Published on January 29 2008

Glassbooth - Quiz to help you choose best 2008 presidential candidate First test result came up like this: Mike Huckabee 75% in line with my views Barack Obama 74% in line with my views Well, *that* certainly narrows things down, doesn't it? Results like these are *not* helping me. At least this page gives a pretty good listing of the candidates' stands on various issues. But who on earth is Mike Gravel? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spent probably two hours here as well.

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Published on January 29 2008

I used to love this old Kansas tune. So does this young girl, judging from the way she rocks out. I love the feather boa. And since right now we have MINUS 45 degree windchills outside, order me up a dozen. Winter storm warnings and wind chill advisories galore; quite a change from the 40+ degrees yesterday. I'm guessing that tomorrow will be a stay-at-home day.
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Published on January 26 2008

You just don't realize yet how lucky you truly are, do you? Well, sit right down and I'll tell you. :-D I just re-upped for another several years of domain registration. So YOU people can rest assured that you are in for at least another two years of the bleating and photography of a somewhat boring old bag from the frozen North. And what do we have to look forward to? A possible trip to the West Coast, if I can get my [expletive deleted] together. The big bike trip across Ontario and Quebec to Maine around Memorial Day-- keep your fingers crossed for an early spring and a good lobster harvest, folks. You also will be privy to more of my whining about schoolwork and world affairs. And maybe even some Britney-blogging!! You are the luckiest people I know, lol.

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Published on January 22 2008

So. Now that the excitement on the frozen tundra has wound down, it's time to figure out how to face the long haul until Spring.... which means late April here. At -20 degrees outside, ice fishing doesn't cut it; and it's almost too cold for walking around the block, let alone a couple miles. Housework? Ewwwwwwwwww. Yeah, yeah, we do have Super Tuesday coming up in two weeks, but I also have a term paper due not too long after that. Guess which "important thing" I will be concentrating on? Yep. I'll be watching the primaries and *trying* to write coherently about propaganda during the Cold War. I keep coming back to that era for paper topics for some reason, probably because I am old and gray enough to remember it. So. Who ya voting for?

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Published on January 21 2008

How cold was it? Lambeau frozen in time
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The NFL championship games started c-c-cold and ended with a frigid overtime thriller. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 47-yard field goal to give the Giants a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the frosty NFC title game Sunday night after the New England Patriots topped the San Diego Chargers 21-12 in the AFC game. As soon as Tynes hit his kick, he bolted from the field. "I just wanted to get out of the cold," Tynes said.
Well, it *was* fun to watch, anyway--at least until the last couple of minutes, when I spent more time hiding my eyes behind an afghan, unable to watch Tynes' field goal attempts. Two misses, but he nailed the one that really mattered. Dammit. As a slight consolation, we do have *this* little tidbit from Wisconsin's favorite QB, though:
"For me, I kept thinking how many opportunities are we going to let slip away," said Favre, who now will contemplate retiring or returning to the youngest team in the league. "It felt like everything had kind of fallen into place. I was disappointed that the last pass I threw was intercepted."
He just can't retire on an interception. Can he? And, for all you Monday Morning QB's out there.....

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Published on January 17 2008

I'm wondering if my children are wearing their green and gold!!! Where's that darned duct tape, anyway....... Youre a Packers fan, son ... got it?
PORTAGE, Wis. - Upset that his 7-year-old son wouldnt wear a Green Bay Packers jersey during the teams playoff victory Saturday, a man restrained the boy for an hour with tape and taped the jersey onto him.

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Published on January 13 2008

Giants hold on as Romo, Cowboys crumble - Yahoo! News
IRVING, Texas - Tony Romo can go wherever he wants with Jessica Simpson now. Eli Manning and the New York Giants knocked him and the Dallas Cowboys into the offseason Sunday. Manning is heading to his first NFC championship game, at Green Bay next Sunday.
And guess who else might be going to the NFC Championship game? :-D

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Published on January 12 2008

Got my sweats, my Packers socks and sheepskin slippers and a cold one. I also have homework to do during the game, which may or may not get done. 10 minutes to kickoff!! Packers hold edge in Favre and Lambeau
Seattle's 53-man roster has a combined 240 games of postseason experience. Green Bay, the NFLs youngest team, has a total of 94. On Saturday, the Seahawks will start 10 players — including kicker Josh Brown and his battery powered heating pants — who started the Super Bowl 23 months ago. A total of 12 Packers starters, including kicker Mason Crosby and punter Jon Ryan, will be playing in their first playoff game. But the Seahawks arent sure their top-to-bottom experience advantage outweighs the fact the Packers have wily old Brett Favre. And theyre playing at Lambeau after a bye week. "Even though they dont have a lot of guys who have been in the playoffs, were still playing at Lambeau Field. Against Brett Favre," running back Shaun Alexander said, chuckling at the absurdity of Favres experience alone.
UPDATE: NFC Championship, here we come!!

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Published on January 11 2008

Dems push 'uncommitted' option
Party leaders want Obama and Edwards backers to take a stand on the primary ballot. LANSING -- Top Michigan Democrats made another plea Wednesday to coax supporters of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards to vote "uncommitted" in Tuesday's Michigan primary, rather than staying home or crossing over to vote in the Republican contest. Obama, Edwards, and Bill Richardson yanked their names off the ballot here, leaving New York Sen. Hillary Clinton as the only leading contender for Democratic voters. If "uncommitted" draws at least 15 percent of the vote in a congressional district, delegates not bound to any candidate could be sent to the national convention, possibly enabling Obama and Edwards supporters to play a role in the nomination. "You can't afford not to vote in Michigan," Levin said. "It's critically important to vote to have impact on the delegates going to (the national party convention)."
Personally, I've often wanted to vote for "none of the above" myself, but it's never on the ballot. My old bud Kos, the reason I will not vote Dem, has a different idea. Just screw with 'em. Have some fun. Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Let's have some fun in Michigan by kos Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 01:31:01 PM PST With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don't we try and return the favor. Next Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win. How so? If we can help push Mitt over the line, not only do we help keep their field fragmented, but we also pollute Romney's victory. How "legitimate" will the Mittster's victory look if liberals provide the margin of victory? Think of the hilarity that will ensue. We'll simply be adding fuel to their civil war, never a bad thing from our vantage point. Michigan is Romney’s last stand. He has pulled all advertising from other states for a last-ditch effort there. It’s sink or swim time for Romney, and we’re going to throw him a lifesaver. So why are we doing this? Because we can. Because it'll be fun.

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Published on January 11 2008

The Associated Press: FBI Wiretaps Dropped Due to Unpaid Bills
WASHINGTON (AP) — Telephone companies cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time, according to a Justice Department audit released Thursday. More than half of 990 bills to pay for telecommunication surveillance in five unidentified FBI field offices were not paid on time, the report shows. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.

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