My memory fails me....connect the dots regarding 'Zero, Northwest Florida' please?
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Well the word ZERO is central to my spiritual philosophy.
It has to do with protective circles and wheels of fortune.
Think about circles of goodness spinning around you
guiding you steadily on your journey like a gyroscope.
And this gyroscope doesn't turn on its on.
You have to spin it. God helps those who help themselves.
Northwest Florida is a proposed state I created by erasing Ellicott's Line between the Perdido and the Chattahoochee Rivers, the first U.S. Southern Boundary & the present-day Alabama-Florida line.
Out here in cyberspace I packed my bags and moved from Cuba, Alabama to
Zero, Northwest Florida.
CHUCK LEAVELL, MIKE DUKE & JOHNNY TOWNSEND
GREGG ALLMAN & JOHNNY TOWNSEND
I see you have some of the photos I sent are up already. I hope you're enjoying them as much as I
did going through them all again. I get all warm and fuzzy inside everytime I pull out the old Rubber Band photos and the pics of old friends and comrades like Lou and Tippy. I guess I'm getting sentimental in my old age, not that I haven't always been.
Incidentally, I'll be out performing this summer with the TGZ Band. It's a nine piece jazz/funk band that Danny Toler pulled me in on. Other members include Matt Zeiner on keyboards from Dickey Betts Great Southern, "Scary" Ron Gary, also on keys. Ron has played with a lot of jazz greats like Stanley Clark and Chick Correa. Avon Lucas from the D.C. area. Avon is monster bass player who plays a 9-string bass. The damn thing looks like a 2" X 6" with strings and he sounds like an orchestra when he plays solos. Dangerous Danny Toler, of course, who's my favorite guitar player, and John McKnight on drums. Danny and I played with John in the Renegades and we're thrilled to have him in this band. We've got 4 guys that sing their butts off so every possible musical base is covered. We've got an emerging hit CD, having picked up over 600 stations in recent weeks. We've also just signed with a great agent on the east coast and the largest indy distributor in the states, Select-O-Hits. We'll be doing some gigs around the southeast starting with a concert buyers convention in toward the end of July. Dick Wooley, who used to be the head promotion guy at Capricorn Records has signed the group to his new label, King Mojo Records. Who'd have thought us old geezers would be getting another crack at the bigs. The TGZ Band is comprised of some of the best players I've ever seen, let alone perform with. I'll give you a heads up if we get into the T-Town area and hope to see you and some of the blogger minions this summer. Check out the TGZ MySpace site for gig updates.....
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Subject: Your Appearance On Hannity & Colmes Was SUPERB!
You rock, bro' man!
I think you scared Colmes out of his hide when he scolded you for looking away from him and then you obliged by looking him in the eye.
Colmes is a pathetic, wormy little hateful sack of shit posing as a male & I wish you had had the opportunity to tear his deceitful psyche apart but that's TV.
You might be interested in a couple of my websites
Buena suerte mi amigo.
We Alabamians glory in your spunk!
Keep up the good work.
I was the first person at the University of Alabama to check out your Fidel book this year & it had been on the shelf of the library since 2005!
It is a masterful expose of the hate, inhumanity, perversity and falsehood of the entire Left.
Way to go!
VIVA AIR NATIONAL GUARD, CARAJO!
Great to hear from you, amigo!
And "Roll Tide!"--indeed--
except when they play LSU where my two sons (major college football fans) now attend.
Will be visiting Alabama-- with my coon-ass buddies-- this November for deer-season as usual.
Humberto Fontova http://www.hfontova.com/
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Janet Ray Weininger HAS NOW COLLECTED $23,900,000 FROM CASTRO!
Back in '03, I talked to Janet over the phone about her finding out when she was 6 years old in the first grade in Ozark that her Daddy had been killed at Bay of Pigs with the Alabama National Guard . She wanted to find out where the house was in Ozark where she was living when she got the news. We both worked on it & finally I got these emails around September 8, 2003.
Our home backed-up to the woods and was one house away from the corner house. The corner house wasn't on Westview. It was on Anne Street and the side street was a dirt road that went back into the woods. Across the street from our home where other houses that had backyards that sloped down. In fact there was block walls behind their houses and those on Magnolia Street which were even lower.
Our home was small with windows that cranked out.
The street that I lived on in Ozark was Anne Street. It would be interesting to learn something about the cemetery that was deep in the woods behind my home. Do you have any connections. I went to www.mapquest.com and saw the there was undeveloped property behind.
