Published on January 12 2006

COSBY:  Was this about publicity?  Did you want all the attention, 15 minutes of fame?

HASSAN:  No.  I felt so guilty on when I was returning to the United States and I saw on the news two soldiers had been killed in Iraq, and they were sidelined.  And my story was in the headlines, in the center. 

I thought about the soldiers in Iraq, a soldier just watching what‘s going on, and he‘s thinking, you know, I‘m here, risking my life every day to help these Iraqis rebuild their lives, and my friend was just shot the other day, and this 16-year-old—this rich 16-year-old comes to Iraq, nothing happens to him, we go through a lot of trouble to get him back to the U.S., and he‘s getting all the press coverage, and no one‘s giving us attention.

Rita Cosby from MSNBC interviewed the wayward Florida teenager, and the transcript is here. Dumb trip aside, this kid seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders and a good heart to match. I would *still* ground this kid for the rest of his natural life if he was mine.

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Published on January 11 2006

Arnie gets an owie
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Recalling his days as one of Hollywood's most popular action stars, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that a weekend accident won't stop him from riding motorcycles. As an actor, he said, he had to sign contracts covering possible injuries from stunts. "I did all those things anyway," Schwarzenegger said. "I never played by the rules."
Yep, a TRUE wild man. I don't need no steenkin' license!
Sacramento, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was riding his motorcycle illegally over the weekend when he collided with a car in his Los Angeles neighborhood, police said Tuesday. Los Angles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said Schwarzenegger does not have the proper endorsement on his California driver's license to operate a motorcycle. Earlier Tuesday, Schwarzenegger, a Harley Davidson owner who rides regularly along the California coast, acknowledged that he never bothered to obtain a motorcycle license because he "never thought about it. . . . It was just one of those things that I never really did."
Guess he didn't want the embarassment of driving around with a neon orange plastic vest and a white helmet with goofy antennae for his motorcycle test. That *would* sorta be a contrast with the tough guy image, wouldn't it? Of course, he might try out THIS type of helmet:
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Published on January 11 2006

This is the third day this week I have discovered that I have some item of clothing on inside-out. (Are we hitting the bottom of "subjects for blogging" yet?)

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Published on January 8 2006

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE WISCONSINITE WHEN:
1. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway. 2. "Vacation" means going up north past Hwy 8 for the weekend. 3. You measure distance in hours. 4. You know several people who have hit deer more than once. 5. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.
*Nods* Been there, done that to all of these.
6. Your whole family wears Packer Green to church on Sunday.
Nah, I can honestly say I've never worn a Packers sweatshirt to church. *Seen* a few there, though
7. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching. 8. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings and funerals ). 9. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You mean, you're *supposed* to lock them?
10. You think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and venison. 11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife or girlfriend knows how to use them. 12. There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill's Fleet Farm at any given time. 13. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. 14. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow. 15. You refer to the Packers as "we." 16. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
It's "still winter" right now.
17. You can identify a southern or eastern accent. 18. You have no problem pronouncing Lac Du Flambeau.
Let alone Oconomowoc.
19. You consider Minneapolis exotic. 20. You know how to polka. 21. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce. 22. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age. 23. Down South to you means Illinois. 24. A brat is something you eat. 25. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed. 26. You go out to fish fry every Friday 27. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost. 28. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car. 29. You find minus twenty degrees "a little chilly."
Uh huh.
30. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Wisconsin friends.
Consider it DONE!! :-D

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Published on January 8 2006

Anybody who lives here has seen these at least a million times, but hey, never hurts to reinforce the stereotype!!
If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 38 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Wisconsin. If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Park Falls is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Wisconsin. If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy," you might live in Wisconsin. If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Wisconsin. If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Wisconsin. If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Wisconsin. If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Wisconsin. If you have either a pet or a child named "Brett," you might live in Wisconsin. If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Wisconsin. If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Wisconsin. If you know how to say Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Menomonie & Manitowoc, you might live in Wisconsin. If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy, you might live in Wisconsin. If every time you see moonlight on a lake, you think of a dancing bear, and you sing gently, "From the land of sky-blue waters,....you might live in Wisconsin.

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Published on January 7 2006

What OTHER headline could I possibly have used? Panexa. Ask your doctor for a reason to take it.
No matter what you do or where you go, you're always going to be yourself. And Panexa knows this. Your lifestyle is one of the biggest factors in choosing how to live. Why trust it to anything less? Panexa is proven to provide more medication to those who take it than any other comparable solution. Panexa is the right choice, the safe choice. The only choice.

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Published on January 5 2006

..how about getting called in for overtime on the first day back? :-< /me trudges off to the salt mine/

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Published on January 4 2006

Androgynous You scored 50 masculinity and 70 femininity!
You scored high on both masculinity and femininity. You have a strong personality exhibiting characteristics of both traditional sex roles.
My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 21% on masculinity
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You scored higher than 68% on femininity
Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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Published on January 4 2006

This is quite a long article in Opinionjournal that took a full cup of coffee to completely digest--I feel like I've been on a "nine-countries-in-four-days" tour. Steyn takes on everything from political correctness to birthrates to the fall of civilization, but somehow makes sense of it.
Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West.

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Published on January 2 2006

We all knew it was coming, but.....

FOXSports.com - NFL- Sherman, Martz fired
Black Monday has struck in Green Bay. FOXSports.com has learned that the Packers have fired head coach Mike Sherman. General Manager Ted Thompson informed his coach that the franchise was heading in another direction early this morning.

 In Sherman's six seasons as coach, in which he amassed a 57-39 record, he helped the Packers win three NFC North Division titles. He also won two of the six playoff games the team played in under his direction. With injuries decimating the Packers this year, Sherman was never able to get his team out of the injury-bug rut. Despite the fact that Brett Favre was physically able to lead the troops, his surrounding cast looked terrible at times.

How this move affects Favre's decision is unknown. Does he wait around to see who the next coach is and if so, does he want to play in a new regime? At the same time, does playing for a new coach re-energize the future Hall Of Famer? The team is expected to announce the move later today.

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