Monday, November 26, 2007

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Once upon a time, in a land far away...

Once upon a time, in a land far away, A beautiful, independent, self assured princess, happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the Princess' lap and said "Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome Prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young Prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in yon castle with my Mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so."

That night, while enjoying a repast of lightly sautéed frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled to herself and thought... "I don't f---ing think so."

This is a handy guide

This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other!!

DANGEROUS: What's for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner
ULTRA-SAFE: Here, have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: Are you wearing that?
SAFER: Gee, you look good in brown.
SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
ULTRA-SAFE: Here, have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here's fifty dollars
ULTRA-SAFE: Here, have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left
SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
ULTRA-SAFE: Here, have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: What did you do all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn't overdo it today.
SAFEST: I've always loved you in that robe!
ULTRA-SAFE: Here, have some more chocolate.

So.... remember: Money talks ....
but chocolate sings!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Ice people - 200,000 years ago

The Neanderthals were committed carnivores, and in order to obtain enough animal meat to survive, they needed to be skilled hunters. Neanderthals hunted bison, auroch (an ancestor of living cattle), deer, reindeer and musk ox, to name but a few.

They probably trapped their prey in bogs or on deep stream banks before closing in with their spears and making a kill at close range. A high rate of head and neck trauma in Neanderthals matches the pattern seen in present-day rodeo riders suggesting that, like these sportsmen, Neanderthals were tackling big animals up close and getting thrown off them.

"They do seem to have gone in for a much more in-your-face culture. That was reflected in the way they went in for the food quest. It was the same sort of pattern," says Gamble. "This applied to the way they built their societies, which I think were based on face-to-face interaction."
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Squirrel goes on rampage, injures 3

An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch.
The squirrel first ran into a house in the southern town of Passau, leapt from behind on a 70-year-old woman, and sank its teeth into her hand, a local police spokesman said Thursday.
With the squirrel still hanging from her hand, the woman ran onto the street in panic, where she managed to shake it off.
The animal then entered a building site and jumped on a construction worker, injuring him on the hand and arm, before he managed to fight it off with a measuring pole.
"After that, the squirrel went into the 72-year-old man's garden and massively attacked him on the arms, hand and thigh," the spokesman said. "Then he killed it with his crutch."
The spokesman said experts thought the attack may have been linked to the mating season or because the squirrel was ill.
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The Return of ‘If I Did It’

O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical tell-all book “If I Did It” may be published after all—with the help of murder victim Ronald L. Goldman’s family. A California court ruled Tuesday that proceeds from the auction of the book rights would go to the Goldman family, not Simpson. Simpson was found liable in 1997 for the wrongful deaths of Goldman and O.J.’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, which occured on June 12, 1994. Simpson has paid almost nothing of the $33.5 million judgment (now, with interest, grown to $38 million) he owes to the Goldman and Brown families.
So this week a judge in Santa Monica, Calif., took the book’s “reversionary” rights from Simpson, and awarded them to the Goldman family. He also ordered that the rights be auctioned at a sheriff’s sale in Sacramento, where current publisher HarperCollins has an office. The mysterious company that originally sold the book to HarperCollins may try to block the sale, according to Simpson’s attorney, which could happen next month. But in theory, when HarperCollins’s rights to the book lapse this summer, the new owner would be free to publish.
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Dale Jr. turns to old friend for new home

Will he win now?

Earnhardt Jr. agrees to 5-year deal, says he and Hendrick share bond beyond racing
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has never second-guessed his decision to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the 2007 season, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had some anxiety since announcing it.

"The hard part for me was being in limbo, not having a home, not knowing what my future was," he said. "It was really uncharted territory for me."

That ended Wednesday when Earnhardt Jr. announced a five-year agreement to drive for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2008.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Bob Barker Takes a Bow

Daytime-television icon Bob Barker taped his last episode of The Price Is Right Wednesday, capping a 50-year broadcasting career—35 of them spent on the classic game show—surrounded by die-hard fans, some who traveled thousands of miles and camped out by CBS Television City to ensure a seat for the silver-haired emcee's final bow.

(Although a few of the people lined up outside pondered whether there might be a super-special prize or a brand-new car for every audience member on what promised to be a particularly memorable day, anyway.)

"I'd rather win a couch from Bob Barker than a million dollars from Howie Mandel," NASA engineer Mark Dub, who flew in from Houston, told the Associated Press outside the studio. "He's part of American culture."

