Published on February 24 2007

....but I have to say I admire the guy. If I can ever manage to stay up late enough to actually watch his show, he might have a new viewer. Did I just stick up for Britney Spears????? Craig Ferguson Refuses To Do Spears Jokes, Talk Show Host Who Battled Alcoholism Takes Heat Off Of "Vulnerable" Pop Star
(CBS/AP) Craig Ferguson decided not to poke fun at Britney Spears, at least for now. Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, told viewers Monday that after seeing photos of the bald female pop star, he reconsidered making jokes at the expense of the "vulnerable.""Tonight, no Britney Spears jokes. Here's why: The kind of weekend she had, she was checking in and out of rehab, shaving her head, getting tattoos. That's what she was doing this weekend," he said on his show. "This Sunday I was 15 years sober. I didn't do it for anyone else but myself. I did it because it was an act of conscience. I'm amazed that not poking fun of somebody has become a news story." "For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it," Ferguson said. "It should be about attacking the powerful — the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards — going after them. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable."
UPDATE: Here's the link to Ferguson's monologue. Food for thought. Not to mention.... oh dear .... Laurie loves her a Scottish accent. :-x

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Published on February 22 2007

After yesterday's FORTY-EIGHT (!!) degree weather, I opened my email this afternoon to find this:
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Supposedly from the New York snowstorms earlier this winter, Snopes says this picture has been around for awhile. I'm just hoping that that the snow predicted for this weekend doesn't get quite this deep. I have moving to do!!

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Published on February 21 2007

I was digging around in an old datebook when I came across the significance of the above date. It was the day that a scared green barely-18-year-old college-dropout-'cause-she-ran-out-of-money walked into a mill with a 99% male to female ratio to begin her career as a papermaker. Okay, okay, there was a little break in there while I went back to school for another year before I became a permanent wearer of steel-toed boots. And the ratio is probably closer to 90% nowadays--we're going to take over the place if they don't watch out, lol! While surfing around, I found an interesting link which includes interviews with women in Maine's paper industry in the 70's. From reading this, it sounds like their experience was pretty much the same as mine as far as working in a "male-dominated industry". In that article, I see mention of one woman being a 'tender at her mill. She's only the third one I've ever heard of during my career-- and now that her mill has closed, and my friend from another mill has moved onto a different job.... wonder if that makes me even rarer? :-)) Funny how after all these years, I'm back once again trying to finish that damn college degree!! Third time lucky, maybe?

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Published on February 20 2007

The western half of the living room is coming right along, isn't it? :-D
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Published on February 19 2007

Sometimes these emails are pure poetry...
From: Therese Keene Subject: the arteries of broken sinks The officers is undoubtedly grateful to have gained your home bank petition affirmation. we accepted about 21 hours ago We are going to push thru your refinancing proposal You have to graciously, right now finalize your remaining information at our web site [spam site address deleted] our groans of futile passion after the woods by the glade be you say for someone is speaking poem after poem turned loose We had no strength to move
Broken sinks, refinancing proposals, and futile passion in the glade? Yes, I *did* have a busy day today, as a matter of fact! liberty.jpg Shopping usually isn't my favorite thing to do, but I'm looking at a slightly larger purchase than normal. I'm thinking of buying a slightly *different* kind of Liberty. It's not mine. Yet.

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Published on February 18 2007

Robert Adler, dead at 93 - International Herald Tribune
Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. But he downplayed his role when asked if he felt his invention helped raise a new generation of people too lazy to get off the couch. "People ask me all the time — 'Don't you feel guilty for it?' And I say that's ridiculous," he said. "It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television."
Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click. You get the picture, I think. I'm guessing it's a "guy thing". But here we have the flipside of relaxing in front of the tube with the finger on the ol' button--a sad story from New York. I always figured this would be the fate of somebody else I know. Mummified body found in front of blaring TV
Police called to a Long Island man's house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set. The 70-year-old Hampton Bays, New York, resident, identified as Vincenzo Ricardo, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said on Saturday his body was discovered on Thursday when they went to the house to investigate a report of a burst water pipe.

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Published on February 17 2007

chief_illiniwek.jpgURBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois will retire its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek, following the last men's home basketball game of the season on Wednesday.The NCAA in 2005 deemed the buckskin-clad Illiniwek an offensive use of American Indian imagery and barred the university from hosting postseason events. American Indian groups and others complained for years that the mascot, used since 1926, is demeaning. Supporters of the mascot say it honors the contributions of American Indians to Illinois.
I am not politically correct so if there are any reading this who subscribe to political correctness, you better plug your ears. This has got to be the supidest move I have seen. Who ever caved to this demand is no doubt without a spine. We spend so much money and time trying to avoid offending anyone that we can't see the forest for the trees. Without a doubt there will always be someone offended by what we do. America, where the small minoity rule over the majority. Welcome to America, the land of the offended. OBTW it is not a constitutional right to not be offended. Sometimes you've got to just suck it up and get on with life.

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Published on February 17 2007

baldbrit.jpg ABC News: Britney Goes Bald, Reportedly Goes to Rehab
Spears' reported rehab visit and new, hairless look is the culmination of a wild few months for the pop star. After filing for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline last year, she started club- and bar-hopping all night, all over the country.
Somehow, I don't think I'm going to have the same problem. Too cold up here for shaved heads, and I'm far too chicken**** to get anywhere near tattoo parlor needles, lol!! Rehab on Antigua sounds intriguing, though.

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Published on February 16 2007

In the Bullpen » Mellencamp: U.S. Should not Respond to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor I think Chevy should go back to Bob Seger for their next ad campaign. (* "shut up and sing")

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Published on February 16 2007

"Hey Laur, we want a couple of you experienced operators to learn about the new process control system going in this spring. We need someone who can teach the other ops how to use it and your name came up in the discussion. How would you like to get a road trip the end of March?" "That would be great. I could sure use a change of scenery for a few days! Where am I going?" beer.jpg "Down south." "Oh, that's fantastic!!! Where???!! Georgia? Florida? Texas?" "Um, not exactly....." The ABB Group: ABB University - Columbus, OH
Our Columbus training center is located in the north-eastern suburb of Westerville, Ohio, specializing in ABB AccuRay system, Advant OCS with Master Software, ABB ULMA system, and Process Control courses.
:-< Ohio. In March. Well, it isn't an island in the Caribbean, but even if there isn't a sandy warm beach with a cute young thing bringing me drinks with umbrellas, maybe they'll have a hot tub with beer. And a guy wearing Budweiser cans on his feet.

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