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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 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 1 2007

Venezuelan lawmakers give Chavez sweeping powers - CNN.com "Democracy in Action"
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A congress wholly loyal to President Hugo Chavez approved a law Wednesday granting him authority to enact sweeping measures by decree. The law also allows Chavez to dictate unspecified measures to transform state institutions; reform banking, tax, insurance and financial regulations; decide on security and defense matters such as gun regulations and military organization; and "adapt" legislation to ensure "the equal distribution of wealth" as part of a new "social and economic model."
"Adapt" legislation? I think if I were Venezuelan, I would be somewhat concerned about that phrase!! And there's that "equal distribution of wealth" thing again. Maybe it's just me....Maybe it's just my own recent and ongoing experiences with seeing my own "wealth" distributed "equally" that makes me think this is not the best idea since cordless mice.
Vice President Jorge Rodriguez ridiculed the idea that the law is an abuse of power and argued democracy is flourishing. "What kind of a dictatorship is this?" Rodriguez asked the crowd, saying the law "only serves to sow democracy and peace." "Dictatorship is what there used to be," Rodriguez said. "We want to impose the dictatorship of a true democracy."
Ah, what a highfalutin' phrase-- the "dictatorship of a true democracy". Beyond the fact that that is one of the stupidest things I've ever read, leaving me just speechless.... Anyway, I did wonder what Chavez' best friend Cindy thinks about these sweeping new powers. Maybe she'd like to see some of those powers vested in our President?? We could have a "true democracy", after all!
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Published on January 30 2007

Brooke sent these pictures of a memorial service she went to for some of our soldiers who were recently killed in a helicopter crash. Sort of puts things into perspective for me each day when I go to work to do my job. I know everything I do at work each day is to support these guys and girls who put their lives in danger every day. I'm thankful for men and women like these who gave everything. Pray for their Husbands, Wives, Children, brothers, sisters & parents.
Amen. { gallery [memorial] }

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Published on January 26 2007

For any political persuasion....
run hillary run

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Published on January 21 2007

After all of the announcements the last few days, I decided to see if I could find a list of everyone who has announced they're running for Prez in '08. Off to my trusty Wikipedia, the first stop for almost anything a person needs to know. Ye gods. United States presidential election, 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democratic Party Official candidates who have filed with the FEC for the Democratic Party: * Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut * Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina * Former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska * Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio * Former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa Candidates who have formed exploratory committees: * Senator Joe Biden of Delaware * Senator Barack Obama of Illinois * Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York * Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico Candidates who have expressed serious interest: * Retired General Wesley Clark of Arkansas * Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts * Reverend Al Sharpton of New York Republican Party Official candidates who have filed with the FEC for the Republican Party: * Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas * John H. Cox of Illinois * Michael Charles Smith of Oregon Candidates who have formed exploratory committees: * Former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia * Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York * Representative Duncan Hunter of California * Senator John McCain of Arizona * Representative Ron Paul of Texas * Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts * Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado * Former Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin Candidates who have expressed serious interest: * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia * Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska * Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas * Former Governor George Pataki of New York
I think I need an exploratory committee. It's going to take awhile to look all these people up!

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Published on January 21 2007

boots Venezuela's Chavez says "gringos go to hell" - Yahoo! News
Chavez, a Cuba ally re-elected by a landslide in December, this month launched a campaign to consolidate power by nationalizing key industries, seeking expanded executive powers and pushing for unlimited presidential re-election. "That is a sacrosanct legal authority of Venezuela. Go to hell, gringos! Go home! Go home!" Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast. "We're free here, and every day we'll be more free." Chavez also took on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has described Chavez as a "negative force" in the region. "Hi Condoleezza, how are you? You've forgotten about me, my little girl," said Chavez, who last year called President Bush "the devil" during a U.N. speech.
"My little girl"? Uh huh. Tell me that a woman who can carry off spiked boots and a dress right out of "The Matrix" can't kick the a** of a Venezuelan thug. With one hand tied behind her back.

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Published on January 20 2007

A favorite site of mine is the Urban Legends page. When I get one of those emails detailing all of the things I can win if I only send Bill Gates a short note, or a long story about a young cancer patient who wants to break the record for emails received, or how I can stop a robbery by entering my PIN code in reverse at the bank (I can't even remember my PIN code the usual way most of the time!), I usually gently push the sender towards this site. While perusing the latest Urban Legends, I came across this one. It's an email exchange between an Army SGT. stationed in Iraq, and a retailer of custom mats and flooring based in West Allis, Wisconsin. It's a request from that soldier, wanting to know if this flooring company will ship its products to an APO address, since not all companies will due to the extra shipping, packing, and customs requirements. The emails follow:
From: SGT Jason Hess Sent: Tue Jan 16 3:25 Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- From: contact@discount-mats.com Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com SGT Hess, We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq. Bargain Suppliers Discount-Mats.com
Yeah, Yeah, I know all about free speech and opinion, and all that. I'm just thinking that the next time I need a yoga mat, I know where not to buy it. Pretty rare to see a Company so uninterested in serving their customers. Especially the customers who have a lot to do with our freedom of speech to send rude emails and our right to be sensible idiots. Maybe after this gets around, they won't have that customer problem.

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Published on January 19 2007

Mamas and Papas' Denny Doherty dies at 66
"There's a part of this thing that if I'm not careful, I'd be just a blob on the stage crying my guts out," Doherty told The Associated Press at the time. "Everybody knows about death and dying and sadness, so it's an exercise in staying in the moment and not getting maudlin about your friends dying."
Another Papa gone. The Mamas and the Papas are playing now. And the harmonies are still incredible.

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