Published on January 30 2007

Going to see if I can upgrade Wordpress tonight. I will probably regret this thankless job for a very long time. So if the blog is all borked up, you will know that I am tearing my hair out, stamping my feet, beating my fists on the floor, screaming, and crying. Oh wait..... I do all that anyway, don't I? Never mind. Wish me luck. [WooHOOO, it worked :-D ]

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Brooke sent these pictures of a memorial service she went to for some of our soldiers who were recently killed in a helicopter crash. Sort of puts things into perspective for me each day when I go to work to do my job. I know everything I do at work each day is to support these guys and girls who put their lives in danger every day. I'm thankful for men and women like these who gave everything. Pray for their Husbands, Wives, Children, brothers, sisters & parents.
Amen. { gallery [memorial] }

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Published on January 29 2007

The Horrorscope for the week!! Going to be a busy week. The reality TV show thing might be fun. I just hope it is "Dream House" and not "Big Brother".
This week January 29 through February 4 Libra Your social life could be quite dramatic on Monday, and you might feel as if you are the star of your own reality TV show. On the following day, you could hear that a coworker has an interest in you beyond the office. Even if you're single and available, proceed with caution. Toward mid-week, you could reach an understanding with your romantic partner over issues you haven't been able to resolve. Friday's Full Moon may bring a new friend into your life who eventually becomes something more. Alternatively, you could end a relationship that has been taking more from you than it has given.

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Published on January 29 2007

diplomacy.jpg The book required for the next class arrived today. (I love you, Amazon! Book=$3 Shipping= $5!!!) There may be a very good reason I'm out of commision on the blog for awhile, lol. Yes, I'll also be reading. Reading the reviews last week, I knew this was going to be a big book, but.....900 pages? Mr. Kissinger may be a bit long-winded, eh? So far, some 50 pages in, it's pretty good reading. I'm on the chapter now about the difference between Theo. Roosevelt's style of foreign policy and that of Woodrow Wilson. Fun stuff! :-D Now, I just need to figure out how to apply these diplomatic and foreign policy principles to my personal life. [ /snark]

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Published on January 27 2007

"His mother wed his dead murdered father's brother!" Next--Jerry Springer. (William Shakespeare "Hamlet") Grim, gray New England -- all adulterers receive free monogramming. (Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Scarlet Letter") This is just to say I screwed around. Forgive me. I enjoyed it so. (St Augustine "The Confessions") Single white lass seeks landed gent for marriage, whist. No parsons, thank you. (Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice") If I think, I am. If I don't exist, how do I know about me? (Rene Descartes "Discourse on Method") Substance has essence. Form adds whatness to thatness. Whatsits have thinghood. (Aristotle "Metaphysics") I, Rodya, killed her to prove my theory. Uh-oh. Back to square oneski. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky "Crime and Punishment") Lecherous linguist -- he lays low and is laid low after laying Lo. (Vladimir Nabakov "Lolita") Love is a thoughtcrime. The Thought Police make Winston forget whatsername. (George Orwell "1984") "Who dat fine knight be?" asked the saucy Moorish wench. "Dat be Ivan, ho." (Sir Walter Scott "Ivanhoe") Like the cicada, Molly takes many years to say "Yes" to Leo. (James Joyce "Ulysses") Advice for those in a difficult position. First, be flexible. (Vatsayana "Kama Sutra") She has shot the duck! No, Hedvig has shot herself. [Offstage, relieved quacks.] (Henrik Ibsen "The Wild Duck") Old pond. Frog jumps in. Repressed sexual desire, clearly Oedipal. (Sigmund Freud "The Interpretation of Dreams")

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Published on January 26 2007

For any political persuasion....
run hillary run

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Published on January 25 2007

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Published on January 23 2007

dh.PNG After a semi-panicky installation of a new wireless router-- WHAT do we keep doing to those poor things, anyway? I think that's the third router I've killed in the last year or so!!-- I am officially done with IR1. Exam taken. Examinee collapsed. 8-} At least #2 daughter is happy about the new router, since it happens to be compatible with the video game she received for Christmas. So now she can play Mariocart with other Nintendo addicts in faraway places. I never would have imagined it back in the days of "Duck Hunt".

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Published on January 21 2007

After all of the announcements the last few days, I decided to see if I could find a list of everyone who has announced they're running for Prez in '08. Off to my trusty Wikipedia, the first stop for almost anything a person needs to know. Ye gods. United States presidential election, 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democratic Party Official candidates who have filed with the FEC for the Democratic Party: * Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut * Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina * Former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska * Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio * Former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa Candidates who have formed exploratory committees: * Senator Joe Biden of Delaware * Senator Barack Obama of Illinois * Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York * Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico Candidates who have expressed serious interest: * Retired General Wesley Clark of Arkansas * Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts * Reverend Al Sharpton of New York Republican Party Official candidates who have filed with the FEC for the Republican Party: * Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas * John H. Cox of Illinois * Michael Charles Smith of Oregon Candidates who have formed exploratory committees: * Former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia * Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York * Representative Duncan Hunter of California * Senator John McCain of Arizona * Representative Ron Paul of Texas * Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts * Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado * Former Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin Candidates who have expressed serious interest: * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia * Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska * Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas * Former Governor George Pataki of New York
I think I need an exploratory committee. It's going to take awhile to look all these people up!

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Published on January 21 2007

All discussions and essays finished for IR1!!!! :-D All I have left is the....ouch.... the dreaded "Final", which I'll be taking Tuesday morning, before the fun begins on Wednesday. Wish me luck, kiddies! IR2 begins in March, and it looks like a good one:
Course Description This course analyzes international relations from 1945 to the present. Students will become thoroughly familiar with events and major interpretive issues. Topics include the Cold War, decolonization, the role of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations, the development of international terrorism, the Arab-Israeli and Persian Gulf conflicts, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Cold War stuff. My favorite! :-D (Probably because I'm OLD enough to remember it) That leaves me one month to get everything done. On the other hand, I'm due for a spring break. Sunshine and a beach sound good right now.

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