Saturday, January 31, 2004

Granholm endorses Kerry
Adding to his momentum, Kerry picked up still more backing. Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry endorsed him Saturday, as did Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich.

``John Kerry understands what the people of Michigan know - that the country must focus on keeping and creating jobs and on strengthening the things that matter most to us - improving education and reducing the cost of health care,'' Granholm said in a statement.

Got her mug on ABC's World News Tonight also. Called her "powerful". You go girl!

Ellen in blue.
It's All About A Great Comeback:

I should use these at USP.

1. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

2. The fact that no one understands you, doesn't mean you're an artist. There's mine.

3. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

4. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

5. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't care.

6. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

7. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

8. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

9. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

10. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

11. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

12. No, my powers can only be used for good.

13. How about never? Is never good for you?

14. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.

15. You sound reasonable...Time to up my medication.

16. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

17. My toys! My toys! I can't do this job without my toys!

18. It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm really quite busy.

19. At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.

20. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

21. Someday, we'll look back on this, laugh nervously and change the subject.

22. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

Thanks to Diane at TPV .

Yahoo! News - Bush Considering Independent Probe on Iraq WMD
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under pressure from Capitol Hill, President Bush is considering the formation of an independent panel to investigate pre-war intelligence on Iraq that he used to justify war, and aides are discussing it with congressional officials, sources familiar with the discussions said on Saturday.

Bush had rejected an independent investigation amid White House fears of a political witchhunt by Democrats hoping to unseat him in elections this year, but began in recent days to reconsider the position.

That was a quick change of tune.

It will probably consist of two guys and a Ouija board.

Yahoo! News - Kerry Awaits Mich. Governor's Endorsement
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John Kerry was poised Saturday to pick up another major endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination as he sought to exploit his front-runner status to lure political leaders as well as rank-and-file party people.

Kerry, who won fresh labor backing Friday for his White House bid, had one eye focused on Michigan as he campaigned here Saturday. Michigan's Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, scheduled a late afternoon news conference to give Kerry her blessing, said party sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

I'll probably blog the news conference, too. :~)

CHOOSING A DEMOCRAT: Michigan teachers back Kerry
While Michigan's biggest union, the UAW, is sitting out the state's Democratic caucuses Feb. 7, the second biggest union has gotten on board with U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

After polling a 400-person sample of its 156,000 members, the Michigan Education Association decided Friday to back the Massachusetts senator. Thirty-seven percent of the teachers polled supported Kerry, while 15 percent supported former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. The rest of the candidates drew single-digit support.

Granholm is set to endorse Kerry also. Bye bye Howard.

Granholm continues focus on economy in speech to newspaper group
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Jennifer Granholm told members of the Michigan Press Association there must be changes at the national level to make it less attractive for companies like Electrolux AB to uproot desirable manufacturing jobs from Michigan.

The Democrat said she plans to use the National Governors Association to develop a consensus for trade-policy change.

"If you've got other countries that are subsidizing health care and pension benefits, if you're competing against countries that are paying a fraction of our minimum wage, there is no way we're going to be able to retain these jobs here," the governor said after her speech. "So that's why we need to make changes at the federal level."

She still hasn't been very specific about what those 'changes' would entail. Does it involve using the dreaded "t" word?

No way this administration does anything to curtail the greed of their big business buddies.

Reminder: Granholm on Sunday, 10am, To The Point- WOOD TV8 with Rick Albin. Rick seems to lean "sensible conservative"; it might be interesting to hear her challenged on some of her proposals.

New Air Terror Concerns Raised (
U.S. officials alerted some airports and airlines yesterday about renewed concerns that terrorists might try to use inbound international flights to attack the United States, according to aviation and Bush administration officials.

U.S. officials yesterday said there were no plans to cancel flights. But it is a possibility as officials in other countries analyze the intelligence and decide what security precautions to take.

"The intelligence isn't specific enough" to say whether the main danger is a hijacking followed by a crash landing, or some other attack scenario, a U.S. official said.

Is it just me, or does the word "intelligence" immediately raise doubts? Will this administration shift blame for Iraq to our so-called "intelligence", but yet continue to site it when it suits their agenda?

I guess I shouldn't blame them ; Bush is the LIAR. : The News Journal : BUSINESS : Gateway to purchase EMachines
Gateway Inc., attempting to overhaul its personal-computer business after three years of losses, agreed to buy profitable computer seller EMachines Inc. for $234.5 million in cash and stock. Gateway shares rose 15 percent.

Wonder if this will raise the price of E's. They may be cheap, but I've had pretty good success with them.

Friday, January 30, 2004

It's All About Calling It Right:

In my mailbox:

Eli Pariser, Voter Fund
Friday, January 30, 2004 4:12 PM

The number of groups, individuals, and newspapers that have called on CBS to run our ad is remarkable. The National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union have asked their own members to call CBS. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) gave a powerful speech about CBS on the floor of the Senate, saying, "Maybe network executives at CBS are so afraid of political pressure from the right wing and their business advertisers who are in league with the right wing politics of America that they are afraid to put anything on the air that might in fact make things uncomfortable. If that is the case, it is time for CBS to announce the name of their network is the 'Conservative Broadcasting System' and come clean with American viewers."

