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Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together

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Columbus, Ohio 's ekoostik hookah recently made its way to Atlanta's infamous Tree Sound Studios for a week of recording followed by a weekend of live recordings in front of 200 devoted fans. Hookah is developing their first studio record since 2002 and its first recording with singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mullins in over 10 years. The double-disc new release, Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together, (which will be available in January) features one CD of studio tracks, consisting of 3 new original songs along with 3 newly rerecorded songs that originally appear on hookah's 1991 debut Under Full Sail (which was recorded 4 weeks after the band formed and with the lead guitarist having a broken hand). A second disc will contain all live tracks from the Atlanta live sessions.

Fans can view clips of some of the highlights from the weekend's live shows here:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203867

Additionally, all the members of ekoostik hookah participated in this first-ever videoed interview:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203549

The disc is now available for preorder on MerchPurch.com (the sponsor and producer of this new release), where the first 300 discs ordered come autographed by the entire band, and copies can be secured here:

http://www.merchpurch.com/item.asp?PID=243

Ekoostik Hookah information, tourdates, and music is available at www.ekoostik.com

"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth." (Col. 1:16)

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Many leaders of the Evangelical movement came together this week to stand up for the environment. Though not all evangelicals agree with their stance, the leaders cited Bible verses for the change in their position, and are urging government, businesses and individuals to cut emissions to combat global warming.

 

 

It's a shame then that President Bush does not share the views of the majority of his proponents.  Despite the fact that the President just recently promised in his State of the Union address to help to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, and pledged more research money for alternative fuel sources, his proposed budget revealed only days later, tells a different story.  Environmental causes on the whole were slashed by 13 percent.  Now, this may not seem terribly significant, but when you consider the fact that our natural environment is teetering on a ledge that we may never be able to retreat from, it becomes more significant.  And instead of getting the additional funding needed to reverse the trend, budgets are being cut despite Bush's recent promises.

 

 

The Evangelical leaders are also asking politicians to draft legislation mandating emission reductions in carbon dioxide, but President Bush opposes these mandatory reductions, insisting they will hurt the economy.  And instead of funding energy conservation programs, the cheapest way to increase supply of energy sources, Bush's 2007 budget calls for an 18 percent cut to energy efficient programs.  As the final kicker, as reported just today, President Bush proposes selling over 300,000 acres of National Forest to fund rural schools.  I've got a better idea:  let's do away with the tax break to the wealthiest 1% of the nation, or better yet, increase the tax on the oil companies, who have enjoyed their heftiest profits ever, while middle to low-income families, and are taking it in the wallet.  There would be plenty of money to fund schools, combat terrorism, and save the forests, and hopefully reverse global warming.

 

 

The commands of Jesus in the Bible are clear.  We are to "love our neighbors" (Mark 12:30-31), "do unto others as we would have them do unto us" (Luke 6:31), care for "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40-45), and be proper "stewards of His creation" (Luke 12:42-48).   It's nice to know that Evangelicals are holding themselves to these standards.  If only President Bush and Congress would take these views into consideration and stop carrying out the usual Conservative agenda.  After all, as a poignant bumper sticker pointedly asks, "What exactly are Conservatives conserving?"

 

 

It's high time to do away with political labels and stereotypes and come together as Americans, as humans, as "stewards" of the earth.  I'm pretty sure it's what Jesus would want us to do.

Its been since 1978 since all Florida teams went down on the same day

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Florida, Florida State and Miami all lost today.  The last time all three Florida teams lost was in 1978.  Florida lost to the Georgia bulldogs at the world's largest cocktail party.  Florida State lost to the Maryland Terps in College Park. And in a dramatic last second field goal, the Tarheels upset Miami in Chapel Hill