Published on September 28 2006

Urination will go to committee
A local decision that schoolboys must sit on toilet seats when urinating has provoked political debate. The head of The Democrats Party, a splinter group of former Progress Party hardliners, Vidar Kleppe, is outraged that boys at Dvergsnes School in Kristiansand have to sit and pee. Kleppe accuses the school of fiddling with God's work, and wants the matter discussed at the executive committee level of the local council, newspaper Dagbladet reports. "When boys are not allowed to pee in the natural way, the way boys have done for generations, it is meddling with God's work," Kleppe told the newspaper. "It is a human right not to have to sit down like a girl," Kleppe said. Gjul told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) that the young boys are simply not good enough at aiming, and the point was to have a pleasant toilet that could be used by both boys and girls. (Aftenposten English Web Desk/NTB)
No. I just can't comment on this. I just can't. But I bet it makes for an interesting School Board meeting!

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Published on September 27 2006

Twin Cities to host 2008 GOP convention
WASHINGTON - Republicans will hold their 2008 presidential convention in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, choosing a location in the politically pivotal Midwest. Party and state officials announced the selection Wednesday. The convention is slated for Sept. 1-4, 2008.
To Minnesota???? The home of HHH and Paul Wellstone?????? This is getting interesting!! :-D

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Published on September 26 2006

Clinton TV interview energizes GOP, Dems
In the exchange with Wallace, the former president contended that, unlike him, the newly installed Bush administration ignored bin Laden until the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try," Clinton said in the interview broadcast Sunday. Clinton also attacked Wallace for a "conservative hit job" by asking about his administration's failure to get bin Laden. President Bush did not respond directly to Clinton's charges at a news conference Tuesday, saying, "I've watched all this, you know, fingerpointing and, you know, namings of names and all that stuff. Our objective is to secure the country." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged Clinton's claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue bin Laden and accused the former president of leaving no comprehensive plan to fight al-Qaida. On the Democratic side, party chairman Howard Dean praised Clinton for taking on "the right-wing propaganda machine." Sen. Clinton, often mentioned as the leading Democrat for a 2008 run, said her husband's fire will help Democrats as they try to take control of the House in November. "I think my husband did a great job in demonstrating that Democrats are not going to take these attacks," the New York senator, who polls show is headed for easy re-election, said Tuesday.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE NOW??? If I wanted to watch a tennis match, I'd turn on the sports channels. Is there nothing better to argue over? Nothing better than to blame? Nothing more important to discuss or worry over????? I'm going to quote one of my own posts, which had a link leading to something James Lileks said:
Just so you know: 9/11 reset the clock for me. All hands went to midnight. I’m interested in what people did after that date, and if the movie shows that before the attack one side lacked feck and the other was feck-deficient, I don’t worry about it. It’s like revisiting Congressional debates about Hawaiian harbor security in November 1941. Y’all get a pass. The Etch-A-Sketch’s turned over. Now: what have you said lately?

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Published on September 22 2006

U.N. Speech Gives Boost to Chomsky Book | Chicago Tribune
NEW YORK -- The U.N. address by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has had an unexpected impact -- on the best seller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. At the start of his talk Wednesday, during which Chavez referred to President Bush as "the devil," Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky, "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance," and recommended it to everyone in the General Assembly, as well as to the American people. "The people of the United States should read this ... instead of the watching Superman movies," Chavez later told reporters. As of Thursday afternoon, "Hegemony or Survival," originally published in 2003, had jumped into the top 10 of Amazon, where it was ranked 20,664 the day before, and Barnes & Noble.com, from a previous ranking of 748.
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Is that woman trying to hide a yawn?? But then, we mustn't forget--Hugo only likes "dead authors".
At a news conference after his spirited address to the United Nations on Wednesday, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela expressed one regret: not having met that icon of the American left, the linguist Noam Chomsky, before his death. Yesterday, a call to Mr. Chomsky’s house found him very much alive. At 77, Mr. Chomsky has joined the exclusive club of luminaries, like the actor Abe Vigoda and Mark Twain, who were reported dead before their time, only to contradict the reports by continuing to breathe. “I continue to work and write,” he said, speaking from his house in Lexington, Mass.