Notice my comment from early yesterday. Suppose they are reading my blog?

Heh heh.

Bo Mo.

Yahoo! News - Bush Declines to Back Call for Intel Probe
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday "I want to know the facts" about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein's alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation.

The issue of an independent commission has blossomed into an election-year problem for the president, with Democrats and Republicans alike supporting the idea. Former chief weapons inspector David Kay has concluded that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, which Bush had cited as a rationale for going to war against Iraq.

We wouldn't want anybody looking too closely at this, would we George? No. Of course not.
It's All About Me:
you suck, and that's sad
you are the "you suck, and that's sad"
happy bunny. your truthful, but can be a bit

which happy bunny are you?
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Yahoo! News - White House to Project Deficit of $521 Billion in 2004
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will project that the budget deficit will peak this year at $521 billion, shattering previous records and setting up an election-year battle over President Bush's tax and spending priorities, people familiar with the budget said on Thursday.

In the fiscal 2005 budget he will send to Congress on Monday, Bush will also estimate the 10-year price tag of the newly enacted Medicare prescription drug plan at $539 billion -- far more than initial projections of $400 billion.

Oooops! YET ANOTHER "miscalculation" on Bush's part. How he can propose to keep the tax cuts with a straight face is beyond me.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

It's All About Me:
tabby cat
You are a tabby cat. The total home-body. You'd be
content just to stay at home all day and not
get up from the couch. You lazy sloth! Try and
make a movement every now and then, or someone
might decide to bury you in the back yard!

What color of cat are you?
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It's All About Me:
What Is Your Animal Personality?

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Yahoo! News - CBS Defends Scrubbing Anti-Bush Super Bowl Ad
NEW YORK (Reuters) - CBS on Wednesday defended its decision not to air an ad attacking President Bush during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast despite objections from some U.S. congressmen who called the move an affront to free speech.

Rep. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, sent a letter co-signed by 26 other congressmen to CBS President Leslie Moonves on Wednesday criticizing the network for refusing to run the commercial from activist group, that criticizes Bush over the rising U.S. deficit.

The network rejected the ad based on its policy against "advocacy advertising," which it said was designed to prevent those who could afford to advertise from having undue influence on "controversial issues of public importance."

And CBS will decide who gets to have influence, thank you very much. After taking a pass on the Reagan movie, and now this, perhaps CBS should be renamed the "Conservative Broadcasting System".

Yahoo! News - AP: Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers Near Agreement
NEW YORK - Ivan Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers (news) were on the verge of agreeing to a $40 million, four-year contract, The Associated Press learned Wednesday night.

The 10-time All-Star catcher was to be examined in Texas on Thursday by Dr. Andrew Dossett, two baseball sources told the AP on the condition of anonymity. Dossett is the spine consultant to the Rangers and has treated Rodriguez for many years.

Damn. Well Pudge, have fun. I wouldn't want to play for the Tigers no matter how much you paid me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Yahoo! News - Heavy Snow Blankets Northeastern States
Winter storm warnings were in effect overnight for most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, where at least 1 1/2 feet of snow was forecast. Stiff winds caused widespread blowing and drifting, creating whiteout conditions on roads.

Every year I say I'm moving. Every year summer comes and wipes away the memories of this.

I'm getting too old for this shit.

Yahoo! News - Kerry Takes Control with Big New Hampshire Win
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - John Kerry took firm command of the Democratic presidential race with a big win over Howard Dean in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, cementing his grip on the front-runner's role and dealing another setback to Dean's reeling campaign.

Watch the wave grow from this point on. Watch the dirt on Kerry start to fly from the right. Watch the media scrutinize every little thing he has ever done. Off we go!

Economy focus of Granholm's State of the State address

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Jennifer Granholm says improving Michigan's ailing economy will be her administration's top priority in 2004.

She vowed Tuesday during her second annual State of the State address to retain jobs and businesses, attract entrepreneurs, retrain the work force and improve cities and technology.

To do that, she says she will create a one-stop shop for businesses seeking permits and licenses, lessen the wait for air quality permits from 18 months to six, create three new venture capital funds to pump $500 million more into businesses, refocus work force training and offer zero-interest college loans to engineering and technology students who stay in the state.

She has some great ideas for steamlining the "paperwork" for business. Let's hope they work. It was interesting to see the Republican rebuttal, which was basically- "we agree". Go get 'em Jennifer.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Council approves landmark status-Features of Wrigley Field included in proposal
CHICAGO -- A Chicago city council committee Tuesday unanimously recommended landmark status for certain features of Wrigley Field.

The council's Committee on Historical Landmarks and Preservation did not issue blanket landmark designation for the 90-year-old ballpark, according to City News Service. Instead, the committee endorsed a proposal to grant landmark status to Wrigley Field's four exterior walls and roofs, the marquee sign at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, the center field scoreboard, the grandstands and bleachers, and the brick wall and ivy surrounding the playing field.

WTG Chicago!

On the Kennedy.

Lansing State Journal:37% in survey support Kerry
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is surging in Michigan, according to a new poll of likely Democratic presidential caucus voters.

