Published on February 11 2006

Look out, they want your money, but the name thing is kinda fun!
Your First Name of: Laurie * Your name of Laurie gives you a very happy-go-lucky, spontaneous nature. * You see the humorous side of many situations and can laugh at yourself as well as at others.
Yup, I have to beat them to it!!
* This name gives you a musical, artistic nature and you would do well in any occupation in the entertainment field. * You have many friends because of your generous, happy nature, but if crossed you have a quick temper, although your annoyance does not last too long. * You do enjoy an argument and will at times say things just to get others going and then you sit back and enjoy the debate.
They don't have *me* pegged at all, do they? :-"
* You lack system and order and find it very difficult to budget and save money.
See above smart, self-deprecating remark.
* Although the name Laurie creates idealism and the urge to help others, we emphasize that it frustrates you through a scattered and emotional nature. * This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the nervous system, liver, and bloodstream.
I'm thinking it's not really worth the $35 to get the bad news about my liver.

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Published on February 9 2006

There are times that I think it's a good thing to have been born in Iowa. Seething Midwest explodes over Lombardi Cartoons heh.

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Published on February 9 2006

One of the books off my Amazon wishlist arrived today, so I took a five from the horrors of Turbotax to thumb through it for a bit. The book is I'm a Stranger here myself by Bill Bryson. It's a series of essays written by a travel writer who lived in England for twenty years, but decided to return to the United States to live, and his observations of how his home country has changed since he left so many years before. I'm enjoying it immensely! One section deals with license plate slogans:
Still I can't criticize because I live in the state with the most demented of all license plate slogans, the strange and pugnacious "Live Free or Die". Perhaps I take these things too literally, but I really don't like driving around with an explicit written vow to expire if things don't go right. Frankly, I would prefer something a little more equivocal and less terminal--"Live Free or Pout" perhps, or maybe "Live Free or Bitch Mightily to Anyone Who'll Listen."
Now that sounds like a Wisconsinite at heart!!

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Published on February 9 2006

Guess what *I'm* working on today? tax toon Although the new TurboTax is VERY helpful. It consists of only three parts:
1. How much did you make last year? 2. How much do you have left? 3. Send amount listed in part 2.
One click and it' DONE!! :-D

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Published on February 8 2006

CNN.com - Iran invites cartoons on Holocaust - Feb 8, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A prominent Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Ok, where is the nearest Iranian Embassy again? Or heck, let's just burn down any old MidEast-type embassy, since they're all the same anyway, right?? I have to go dig in the garage and see if I can find those old firebombs. I know they're out there somewhere. Or do you think that maybe we'll react more like a civilized world and not call for beheadings and the annihilation of those who offend us?
The newspaper said Tuesday the contest would be launched on February 13 and would be co-convened by itself and the House of Caricatures, a Tehran exhibition center for cartoons. Both the paper and the cartoon center are owned by the Tehran Municipality, which is dominated by allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is well known for his opposition to Israel. Last year Ahmadinejad provoked outcries when he said on separate occasions that Israel should be "wiped out" and the Holocaust was a "myth." Hamshahri invited foreign cartoonists to enter the competition and said it wanted to see how open the West was to caricatures of the Holocaust. "Does the West extend freedom of expression to the crimes committed by the United States and Israel, or an event such as the Holocaust? Or is its freedom only for insulting religious sanctities?" Hamshahri wrote, referring to the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, in a short article on its back page.
So let me see if I have this right....the Holocaust was a myth and Israel "doesn't exist", but we're going to have a contest to make fun of that? These should be some entertaining cartoons!!! Maybe like these that run in Arab newspapers all the time? This sounds like some of the contests we make up for our own entertainment up in the fozen Tundra. I'm particularly reminded of the old contest we used to have in town here; the one where we bet on when an old junker of a car would fall through the ice on Sawdy Pond. First prize was probably a sixer, I don't really remember. I always missed the date by a month anyway.

