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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Port de la Rochelle


Port de la Rochelle
Originally uploaded by dklé.
nice

BRAZIL FIRE


BRAZIL FIRE
Originally uploaded by Der Yid.
wow, its like a movie in real life

Miwa Oshiro


Miwa Oshiro
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
NICE BIKINI

051224-DSCF0191


051224-DSCF0191
Originally uploaded by phaif.
HELLO

Monschau 2


Monschau 2
Originally uploaded by jamica2005.
reminds me of Morrington in Scotland

Eriko Sato, Koike Eiko & Mystery Girl

great pix

New era heralded for mobile TV

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How to Convert DVD Movies to iPod MP4 Format Using DVD to iPod Converter

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Step 2. Insert a DVD into your DVD driver and launch the Super DVD to iPod Converter.
Step 3. Click "Open DVD" button and you'll see a dialog below. If you will convert the whole DVD movie into a single iPod MP4 file, just click "OK" for the next step.
Step 4. This dialog shows the contents table of the DVD movie to be converted. Click plus "+" before the DVD title to expand the title tree.
Step 5. You may need to change the DVD title. To do this, put your desired name into the "Title" edit box. This will be the file name in your iPod. To choose a subtitle, you need first select the responding title item (which is usually the longest chapter), and then choose the appropriate subtitle in the drop-down box. To choose an audio, refer to the operation of choosing subtitle.
Step 6. "Save as" is used to save the converted file to a folder in the hard disc. Click "Browse" button to change the default folder.
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Monday, December 26, 2005

Miwa Oshiro


Miwa Oshiro
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
nice

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Eriko Sato


Eriko Sato
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

Eriko Sato


Eriko Sato
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

Eriko Sato


Eriko Sato
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

Eriko Sato


Eriko Sato
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

Koike Eiko


Koike Eiko
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

Koike Eiko


Koike Eiko
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
nice

Koike Eiko


Koike Eiko
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
nice

Mariya Yamada


Mariya Yamada
Originally uploaded by Bikini Idolater.
cute

By kbreak


By kbreak
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cute

z031


z031
Originally uploaded by MACKEYdesigns.com.
cute

IMG_1549


IMG_1549
Originally uploaded by tammyloh.
yum

Thursday, December 22, 2005

LIZ 40EIGHT


LIZ 40EIGHT
Originally uploaded by GVK.
cute

Support for Nathan Warmack's Right to Wear his Kilt

http://www.petitiononline.com/kilt05/

...or email the principal directly:  RMcClard@jackson.k12.mo.us

While this petition began as a Clan Gunn petition, there have been inquiries from members of other clans. We, therefore, invite members of other clans as well as anyone who is interested in supporting their Scottish heritage, or the rights of others to celebrate their Scottish heritage to join in support of Nathan Warmack by signing this petition. Further, Clan Gunn is proud to sponsor a drive for item donations to complete his Kilt ensemble. We wish for him to wear his kilt with the PRIDE OF THE SCOTS behind him! For information, please contact the author of this petition. To make donations to the NATHAN WARMACK LEGAL FUND, First Missouri State Bank, 2 S. Mount Auburn Rd., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703 send checks, money orders or cashiers checks only, please. This petition will remain live until there is a resolution to this issue. Thank you for your support! Jackson R2 School Board Meeting scheduled, for information, please contact author of this petition.


To:  THE CASH-BOOK JOURNAL
Letter to the Editor


We, the following, are proud members of Clan Gunn, of North America and Scotland. We were absolutely stunned and appalled to hear about Mr. McClard's decision as Principal of Jackson High School to require Nathan Warmack, a student at the school, to change clothes or be evicted from the “Silver Arrow” dance because he was wearing a kilt.

We could better understand his decision had he worn it to attend class, but a school DANCE? We could even understand his decision had he been wearing a tee shirt touting drugs, alcohol, smoking, hate propaganda, or porn OR if he had been exposing himself in some lewd manner. ...But because it was a "distraction" at a school dance? From what? From the intense concentration it takes to dance?

These politically correct times in which we live require us to
accept many "alternative" attitudes. They are shoved down our
throats daily. We have to accept Ebonics, gender-sensitive language
and behavior, alternative lifestyles, and reverse discrimination to
name just a few. We are EXPECTED to show tolerance for everyone who
chooses "break the mold." We would lay odds that Mr. McClard has dealt with
just such issues many times as a principal of a high school.

Yet, Mr. McClard finds it inappropriate for a young man to show pride in his
Scottish heritage by wearing a kilt? Mr. McClard insults his heritage by
insinuating that he looked like a clown?

