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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Published on May 17 2007

silkyarn.JPG There is nothing better than the arrival of a new hand-dyed lace yarn. I'm trying something new for the new scarf/shawl. Silk. 100% silk. If it knits up as good as it feels and looks, I can't wait to cast on, although I probably should decide what pattern to use first, lol.

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Published on May 16 2007

My best bud from school forwarded this link to me, the report on the closing ceremony at my alma mater in England. Reading it, I sat and cried like a baby. Silly, huh? I can't even write about it right now. Those two years I spent there were among the best in my life. I would have given just about anything to have gone back to visit one last time. Just to see. Stars and Stripes: London Central closes its doors for final time
London Central closes its doors for final time By Bryan Mitchell, Stars and Stripes European edition, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sean Kimmons / S&S London Central High School 1978 graduate Sean Kelly, left, and his brother, Duff, a 1982 graduate, pose with their senior jackets during the school's closing ceremony Tuesday. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Seventh-grader Wesley Tomjack, far left, plays his trumpet along with other members of the London Central High School Concert Band during the school’s closing ceremony Tuesday. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Members of the London Central High School Concert Choir — from left to right, sophomore Alexis White, senior Kristine Fontanilla and junior Lauren Parnell — sing the National Anthem during the school's closing ceremony. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Festive balloons hover above hundreds of audience members at the closing ceremony of London Central High School Tuesday. Purchase reprint
RAF DAWS HILL, England — The brass wore their sharp dress uniforms. The educators were clad in finely pressed dress shirts, skirts and blazers. And the local British mayor wore her traditional decorative necklace. But Marine Corps Maj. Duff Kelly felt he had to honor the class of 1982 the best way he knew how. “I really wanted to dress up for the whole ceremony, but then I thought I would dress just like I did in high school: jeans, T-shirt and my letterman’s jacket,” a beaming Kelly said as he stood outside the London Central High School gymnasium, his faded jacket one size too small but still Bobcat proud. “I had to represent what is widely considered to be the best class in the history of London Central.” Kelly was one of the several hundred people who jammed into the school’s gym Tuesday afternoon for the official London Central Elementary and High School closing ceremony. Students and educators past and present joined military leaders from across the United Kingdom and Europe as well as local British dignitaries in marking the closure of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools’ only boarding school. The closure will displace more than 200 students who come from all over the country and whose parents are stationed across the globe. The gym was strewn with blue and white balloons and streamers, while the band and chorus performed stirring renditions of the alma mater and fight song one last time before the June 7 graduation. American ambassador to England Robert H. Tuttle was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, but sent U.S. Embassy in London deputy chief of mission, David T. Johnson, in his place at the last minute. Dev Parker, a parent of a London Central student, read a May 11 letter from President Bush. But it was the words of past educators and present students that reflected the spirit of the ceremony and the closure. Polly DeYoung, who taught at London Central from 1997 through 2005 and was described by a fellow teacher as the “Queen mother of London Central,” reminded students that — despite the challenges that might lie ahead in new schools and new countries — London Central has prepared them well. “We’ve been through a lot together: problems and protests, drawbacks and shutdowns,” she said. “We’ve been through peace, and we’ve been through war. And, like always, we’ll get through with it and move on.” Another fellow educator urged those on hand to honor the school’s history and tradition rather than rue its demise. Yet, it was a member of the final graduating class, senior Darius Pruss, who found just the right words — short, sweet and to the point — that best captured the feelings of London Central students from 1951 through today. “The legacy is us and the memories we share,” he said. “We are the legacy that is LCHS.”
Duff Kelly was wrong about one thing, though. The class of '82 was NOT the greatest class. His older brother Sean, class of '78, should have corrected this. Everybody knows the class of '78 was the best there ever was. Thirty years later, I still think about all you guys. We *are* the great legacy of that wonderful place and time.

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Published on May 13 2007

Yes, Mother's Day was yesterday... but go watch this video. I sat here and laughed at my email watching it.
Remind you of anyone?

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Published on May 13 2007

Wis. festival sells deep-fried testicles
Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried. Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too. More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
#1 daughter told me about this. I thought she was joking. I really thought she was joking.
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs also served at the festival, he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.
It's going to take more than a "few" of these.

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Published on May 13 2007

The Little Beauty!scott-and-gator.jpgGator catch Well, Living in the south has its adventures. I'll bet MAD doesn't have this one on her "Things to do" list. My friend found that he had a uninvited Alligator in his fish pond and she was helping her self to his catfish. Animal control would not do anything because it was only believed to be about two feet long. Since he has a young boy who likes to fish, we figured it wise to relocate the Gator before it tried to relocate his son. So we decided that we had seen enough episodes of Crock Hunter and we could take this one by ourselves. After some coaxing we were able to capture the little beauty and restrain it. We relocated it into one of the local rivers where the fish occur naturally and were not bought and paid for like in my friends pond. Once released, she happily swam away and I think she winked at me as she submerged. :) Of course we could not miss the photo op. I've got to admit, there is one thing nice about fishing in Wisconsin. You don't have to worry about who is fishing for who! This one was about 4 feet, but I have seen them well over 8 feet and as big around as me.

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Published on May 13 2007

Bleary-eyed and shuffling about in my jammies, I opened my 'fridge this morning in a desperate hunt for half 'n half for my coffee, the elixir of life, the bringer of all good things before 8 am. To find my Mothers' Day gift:
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Oooooh yeah.
 
No, I did not drink one for breakfast. I'm not quite *that* far back into single mode yet. They also brought other gifts: Vanilla-Lime scented candles. Brazilian nut body butter. Chocolate. And a BALLOON!!! I love my children. They know exactly what makes Ma's heart go pitter-patter, lol. Beer, body butter and balloons!

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Published on May 12 2007

I am getting a little lot woozy, just looking at this photo. Just what somebody who's scared of heights needs to keep them awake at night.... swing.jpg Ananova - Worlds highest swing
The world's highest swing has been set up on a 1,100ft TV tower in Harbin city, China /Lu Feng The swing is set on a 700ft high viewing platform on the tower in Harbin city, Heilongjiang province. Participants sit on the steel seat and swing out over the city, beyond the edge of the platform. The swing is called "Game for brave people", reports Harbin Daily.

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