Published on August 11 2005

Chrenkoff Just as I get pointed to an interesting and good read.......the read gets a new job and quits blogging. Steven den Beste, redeux....

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In a Past Life...
You Were: A Kind Undertaker. Where You Lived: Ireland. How You Died: Dysentery.

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Published on August 10 2005

...or your Vicky's, Fruities, thongs, boxers, briefs, grannies, yadda yadda... Oh, this is a "darers go first" deal??? ;)) Freshpair.com's 3rd National Underwear Day Aug. 10th

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Published on August 8 2005

CNN.com - Man forgets wife at gas station - Aug 8, 2005
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- A Macedonian man left his wife at an Italian service station and only realized he had driven off without her six hours later, news agency Ansa said. The couple, who were travelling with their 4-year-old daughter, pulled over for petrol in the coastal city of Pesaro as they were heading back to their home to Germany. After filling the tank, the husband drove away -- without noticing that his 30-year-old wife, originally from Georgia, had got out of the car to go to the toilet. The woman, who had no money or documents with her, contacted the police who eventually traced her husband to Milan, some 340 km (210 miles) north of Pesaro, Ansa said. The husband told police he had not missed his wife because she always sat in the back of the car with their daughter.

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Published on August 8 2005

Michael Barone: Cultures aren't equal
In The Age of Melbourne, Australia, Pamela Bone wrote, "Perhaps it is time to say, you are welcome, but this is the way it is here." The Age's Tony Parkinson quoted the French writer Jean Francois Revel's Cold War comment, "A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself." Tolerating intolerance, goodhearted people are beginning to see, does not necessarily produce tolerance in turn. Multiculturalism is based on the lie that all cultures are morally equal. In practice, that soon degenerates to: All cultures are morally equal, except ours, which is worse. But all cultures are not equal in respecting representative government, guaranteed liberties and the rule of law. And those things arose not simultaneously and in all cultures, but in certain specific times and places -- mostly in Britain and America, but also in various parts of Europe.

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Woman Eats 35 Bratwursts in 10 Minutes - Yahoo! News
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Sonya Thomas, at 99 pounds, gobbled her way to another speed-eating title over the weekend by attacking a Wisconsin staple — the bratwurst. The woman known as The Black Widow on the competitive-eating circuit downed 35 brats in 10 minutes to win the first Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship. She edged out her nearest competitor by half a brat to win. "I don't know where she puts it," spectator Sue Van De Kreeke said. "I got sick watching her." The previous bratwurst-eating record was 19 1/2 brats in 10 minutes.
And I feel a little ill just reading about it. Mmmmm, brats are good, but THIRTY-FIVE of them??? :-& Wonder if she had to do the buns and kraut, too?

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Published on August 7 2005

Great ride today! I decided this was the weekend to do the entire Bearskin/ Hiawatha trail trip. The two trails aren't connected yet, so it means riding on a state highway for a mile or so, but that wasn't too bad. Ken dropped me off up near Minocqua, near the northern end of the trail. Three hours later, I made it home, with a total of 28.7 miles on my odometer. Man, I'm tired. I think every muscle in my body has cramped up in the last hour or so, and I can't wait to hear the protesting when I try to get out of bed tomorrow!! I keep thinking that a few months ago, I was wondering if I'd ever get up and down a flight of STAIRS again, so I feel like I accomplished something small today. I did stop to guzzle water a couple of times on the trip. One of the stops was near a plaque, which told the story of the logging train that fell into the marsh on the right side of the old trestle/ trail. There wasn't a date given, but the photo on the plaque looked to be turn of the century. According to the plaque, the locomotive and three cars derailed and fell into the bog--and started sinking. Two huge cranes were brought in to try to hoist the train out of the marsh. Everything was going well until one of the cranes tipped, and fell into the marsh with the locomotive. The effort was abandoned after that, and the locomotive, cars, and crane slowly sank into the marsh, settling about twenty feet down in the muck. I thought I'd be able to google more information than what was on the plaque, but I haven't been able to find anything yet. Maybe I'll take a pic of the plaque next time I ride up there. buried train

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Published on August 6 2005

The Original V8 snowblowers
Yes!!! It does blow snow as well as anything else that gets in its way for that matter!! A 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet...O.K., but in a walk behind snowblower? This unit blows the snow back to where it came from! This custom unit features heated handle bars (with engine coolant), full instrumentation with monster tach, , hydraulic drive wheels and a host of other gotta have blower 'Bling' This blower has been in development for 6 years and has now finally completed its fifth revision. It is now ready to teach Mother Nature a lesson!!!!
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Published on August 6 2005

FrontPage magazine.com :: In The Red Zone by Jamie Glazov Interesting interview with Stephen Vincent, the journalist who was murdered in southern Iraq last week. Interview conducted by Frontpage magazine--best quote:
Vincent: As I’ve noted here and elsewhere, suppression of the feminine—whether it be feminine sexuality, freedom or laughter—is the foundation upon which the death-cult of Islamofascism rests. Undermine that foundation, and the entire edifice, from al-Sadr to Zarqawi to bin Laden will collapse. But for the West to encourage such an event, we must overcome our own fears of liberated women. By that I mean, the Left must discard a multicultural mindset that refuses to use Western standards to criticize other cultures, even when Western values—such as feminism--are clearly more beneficial to those cultures. As I describe in my book, one afternoon in Baghdad I listened to a group of Western anti-war activists complain that the American invasion of Iraq was an imperialistic attempt to crush the country’s native culture. When I suggested that some aspect of this “native culture” should be crushed—like forcing women to wear black sacks in blistering summer weather—one of the activists looked at me with a shocked expression. “But feminism has brought such destruction to the American family, do we want to wish that on Iraq?” And she was no post-feminist youngster, but a woman from the anti-Vietnam War days! This—along with an unwillingness to support the Bush Administration in anything—explains in large part the silence of the Left as Islamofascists repeatedly violate their core beliefs of secularism, human rights and creative freedom (where are the outcries about the murder of Theo van Gogh? They come mostly from the Right). I remember my Iraqi friend Naseer telling me how impressed his mother was to see American women soldiers. His mom didn’t realize such gender equality was possible, or that women could interact so easily with their male counterparts—and millions of other women across Iraq are learning similar feminist lessons. The Left has got to accept one fact that has stuck in their craw since the Vietnam War: where the American military goes, so goes human freedom. But the Right has to bite some bullets, too. Let’s face it: many of us prescribe for Iraq the very measures that conservatives detest about the 1960s—particularly when it comes to feminism, sexual freedom and rejection of patriarchal authority. So the Right—especially those on the religious right—have to accept the fact that once you let the feminine genie out of the bottle, the results are unpredictable and not always to a conservative’s liking. That means here in America, as well. Communists, libertarians, leftists, neo-cons, Christian evangelists, Hollywood celebrities and NASCAR Americans ought to be able to rally at least one point: women must be free in the Islamic Middle East. It’s an issue that combines visionary idealism with hard-nosed, America-first realism. By uniting the progressive energies of the Left and the Right, the U.S.—I’d like to say the West, but Europe is too busy appeasing its Muslim minority--will exert the same sort of slow, steady, unyielding pressure against the misogynistic imams and shari’a-wielding ayatollahs that brought down the apartheid regimes of the antebellum south and South Africa.

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