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Published on February 8 2006

Paris Hilton ordered to stay away from man - Yahoo! News I had to read this headline twice--I could have sworn it said "Paris Hilton ordered to stay away from MEN". Yeah, yeah.... L-)

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Published on February 7 2006

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police killed four protesters on Tuesday in some of the worst violence to erupt over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have provoked a deepening crisis between Europe and the Muslim world. Fresh protests erupted in the Middle East, Asia and Africa on Tuesday over the cartoons as leaders urged restraint and struggled to contain the protests, some of which in recent days turned from peaceful to volatile and bloody. In Iran, locked in a nuclear stand-off with the West and which has cut trade ties with Denmark where the cartoons were first published, a crowd pelted the Danish embassy in Tehran with petrol bombs and stones for a second day. After rioters set Danish missions ablaze in Syria and Lebanon at the weekend, the European Union presidency issued a strongly-worded warning to 19 countries across the Middle East that they are obliged to protect EU missions. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller called his Iranian counterpart "and demanded in clear terms that Iran does all it can to protect the embassy and Danish lives," a spokesman said. Depicting the Prophet is prohibited by Islam but moderate Muslims, while condemning the cartoons, have expressed fears radicals are hijacking the affair which has developed into a clash over press freedom and religious respect. Militants in Iraq have called for the seizure and killing of Danes and the boycott of Danish goods over the cartoons, one of which depicts Mohammad wearing a turban resembling a bomb with a fizzing fuse. In London, there were placards demanding the beheading of those who insulted Islam. In a new twist, Iran's best-selling newspaper on Tuesday launched a competition to find the best Holocaust cartoon. Denmark said on Tuesday that the violent protests raised concerns for the safety of its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but that it had no plans to withdraw them. British troops were ordered to the Afghan town of Maymana after crowds attacked a NATO base of Norwegian troops with guns and grenades and police opened fire bringing the protest death toll in the Middle East and Asia to nine. F-16 warplanes flew overhead in a show of force while the Norwegians fired tear gas, rubber bullets and warning shots, managing to restore order by early evening. Norway was the second country to publish the cartoons.
All this over some not-very-well-drawn CARTOONS????????????????? And this is NOT all about "dissing" Islam, either. This isn't all about religions and co-existence and everyone living happily ever after. These protesters are not just demanding that we respect Islamic rules and customs. They are demanding that we LIVE by them, and that's something completely different--as well as not very damned likely. UPDATE: InstaPunk and Dr. Sanity have some great thoughts on humor--or the lack thereof.

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Published on February 4 2006

Some Most of the spam that comes to this account is just plain annoying. It's usually vIaGrA ads, offers to refinance my real estate--and why do all these spammers think I live in Menagha, Minnesota? Did I lie about my zip code on a website once? Anyway, this spam caught my eye.
The more outrageous the claim --------------------------------- COPY the Addreass below and paste in your WEaB BROaWSER: (address deleted by ME!!!) ---------------------------------- V a l id for 24 Hrs. Up through the darkness,. Hooch lived on her own and looked after the needs of all the caravans on the site. I had nothing further to do with them,. (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) Of the apple her stepmother. Get back to you later, Erma Jones
I'm not really sure what they're trying to sell me, but I'm pretty sure it isn't literature. Considering the caravans, maybe they're trying to sell me camels??

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Published on January 31 2006

CNN.com - Museum visitor trips, breaks Chinese vases - Jan 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- A museum visitor shattered three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and brought the vases crashing to the floor, officials said Monday. The three vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, had been donated to The Fitzwilliam Museum in the university city of Cambridge in 1948, and were among its best-known artifacts. They had been sitting proudly on the window sill beside the staircase for 40 years.
How embarassing. Sounds like something I, with my usual grace, would do. I wonder if anyone asked him if he "had a nice trip"?

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Published on January 29 2006

Anybody who wants the job this badly....... CNN.com - Berlusconi: No sex until election - Jan 29, 2006
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is famous for his ambitious promises, but he is unlikely to be called to task if he breaks his latest pledge: not to have sex before the April 9 general election. At a party rally in Sardinia on Saturday, the media tycoon received the blessing of television preacher Massimiliano Pusceddu, who thanked him for opposing gay marriage and defending family values. "Thank you dear Father Massimiliano, I'll try not to let you down and I promise you two and a half months of complete sexual abstinence until April 9," Berlusconi replied, in comments reported on Sunday by the daily Il Giornale.

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