How could an educated person, who is in charge of educating our youth, not see the amazing educational opportunity provided by that
young man? Nathan's pride in his familial heritage COULD have opened the
doors to discussions regarding other children's heritages,
geography, and cultural traditions. It COULD have been a very
positive situation had Mr. McClard shown the insight to turn it into a
learning moment rather than a media event.

How could a person who works with kids on a daily basis not see the
importance of self-esteem and the courage it takes young people to
show pride in their families' heritages? We cannot fathom Mr. McClard's decision, and it angers us that while we are barraged by PC expectations from every possible single-issue group out there, that he would choose to diminish the Scottish tradition of the kilt in such a really unnecessary context; a school dance.

There is something to be said for choosing one's battles wisely.
This is not an example of a wise choice in that regard. Making an
issue out of this particular situation shows incredible short-
sightedness on Mr. McClard's part as an educator on so many levels.

We truly hope Mr. McClard finds the courage to apologize to Nathan Warmack. He deserves an apology.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned



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Nathan Warmack, a defensive lineman on his high school football team, wears his Scottish kilt.

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JACKSON, Mo. (Dec. 22) - Nathan Warmack wanted to honor his heritage by wearing a Scottish kilt to his high school dance. Then a principal told him to change into a pair of pants.

What began with a few yards of tartan has sparked an international debate about freedom, symbols and cultural dress. More than 1,600 people have signed an Internet petition seeking an apology for the high school senior.

Scots in the United States are assembling a traditional ensemble they hope the student will wear to the prom, and his family is trying to change the school's dress code policy.

"It's a kilt. It's going to turn heads, but I never believed it would have become what it is," Warmack said.

Other schools around the country also have wrestled with the issue. A principal in Victoria, Texas, ordered two boys into "more appropriate" attire when they wore kilts to school in 1992, saying: "I know kilts. Those weren't kilts and the boys aren't Scots."

In 1993, a student in Fayette County, Ga., was not allowed to enter his prom at McIntosh High School because he showed up in a kilt and refused to change clothes.

And while they weren't trying to dress in kilts, a few boys were allowed to wear skirts to class at Franklin Community High School in Indiana in 1997, when a superintendent said different people express themselves in different ways.

Warmack, a defensive lineman on the football team, lives in Jackson, a growing, largely middle-class city of about 14,000 people about 110 miles from St. Louis.

He got interested in his family's Scottish ties after seeing Mel Gibson's 1995 movie "Braveheart," about William Wallace's battle to overthrow English rule in 13th century Scotland. Warmack reads books about Scotland and visits Web sites to learn more about his family's genealogy.

He bought a kilt on the Internet to wear to his school's formal "Silver Arrow" dance in November. Warmack said he showed it to a vice principal before the dance, who joked he'd better wear something underneath it, and Warmack assured him he would.
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''It's a kilt. It's going to turn heads, but I never believed it would have become what it is.''

-- High school student Nathan Warmack, on the controversy over his attire at a school dance

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Warmack's parents, Terry and Paula, helped him piece together the rest of his outfit, a white shirt and black tie with white socks and black boots.

"We knew it wasn't the formal regalia," his father said. "We wanted it to be acceptable for the occasion."

After Nathan Warmack and his date posed for pictures, principal Rick McClard, who had not previously seen the kilt, told the student he had to go change. Warmack refused a few times and said the outfit was recognizing his heritage.

Warmack alleges McClard told him: "Well, this is my dance, and I'm not going to have students coming into it looking like clowns." McClard later said he had no recollection of saying that, Warmack's dad said. The principal did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The school district's superintendent, Ron Anderson, said McClard has the authority under the district's dress code policy to judge appropriate dress for extracurricular activities, including dances.

"It's mainly to protect from the possibility of a disruption or something that could be viewed as a disruption," Anderson said.

Several Scottish heritage organizations are angry, saying the kilt is a symbol of Scottish pride and considered formal dress.

"To say the traditional Scottish dress makes you look like a clown is a direct insult to people of Scottish heritage and those who live in Scotland," said Tom Wilson, a Texas commissioner for the Clan Gunn Society of North America, a Scottish heritage organization.

Another Clan Gunn member, Beth Gardner, started an online petition seeking an apology for Warmack. It questions in part the notion that the kilt was a distraction.

"From what? From the intense concentration it takes to dance?"

Scottish groups are hoping they can help him to establish a formal Scottish ensemble that more fully reflects his heritage, including pieces that are being handmade for Warmack in Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida.

Warmack said he's concerned that school officials are just waiting for the situation to blow over, and that the policy won't be changed.

"This has picked up a lot of steam," he said, "but it hasn't really gotten anywhere."

12/22/2005 05:47:27

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005