Published on May 30 2007

From email this morning.... It's scary how many of these I remember my mother saying. It's even more scary to think how many of these I've said.
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" 4. My mother taught me LOGIC. " Because I said so, that's why." 5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me." 6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." 7. My mother taught me IRONY "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about." 8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper." 9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!" 10 My mother taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!" 13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. "Stop acting like your father!" 15. My mother taught me about ENVY. "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. "Just wait until we get home." 17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. "You are going to get it when you get home!" 18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way." 19. My mother taught me ESP. "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?" 20. My mother taught me HUMOR. "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 22. My mother taught me GENETICS. "You're just like your father." 23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?" 24. My mother taught me WISDOM. "When you get to be my age, you'll understand." 25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

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Published on May 29 2007

Attention: Dear Prominent User Of The Internet
Okay. I'm already worried. All this time, I was shooting for inconspicous.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition.
If you don't count the knees...yep. Damn near perfect. 8-|
This is from a total cash prize of US $2.5 million dollars, given to the first FIVE (5) people who will be compensated in this world internet programs. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site Through computer draw system and extracted from over 700.000 companies I am using this opportunity to thank you for using the internet daily.
Thank me? For using the world's best library? For contact with a world outside of my little corner of it? For keeping me away from the Tube? For indulging an addiction? Kewl.
Due to your effort, using internet programs indoor and in your office, We want to compensate you and show our gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000.00 Thousand United States Of America Dollars we have authorized MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. to assist your in getting your compensation check across to you.
Better to use internet programs indoor than outdoor, I always say. But I am concerned about having to deal with MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. I always worry about people who insist on being referred to as ALL-CAPS. Especially when their name is CLINTON.
The name and contact address of theMR. FERNANDO CLINTON. is as follows; COMPENSATION HEAD OFFICE CONTACT AGENT: MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. EMAIL:claimagent_info144@yahoo.no Tel: 009-234-80-22-926-328
In case anybody else would like to call MR. FERNANDO CLINTON, that is.
Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to the MR. FERNANDO CLINTON on your behalf to send the cash prize of Five Hundred thousand UnitedState OfAmerica Dollars to you as soon as you contact him without delay . Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of our heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon. Mrs. Marcia Oliveira Presidential Library & Museum Former Director International Online programme Co-coordinator. © 2007 WORLD INTERNET PROGRAMS®
Wow. Copyright marks and all. I *am* impressed. It's funny, though-- after so many spams promising me millions and millions of dollars of African Dictator dollars, "Five Hundred Thousand United State OfAmerica Dollars" seems sorta measly in some ways. I still think the best spam I ever got was the one involving the Russian cosmonaut who was stuck on the space station, unable to access his bank account and would I help for a fee?

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Published on May 27 2007

Here I am, writing a "research proposal" for the big paper in my "Reasearch and Analysis" class. "Research Proposal". [snort] They're preparing me to write a Master's Thesis, when I'm still struggling with how to write a %*^$ correctly-formatted citation without resorting to NoodleBib or Citation Machine. I am so out of my element here, and feeling very much like I'm in over my head. But... here goes nothing......
Research Question This paper will attempt to explore reasons behind the controversy over the United States-led War in Iraq. Unlike the First Gulf War of the early 90’s, the Second Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq has been the source of much opposition and tension between states on the international front; as well as opposition on the domestic front. I would like to examine how and whether the theory of jus ad bellum was used as a justification for the current conflict in Iraq. Working Thesis This paper will posit that the current conflict in Iraq did not conform to the theory of jus ad bellum in the classic sense of intrastate relations. At the same time, the classic theory may be changing due to the changing nature of warfare due to the rise in terrorism.
How's THAT for a lousy thesis?! Just once, I'd like to make a damn statement without trying to see both sides.