Despotism.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz)
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (depending on taste)
PREPARATION:
In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice and olive. Process until smooth. Add red peppers and garlic until desired consistency.

Garnish with parsley.
Serve warm with hot pita bread or toasted pita chips.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Paris calls on Ahhhnold to Terminate her jail sentence

“My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and sihn (sic) it,” the heirhead wrote “i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!”
The entreaty - which garnered just over 4,000 signatures by yesterday evening - urges Aaaaaahnold to pardon Hilton because she provides “beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives.”
Puh-leeze!
Aaron Mclear, a Schwarzenegger spokesman, told the media that the governor’s office hadn’t yet reviewed the petition but has received a bevy of e-mails from constituents both for and against a gubernatorial pardon.
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Friday, May 4, 2007

Paris Hilton sentenced to 45 days in jail

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
A judge sentenced a shocked and tearful Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail on Friday, ruling that the celebrity hotel heiress violated her probation for an earlier alcohol-related traffic offense.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer sternly rejected Hilton's story that she did not knowingly disobey the law by driving while her license was suspended and ordered the 26-year-old socialite to report to a county detention facility on June 5, or face 90 days in jail.
Hilton wept and her mother, Kathy, yelled at the prosecutor, "You're pathetic," as the packed courtroom cleared.
LINK

Writer's block, affliction or challenge?

~Erm~

A tasty recipe- Grilled Shrimp Salad with Corn and Avocado

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Corn and Avocado
I'm starving after reading her recipe! ~Sniff!~

Attention Gourmets- Smoked Paprika Alert

A friend has contacted me and inquired about smoked paprika (pimenton), preferably that from Spain. Any information you may have about sources, recipes, etcetera would be appreciated. What do I get out of this? Gourmet meals, of course.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Rest in peace, Wally Schirra

.S. space pioneer Wally Schirra, who helped lead America into the space age as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, has died at the age of 84, NASA said on Thursday.
Schirra had a heart attack and died early on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, said Ruth Varonfakis, a friend and spokeswoman for the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where Schirra was on the board.
She said he had cancer, but that his family asked her not to discuss it. NASA said he had died on Wednesday night.
Space pioneer Wally Schirra dies at 84

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Former World Bank ethics body chief says Wolfowitz lied at hearing

You've done a great job, Wolfie!
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz lied at a hearing on Monday when he said a bank ethics panel had advised him to give his girlfriend a promotion, the Dutch news agency ANP reported Wednesday.
Ad Melkert, chairman of the ethics committee at the World Bank at the time, told a Dutch TV program Tuesday that Wolfowitz "certainly did not tell the truth," ANP said.
Melkert is the former Dutch social affairs minister and a former leader of the Dutch Labor Party, one of the three parties in the current coalition government.
LINK

Is President Bush back on the sauce?

Some seem to think so.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Who should replace Rosie O'Donnell on 'The View'?

Hmm?

Fair Use?

Much to do about nothing. It seems some stuffed shirts accused Shelley of giving them free promotion of one of their publications. They've since backed off, and rightfully so.

Tenet says he's a scapegoat on Iraq 'slam-dunk'

How many more will follow his lead?
The former CIA director lashes out at the White House.
WASHINGTON — Ending two years of silence on his role in the Iraq war, former CIA Director George J. Tenet is using a new book and a barrage of upcoming television appearances to accuse the White House of making him a scapegoat and of ignoring early CIA warnings that Iraq was sinking into chaos.
In a taped interview scheduled to air Sunday on CBS, Tenet said President Bush had made up his mind to invade Iraq long before the CIA director made his infamous Oval Office remark that it was a "slam-dunk" case that Saddam Hussein's government had banned weapons.
Tenet was even more forceful in his criticism of Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that the two had destroyed his reputation by repeatedly using the "slam-dunk" line to pin blame on him for the decision to go to war.
"It's the most despicable thing that ever happened to me," Tenet said in the "60 Minutes" interview, according to an excerpt CBS released Thursday.
LINK

Monday, April 23, 2007

Philosophical...

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't anymore. No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, or say "I love you."

So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage ... and old cars .. and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.

Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way. Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are "keepers" in your life, including the person who sent it, if you feel that way. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them?

I was thinking.........I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said.

Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do.
And just in case GOD calls me home .

