Happy Holidays

Just doing a quick post wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t forget to watch the World War 2 in Europe video coming on my YouTube channel EmperorTigerstar on 1/1/2013!

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Pattern for Spanish Stem Changing Verbs

I did some thinking and I found a pattern for stem-changing spanish verbs. It’s sort of complicated so be sure you understand a few things. Keep in mind that the letter a and the letter i cannot be a stem-changing vowel.

You need to know soft and hard consonants (in Spanish).

Hard consonants in Spanish: b, c (when like a k), d, g, gu, k, n, qu, t, v

Soft consonants in Spanish: c (when like an s), f, g (when like an h), j, m, p, s, z

The other consonants are neither. Now that you know these, we can get to the pattern.

  • Stem changer vowels are always the second vowel space from the right.
  • If that second vowel from the right is to the right of a soft consonant, it changes. Examples: jugar, poder, tener
  • If that vowel is to the right of a hard consonant, and that consonant is to the right of a vowel, then it changes. Example: divertir, acostar
  • If there is an o after a hard-sounding c, and before 2 consonants in a row, it changes. Examples: costar, acostar
  • It always changes if it is after a v or a qu. If it doesn’t, it’s an irregular verb. Examples: venir, vestir, volver, querer

Thank you for reading. I hope this helped.

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5 Good Bands You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Here are five bands you should listen to if you get a chance. These are five bands you haven’t probably heard of. But believe me, these bands are great.

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5. Carolina Liar

OK, maybe you might remember this one a bit. For those of you struggling to remember, these guys had a relatively popular single “Show Me What I’m Lookin For”. But after that, you never really heard from these guys again. But I can say that their entire albums front to back are great. These guys are rock, alternative, and pop.

Recommended Songs: I’m Not Over, Show Me What I’m Lookin For, California Bound

 

4. Scorched Earth Policy

These guys are a modern/thrash metal band that has a bit of growling but have great songs. A few of their sounds even have an industrial sound. They also do instrumentals.

Recommended Songs: Train Rolls Without You, Mourn Again

 

3. Exit 714

These guys are a local band from near St. Louis, Missouri. They also do modern metal and have more of a yell than a scream or growl. They add bits of funk to their music to give it a great sound. I saw these guys live and they have great talent. Warning: These guys have vulgar lyrics.

Recommended Songs: Funk Yo Music, Backwards J, Firebase Ripcord

 

2. Godspeed

This is a single dude from Japan that plays guitar only and has a drummer. They make nothing but rock instrumentals and are fantastic. They’re entire collection is here:

http://www.vivix.info/sound

Recommended Songs: April Fools, Black Rain, The Final Battle

 

1. Iron Horse

This band is popular among metal and bluegrass fans on the internet. Wait…metal and…bluegrass? Yup. These guys play popular metal songs by Metallica, Guns N Roses, in bluegrass style. They are awesome.

Recommended Songs: Ride the Lightning, Sweet Child O’ Mine.

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Warren Buffet’s Plan: A good one.

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:</p>
<p>"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just<br />
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more<br />
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible<br />
for re-election.</p>
<p>The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)<br />
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!<br />
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail,<br />
cell phones, etc.</p>
<p>Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year<br />
or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.</p>
<p>Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to<br />
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask<br />
each of those to do likewise.</p>
<p>In three days, most people in The United States of America will<br />
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed<br />
around.</p>
<p>Congressional Reform Act of 2012 </p>
<p>1.  No Tenure / No Pension.</p>
<p>A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no<br />
pay when they're out of office.</p>
<p>2.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social<br />
Security.  </p>
<p>All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the<br />
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into<br />
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the<br />
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.</p>
<p>3.  Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all<br />
Americans do.</p>
<p>4.  Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.<br />
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.</p>
<p>5.  Congress loses their current health care system and<br />
participates in the same health care system as the American people.</p>
<p>6.  Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the<br />
American people.</p>
<p>7.  All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void<br />
effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this<br />
contract with Congressmen/women.</p>
<p>Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in<br />
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers<br />
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their<br />
term(s), then go home and back to work.</p>
<p>If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will<br />
only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive<br />
the message. Don't you think it's time?</p>
<p>THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!</p>
<p>If you agree, pass it on. If not, delete.<br />
You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks<br />
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Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:”I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “Y

ou just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election.The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

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(Sorry for the Long Wait) Updates

Here are some updates in the universe of EmperorTigerstar.

*A new, general forum is being created that will be the forum for all websites and channels owned by EmperorTigerstar.

http://www.emperortigerstar.forumotion.com

* A new World War II video is in production and will be released on YouTube on January 1st, 2013.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams

(Source: CNN)

Legendary singer Andy Williams, known for his smooth voice and classics such as “Moon River,” died after a year-long battle with bladder cancer at his Branson, Missouri, home Tuesday night, his family said.