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Published on May 25 2007

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Published on May 25 2007

well...."devouring" is more like it. I keep reading, thinking "*I* remember that!! and THAT!!!" Review may follow, but I am enjoying the read. Reagan Diaries

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Published on May 22 2007

OpinionJournal - Featured Article
The critics who bother me the most are those who ordinarily would not be on the side of supporting dictatorships, who are arguing today that only military intervention can prevent the genocide of Darfur, or who argued yesterday for military intervention in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda to ease the sectarian violence that was tearing those places apart. .............. American liberals need to face these truths: The demand for self-government was and remains strong in Iraq despite all our mistakes and the violent efforts of al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias to disrupt it. Al Qaeda in particular has targeted for abduction and murder those who are essential to a functioning democracy: school teachers, aid workers, private contractors working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, police officers and anyone who cooperates with the Iraqi government. Much of Iraq's middle class has fled the country in fear. With these facts on the scales, what does your conscience tell you to do? If the answer is nothing, that it is not our responsibility or that this is all about oil, then no wonder today we Democrats are not trusted with the reins of power. American lawmakers who are watching public opinion tell them to move away from Iraq as quickly as possible should remember this: Concessions will not work with either al Qaeda or other foreign fighters who will not rest until they have killed or driven into exile the last remaining Iraqi who favors democracy.
Compare that with this:
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. My wife Elizabeth grew up on military bases around the world, as the daughter of an Navy pilot, and this holiday has always had special meaning for our family. This year, I am calling on all Americans to use their Memorial Day Weekend not only for celebration and time with family and friends, but also for a deeper purpose: to honor the memory of the fallen by acting, as patriots, to honor troops today -- to end the war and bring them home.

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Published on May 22 2007

Carter says comments were careless - TODAY: People - MSNBC.com
Former President Jimmy Carter is backing off his remark this weekend that the Bush administration's foreign policy "has been the worst in history," telling TODAY during an exclusive interview Monday that his comment was "careless" and widely misinterpreted. Carter's remarks to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Saturday were in response to a question about the foreign policy of President Richard Nixon, Carter, the 82-year-old former peanut farmer from Georgia, told TODAY host Meredith Vieira. "Are you saying now that you believe now that [your remarks] were careless or reckless?" Vieira asked. "Well, I think they were, yes, because they were interpreted as comparing [Bush's] whole administration to all other administrations," Carter said. "What I was actually doing was responding to a question about foreign policy between Richard Nixon and this administration. I think this administration's foreign policy compared to President Nixon's was much worse." "But not the worst in U.S. history?" Vieira interjected. "That's not what I wanted to say," Carter said.
I don't know. I sorta think that this following quote is pretty clear in its meaning and intent.
Carter, a Democrat, said on Saturday in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that “as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.”

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Published on May 20 2007

Bush White House fires back at Jimmy Carter - Yahoo News
Bush White House fires back at Jimmy Carter CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter, calling him "increasingly irrelevant" a day after Carter described George W. Bush's presidency as the worst in history in international relations. Carter, a Democrat, said on Saturday in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." White House spokesman Tony Fratto had declined to react on Saturday but on Sunday fired back. "I think it's sad that President Carter's reckless personal criticism is out there," Fratto told reporters. "I think it's unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments." Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday's sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors. In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a "radical departure from all previous administration policies" with the Iraq war. "We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," Carter said.
As opposed to allowing one of our embassies to be stormed, and our fellow countrymen taken hostage for well over a year, perhaps? Ya done *really* good there, Mr. Carter, didn't ya? That impotent "administration policy" may very well have been one of the things that brought us to the concept of pre-emption.

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Published on May 19 2007

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***BREAKING NEWS*** Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, we have been forced to cancel the following shows: May 18, 2007 / Malibu, CA May 19, 2007 / Coachella, CA May 21, 2007 / Scottsdale, AZ May 23, 2007 / Milwaukee, WI
Sigh..... at least there's this to console me, I guess.
The Today Show Chicago and America to perform on NBC's "The Today Show" Summer Concert Series on June 22, 2007. Please join us on June 22 for a very special performance on NBC's "Toyota Concert Series on TODAY" in New York City. America will be joining touring partners Chicago for the Today Show's annual concert series on the Plaza.

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Published on May 18 2007

Rachel Lucas Now, if she can only figure out her template thingies.

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