After his win in the Jan. 19 Iowa caucus, Kerry leads here with 37 percent saying they plan to vote for him. He is followed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards at 14 percent apiece.

West Michigan is ripe for the pickin' right now. Lots of disgruntled folks here. The Dems better make sure this state goes "blue"- at this point it could go either way.

Yahoo! News - Pair of Storms Kills at Least 35 People
Parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula were expected to get 19 to 21 inches of new snow by the time the storm left the state late Monday, the weather service said.

Late Monday? They are predicting another 10 inches today for us.

I don't want to go outside anymore.

Yahoo! News - Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles has struck down as too vague part of the Patriot Act that bars providing "expert advice and assistance" to foreign terrorist groups -- marking the first time a court has declared part of the law unconstitutional.

The ruling is significant in that it strikes the statute down as being in violation of the Fifth and First Amendments," David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor who argued the case for the Humanitarian Law Project.

"It underscores what so many have said all along about the Patriot Act -- that Congress, in acting so hastily after 9-11, swept far too broadly and didn't pay significant attention to constitutional rights and liberties," he said.

Would this be one of those judges that is "ignoring the will of the people", as Shrub would put it? Better watch out!

Monday, January 26, 2004 - Hill budget office sees record deficit of $477B this year
WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit will reach $477 billion this year, the biggest shortfall ever in dollar terms, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

Over the next 10 years, the deficit is likely to reach almost $2.4 trillion, the CBO estimate said.

How in the hell are we ever going to pay for this? I know! More tax cuts!

We are screwed. Thanks George. & WOOD TV8 -Granholm to propose discount drug card in State of the State address
Lansing, Mich.-AP, January 25, 2004, 1:32 p.m.) About 200,000 Michigan residents who don't have prescription drug coverage will be able to get a discount on medicine under a plan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will propose in her State of the State address on Tuesday.

The Democratic governor wants to give a free prescription
discount card to residents who qualify.The proposal isn't expected to cost the state anything becausenegotiations with drug makers will generate savings, Genna Gent, Granholm's director of communications, said Sunday.

The amount of the discount will reflect the number of people who
participate in the program, Gent said, and there will a higher
discount if there are more people in it.

"Residents who qualify". I'll bet that doesn't mean me. It never does. Perhaps when I lose my job and my house I'll be worthy of health care.

Ink Bo. (Anyone tired of the cats yet?)

Yahoo! News - Conservative group quietly drops plans for poll
The conservative American Family Association (AFA) said it will not take the results of its marriage poll to Capitol Hill after a majority of respondents favored same-sex marriage, according to a Thursday report in Wired News.

AFA representative Buddy Smith complained to Wired News: "It just so happens that homosexual activist groups around the country got a hold of the poll -- it was forwarded to them -- and they decided to have a little fun, and turn their organizations around the country (on to) the poll to try to cause it to represent something other than what we wanted it to. And so far, they succeeded with that."

You heard it here first.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Yahoo! News - Democrat Edwards Wants Iraq War Case Investigation
LACONIA, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards called on Saturday for an independent commission to investigate if the Bush administration misled the U.S. Congress in making its case for war with Iraq and demanded an end to "war profiteering."

The senator from North Carolina was responding to remarks by former chief U.S. arms hunter David Kay, who told Reuters after stepping down on Friday that he had concluded there were no stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons to be found.

"It's a serious issue and it's why I have called for an independent commission to investigate the discrepancy between what's found there and what we were told before," Edwards told reporters in New Hampshire before next Tuesday's primary.

Well, no shit. It's about time we got on the ball here and start looking to PROSECUTE these people for their lies and "misinformation".

Chicago Glow 3.

(Somebody found the "rotate" button. Duh.)

Reuters Second U.S. rover lands on Mars
PASADENA, California (Reuters) - NASA's second Mars rover, Opportunity, has bounced to a safe landing on the surface of the Red Planet, hours after scientists said its sick twin was on the path to recovery.

Opportunity sent its first images of Mars back to Earth early Sunday morning, about four hours after hitting the surface.

Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in cheers at 9:05 p.m. PST (5.05 a.m. British time), as the U.S. space agency made history by successfully setting down two robotic rovers on opposite sides of Mars to search for signs of water and, ultimately, life.

Good luck guys, hope this one works like a charm.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Competition drives new Meijer job cuts
Hundreds of Meijer Inc. managers were given the ax today, the latest and most significant round of cuts aimed at helping the Walker-based chain withstand pressure from giants such as Wal-Mart.

And the region's largest manufacturer, Steelcase Inc., next week is expected to announce a restructuring plan which could include more job cuts and plant closings.

Meijer has cut almost 2000 jobs, and is indeed beginning to look like Walmart, right down to the floor plan and color scheme. Steelcase has cut it's workforce in half already, and now more on the way. I don't see an end to our recession anytime soon.

Saugatuck dune funding thrills backers
The $2.5 million was included in a much-criticized $373 billion spending bill approved by the U.S. Senate Thursday. Many legislators complained the bill contained too much non-essential spending.

The city of Saugatuck wants to acquire the 161-acre southern parcel while the state wants to add the 251-acre northern parcel to Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Of course, my "pork" is "good pork". Protecting these dunes from development is a great idea. We need to keep some of the Lake Michigan shoreline in it's natural condition before it's all gone.