Williams, 84, began his singing career as a child in a quartet with his brothers, but rose to stardom as a solo act starting in the 1950s.

“The Andy Williams Show,” a weekly television variety program that ran for nine years on NBC starting in 1962, and a dozen TV specials from 1959 through 1987 made Williams a household name in the United States.

He spent the last 20 years of his career performing on his own stage at his Moon River Theatre in Branson.

Marie Osmond, who made her TV debut on his show at age 3, said Williams was “the first person to affect my career.”

“The group ‘The Osmonds’ would not exist without the foresight and generosity of our mentor, Andy Williams,” Osmond said.

“No one sang more beautifully than Andy Williams,” she said. “Hearing his version of ‘Moon River’ never failed to move me deeply. I can’t imagine the holiday season without Andy Williams; we did so many specials together.”

People we’ve lost in 2012: The lives they lived

“Moon River” became his theme song after he performed it at the 1962 Academy Awards, where it won an Oscar for best song in a movie. Audrey Hepburn sang the Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini composition in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Williams’ recording career reached superstar status in 1963 when his album “Days of Wine and Roses” spent 16 weeks at the top of the U.S. music charts.

His variety TV show, which promoted the careers of many other artists including the Osmonds, won high ratings and three Emmys.

Williams hosted the first live Grammy Awards telecast at the Hollywood Palladium in 1971. He went on to host for seven years straight.

“The entertainment industry has lost a giant piece of its living history today, but Williams’ legacy will forever be enshrined in the annals of music and television,” said Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who will miss this American treasure.”

The singer hosted five Christmas television specials, between 1973 and 1985, along with seven other television specials, the first in 1959 and the last in 1987.

Williams, who also had a home in La Quinta, California, is survived by his wife of 21 years, Debbie, and his three children with French singer Claudine Longet — Robert, Noelle and Christian.

He was married to Longet from 1961 until their divorce in 1975. A year later, she was charged with the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Olympic skier Spider Sabich.

Williams stood by Longet, who claimed the shooting was accidental. She spent a month in jail.

Williams’ Branson theater was the first non-country venue built in the small Missouri tourist mecca.

He was born on December 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa, where he began singing with brothers Bob, Dick and Don in a Presbyterian church choir led by their parents.

Williams was just eight when he made his professional singing debut with the Williams Brothers Quartet. The brothers were regular performers on radio station WHO’s “Iowa’s Barn Dance Show” in Des Moines, Iowa. Their popularity grew, taking the brothers to national stations, including WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati.

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Why the Balkan Countries Hate Each Other

Anyone who constantly does things on the internet such as YouTube will at one point find some Hungarian arguing with a Romanian of some Bulgarian arguing with a Serb. The Balkan countries pretty much hate each other thanks to centuries of rivalry and thanks to the rise of nationalism. This post is going to explain how the Balkan Powder Keg occured. But first, where is the balkans? The Balkans are in southeastern Europe.

This area is the Balkans. This map shows the modern-day borders. Kosovo is not included.

So, in medieval times and through the renaissance, the Ottoman Empire, which originated from modern-day Turkey, took over the entire Balkans all the way up to the gates of Vienna. At one point, all of the major ethnic groups had a major empire or state within the Balkans. But they were at different periods. So when nationalism rose in the region, all of these peoples wanted to reestablish their great empires, but naturally they couldn’t overlap their territories. When the Ottomans declined, other nations took advantage. Russia, like most Balkan peoples with the exception of Hungarians, Albanians, Romanians, and Greeks, were Slavs. Russia wanted to create a bunch of slavic allies to further weaken the Ottomans and to spread its influence. In 1815, the Ottomans had several vassals: Montenegro, Moldavia, and Wallachia. In 1817, the vassal of Serbia is created after a revolution. In 1829, Greece gains independence. Russia takes advantage of the weakening Ottomans. In 1868, after much pressure, the vassals of Wallachia and Moldavia are united into the Vassal of Romania. Then, in 1876, Russia declares war on the Ottomans and wins. As a result, in 1878, Serbia, Romania, and Montenegro gain full independence. Then the Vassal of Bulgaria is created. In 1909, Bulgaria gains independence. The only thing that the Balkan nations agree on is that they want the Ottomans out. In 1912, the Balkan Wars begin. Albania gains independence and the Ottomans are out of the Balkans accept for Eastern Thrace. But when the peace treaty is made, Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece are satisfied, but Bulgaria is not. Bulgaria wanted Macedonia and Western Thrace. The Second Balkan War occurs and Bulgaria loses. But the rivalry continues. In World War 1 and World War 2, they all fight each other and bring Hungary into the mix as Romania takes Transylvania. It may be de jure peaceful in the Balkans, but the tension is still there…

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