Published on February 19 2007

Sometimes these emails are pure poetry...
From: Therese Keene Subject: the arteries of broken sinks The officers is undoubtedly grateful to have gained your home bank petition affirmation. we accepted about 21 hours ago We are going to push thru your refinancing proposal You have to graciously, right now finalize your remaining information at our web site [spam site address deleted] our groans of futile passion after the woods by the glade be you say for someone is speaking poem after poem turned loose We had no strength to move
Broken sinks, refinancing proposals, and futile passion in the glade? Yes, I *did* have a busy day today, as a matter of fact! liberty.jpg Shopping usually isn't my favorite thing to do, but I'm looking at a slightly larger purchase than normal. I'm thinking of buying a slightly *different* kind of Liberty. It's not mine. Yet.

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Published on February 18 2007

Robert Adler, dead at 93 - International Herald Tribune
Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. But he downplayed his role when asked if he felt his invention helped raise a new generation of people too lazy to get off the couch. "People ask me all the time — 'Don't you feel guilty for it?' And I say that's ridiculous," he said. "It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television."
Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click.Click. You get the picture, I think. I'm guessing it's a "guy thing". But here we have the flipside of relaxing in front of the tube with the finger on the ol' button--a sad story from New York. I always figured this would be the fate of somebody else I know. Mummified body found in front of blaring TV
Police called to a Long Island man's house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set. The 70-year-old Hampton Bays, New York, resident, identified as Vincenzo Ricardo, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said on Saturday his body was discovered on Thursday when they went to the house to investigate a report of a burst water pipe.

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Published on February 17 2007

chief_illiniwek.jpgURBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois will retire its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek, following the last men's home basketball game of the season on Wednesday.The NCAA in 2005 deemed the buckskin-clad Illiniwek an offensive use of American Indian imagery and barred the university from hosting postseason events. American Indian groups and others complained for years that the mascot, used since 1926, is demeaning. Supporters of the mascot say it honors the contributions of American Indians to Illinois.
I am not politically correct so if there are any reading this who subscribe to political correctness, you better plug your ears. This has got to be the supidest move I have seen. Who ever caved to this demand is no doubt without a spine. We spend so much money and time trying to avoid offending anyone that we can't see the forest for the trees. Without a doubt there will always be someone offended by what we do. America, where the small minoity rule over the majority. Welcome to America, the land of the offended. OBTW it is not a constitutional right to not be offended. Sometimes you've got to just suck it up and get on with life.

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Published on February 17 2007

baldbrit.jpg ABC News: Britney Goes Bald, Reportedly Goes to Rehab
Spears' reported rehab visit and new, hairless look is the culmination of a wild few months for the pop star. After filing for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline last year, she started club- and bar-hopping all night, all over the country.
Somehow, I don't think I'm going to have the same problem. Too cold up here for shaved heads, and I'm far too chicken**** to get anywhere near tattoo parlor needles, lol!! Rehab on Antigua sounds intriguing, though.

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Published on February 16 2007

In the Bullpen » Mellencamp: U.S. Should not Respond to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor I think Chevy should go back to Bob Seger for their next ad campaign. (* "shut up and sing")

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Published on February 16 2007

"Hey Laur, we want a couple of you experienced operators to learn about the new process control system going in this spring. We need someone who can teach the other ops how to use it and your name came up in the discussion. How would you like to get a road trip the end of March?" "That would be great. I could sure use a change of scenery for a few days! Where am I going?" beer.jpg "Down south." "Oh, that's fantastic!!! Where???!! Georgia? Florida? Texas?" "Um, not exactly....." The ABB Group: ABB University - Columbus, OH
Our Columbus training center is located in the north-eastern suburb of Westerville, Ohio, specializing in ABB AccuRay system, Advant OCS with Master Software, ABB ULMA system, and Process Control courses.
:-< Ohio. In March. Well, it isn't an island in the Caribbean, but even if there isn't a sandy warm beach with a cute young thing bringing me drinks with umbrellas, maybe they'll have a hot tub with beer. And a guy wearing Budweiser cans on his feet.

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Published on February 13 2007

I promise. Life is *really* getting in the way of blogging this week! Doesn't that bite, lol? Happy Valentine's Day to all you kiddies while I'm here. [UPDATE: I have decided that packing is no picnic, should never be attempted by amateurs like us, and that cardboard boxes reproduce like rabbits when you leave them alone overnight.]

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Published on February 11 2007

shoveling And I whine when I have to shovel 7 or 8 inches of the white stuff? I promise I will never complain again ....well, not much, anyway. As long as it stays above zero. P.S. this is a *very old* fat chick pic. :-D N.Y. town's snowfall may be over 11 feet
REDFIELD, N.Y. - This village in upstate New York's snowbelt gets a lot of snowfall during the winter, but last week's total — more than 11 feet, unofficially — might be an all-time record. All that's left — apart from the massive dig out — is to claim the record for the most snowfall in a week. Redfield's total of 136 inches would break the state record of ten feet, seven inches that fell in nearby Montague over seven days ending Jan. 1, 2002, said Steve McLaughlin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

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Published on February 9 2007

Guess everybody's in for that big old half-billion dollar payout, aren't they? Hey. *I* am the father of Anna Nicole's baby!!!! Zsa Zsas husband: I might be babys dad
LOS ANGELES - The husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor said Friday that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her infant daughters father. The claim by Prince Frederic von Anhalt comes amid a paternity suit over Smiths 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. The birth certificate lists Dannielynns father as attorney Howard K. Stern, but former Smith boyfriend Larry Birkhead is waging a legal challenge, saying he is the father. "If you go back from September, she wasnt with one of those guys, she was with me," von Anhalt told The Associated Press in an interview Friday. He said he would file a lawsuit if Dannielynn is turned over to Stern or Birkhead.
That poor little kid. I wonder if it's any coincidence that this story came out today, as well. CDC finds dramatic rise in drug deaths
ATLANTA - Unintentional fatal drug overdoses in the United States nearly doubled from 1999 to 2004, overtaking falls to become the nation's second-leading cause of accidental death, behind automobile crashes, the government reported.

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Published on February 9 2007

This is just a little experimental post. I was playing with this new version of Word, and I stumbled across a "publish to blog" option. (Ain't software wonderful these days?) Some good news, though! APUS credited me 6, count 'em, SIX!!, credits towards grad based on the CLEP test I took back in December. I still have absolutely no idea what the test score number actually meant, but it must have been sufficient for credit. So, that's the equivalent of $1500 saved—always an extremely good thing! I *am* the Goddess of English Composition!

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