But, shame on our government and it's wasteful spending. Ha.

Today is the day I am defining my hypocrisy and learning how to live with it.



1. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

2. If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.

3. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.

4. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.

5. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.

12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.

13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

25. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

Thanks to Kate at the Poll Vault for this.

Yahoo! News - Ex-Arms Hunter Says Iraq Had No Banned Stockpiles
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former chief U.S. arms hunter David Kay has concluded Iraq had no stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons, a potential embarrassment for President Bush and ammunition to his election-year Democratic rivals.

Undercutting the White House's public rationale for the war on Iraq, Kay told Reuters by telephone shortly after stepping down from his post on Friday that he had concluded there were no such stockpiles to be found.

"I don't think they existed," Kay said. "What everyone was talking about is stockpiles produced after the end of the last (1991) Gulf War, and I don't think there was a large-scale production program in the '90s," he said.

Two more Americans died today for a threat that never exsisted. Why there aren't calls for impeachment I'll never know. (edited at 11:50- spoke too soon, make that five GI's. Day wasn't done yet.)

It's All About Howard:
LOL! Sorry, Pop. After "the drive" yesterday all my Yeee-HaaaH's seem to have dried up. I'm still shaking. That letter from Kooiman didn't help either. I hope the Democrats show some SPINE and put their money where their mouth is. We will see if golden girl Jenny has anything to say about it.

Yahoo! News - Poll: U.S. majority opposes anti-gay amendment
A majority of Americans are opposed to amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, according to a poll released this week by the Washington Post and ABC News. Only 38 percent supported amending the Constitution. The majority, 58 percent, said it should left to the states to decide.

Americans are deeply divided on the issue, however. When asked specifically about legalizing gay marriage, 55 percent said same-sex couple should not be allowed to wed.

The same poll found that 51 percent opposed to civil unions, while 46 percent supported them.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Yahoo! News - 9 States Seek Tougher Gay Marriage Bans
Despite laws on the books already barring gay marriage, legislators in at least nine states are pushing for new, more sweeping measures in hopes of preventing any ripple effect from laws and court rulings elsewhere.

In most cases, Republican lawmakers in states with existing Defense of Marriage acts seek to go a step further by amending their constitutions to specify that marriage must be heterosexual. State Rep. Bill Graves, a bill sponsor in Oklahoma, wants to stipulate that same-sex unions are "repugnant to the public policy" of the state.

Supporters say the constitutional amendments are necessary to ensure that legislation and court judgments in other states — such as the recent ruling in favor of gay marriage by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court — will not compel recognition of same-sex unions in their own states.

Proposed constitutional amendments that would ban gay marriage have been introduced in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Michigan; one is expected soon in Alabama. An Idaho Republican, Rep. Henry Kulczyk, plans to introduce a similar measure there, to the dismay of some Democrats.

Please, Michigan, please don't do this. It's already in our state constitution. Do you think if you just keep passing laws this issue is going to go away? Think again!

Yahoo! News - Halliburton to Pay $6.3M in Kickback Case
WASHINGTON - Halliburton will pay the Pentagon $6.3 million for possible overcharges by a subcontractor that is accused of giving kickbacks to supply U.S. soldiers in Iraq , a spokeswoman said Friday in new trouble for Vice President Dick Cheney 's former company.

Ooooo, a whole 6 million? Out of a possible 61 they were orginally charged with? Wow, that's gotta sting! {/sarcasm}

Yahoo! News - Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo, Dies at 76
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Bob Keeshan, who gently entertained generations of youngsters as TV's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo and became an outspoken advocate of less violence and more intelligence on children's television, died Friday at 76.

"Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS in 1955 and ran for 30 years before moving to public television for six more. It was wildly popular among children and won six Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards.

Each day, the grandfatherly Captain Kangaroo — with his sugar-bowl haircut and a uniform coat with big pouch pockets that inspired the character's name — would wander through his Treasure House, chatting with his good friend Mr. Green Jeans, played by Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum.

The show was part of my childhood. Thanks for the good memories, Captain.
It's All About The Scream:
OK, this is really growing on me. Make it stop.

Jack Doles just did the "sports bloopers" section on the local news- each one punctuated by " the scream". Then they did another news story on the campaign, which , of course, included "the scream". So, I have heard it already this morning about twelve times.

I'm hearing "the scream" in my head after every thought now.

"I need to grind coffee" Yeee-HaaaH!
"I get to play dodge-'em truck in the snow today" Yeee-HaaaH!
"I have to go over to Evanston" Yeeee-HaaaH!
"EC just pissed on the floor again" Yeee- HaaaH!

Arrrrggggghhhh! Yeeee-HaaaH!
Somebody call the men with the nice white jackets, please. Yeee-HaaaH!
It's All About Celebrities:
I would blog something, but I'm all broken up about Ben and JLo, who made the top ten in both the Reuters and AP headlines.

God help us all.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Yahoo! News - Dean Jokes About 'Screeching' in Iowa
LEBANON, N.H. (Reuters) - A hoarse Howard Dean joked on Thursday about his nationally televised outburst, saying his voice had not recovered from his "screeching" after he lost in Iowa, the first major prize for Democrats seeking the White House.

