadvisor.com that features a variety of impressions from multiple actual customers.



By Julie Zeveloff for Business Insider

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Hotels aren't always completely honest when it comes to the photos they post on their websites.

Professional reviewers from hotel review website Oyster visited vacation properties from Barbados to Boston, and the photos they took didn't quite match up with the online fantasy.

If you're thinking of booking a warm getaway as the cold weather sets in, let these "photo fakeouts" serve as a cautionary tale against relying solely on hotels' marketing materials.

Some of these photo "upgrades" are so egregious, you'll think you are looking at pictures of two completely different properties.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hotel-real-v-fake-photos-2013-12?op=1#ixzz2oMPtEDiS
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 10:48 PM (5 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour. with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
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Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:46 AM (0 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour.with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Join us on Facebook http://facebook.com/FreshMovieTrailers
Best DRAMAS Here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
© Sony Pictures Classics
Subscribe now 2 catch the best trailers and the latest HD official movie trailer, film clip, scene and video !


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:44 AM (0 replies)

WADJA Movie Trailer (2013) Oscar nominated film - first major feature film made in Saudi Arabia

I just saw the interview with the Director, Haifaa al Mansour. with John Stewart on the Daily Show - The film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film - This whole development sounds VERY exciting to those of us who have a special place in our heart for the Middle East.


A 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Join us on Facebook http://facebook.com/FreshMovieTrailers
Best DRAMAS Here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WADJA Movie Trailer. In theaters: September 13th, 2013
Directed by Haifaa al Mansour.
Cast : Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf

WADJA Trailer
© Sony Pictures Classics
Subscribe now 2 catch the best trailers and the latest HD official movie trailer, film clip, scene and video !


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 09:39 AM (2 replies)

Is the Democratic Party a real force for progress or is it a lesser of evils?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 04:01 AM (6 replies)

Dear Phil (duck dynasty) Robertson, Thank you for educating people regarding God's Law

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1 : 9) . The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21: 7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.


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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 09:25 PM (38 replies)

Duck Dynasty - The Robertson family photos right before they grew the beards and did the TV show





More 'Duck Dynasty' before the beards: Robertson family photos

http://www.zap2it.com/news/pictures/zap-duck-dynasty-before-the-beards-robertson-family-photos-20131123,0,2096143,showall.photogallery
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 04:42 PM (15 replies)

small boy: "Fox News Says Santa Claus is supposed to be white"

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 02:59 AM (4 replies)

Rep. Ryan Floats Tying Keystone XL to Raising Debt Ceiling

Source: Wall Street Journal

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Tuesday floated the possibility of pressing the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a GOP condition for raising or suspending the debt ceiling.

“We’ve never just done nothing,” Mr. Ryan said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio program. “We want to make sure that we’re taking steps in the direction of fiscal conservatism, of fiscal responsibility. I, for one, think we need to do more in the energy sector. I believe we need to approve Keystone pipeline. We need to produce regulatory certainties to all this private capital that develops this energy boon. We could be an energy independent continent within a decade if we stop the government from stopping it from happening. If we just get the government out of the way, it could be a real renaissance of oil and gas exploration in America, lower our gas prices, stop sending this money to foreign countries.”

The White House has said the debt ceiling will need to be raised or suspended by March – at the latest – so the government can continue borrowing money to pay its bills. The White House has also said it will not negotiate policy changes in exchange for a debt ceiling increase, but Mr. Ryan and other Republicans have said the White House will have to accept some conditions or policy demands.

Mr. Ryan, in the radio interview, suggested that a regulatory or procedural change, such as the Keystone pipeline, was a more likely possibility than a structural change to a program like Medicare. He said, for example, that he has pushed for certain changes to Medicare, but he has run into resistance from Democrats.


Read more: http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-407880/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 03:50 PM (9 replies)

Statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders on the recent NSA ruling from Federal Court



Bernie Sanders
Shared publicly - 11:50 AM

Judge Says NSA Spying Likely Unconstitutional:

In a blistering ruling, a federal judge on Monday declared that the wholesale collection of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. Moreover, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said, the program probably isn't effective in fighting terrorism. Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded ruling.

“In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner,” Sanders said. “Today’s ruling is an important first step toward reining in this agency but we must go further. I will be working as hard as I can to pass the strongest legislation possible to end the abuses by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.”

In the important ruling, Judge Leon granted a preliminary injunction in favor of two men who challenged the bulk collection of phone records and said the records should be destroyed. With a government appeal almost certain, the judge stayed enforcement of his decision.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/judge-says-nsa-spying-likely-unconstitutional
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:39 AM (13 replies)
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