I LOVE YA!!!

Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

The Bathtub Test

It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.
During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Birkhead renames baby Dannielynn

This makes sense to me.
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead has confirmed he has changed their baby daughter's name - but she'll always be Dannielynn.
Despite reports he was considering re-christening the tot, after being named her biological father last week, the photographer has revealed he has only changed her surname - from Stern to Birkhead.
As part of an exclusive interview with Britain's OK! magazine, he says: "Birkhead has been swapped for Stern, but I don't want to change anything else. (Dannielynn is) what her mother named her and, even though I didn't get a say, I still want to respect her mother's wishes."
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'American Idol' says sayonara to Sanjaya

It's about time!
Sanjaya Malakar, the under-talented but unflappable singer who horrified and captivated millions in his improbable "American Idol" run, was finally voted off the show Wednesday night.
When the result was announced, Malakar wiped away tears and got a big hug from LaKisha Jones, the next lowest vote-getter.
"I'm fine," he told Ryan Seacrest. "It was an amazing experience."
"I can promise you: We won't soon forget you," Seacrest replied.
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Crab Rangoon

Makes: 26 to 30 rolls
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1/2 small red onion
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno pepper slices
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce to taste
1 pound canned claw crabmeat, picked over to remove any pieces of shell
30 6-by-6-inch wonton wrappers (or round ones, if available)
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
Asian duck sauce (also called plum sauce)
Preheat oven to 200 F.
In a food processor, combine the red onion and jalapeno peppers. Pulse until finely diced, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the cream cheese, salt, pepper and hot sauce, then pulse again until well combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the crabmeat and mix well with the spatula to blend. Set aside.
Fill a small bowl with water. Set aside.
Use a large round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut a circle out of one wonton wrapper. (If using round wrappers, skip this step.) Place 1 tablespoon of the crab mixture in the center. Dip your fingers in the bowl of water, then wet the edges of the wonton circle.
Fold one side of the wonton over the crab, creating a half moon. Gently press the edges together, then use a fork to crimp them. Alternatively, Asian markets sell wonton or dumpling presses, which fold and seal them for you. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the dumplings three or four at a time and fry, using tongs to turn as needed, until lightly browned and crispy on all sides, about 30 second per side.
Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. After the rolls have drained several minutes, transfer them to a plate placed in the oven to keep warm.
Serve crab rolls with bowls of duck sauce for dipping.

Why does Sanjaya reign on 'Idol'?

What is it with this guy? He's not that talented.
The phone rang, loud. I could tell from my editor's tough tone that something big was afoot.
What's going on with that kid, he asked. The one with the hair. What's the real story? Is someone gonna end up in the slammer? The boss didn't have to drop any more clues.
He was talking about Sanjaya.
How could this skinny teenager with the thin voice and lavish smile become an "American Idol" favorite? Not just hanging on week after week, but with enough juice to maybe win the whole thing, the brass ring, the jackpot, the dream?
LINK

Poetry professor had expelled gunman from class

Tiny, almost elfin, her delivery blunted by the loss of a lung, Giovanni brought the crowd at the memorial service to its feet and whipped the mourners into an almost evangelical fervor with the words: “We are the Hokies. We will prevail, we will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.”
Nearly two years earlier, Giovanni had stood up to Cho Seung-Hui nearly two years before he drenched the campus in blood. Her comments Tuesday showed that the man who had killed 32 students and teachers had not killed the school’s spirit.
“We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid,” the 63-year-old poet with the close-cropped, platinum hair told the grieving crowd. “We are better than we think, not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness.”
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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Analysis: Rove Flap Gives Dems Ammo

Is this blatant disregard for the law and coverup or a simple mistake on the White House's part?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has compared the missing e-mails to the 18-minute gap on President Nixon's Watergate tapes. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the White House message to Congress is: ``We are stonewalling.''
The White House chalks it up to just another outbreak of Democratic Rove rage. ``My experience has been that any time Karl Rove's name is mentioned, it adds to the ammunition, regardless of merit,'' White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.
Only Dick Cheney raises the same kind of anger - and there is not much they can do about the vice president, short of impeachment.
LINK

Why middle aged women should stay home...