I've heard the "scream" so much today that it's starting to grow on me, kind of like a song you can't stand but after you hear it so many times you start humming along. YEEE-HAAHHH!
It's All About Me:

Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?

this quiz was made by the groovtastic ghouls at Spookbot / News / Nation / Kennedy to propose universal health care
In a speech to health care advocates today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts plans to propose legislation to provide health insurance to all Americans at a federal price tag of $100 billion a year.

The plan would mandate that large employers cover their workers and would establish a national insurance plan for other Americans modeled on the plan that covers federal employees. Although similar initiatives have been proposed before, Kennedy's plan would attempt to make the mandate more palatable to employers by capping their contributions at 12 percent of payroll costs, up slightly from the current median expenses of 11 percent.

Good luck Ted. Thanks for trying.
It's All About The Vote:

Cognitive dissonance. I don't know how I'm going to be able to pull the lever for anyone that voted for the War or the Patriot Act. This includes my beloved Senators and the front runners in the Dem race. It's all beginning to look like the same monster to me. None of these guys are going to stick up for gay rights, either. I didn't hear any rebuttals to Bush's threats of a constitutional amendment.

But, how can I not vote for the only chance of throwing Bush out?

In the end, I'm sure I will vote Dem. But more and more I find myself thinking of voting Green so I can live with myself.

Maybe I should just be like my friends and accept second class citizenship and tune out altogether. They are happy being oblivious.

Yahoo! News - Ohio law to further restrict gay couples
Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved one of the country's most far-reaching bills against same-sex marriage, and the governor says he plans to sign it into law.

Ohio is poised to be the second state, after to Nebraska, to enact such a provision. Nebraska's law -- currently the target of a lawsuit by the ACLU and Lambda Legal -- also refuses to legally acknowledge any same-sex relationships, such as civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Let's call for a boycott of the state of Ohio, whaddaya say? The only way we can get these bigoted assholes to listen is with the power of the buck. Problem is, we probably can't get enough "straights" to stand up with us in the fight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Dreams of Spring.

Pay the Toll.

Yahoo! News - Bush repeats anti-gay marriage stand
President George W. Bush repeated his opposition to same-sex marriage during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, this time suggesting that "activist judges" may force him to support a constitutional amendment to ban such unions.

If judges continue to open the door for legal recognition for same-sex couples "without regard for the will of the people," he said, "the only alternative is the constitutional process."

While many observers believe President Bush was trying to appease conservative voters as he seeks re-election this year, the remarks -- though vague -- angered some of the nation's largest GLBT political groups.

The message I got from this was: "You people sit down and shut-up before I'm forced to pass a law against you." Another quote from his speech was, "We must defend the sanctity of marriage." Well George, I suggest you start with Fox and go after things like "My Big Fat (redundant) Obnoxious Fiance." We don't want to end up with "My Big Fat Obnoxious Gay Fiance." Good God, there goes sanctity right out the window.

I couldn't watch the smarmy little son a of bitch. I turned over for one second and there he was, smirking away while those idiots applauded him. It made me ill. He is a liar, a murderer, a thief, and I will add bigot to the mix, too. And you all applaud this.

I'm back to- "throw 'em out. Throw 'em ALL out."

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


Granholm connects with Michigan voters - 1/19/04
In her deficit-plagued rookie year, Gov. Jennifer Granholm cut deeply into state services and education funding, raised numerous fees, delayed a statewide income tax cut, sparred with the Republican-controlled Legislature — and emerged a heroine.

Granholm, a Democrat, has an eye-popping 77 percent job approval rating, according to a Detroit News poll of 400 registered voters conducted last week.

At the same time, Republican President George W. Bush appears to be on solid footing to capture this state in his re-election bid. He has an overall 63 percent job approval rating, the survey shows.

Overall, Michigan voters are fairly satisfied with their political leaders, regardless of their party affiliation. The Republican-dominated state Legislature won support from a majority of those who participated in the poll, and Democratic Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick drew high marks among those most familiar with him.

Good news, bad news kind of thing. 63% Bush? Ewwww. C'mon Michigan. It's very interesting that we are in the middle of a recession (still) in Michigan, but yet we approve of our leaders regardless of party affiliation.

1 Kucinich Score: 100%
2 Sharpton Score: 89%
3 Gephardt Score: 88%
4 Kerry Score: 84%
5 Dean Score: 82%
6 Clark Score: 76%
7 Edwards Score: 74%
8 Lieberman Score: 62%
9 Bush Score: 5%

This is the second one I've taken that has put Sharpton second, and usually I come out with Dean in 1st.


Yahoo! News - Kerry Wins Big in Iowa, Gephardt Drops Out
DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democrat John Kerry capped a stunning political comeback on Monday with a victory in Iowa's caucuses that dramatically reshaped the Democratic presidential race and ended Richard Gephardt's White House quest.

In the first test on the road to find a challenger to President Bush , Kerry won 38 percent and John Edwards scored a surprise second-place finish with 32 percent of the vote. One-time favorites Howard Dean , the front-runner for months, and Gephardt trailed badly with 18 and 11 percent, respectively.

