Published on July 31 2007

..... so that I can do studies like this one. How *do* people get jobs like this, anyway? 237 reasons we have sex
WASHINGTON - After exhaustively compiling a list of the 237 reasons why people have sex, researchers found that young men and women get intimate for mostly the same motivations. It's more about lust in the body than a love connection in the heart. Expressing love and showing affection were in the top 10 for both men and women, but they did take a back seat to the clear No. 1: "I was attracted to the person." Researchers at the University of Texas spent five years and their own money to study the overlooked why behind sex while others were spending their time on the how.
Duh. Attraction. Who would ever have known, without studies like this? Thank God it was not a publicly-funded study, anyway. I wonder what reason #193 is?

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Published on July 31 2007

I forsee my water bill going through the roof......
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Now if I can just teach him to turn the faucet OFF when he's finished.....

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Published on July 29 2007

Daily Kos: Mainstream
by kos Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 11:46:56 AM PDT YearlyKos will be addressed this year by just about the entire Democratic Party leadership -- Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin. It will feature a candidate forum of all the top Democratic candidates -- Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Bill Richardson.
A long listing of other notable elected Dems who will attend the convention follows.
And that's the key -- anyone who claims this event is anything but a celebration of the best the Democratic Party has to offer is simply, to put it mildly, blinded by partisan rage and completely out-of-touch with reality.
Folks, I have come to a decision, and it's not one I've made lightly. Over the past several years, I've thought a lot about it, done as much reading as I could, and learned as much as I could from both sides of the political fence. I'm not any sort of political whiz by any means, but I try to pay attention to the things I see. This week, I've come to a sad but probably inevitable conclusion. I've always basically considered myself a Democrat, although I have crossed party lines several times during my voting career, especially during Wisconsin's (closed) primary season. Anybody remember John Anderson and the Unity Party? :-D Okay, it was my very first election. Cut me some slack. Still, even though I know I've gotten more conservative in my advancing age, I *still* was a Democrat. Hey, Russ Feingold is my Senator. Dave Obey is my congressman. I was a member of the party of FDR. Of JFK. A Party that had room for everyone from the hawkish Scoop Jackson to the naked bike riders (Trust me, that link isn't safe for *any* time of day), no matter how distasteful or idiotic I might have personally thought them. There was room for entire spectrum, from those who believe that the Iraq War is an illegal regime change and occupation of a foreign State under international law to those who see it as an inevitable neccessity, better done now than later. There was room for all of us, and more than likely a 2008 Presidential candidate for all of us. There is no longer room for me in this Party, because today I am "completely out-of-touch with reality". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In April 2004 a popular liberal blogger named Markos Koulitsas wrote about an incident in Fallujah, Iraq in which four contractors working for Blackwater USA were attacked by grenade and small arms fire while conducting a food delivery convoy. They were killed, their bodies burned and dragged through the streets of the town before being hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. Photos of this incident were published on the internet and in newspapers, showing the unrecognizable charred remains of Scott Helvenston, Jerko Zovko, Wesley Batalona and Michael Teague dangling over a grinning gun-waving, cheering mob. Koulitsas-- better known as "Kos"-- wrote of this on his blog the Daily A$$hole Kos:
"Let the people see what war is like. This isn't an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush's folly. That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries. [sic] They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them."
Yes, I saw the post before it mysteriously disappeared from the internet with its tail tucked between its legs. The next day Kos posted an "apology", which was basically a diatribe against evil minions who would take a paycheck to work for the government in a war zone. Since I am the child of a former government contractor, I wasn't overly impressed with his mea culpa. The trouble was that there were some out there who agreed whole-heartedly with Kos' assessment of the situation, and the readership/ membership of the Daily Kos exploded, making this new Left darling a powerful celebrity within the Democratic Party. This rambling all goes somewhere, I promise. This next week marks the 2nd "Yearly Kos" convention, to be held in Chicago. Every major candidate from the Democratic Party will attend this convention. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. All of them will pander to this demigod who said of the burned mutilated bodies of this fellow countrymen: screw 'em, they deserved it. I understand that appealing to special interest groups is part of the definition of the word "politician", but I felt physically ill reading the list of attendees to this gathering. Must have been the "partisan rage" Kos was referring to above, ya think? In light of the dollar signs and campaign publicity opportunities, none of them had the cojones to say that what this man wrote in April 2004 was unforgivable, as is any association with a convention bearing his name. But dear Readers, small and unimportant as mine might be, I *do* have a set. It may seem like a small thing to get worked up about, but it's the straw that broke my camel's back. It's symbolized the Dem's leftward drift into the area of Bush Derangement Syndrome, where the only unity in the Party seems to be in its opposition to anything Bush-like. All ideas, discussion, and policy seems only to be valued in where it stands in relation to White House policy. There's a difference in my mind between favoring an idea after careful thought, and opposing that same idea due to blind hatred. The Dems seem to me to have lost that distinction and I'm beginning to wonder if other voters have noticed. Maybe opposition is not enough. I wonder how many of these candidates are going to show up at the Democratic Leadership Council's conference being held as I write? Oh yeah, *that* DLC--you know them, they're a "moderate" group; heck, they're almost REPUBLICANS! Well, looks like they got at least one speaker. With four days' advance notice, was the DLC scrambling a bit, maybe? So, that's it. I'm out. I will not vote for any candidate who attends the Kos' Kids Konvention. I will not register as, or call myself a Democrat any longer. However, I'll probably follow my ingrained Good Democratic Practices by actively campaigning *against* the policy I dislike, rather than *for* the policy I favor. Whether or not Ronald Reagan actually said "I didn't leave my party, my Party left me" when he became a Republican, I find myself nodding in agreement. The Republicans ain't quite got me yet, but with this public fellating of the Kos nation the Democrats have lost me for good.