Random Plot Generator

You can hit your browser's Reload button for another set of plot ideas, though that's not the point of the exercise.
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Advice for the Evil Overlord:
I will not rely on "totally reliable" spells that can be neutralized by relatively inconspicuous talismans.
Advice for the Hero:
I will never travel back into the past in order to prevent the current situation. It never works.
Advice for the Bad Auxiliary Character (Evil Cult Member):
Citronella candles may not be used in rituals. I cannot stress this enough. And pastel-colored candles in the shape of cute animals are like direct sunlight to the Powers of Darkness.
Advice for the Good Auxiliary Character (Good Guy's Sidekick):
Before accepting the role of Sidekick, I will learn how the position became vacant.
Further Evil (Advice on Ultimate Weapons/Spells):
I will also refrain from using the Ultimate Weapon for simply offing the Hero. If it's really the UW, the Hero's efforts will come to naught anyway.
Murphy's Laws of Combat:
The bursting radius of a grenade is always one foot greater than your jumping range.
Always keep in mind that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
Combat will occur on the ground between two adjoining maps.
When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose, they are both right.
Things will get worse before they will get better -- and who said things would get better?
If you can't remember where you put it, the claymore is pointed at you.
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New York to London travel directions.

1. go to www.google.com
2. click on "maps"
3. click on "get directions"
4. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)

5. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)

6. scroll down to step #23

Friday, April 13, 2007

Do You Think Imus Deserved to be Fired?

Vote here.

Pest exterminator?

I've been thinking...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Baby Duck Feeding Carps_ Too cute!

Video Shows Iraqi Parliament Bombing

As Dick Cheney said two years ago, “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” [Larry King Live, 6/20/05]



Wolfowitz... isn't he the guy who said this?

He's under charges of cronyism for ordering the World Bank to pay his girl friend an exorbitant sum. Isn't he the same guy who said this?
The U.S. would be greeted as liberators in Iraq, that Iraqi oil money for pay for the reconstruction, and that Gen. Eric Shinseki’s estimate that several hundred thousand troops would be needed was “wildly off the mark.” [Washington Post, 12/8/05]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Monster warning to protect oceans

The landing of a colossal squid by New Zealand fishermen earlier this year offered a rare glimpse into the mysterious world deep beneath the waves. Scientist Mark Norman uses this week's Green Room to argue that it also shows how marine life is being destroyed before it is understood.
I cannot see this as a highpoint of scientific discovery drawn from the distant reaches of our wild oceans
In the era of super science, nothing shows up how little we know of our own planet as finding massive "sea monsters".
LINK

Birkhead to meet with Anna Nicole’s mother

Father of Dannielynn has said he wants Virgie Arthur in girl’s life
LINK

World Bank meets over Wolfowitz

The board of the World Bank has met to discuss the fate of the organisation's president, Paul Wolfowitz.
Mr Wolfowitz has faced calls for his resignation over the promotion and pay of an ex-colleague with whom he is romantically involved.
He has apologised for his involvement in the negotiations and said he will accept any decision taken by the board.

LINK

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Pentagon Probe Finds No Ties Between Saddam, Bin Laden

A U.S. Defense Department internal probe has found there was no direct cooperation between the al-Qaida terrorist network and Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government.
A declassified Pentagon report says military officials reached the conclusion based on interviews with Saddam and two former aides, and documents seized by U.S. forces after Saddam was ousted in 2003.
The report by Pentagon acting inspector general Thomas Gimble backs earlier assertions made by the intelligence community before the U.S.-led invasion that Iraq and al-Qaida had no operational ties.
In a radio interview Thursday, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney repeated the Bush administration's view that al Qaida was present in Iraq before the start of the war.LINK

Friday, April 6, 2007

British sailors speak out over Iranian capture

The 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran for 13 days have told a chilling story of their captivity.
They were blindfolded, stripped, bound and held in isolation.
They only saw each other when they were filmed for Iranian television.
And they've recanted their confessions, insisting that the Iranians illegally seized them from Iraqi waters.
Stephanie Kennedy reports they're angry because they believe they were used as a propaganda tool by Iran.
LINK

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Good Info. From Snopes.com

To whom it all concerns:
Just a word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable petitions must have a signed signature and full address. Same with 'prayer chains' -be wary.
Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards All it was, and all this type of e-mail is, is to get names and 'cookie' tracking info for tele-marketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes.
Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or whatever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others that do.
Please forward this notice to others and you will be providing a good service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000 spam e-mails in the future.
(If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!)
Check it out: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.htm