Published on November 25 2006

Is my inner Scrooge peeking out? Or is it just that I am already very tired of Christmas Sale ads?
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Published on November 23 2006

I will be posting my thanks later this evening. AFTER turkey! :-D [UPDATE] These are the things I am thankful for.
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Published on November 20 2006

wcbstv.com - Anti-War Activists Plan 'Global Orgasm For Peace'
(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter. But they don't want you marching in the streets. They'd much rather you just stay home. The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace. "The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it," Reffell said Sunday. "Your mind is like a blank. It's like a meditative state. And mass meditations have been shown to make a change." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The couple have studied evolutionary psychology and believe that war is mainly an outgrowth of men trying to impress potential mates, a case of "my missile is bigger than your missile," as Reffell put it. By promoting what they hope to be a synchronized global orgasm, they hope to get people to channel their sexual energy into something more positive.

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Published on November 18 2006

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Published on November 18 2006

 

 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi: Bringing the War to an End is my Highest Priority as Speaker

"I told my colleagues yesterday that the biggest ethical issue facing our country for the past three and a half years is the war in Iraq.

This unnecessary pre-emptive war has come at great cost. Nearly 2,900 of our brave troops have lost their lives and more than 21,000 more have suffered lasting wounds. Since the war began, Congress has appropriated more than $350 billion, and the United States has suffered devastating damage to our reputation in the eyes of the world."

After Pelosi's pick for the #2 spot, Jack Murtha, was soundly thumped 149-86, I wonder if she should have remembered that it's the conservative and moderate Dems who brought in the win on Election Day, not necessarily the "bring-'em-home-NOW's". Her highest priority, in her own words, is ending our involvement in Iraq, and what better way to keep it on the front burner than to throw her backing behind Murtha, even though she was not required to campaign for anybody for the post? After all, it was his "courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election”.

Not to mention the fact that Pelosi defeated Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Murtha's opponent, for the position of minority whip four or five years ago--with the help of Jack Murtha as campaign manager.

Sticking up for friends might be a good thing, but  Nancy seems to have backed the wrong horse in that race. Does the Murtha's thumping indicate that not all Democrats are cut and run, for example Hoyer, who at one point commented that a swift pullout "could lead to disaster"?

Kinda makes you wonder who Pelosi will support when it comes time to pick the Chair of the Intelligence Committee in the "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history." The too-moderate Jane Harmon? Or one of only six federal judges to be impeached and removed from office, Alcee Hastings?

That's going to be fun to watch!

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Published on November 17 2006

 

There are a lot of very satisfied Seger fans in Wisconsin right now, and yes.... I'm one of them. And you'll have to excuse the lousy, blurry picture--we had floor seats, but we were far enough back to render flash on a little pocket camera completely useless--this pic is one of those arm's length, you-know-it-isn't-going-to-turn-out photos--but it was the best of them all.

The show opened with Steve Azar, who played a 45-minute set. He was very good, and I intend to look up his music. But man, it's gotta be rough to be an opening act with a crowd who haven't seen the-reason-they-paid-that-Ticketmonster-fee in a dozen years. Azar and his band got politely enthusiastic applause, but it was pretty obvious that the crowd thought of him as background music.

Seger and the Silver Bullet band, including the Motor City Horns, were great. After watching Seger perform at the opening of the World Series awhile back, I was a little nervous about how he would sound. His voice sounded great, though; and he took on the high notes as easily as ever. In his usual black T-shirt and jeans, he may have looked like a grandpa headed down to the hardware store on a Saturday, but he performed with as much energy as a performer thirty years younger.

The band went through the same setlist as in this post, the highlights for me being "Roll Me Away" (of course), "Wait for Me" (which had tears running down my cheeks), "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (Seger introduced this with "Can you believe I recorded this FORTY years ago?"); and "Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser", which I thought was ....wonderful. Just wonderful. If Seger decides to retire again, he went out on a high note, as far as I'm concerned. (Btw, the little video shorts are from the Indianapolis concert.)

 

I still, hours later, cannot believe that I finally, after all these years, got to hear the man perform. I am one very happy fan this morning,even after 9 hours of driving, two hours of sleep last night, and an acute case of "loudspeaker ear".

 

The only downside to the performance was having the Worlds' Tallest Cheesehead in the seats directly in front of us. That man was 6' 8", I kid you not. He did block the glare from those spotlights, though, lol.

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Published on November 16 2006

 

So I lay awake half the night, pondering age-old questions.

Why do the boys at work refer to my brand-new, company-required goggles as "birth control glasses"?

And why does everyone look at me, and break out in laughter? (Okay, that's not uncommon; it's just a little more frequent now.)

 

 

 

 

*I* think they're kinda hot. Think I'll wear them to the concert!!

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Published on November 15 2006

To heck with grumpy gay musicians who need a nap (yes, I'm talking about you, Elton John!), I have someone even MORE interesting to go hear!! Looking at the setlists from the shows earlier this month.......

Oh boy. He's going to open with my ALL TIME FAVORITE (OH MY GOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINALLY GET TO SEE HIM) SONG OF ALL TIME.

I am not going to get a *wink* of sleep tonight. Not even the Ambiens are going to put me out.

Seger Live


Grand Rapids Set List -- 11/12/06


Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Wreck This Heart
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Wait for Me
Face the Promise
No Matter Who You Are
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the page
Travelin' Man
Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Simplicity
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est La Vie
Satisfied
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Night Moves
Hollywood Nights
Against the Wind
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

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Published on November 13 2006

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mark Steyn :: U.S. must prove it's a staying power
Still, we are all Spaniards now. The incoming speaker says Iraq is not a war to be won but a problem to be solved. The incoming defense secretary belongs to a commission charged with doing just that. A nostalgic boomer columnist in the Boston Globe argues that honor requires the United States to "accept defeat," as it did in Vietnam. Didn't work out so swell for the natives, but to hell with them. What does it mean when the world's hyperpower, responsible for 40 percent of the planet's military spending, decides that it cannot withstand a guerrilla war with historically low casualties against a ragbag of local insurgents and imported terrorists? You can call it "redeployment" or "exit strategy" or "peace with honor" but, by the time it's announced on al-Jazeera, you can pretty much bet that whatever official euphemism was agreed on back in Washington will have been lost in translation. Likewise, when it's announced on "Good Morning Pyongyang" and the Khartoum Network and, come to that, the BBC.

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Published on November 12 2006

Elton John wants "hateful" religion banned
LONDON (Reuters) - Elton John has said organized religion should be banned because it promotes homophobia and turns some people into "hateful lemmings." "I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it," the British singer said in an interview with the Observer newspaper on Sunday. "Religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate." "The reality is that organized religion doesn't seem to work," he added. The 59-year-old singer, who has sold an estimated 200 million records, is no stranger to controversy. In an interview, he said his "bad temper and irrationality" emerged only when he was tired.

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