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Date: May 22, 2006

"What happens at Georgetown stays at Georgetown"

Chief Justice John Roberts is certainly showing two things as he leads the Supreme Court.

1) He believes in letting the lawyers state their case BEFORE interrupting, which has to be a good thing.


2) He has a sense of humor — which I’m sure he needs.

In an address he made to Georgetown University’s law students, he remarked on the “public scrutiny of the court”.

He said, “Look at the graduates around you. Twenty-some years from now, these are the people the press is going to track down to find something embarrassing about you. Today is the day to decide among yourselves, what happens at Georgetown stays at Georgetown.”

Funny guy, our Supreme Court Justice.

God Bless

Now the scammers are using God…

I opened my email this am and found the below email in it. At first, I thought it might actually be from someone I know, but then I realized that I don’t know this person and I began to recognize it for the scam it truly is.

I’m reprinting it here in the hopes that anyone who reads my blog will point it out to others. I know that somewhere in this country is someone who will actually believe that they will become the beneficiary of $8million dollars out of the kindness of this woman’s heart. And, in the process, be ripped off for their entire life savings or something.

In the interest of, well, just because I’m curious. I did send a response letter, asking what she needed me to do. If I receive a reply, you can be sure I’ll post it here.

God Bless.

The untouched letter I received:

From: “jack smith”
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 5:29 AM

Greetings in the name of God , Pls let this not sound strange to you for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.i prayed and got you email id from your countrys chambers of commerce which i have been with my late huband and liked to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies.

I am Mrs. Kes Manfred ,I am 55 years old, I am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next Three months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very badstage.

I was brought up from a motherless babies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.My husband died in a fatal motor accident.Before his death we were true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $8million dollars with a Security Company.

Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated.

Presently, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my
ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few
months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested
to any organisation of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from.I want you God fearing, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows.

I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

Hoping to hearing from you soon.

Waiting for your reply.

Yours in Christ ,

Mrs Kes Manfred

Rambling thoughts about family…

My father is one of nine children — two died in childhood — the seven surviving children grew up, married and brought forth 21 grandchildren into the world. Those 21 grandchildren have grown up, married and produced, well, I’ve forgotten how many “little” cousins I have, but let’s just say — it’s a lot! And, I shouldn’t call them little, because most of them are taller than me. Out of the 38 marriages in my family, only 7 of them have ended in divorce. That’s less than an 18% divorce rate, which is well below the national average of 50%.

Yesterday, Cheryl and I had the honor of attending my Aunt Ellen’s 75th birthday party. When I was growing up, going over to Aunt Ellen and Uncle Marvin’s house was a great treat. We were allowed to play games and be a part of the adult conversation. Uncle Marvin and Aunt Ellen could even get Santa Claus to show up on Christmas Eve!

Anyway, Cheryl made a comment last night about how little my family drank. A few beers or a couple glasses of wine, but no one got drunk or acted like a fool, etc. For Cheryl, who had been married into a big drinking family prior to being with me, this is highly unusual. Even after our ten years together, she can’t get over how my family joins together in celebrations that don’t end in arguments or someone being a sloppy drunk.

This morning when I went to church, one of the ladies mentioned that if she had to do it all over again, she probably wouldn’t bring a child into this world. She mentioned issues she had with her kids and a few of the other families who had troubled children and she, knowing that Cheryl and I are trying for children, asked me if I was sure that I wanted to bring a child into this world. I smiled and told her that I was sure.

And, it got me thinking about my family. Growing up as a Totsch meant that you could have a good time, but there were standards you needed to keep. You didn’t have to be the star basketball player or the CEO, but you needed to play and work as if you were. To be a Totsch means that when you see someone in need — whether family or friend — you give them a helping hand. Look up the word family values in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of my family.

I don’t know what makes a child grow up to be a productive member of society, but somehow, my family seems to know how to pass it on. Maybe it’s just good genes or maybe, it is the sense of history and family pride that our parents have passed down to my generation and now we’re passing down to our kids.

I just hope that when it is my turn, I figure out of way to pass it down to my offspring.

God Bless

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