And then there were seven...Boy, did I have this wrong. I thought Dean would win a slight victory with all the others bunched up right behind him, and I thought Gep would stay at least until Michigan.

Monday, January 19, 2004 & WOOD TV8 - Granholm plans to help Greenville community
Governor Jennifer Granholm says she isn't going to let Michigan's manufacturing jobs go without a fight.

Like many of the 2,700 Electrolux workers who were told their jobs are moving to Mexico, Governor Granholm is angry. "Michigan is a manufacturing state," said Granholm. "I'll be darned if we're going to let all those jobs just go to India or Mexico or China."

Ummm, how do you propose to stop them, Jennifer?

Later tonight, the governor will join the Electrolux task force to outline strategies for that new beginning. The group's new priorities include using job training monies to retrain Electrolux workers, and convincing other companies to locate in Greenville. Governor Granholm says the state can help in both areas, providing programs and funds for employment education. "We can also put a plan together to market Greenville to other manufacturers or an other employer," said Granholm.

And you can bet that employer won't be paying $15 an hour.

Yahoo! News - Church Services Set to Mark King Birthday
The daylong celebration of King's birthday were to include memorials, church services and volunteer projects around the country. Organizers of holiday events have long emphasized the importance of community service in their annual King Day theme of "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On... Not a Day off."

On King's birthday Thursday, about 800 protesters rallied against Bush's visit to the tomb on what would have been King's 75th birthday.

Beating drums and chanting, "Peace, not war; that's what Martin stood for!" and "Bush, go home!," many of the protesters said Bush's policies on the Iraq war, affirmative action and social service funding directly contradicted King's legacy.

The anti-war message was to be prominent again on Monday.

King's widow, who urged world leaders to avoid an impending war in Iraq during her remarks at last year's service, said she would address the issue again. Coretta Scott King has continued to speak out in opposition to the war, promoting her late husband's principles of nonviolence.

"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."

You are Desiderius Erasmus!

You have great love for others and will do just about anything to show it to them. You are tolerant
and avoid confrontations, so people generally are drawn to you. You are more quiet and reserved in
front of strangers, but around some people you open up. When things get tough, you like to meditate
alone. Unfortunately you often get things like "what a pansy," or "you're such a liberal."

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson

Yahoo! News - Patriots, Panthers to Meet in Super Bowl
Carolina's Jake Delhomme wants a good night's sleep before thinking about the New England defense. Tom Brady probably feels the same way about the Panthers.

A big task awaits both quarterbacks in the surprising Super Bowl matchup between the Panthers and Patriots on Feb. 1 in Houston: How will they score enough points to win?

On the surface I have to give the nod to New England. Amazing execution, both offense and defense. Their offensive line is phenomenal, and the often under-rated Tom Brady is cool, collected and confident. They are a very well rounded team, and they look unbeatable.

The Panthers have a very fast, tenacious and hard-hitting D, and their running game ain’t too shabby, either. Davis with a couple weeks of rest might be back to full strength; look out if he finds ways to break through. They play with a lot of heart, and find ways to win. Like the Marlins in baseball, they often aren’t taken seriously and I think that might come back to haunt the Patriots.

So, my head says New England, but I’m going to follow my heart and say Panthers by 4.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Yahoo! News - U.S. Eyes Space as Possible Battleground
Among companies that could cash in on Bush's space plans are Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp., which do big business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as with the Pentagon.

The moon, scientists have said, is a source of potentially unlimited energy in the form of the helium 3 isotope -- a near perfect fuel source: potent, nonpolluting and causing virtually no radioactive byproduct in a fusion reactor.

"And if we could get a monopoly on that, we wouldn't have to worry about the Saudis and we could basically tell everybody what the price of energy was going to be," said Pike.

Gerald Kulcinski of the Fusion Technology Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Madison estimated the moon's helium 3 would have a cash value of perhaps $4 billion a ton in terms of its energy equivalent in oil.

I knew there had to be a buck in it somewhere...

Closing a Window On the Universe (
The Hubble telescope is about the size of a large tractor-trailer and fits into the cargo hold of the space shuttle, which is how it was carried aloft in 1990. It orbits the Earth once every 97 minutes, cost $1.5 billion to build and deploy and now operates on about a $250 million annual budget.

By any scientific measure, it has been the most successful astronomical exercise in history. Images sent back to Earth from Hubble have helped scientists determine the age of the universe. In 1995, Hubble was pointed at the same patch of sky for 10 days and programmed to take long exposures. What Hubble captured with those images enabled scientists to find at least 1,500 galaxies at various stages of evolution. Some of the galaxies were 10 billion light-years away.

Another black mark on the Bush legacy. $250 mil a year is cheap for the "most successful astronomical exercise in history."

I hope we can find some funding for the new 'scope that was scheduled to replace it, but why do I get the feeling there won't be any money for that, either?

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Yahoo! News - Poll: Four-Way Democratic Race Tightens in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) slipped and Howard Dean (news - web sites) gained ground in Iowa in a tightening four-way presidential race ahead of Monday's state caucuses, according to a Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby poll released on Saturday.

Kerry held a slim lead over Dean, 22.6 percent to 22.1 percent, in the latest three-day tracking poll, with Gephardt in third place at 19.1 percent and Edwards moving up to 17.9 percent.