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Published on September 21 2006

CNN.com - Pakistani clerics, scholars want pope removed - Sep 21, 2006
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- About 1,000 clerics and religious scholars at a meeting in eastern Pakistan demanded the removal of the pope for making "insulting remarks" against Islam, and warned the West of severe consequences if it didn't change its stance regarding Islam. Pope Benedict XVI "should be removed from his position immediately for encouraging war and fanning hostility between various faiths" and "making insulting remarks" against Islam, said a joint statement issued by the clerics and scholars at the end of their one-day convention in the eastern city of Lahore. The "Pope, and all Infidels, should know that no Muslim, under any circumstances, can tolerate an insult to the Prophet (Muhammad).... If the West does not change its stance regarding Islam, it will face severe consequences," it said.
Isn't it awfully cold for all those crickets to be chirping so loudly?

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Published on September 20 2006

Yep, I know I've been a little absent (minded) lately. Life gets in the way of blogging. Not to mention the fact that some of the things I've been reading lately in the news have inspired more anger than reaction and thought. What kind of sick [insert your favorite obscenity] would drag a woman tied to a tow rope behind a car? And my newest class opened up two days ago, so I've been going through the syllabus and the assignments. That's the best thing about online classes--you have a clue about the upcoming assignments well in advance. I don't remember that from school days a million years ago. Amazon is getting to be one of my favorite places on the 'net, although APUS supplies my textbooks as part of the cost of the class, so I'm not on Amazon searching for cheap textbooks. I've hardly been on EBay in weeks!! There have been a couple of book deliveries to my house in the last week. :-D LT.jpg First on the list is The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. I've just paged through it so far, stopping to read a couple of pages here and there though, because the second book arrived the next day. CW.jpg "Looming Tower" is going to be a good read judging by the few pages I've stopped on, but it's going to have to wait a bit. I am deep into The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis. He describes it as an "short, comprehensive and accessible version" of the history of those years-- and that it is. This book is good. It's not only what happened, but why it happened as well. I'm lovin' History!!! I screamed through my first reading in a day, and now I'm going through my slower second reading, highlighter and flags in hand. (Am I the only one who has decided that good books are worth marking up?) Only problem is, my new glasses aren't supposed to be here 'til Friday, and the cheaters are giving me a headache. Can you believe it??? Tri-focals!!!

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Published on September 17 2006

This week September 18 through September 24 Libra Mars continues to move through your sign, giving you plenty of enthusiasm and energy. You will naturally feel motivated to get started on new plans and projects, so get going while you are in the mood.
Okay that takes care of Monday morning.
Venus sextiles Jupiter on Tuesday, which is a pleasant influence that may encourage you to act on desires that have been on your mind for so long. If you want anything badly enough, you can certainly have it. You just need to be focused enough to receive it.
Focus....hmmmmmm.
The big event of the week is the Solar Eclipse in the last degree of your mystical zone. You will benefit!
"The last degree of my mystical zone"? Is that somewhere near my navel?

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Published on September 16 2006

CNN.com - Pope upset that Muslims offended - Sep 16, 2006
In his speech, the pope quoted 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus who said: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Like forcing two American journalist hostages to convert to Islam at gunpoint, maybe????? Nah, they didn't use swords. Not even comparable.

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Published on September 16 2006

Yep, got over to the Demo rides and down came the rain..... and for SOME reason, Harley-Davidson doesn't think they should let us overeager possible buyers play on their toys in a downpour. Can't imagine why.... So all I got to do was dry the seats (I will leave it to your imagination as to exactly *how* I did that) of various models. Today, the Night Train is my favorite!!! Ninety-six inches (I've had CARS with smaller motors!) of throaty rumble. That "blacked-out" stealth paintjob (I never got into the chrome thing). Drag bars. Bobbed fenders. Drool. Even if it *is* a Softail. Squirrely damn things.
my next bike.JPG Tomorrow, I'll probably fall in love with the V-rod again. Heh.

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Published on September 15 2006

Seger's eager to tour
Seger's eager to tour Detroit rock legend ready for spotlight A ton of restless Bob Seger fans may be on the cusp of relief. The Detroit rocker said it's all but a done deal that he'll tour this winter, more than a decade after his last, record-breaking concert trek. With his new album, "Face the Promise," set to hit stores (last) Tuesday, Seger and his band have quietly been revving up for a series of live dates -- what could be the long-awaited answer for devotees who have increasingly clamored to get the 61-year-old star back on the road. Any tour announcement would come by the end of this month, a Seger representative said. A couple dozen dates have been proposed, Seger said -- far fewer than the 1996 outing that put the rocker on 65 stages in six months. That blockbuster run included eight sold-out Detroit-area shows and what Palace of Auburn Hills officials still describe as the biggest concert run in venue history. More than 100,000 seats sold within an hour.

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