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Published on July 29 2007

I have made a decision. (Yeah, yeah, pipe down up there in the peanut gallery!) Maybe I'll get it posted tonight, if I can. Nothing terrifically important in the scheme of things, but meant a bit to me. Gees, it's fun to tease. ;-)

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Published on July 28 2007

I love Mads' previous post. Just to do a little research, I went out on the WEB and found some before and after Anabolic Steroid Photos  of our friend Barry. I could not believe it my self!   Barry After Steroids Barry Before             Barry Before Steroids Barry Before  What a difference! 

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Published on July 27 2007

Costas Zings Bonds Over Midget Comment
NEW YORK AP - A day after Barry Bonds called him a "little midget man who knows nothing about baseball," broadcaster Bob Costas said he wasn't upset with the San Francisco Giants slugger and responded with a jab of his own. "As anyone can plainly see, I'm 5-6 1/2 and a strapping 150, and unlike some people, I came by all of it naturally," Costas said Thursday in a telephone interview.
I'm only a slightly interested baseball fan, but I think I have just become a diehard Bob Costas fan, lol.

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Published on July 26 2007

We've all heard of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. It's a good bet that at one time or another, most of us have taken it. Personally, I think any test that claims to be able to classify my personality into one of 16 types in 50 questions is just a tiny step above those blogthings that tell you how evil you are (only 44%. Damn. Thought I was far more wicked than 44%!) or what kind of bra you are (I'm an animal print bra, if that means anything). Everything I do in my life seems to be in spite of, rather than a result of, my "personality type". Or maybe I'm just ornery. Still, although I rank personality typing right alongside horoscopes, they *can* be kinda fun to take. Just to see. Just in case they might be right. You never know. Surfing around, I came across the ultimate Myers-Briggs type description site. You might want to take the test above before going to this site to see what all those dumb questions *really* mean.... The REAL Myers-Briggs Personality Types Made Relevant
As you probably already know, the Myers-Briggs Personality Sorter is intended to be a general, universal personality ID that divides people into one of sixteen distinct personality types, along axes if introverted I or extroverted E, Sensing S or Intuitive N, Thinking T or Feeling F, and Judging J or Perceiving P. Now, there are many places which will tell you what this all means, but none of them are quite as...relevant to todays modern civilization as this one...
I'm an "INFJ". Or, as the site says:
Beneath the calm, collected exterior of the INFJ lies the horrible reality of someone who has seen The Truth. The INFJ knows what other people are too naive or too brainwasted to admit: the Conspiracy is real.
Dear Lord. My secret is out. They have seen right through me. (I *do* know The Truth, but I can't tell you or I'd have to kill you.)

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Published on July 26 2007

Looks like the terrorists in the plaid flannel shirts and Carhart jackets are on the move again.... Nation & World | TSA warns of possible dry runs for terror attacks
WASHINGTON — Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September. The seizures at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore included "wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cellphone components and dense claylike substances," including block cheese, the bulletin said. "The unusual nature and increase in number of these improvised items raise concern."
Exploding cheese curds? Usually, too much cheese has....ummm....the opposite effect, let's say. Seriously now, I'm beginning to think it won't be long before airline passengers are prohibited from any carryons, and cargo is shipped completely separately from passengers. Should make for interesting times at baggage claim.

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Published on July 23 2007

My cellphone rings at work, during this brutal 72-hour work week. (If I ever again agree to work this much OT, somebody please slap me upside the head. Please?) I didn't recognize the number, but picked up anyway since I'm waiting on a couple of important calls related to MONEY. This wasn't one of them. "Hello." "Hello. Dolly?" Resisting the impulse to do my best Louis Armstrong imitation, I managed to mumble "Ummmm, sorry, there's nobody here by that name". "Don't you recognize me? This is your sister-in-law! Isn't this 715-xxx-xxxx? " "Yes, the number is right, but there's nobody here by that name. Sorry." "Well, that's funny, this is the number she gave me. Sorry to have bothered you." Five minutes later, the cell rings again. "Dolly?" "Sorry, ma'am, Dolly isn't at this number. The number she gave you is still wrong." Click! Guess I shouldn't have told her that her number was "right" the first time. Sigh.... I swear, it wasn't two minutes later that the phone rang a third time. I let the voicemail pick it up this time, so that she could hear the message. After making a couple of observation rounds, I returned to my booth to find that this woman had called my voicemail not once, not twice, but three more times hoping to find Dolly. I wonder how she does when it comes time to operate a VCR?

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Published on July 21 2007

Cheney assumes power as Bush undergoes colonoscopy - Yahoo News
WASHINGTON AFP - US Vice President Richard Cheney has taken over the reins of power as President George W. Bush undergoes a "routine colonoscopy" at the Camp David retreat, the White House confirmed Saturday. Cheney assumed the role as acting president at 7:16 am 1116 GMT, when letters from Bush were faxed to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, just behind Cheney in the line of succession to the presidency, and top-ranking senator Robert Byrd, informing them of the handover under the US Constitutions 25th amendment.

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