Published on April 16 2007

American radio icon Don Imus disgraced, fired after threat to reveal 9/11 secrets - Pravda.Ru
In a clear sign of its intent to reign in dissident American media personalities, and their growing influence in American culture, US War Leaders this past week launched an unprecedented attack upon one of their most politically 'connected', and legendary, radio hosts named Don Imus after his threats to release information relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks upon that country.
"War Leaders?" Is Pravda referring to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson??
According to European reports of the events surrounding Don Imus that have gripped the United States this past week,
Yes, I know *I* have personally been gripped by the Imus saga lately. That, and the gripping NASCAR drama. And doing my gripping *^&%* taxes.
it was during an interview with another American media personality, Tim Russert, who is the host of a television programme frequently used by US War Leaders, wherein while decrying the state of care being given to American War wounded stated, "So those bastards want to keep these boys [in reference to US Soldiers] secret? Let's see how they like it if I start talking about their [in reference to US War Leaders] secrets, starting with 9/11." But, to the US War Leaders, Don Imus represented the most serious threat, to date, of the growing assault against them by America's media personalities threatening to expose the truths behind the events of September 11, 2001 and the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars; and to such an extent that another American media personality, Rosie O'Donnell, has expressed concern that US Military Leaders could actually imprison Mr. Imus.
So when Rosie finally gets herself fired, it'll be the US War Leaders (Sharpton and Jackson) who get the blame, right? I'm sure the War Leaders also consider Rosie a "serious threat". Sigh. But then again, Pravda is the same news site that also carries these gripping headlines: USA admits it interferes into Russia’s internal affairs Sex after childbirth: another tough job of motherhood and my personal favorite: USA spends over 100 million dollars on coups in former USSR, which features this little statement:
The USA has spent over 100 million dollars on so-called color revolutions in post-Soviet republics of Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. The figures were unveiled in a documentary by French film-makers titled “Revolution.com. The USA. The Conquest of the East.” According to French film-makers, the USA stands behind a whole series of color coups: the velvet revolution in Serbia, the revolution of roses in Georgia, the orange revolution in Ukraine and the tulip revolution in Kyrgyzstan. “Four violent revolutions, four totalitarian regimes and vestiges of the erstwhile Soviet power sank into oblivion within a couple of weeks. The events happened under one and the same scenario: falsified elections are held, authorities show desperate resistance and eventually give way to protesters,” the film-makers say.
Hmmmm.... I must have learned *something* last week, since the grade on the paper I wrote reflects the fact that the Velvet Revolution occurred in Czechoslovakia. Or was it orange velvet in Serbia? Whatever. It's good to know that the US is so all-powerful that a mere 100 million dollars is enough to bring democracy to nearly every country in the former Eastern bloc. Money well spent, and a definite bargain in my opinion. Probably couldn't falsify a vote here for the same amount!!

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Published on April 16 2007

At least 32 dead in Virginia shooting rampage - Yahoo! News What news to come home to....this is incredible. Just awful. Please say one for all these families. [Update] And of course, here we go.
The shooting was bound to revive debate in the United States about gun violence. "We live in a society where guns are pretty well accepted," said Jim Sollo, of Virginians Against Handgun Violence. "There are 200 million guns in this society and obviously some in the wrong hands."

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Published on April 14 2007

I am sitting here laughing almost to the point of tears running down my cheeks at the way these parents handled their teenage son and his best friend after the kids' attempt at an embarassing practical joke on Mom.... Note before reading: Hopefully you will know what "finger cots" are. I actually use them for hand quilting on the hand opposite the thimble. I used them while working on a group quilt frame and you should have seen the looks on the faces of the ladies of the Guild when they realized what I was wearing!! Then they wanted to know where I'd bought them and exactly how I came up with the idea of using rubber finger... ummm... "protectors".... for hand sewing, lol. Boobs, Injuries and Dr. Pepper: Filed Under: Parents 1, Smart-Ass, Teenage Son, 0
My son and his friend, Julio, spend most of their time huddled together, whispering about boobs or XBox or the latest crisis at school. They are good boys, but my son will occasionally have a brain fart. As I was driving them around the other day, the gas bubbled up and spilled over. "Hey, Mom. I need you to stop at Rite Aid." He turned in his seat and looked at Julio and they both smirked. "Why? Are you out of something?" "No, not really. I need something, though. It starts with a 'c' and ends with 'dum'".