Dean gained three percentage points in one day while Kerry, who has roared to the top of the Democratic pack in Iowa during the last week, dropped by more than one point.

*Sigh*. This would be a lot easier if we had a clear-cut frontrunner so we could focus on Bush and the issues instead of savaging each other. I realize it's still early with time to heal and come together, but I've heard (read) some real nasty things in the past few days.

Everybody.....let's sing Kumbya or something...

Yahoo! News - U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Reaches 500
TIKRIT, Iraq - A powerful bomb exploded under a U.S. armored vehicle in the cane fields north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing three American soldiers and pushing the U.S. death toll in the Iraq (news - web sites) conflict to 500.

Reaching that threshold underscores the dangers still facing U.S. forces in Iraq as President Bush's administration prepares to seek help from the United Nations (news - web sites) in building a new Iraq, after shunning the world organization for months.

And still no WMD's...
It's All About Cold Saturdays With No Football:

I make pictures.

Before and After the Wrath.

Granholm '06.
It's All About Me:

Today's thought was nice:

Consider the following story of misplaced priorities. While hiking in the wilderness, I met a man whose T-shirt carried the following message: "He who dies with the most toys, wins."

As I pondered those words, I was sure that the author meant the opposite of what he said. No one on his deathbed ever stated, "I wish I had spent more time at the office." We were put on this earth not to accumulate "toys," but to reap the gifts of the spirit. These gifts come to us when we dedicate our lives to something greater than ourselves - a path of service in the world, the raising of a loving family, the creation of beauty through art, or any passion that inspires one.

Having lived in this manner, you can look back over your life with a real sense of fulfillment. By following the path of peace, love, and joy, you will discover your true treasure - one that transcends death itself.

He, who dies, having followed his heart, wins.

If only I could follow my (ever-changing) heart and find a way to pay DTE Energy (who promises my heating bill is going to go up AGAIN) at the same time.
It's All About Promoting Michigan:

My idea for the new Michigan quarter-

OK, I know it needs work. COULD NOT get the bevel and lighting to work the way I wanted it to. (Version 3, seen here, is a little better) Plus, my computer was starting to choke trying to render it. Maybe Adobe Photoshop works better than Microsoft PhotoDraw?

Friday, January 16, 2004 & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news and weather - Electrolux to close plant in Greenville
The news came down at 7:30 a.m. today and 24 Hour News 8 was there when Electrolux notified workers the company was heading south to Anderson, South Carolina and Mexico.

The move will take place in 2005 when the company will slowly phase out 2,700 jobs in Greenville. The decision comes after the city, state and union all requested an extra week to negotiate a deal that would convince the company to stay.

My heart hurts for these people, for ALL the people who have lost decent, well-paying manufacturing jobs in West Michigan over the past few years. I can't imagine how it would feel to have your life mortgaged to the hilt (house, kids college, car payments, etc.) and know that there will be nothing in your future that will pay that well.

Kiss the unions goodbye, America. To compete with Mexico and China, WE will have to pay slave wages to our citizens- driving more and more to the poverty level.

Sad. Will we witness the death of the middle-class?

Yahoo! News - CBS Cries Foul on PETA, MoveOn Super Bowl Ads
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. football fans will not see ads featuring scantily clad vegetarians or a political attack on President Bush during February's Super Bowl after CBS said on Thursday that advocacy advertisements were out of bounds on professional football's biggest day.

The network, over the years, has rejected dozens of advertising proposals by advocacy groups, who argue that the network only airs controversial messages that it agrees with.

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said the policy had been in place for years. "We have a policy against accepting advocacy advertising," he added. CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc., does run political advertising for and against candidates.

Here's a big booooo for CBS. I hope that MoveOn places the ad on other high profile shows; the series finale of Friends or Frasier, for example.

Yahoo! News - Bush Booed at Martin Luther King Gravesite
ATLANTA (Reuters) - In a sign of the difficulty President Bush (news - web sites) faces as he tries to win black support for his reelection, several hundred protesters loudly booed him on Thursday as he laid a wreath at the grave of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

"Bush go home" and "peace not war" the predominantly black crowd of protesters shouted from behind a barrier of buses, as Bush paid tribute to King on the 75th anniversary of his birth.

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, criticized the grave visit as "yet another symbolic gesture that lacks any real substance."

"Every policy decision of the Bush Administration including the war in Iraq, healthcare, jobs, the economy, judicial nominations, housing, the environment, as well as secondary and higher education, has done nothing to strengthen Dr. King's dream," Cummings said.

Even though I would love to see George booed at every public appearance he makes, for some reason this bothered me. I don't know why. Perhaps I feel it was somehow disrespectful to Dr. King, in a way.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Cubs make offer to Maddux
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made a two-year offer to Maddux through his agent, Scott Boras. The deal was believed to be in the $13-to-$15 million range.

Hendry said there is no deadline regarding the Cubs' offer to Maddux.

"We feel we could go to Spring Training with a quality club right now," Hendry said. "We got a lot better. We increased the payroll, we added a lot of good players in the winter. Greg was the icing on the cake. If it happens, great. If it doesn't, we still feel we're ready to compete and contend with what we have."

