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Thanks to our technological wizard Karen Lapthorn, I have finally figured out how to post videos on the blog, something Americans have only been able to do for 3 or 4 years. Anyway, while perusing the Web 2.0, I found a new site called YouTube. They have (free!!) clips of tv shows AND R&B and Pop music videos. So to celebrate, please enjoy my favorite Family Guy clip. And if you know what's good for you, you'll start downloading Whitney Houston music videos before she gets elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They can't keep that kind of talent out forever.

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