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Published on April 14 2007

Big Brother may be watching us more closely than I ever believed. Just take a look at this site--my hands are shaking, just thinking of how we could all be followed. This is satellite tracking gone way out of hand!! Mobile phone tracking
GSM mobile phone tracking system via the GPS-TRACK satellite network Based on repeater triangulation, the system tracks mobile phones using GPS and GSM technology We are not responsible for possible tracking errors that may occur Approximate margin of error: 10 meters (max.) for mobile phones in Europe and the U.K. 25 meters (max.) for mobile phones in the U.S.A., South America and Canada. This system will not work in countries without GSM technology networks.

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Published on April 14 2007

Krikorian on National Review Online
I got a tsunami of funny place names, some of which I should have thought of myself, like Sheboyan, Walla Walla, and Azusa. Of course, Mona beat me to Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., which always strikes me as a joke when I see it on a board at Penn Station, along with other New Jersey suburbs, like Mahwah or Perth Amboy. Then there's names that follow the rule that the "K" sound is inherently funny: Kalamazoo, Albuquerque (especially as pronounced by Bugs Bunny), Kokomo, Rancho Cucamonga, Lompoc, Kankakee, Poughkeepsie, Passaic, Tuscaloosa, Yakima, Nyack, Muskogee, Schwenksville (Pa.), and Apalachicola. As Yakov Smirnoff (who now lives and works at his own theater in Branson, Mo., of all places) said, "Every country has that one city that everyone makes fun of, even Russia. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland." And just to round it out, how about Wausau, Puyallup, Yazoo City, and Chattanooga.
Hey! So what exactly is funny about WAUSAU????

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Published on April 13 2007

...before I finished writing out this paper. It was sorta the point I tried to make, but I wound up babbling for two and a half pages where Krauthammer gets the point across in two sentences. Sigh. Charles Krauthammer - Britains Humiliation -- and Europes - washingtonpost.com
Why was nothing done? The reason is simple. Europe functions quite well as a free-trade zone, but as a political entity it is a farce. It remains a collection of sovereign countries with divergent interests. A freeze of economic relations with Europe would have shaken the Iranian economy to the core. "The Dutch," reported the Times of London, "said it was important not to risk a breakdown in dialogue." So much for European solidarity. Like other vaunted transnational institutions, the European Union is useless as a player in the international arena. Not because its members are venal but because they are sovereign. Their interests are simply not identical.

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Published on April 12 2007

Influential author Vonnegut dies at 84 - Yahoo! News
"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."

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Published on April 11 2007

Eject Eject Eject: SEEING THE UNSEEN, Part 2
Now most normal people do not look at life from within a pit of failure and despair. Our lives are measured by small successes -- like raising children, serving in the military, doing volunteer work at your church – or just doing the right thing in a thousand small but important ways, like returning money if someone makes you too much change. These are simply the small, ordinary milestones of a life of value. They give you a sense of identity. But if I didn’t have that sense of identity rooted in my own small achievements, I wonder how likely it would have been for me to grab onto that sense of sudden empowerment, of being an initiate in some arcane club of hidden wisdom. I wonder what might have happened to me if being the Holder of Secret Knowledge had been my only source of self-esteem…the one redeeming landmark in a life of isolation and failure. Indeed, I wonder what power such a worldview would have over me if I could believe that behind the scenes lurked vast and unknowable dark forces – forces that could topple a president and perhaps even explain why a person of my deep, vast and bountiful talents was not doing a whole lot better in life? I wonder what might have happened to me then.
All this...and chemtrails, too!! :-D

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Published on April 10 2007

No, I haven't died. I haven't vanished off the face of the earth. papering-it.jpg I have been simply buried in a paper on sovereignty (or coming lack thereof) in the European Union and the rationale for both the Czech Republic and Slovakia joining a supranational organization while agreeing to a secession. Yeah. That's exactly what *I* said, too. Talk about drawing a complete blank. Not to mention, this is the very first paper I have turned in late since my triumphant return to school a year and a half ago. This ain't no way to keep up the GPA. Life goes on, and I'll do my Gen. McArthur "return" speech soon. I hope.

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Published on April 7 2007

Maybe this is what happened to my flight?

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