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Published on February 27 2008

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Published on February 18 2008

Fidel Castro resigns as Cubas president - Yahoo News
HAVANA - An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.
And here I was, all excited because a topic/question/thesis for the next paper came to me as I scrubbed in the shower this morning!! Jumped on the 'puter to get it written down before my foggy brain lost it, and here is the morning's best news. And if you're reading this from 'sconsin-- get yer tail to the polls today. Voting is your right, your priveledge, your responsibility. There is no excuse to not do your part.

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Published on February 17 2008

A visit from Mike Huckabee Thursday, Barack Obama yesterday in a closed visit that has raised some hackles, and a visit from Hilary Clinton today... now if the national media could only quit pronouncing it "Warsaw, Westconsin" we'd be all set. We already know our popularity will fade quickly.

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Published on February 17 2008

Kosovo declares independence
PRISTINA, Kosovo - Kosovo declared itself a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the U.S. and key European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia. "Kosovo is a republic — an independent, democratic and sovereign state," parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi said as the chamber burst into applause. Krasniqi, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and President Fatmir Sejdiu signed the declaration, which was scripted on parchment. Serbian President Boris Tadic immediately rejected the independence bid, saying his country will never accept Kosovo's "unilateral and illegal" declaration. Russia denounced Kosovo's independence declaration and called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, underlining its opposition to the Serbian province's Western-backed bid for statehood. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Russia supports Serbia's "just demands to restore the country's territorial integrity" and wants the Security Council to renew efforts to reach a settlement on the issue of Kosovo's status. Sunday's declaration was carefully orchestrated with the U.S. and key European powers, and Kosovo was counting on swift international recognition that could come as early as Monday, when EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels, Belgium.
Next up.... Chechnya, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Scotland.... and da UP (aka the State of Superior).

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Published on February 17 2008

Sen. Chuck Schumer certainly is fond of the word "internecine" in reference to the Democratic Party's selection of a presidential candidate. Scary thing is, I knew what he meant. :-P

Sunday's Meet the Press guest list - Meet the Press, online at MSNBC- msnbc.com

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Published on February 4 2008

Grandma allegedly hides cocaine in bra - Yahoo News
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - Broward County authorities said a grandmother was arrested for hiding cocaine in her bra during a drug raid in Oakland Park. Eight others were also arrested Friday at or near the home of Henrietta Corvin Daise, 62. Many of them were her grandchildren. The Broward County Sheriffs Office said deputies conducted a search warrant on her home and found Daise with powder cocaine stuffed in her bra. Deputies also found 20 crack cocaine rocks, four grams of powder cocaine, marijuana and $1,000 in cash.

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Published on February 4 2008

Well, folks, I got to watch the Super Bowl on the radio since I worked last night, although I did come home to hit the sports channels for the highlights. As much as this old Packer fan hates to admit it... the Giants really deserved this one. After watching them play in Dallas and after crying in my beer over their playing in Green Bay.... yeah. They deserved this one, and it was a relief to know that we're not going to be hearing about "19-0" for the next year. P.S. Somebody who had 7 and 3 in the football pool Cleaned. Up. :-D P.P.S. Now I'm off to watch my favorite part of the Bowl show-- the ads! Giants upend Pats in Super Bowl stunner - Yahoo News
One perfect spiral and it was over for the New England Patriots. Forever, fans would remember who lost this Super Bowl, as much as who won. Eli Manning looked every bit like his older brother, throwing that beautiful fade route. Plaxico Burress backed up his brazen prediction, catching the 13-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left. And with that thunderbolt, the New York Giants became NFL champions Sunday night. With the crowd standing and roaring for the entire fourth quarter, they startled the heavily favored Patriots — and themselves, a bit — with a 17-14 victory.

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Published on February 2 2008

Well, at least or until Hillary gets elected... YES FOLKS, I AM JOKING! Frances Nicolas Sarkozy marries Carla Bruni - Telegraph And I love the "reason" for the quickie marriage, just 3 1/2 months after Sarkozy's divorce:
One of the reasons for the sudden marriage was apparently next months planned state visit to Britain, with Mr Sarkozy concerned about being a guest of the Queen at Windsor Castle with only a "live-in lover" to accompany him.
Yup. Even after all the years of marital hijinks in the British Royal Family, we wouldn't want to see any shacking up going on at Windsor, now would we? And this following quote caused an emergency removal-of-coffee-from-laptop-screen. Here I thought *our* politicians had the claws out! Silly me!
Bernadette Chirac, the last First Lady of France before the retirement of her husband Jacques Chirac last year, said: "Its great news. I send my very best wishes." Mrs Chirac added that "having a companion was useful for anyone, including a president of the Republic", because she could be used "as a punch bag".
Meeeee-owwwww...... heeere, kitty, kitty, kitty.....

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Published on January 29 2008

Glassbooth - Quiz to help you choose best 2008 presidential candidate First test result came up like this: Mike Huckabee 75% in line with my views Barack Obama 74% in line with my views Well, *that* certainly narrows things down, doesn't it? Results like these are *not* helping me. At least this page gives a pretty good listing of the candidates' stands on various issues. But who on earth is Mike Gravel? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spent probably two hours here as well.

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Published on January 11 2008

Dems push 'uncommitted' option
Party leaders want Obama and Edwards backers to take a stand on the primary ballot. LANSING -- Top Michigan Democrats made another plea Wednesday to coax supporters of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards to vote "uncommitted" in Tuesday's Michigan primary, rather than staying home or crossing over to vote in the Republican contest. Obama, Edwards, and Bill Richardson yanked their names off the ballot here, leaving New York Sen. Hillary Clinton as the only leading contender for Democratic voters. If "uncommitted" draws at least 15 percent of the vote in a congressional district, delegates not bound to any candidate could be sent to the national convention, possibly enabling Obama and Edwards supporters to play a role in the nomination. "You can't afford not to vote in Michigan," Levin said. "It's critically important to vote to have impact on the delegates going to (the national party convention)."
Personally, I've often wanted to vote for "none of the above" myself, but it's never on the ballot. My old bud Kos, the reason I will not vote Dem, has a different idea. Just screw with 'em. Have some fun. Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Let's have some fun in Michigan by kos Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 01:31:01 PM PST With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don't we try and return the favor. Next Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win. How so? If we can help push Mitt over the line, not only do we help keep their field fragmented, but we also pollute Romney's victory. How "legitimate" will the Mittster's victory look if liberals provide the margin of victory? Think of the hilarity that will ensue. We'll simply be adding fuel to their civil war, never a bad thing from our vantage point. Michigan is Romney’s last stand. He has pulled all advertising from other states for a last-ditch effort there. It’s sink or swim time for Romney, and we’re going to throw him a lifesaver. So why are we doing this? Because we can. Because it'll be fun.

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