Janet Ray Weisinger found out she was living on Anne Street in Ozark when she entered the first grade and her Daddy was recruited by the CIA for the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
I received this email from her today. [September 8, 2003]
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A satellite view of Havana. Terrafly.com
A Havana Apartment Building -2006
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DIGITAL TOOLS BOLSTER PROPERTY CLAIMS AGAINST CUBA
by Greg Allen http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10817208
All Things Considered, June 7, 2007 ·
Exiles from Castro's Cuba are using new technology to help them find their former homes in the island nation. Some have filed claims against frozen Cuban bank accounts in the United States for their losses, but coffers are running low after a few large payouts.
Thousands of companies and individuals have claims on file against the Cuban government. Many of them keep a watchful eye on the health of Fidel Castro, who gave his first interview this week since ceding power to his brother Raul and undergoing emergency surgery 10 months ago.
The prospect that the end of Castro's rule may hasten change in Cuba has cheered exiles living in South Florida and elsewhere who have a strong interest in the nation's future.
It is a point of principle among many Cuban exiles that while they long for their former home, they refuse to return — even for a visit — until Castro is gone and change begins to come to Cuba.
Many exiles fled Cuba after their homes and businesses were seized at gunpoint by the Communist regime. An ongoing exhibit of photographs in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood offers them the next best thing to a visit.
Mario Sanchez is a professor of computer sciences at Miami Dade College who conceived the exhibition, part of a project that marries computer technology with high-definition photography. It is aimed at helping Cuban-Americans locate and see images of their former homes.
As he steps closer to the large, wall-mounted satellite photo, it is clear Sanchez has a personal interest in the project.
"My house is in the Tamarindo area," he says.
Several years ago, Sanchez sent to the U.S. State Department copies of his photos, the deed for the Havana property, and an affidavit asserting a claim to his former home.
That process helped inspire his new project, in which Cuban exiles can use an interactive map to locate their former homes — and to file claims with the U.S. government.
At his home office in Miami Beach, Napthali Rishe shows how Cuban Americans can find their homes. At his laptop, he brings up the Web site he runs, Terrafly.com. A few clicks later, he is navigating around an interactive satellite map of Havana.
In some cases, the interactive map links to high-definition, street-level images of the property or others nearby, taken by U.S. volunteers and entered into the database.
Rishe says the project isn't political. It was intended to be an interactive archive that would document the current architecture of Havana, but which would also allow users to register claims to their former homes.
Attorney Pedro Freyre's family had four houses in Havana confiscated by the Castro regime. But he says now is not the time to press those claims.
Freyre also represents U.S. companies that had property confiscated by Cuba and which, like individual homeowners, have registered claims with the U.S. government.
In all, nearly 6,000 companies and individuals have claims on file with the State Department, claims that are waiting for some day in the future when Cuba and the United States are ready to discuss normalizing relations.
But while thousands wait, a few people have brought lawsuits against the Cuban government, and won.
One of them is Janet Ray Weininger, daughter of CIA pilot Thomas Ray, who was shot down during the 1961 Bay of Pigs operation and executed by Cuban authorities.
Weininger was just 6 when she last saw her father. It wasn't until the early 1970s that CIA officials told her family how he had died. By then, though still a teenager, she had begun trying to get Cuban authorities to return her father's body.
In 1979, Cuba released Thomas Ray's body. And then in 1996, Congress passed a law allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments for terrorist acts. In Cuba's case, hundreds of millions of dollars have been held frozen in U.S. bank accounts since the 1960s.
Last year, Janet Ray Weininger received nearly $25 million disbursed from frozen Cuban accounts.
Two other lawsuits have also successfully tapped frozen Cuban funds. Families of members of the group Brothers to the Rescue who were shot down in their plane by Cuba in 1996 have received more than $90 million.
Also last year, the family of Howard Anderson, a U.S. businessman shot by a Cuban firing squad in 1961, received $67 million.
Other judgments against the Castro regime are pending. But Cuban and knowledgeable U.S. sources say there is little money left in Cuba's frozen accounts.
"There may be a little left, but it's certainly precious little," said Stuart Eizenstat, a former official in the Clinton and Carter administrations who has worked on claims involving foreign governments. His cases have included claims in Iran and Vietnam.
Eizenstat is critical of the lawsuits that have tapped Cuba's frozen funds, saying they unfairly bypassed thousands of other legitimate claims — and that they also undercut U.S. diplomatic leverage with Cuba.
Settling the thousands of claims pending against Cuba should not be much of an obstacle to normalization, Eizenstat said — when that day finally comes.
Given Cuba's poor economic state, Eizenstat says that any compensation received by claimants may be little more than token payments — and that ultimately, an apology may be as important as the money.