Please note important message: Just as a note: You already have 132 points on Examination One. This is sufficient for an A grade. I am exempting you from taking Examination One and I am giving you an A for the examination.I don't even get to take the exam?????? :-((
Is it a good thing to sign into my class email and read this?
Top News Article | Reuters.com
Caldwell said a joint U.S.-Iraqi force found the bodies of Privates Thomas Lowell Tucker, 25, and Kristian Menchaca, 23, on Monday night dumped at an electrical plant. The recovery of the bodies was delayed by having to defuse bombs planted nearby. He did not make clear whether the bodies themselves or the site were booby-trapped: "There were some IEDs in that location and they did have to dismantle some stuff to get to them." Iraqi Defense Ministry official Major General Abdul Aziz Mohammed told Reuters earlier that the bodies showed signs of "barbaric torture." He did not elaborate. The U.S. military launched a massive search for the soldiers involving aircraft and 8,000 U.S troops and Iraqi security forces after vowing not to leave them "out there."I am just shaking reading this. I want to drop an f'ing bomb on those miserable excuses for human being myself. They tortured these soldiers to death and then booby-trapped their bodies with bombs. And the world thinks we are The Great Satan for photographs of prisoners with panties on their heads. I'm not the only one who feels this way.
I *think* I have just been plagiarized for the first time!!! I'm not sure whether to be flattered or pissed, lol. Compare my original 4th paragraph in a short essay for a question in American History class:
"Another factor at play during this time was voting rights. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the previously mentioned protections to all citizens, but specific guarantees to the right to vote only came with the passage of the Fifteenth amendment in 1870. Indians, of course, did not benefit from this amendment. Women as well did not gain suffrage (Item 2), although they made strides in other areas, gaining entrance to education previously denied (Item 6)."To this one:
"The right to vote came with the passage of the fifteenth amendment in 1870, which specifically guarantees the right to vote. Indians did not benefit from the fifteenth amendment and neither did the women. The woman did not gain suffrage but they gained access to education in which was previously denied. "There were other similarities, but that paragraph was about as ballsy as it gets, considering we can all see everyone else' essays. The only reason I even caught this was because in re-reading my own essay after I posted, I had decided I really hated my last sentence. I thought I had made it sound like the Fourteenth Amendment was the reason women were able to go to college, when that wasn't the case. And here it was, the same badly worded thought in somebody else's essay. I can't decide whether I should whine someplace other than just here, or maybe just mention in the class comments thread that I reallyreallyREALLY liked how she phrased her fourth paragraph. Such emotion! Such drama!! Such incredible ecstasy to read!! Or would that be too smartass???? Heh....
When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now, Will you still be sending me a Valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out 'till quarter to three, would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I'm sixty-four? You'll be older, too. Aaah, and if you say the word, I could stay with you. I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone. You can knit a sweater by the fireside, sunday mornings, go for a ride. Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more? Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty four? Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wightif it's not to dear. We shall scrimp and save. Ah, grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck, and Dave. Send me a postcard, drop me a line stating point of view. Indicate precisely what you mean to say, yours sincerely wasting away. Give me your answer, fill in a form, mine forever more. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty four? by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
James Lilecks strikes again! He posts several "secret documents" obtained after inspection of the house where al-Zaqawri was killed last week. Apparently things are not all rosy in the al-Qaeda leadership ranks nowadays. The following is a memo from the new leader of al-Qaeda, discussing new rules for his followers. LILEKS (James) Screedblog
(Captured document #2323J) From under the desk of Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, Al Qaeda’s #1 man in Iraq as of 14:41 this afternoon: ......Nevertheless, there are issues that need to be addressed. ....The Crusaders have made several dozen raids since Zarqawi’s release from mortal concerns, and each raid leads to more. I must repeat: stop printing out Google Maps and leaving them around. At least clear your browser history, brothers. ....All warriors must take three cold showers a day, not two. ....Making a whistling sound with a descending pitch in my presence was funny the first time. We all had a good laugh. It is hereby forbidden. ....Our attempts to win the hearts and minds of impoverished Iraqis are not helped when you buy the extended warranty on a car you intend to explode."Whistling noise". Heh. :-"
We truly are at the the end of history. I have just seen a video of Diamond Dave doing....banjos... It still hurts. David Lee Roth Performs Bluegrass Style! - Peter's Reviews
David Lee Roth was on the Tonight Show last night promoting the new Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen CD that just came out called "Strummin' With the Devil".Oh, dear lord, is that a combover?????????
WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Stairways to Heaven, Stairways to Hell (MP3s) Who would have thought it? ONE HUNDRED (and one) versions of the song that I really *did* love once--until about the 410 thousandth time I heard it. I never knew it could be interpreted in so many ways, either, lol. Check out the "Gilligan's Island" version by Little Roger and the Goosebumps. And my favorite, the Richard Cheese lounge-lizard variation!! And then there is this version by the Red Army Choir, which makes you understand exactly why Communism failed so miserably.
Just a few pics I snapped while driving through a nasty rainstorm yesterday. I had to quit taking pictures and keep a death grip on the wheel during the worst of it, since I was driving the big red waterski--nothing like 12" wide tires to give you that glare-ice-in-the-summertime feeling on a wet road. And yes, it's blurry. 'vettes are rough riders, and I never was good at operating a camera one-handed. Clouds are getting a little uglier here... This is about where I put the camera down and hung on. I slowed to about 25 mph at one point, looking out the side window for the white lines to find the road. And when I got home, I found this in the back alley--a tree down on the wires. Of course the power was out. And the cable. And my internet!!! :-((