No, no, no, Jim! Hitting catcher!!! Where's Pudge? Or Kendall, now that his Padre deal fell through?

Changed my mind on Maddux. I want him now that Houston got Roger. We both can have aging, expensive stars that are way past their peak. :-) Seriously, it would be nice to have a very solid fifth starter, especially if one of the big boys goes down to injury. Still don't trust Cruz.
It's All About Palma Sola:
From the good folks at WildTracks-

Palma Sola was behaviorally doing well in the wild but was not eating enough food to keep up with his growing body. During his last health assessment conducted in mid-December, he did not have sufficient weight on him, in our opinion, to safely last him through the winter season. The decision was made by field staff, veterinarian staff with multi agency input to pull him back into captivity, put weight back on him then re-release him towards the end of winter. He did return to his release site at Warm Mineral Springs so he passed the last test of knowing where to go for warm water, but like I said earlier, the weight issue was too close for our comfort.

He is currently packing on the weight fast at Lowry and we hope to put him out again in the next month. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional concerns or questions.

Palma's my manatee in Florida. I "met" Palma when he was staying with a manatee named Snooty at the Bradenton museum- they released him in the Charlotte harbor and I have been following him ever since until he disappeared from the map and I wrote to them for an update.

I hope he makes it. A lot of the manatees they have previously treated are now dead or have disappeared.

Yahoo! News - U.S. Advisers Call for Health Insurance for All
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying 18,000 people die every year because they lack health insurance, federal advisers said on Wednesday the U.S. government must come up with universal health coverage by 2010.

The Institute of Medicine said taxpayers are paying for 43 million uninsured Americans anyway -- and footing a much bigger bill than they would if those people had decent health care.

Don't hold your breath, guys...

Yahoo! News - Thousands March in Iraq to Demand Early Elections
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Basra Thursday in support of a call by Iraq's most revered Shi'ite cleric for direct elections to be held within months to select a sovereign Iraqi government.

Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has objected to U.S. plans for a transitional Iraqi assembly to be selected by regional caucuses rather than an election. The assembly will select an interim government that is due to take over sovereignty by end-June.

Don't hold your breath, guys...

Yahoo! News - Moseley Braun to Drop Out, Endorse Dean
FORT DODGE, Iowa, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Carol Moseley Braun will drop out of the race and endorse front-runner Howard Dean in Iowa on Thursday, campaign aides said.

Braun, a former senator from Illinois and the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, will endorse Dean at an afternoon event in Carroll, Iowa.

And then there were eight...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Yahoo! News - Researchers: Gene Seems Linked to Alcoholism Risk
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a gene that seems to put people more at risk of alcoholism, but said they cannot yet explain how it works.

The study of more than 260 families showed that several different changes in the gene, called GABRG3, were linked with the risk of becoming an alcoholic. The gene is a receptor, or molecular doorway, for gamma-amino butyric acid, a message-carrying chemical, or neurotransmitter.

The findings, published in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, do not suggest there is an "alcoholism gene," said Dr. Danielle Dick, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis who led the study.

But now researchers can watch people with particular versions of the gene and see what other factors contribute to becoming an alcoholic.

The Bush In 30 Seconds ad contest has a winner! The entrants were honored on Monday night by a crew of celebrities ranging from Michael Moore and Al Franken to Chuck "D" and Margaret Cho. But the ads were the stars -- the crowd was bowled over by their power. The Overall Best Ad and People's Choice Winner was (drumroll) "Child's Pay" by Charlie Fisher of Denver, CO.

To see the winning ads and support getting them on the air, go to:

Building on the power and creativity of this work, we're making an important announcement: With your help, we can take the winning ad to the Super Bowl. We were planning to play the winning ad nationally on CNN during the week of Bush's State of the Union address, but the response to the ads has been way beyond our expectations. We've been working to put together something even more exciting. A political ad has never been placed on the Super Bowl before, and with your help, "Child's Pay" will be the first. Together, let's send Washington a clear message: no more politics as usual.

The Super Bowl ad will cost $1.6 million to place nationally, but we can afford this if we can complete the Voter Fund $10 million dollar grassroots campaign, which now stands at $7.5 million. Can you help?

To make an instant, secure contribution, by credit card or check, go to:

Remember, for every two dollars you give, a dollar is added by a matching grant, so your contribution goes even further.

I'm seriously thinking about doing this.

Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?

There's a shock!

Faux ice tree.

Yahoo! News - U.S. May Change Plans for Iraq Handover
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is taking a fresh look at its plans to turn over power in Iraq by June 30. While that remains the deadline, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday it's too early to tell whether it will have to be changed.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani demanded this week that any agreement to let U.S. forces remain in postwar Iraq be submitted to directly elected representatives. The current U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council agreed last November that the next government could be chosen in regional caucuses, not full-scale elections.

No way this happens by June 30th.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Cubs interested in Maddux
CHICAGO -- One angle for the Chicago Cubs' 2004 ad campaign is, "How's this for starters?" featuring the team's foursome of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Matt Clement and Carlos Zambrano.

How about Greg Maddux, too?

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has talked to Maddux's agent, Scott Boras, and said he is interested in the free-agent pitcher, who could return to the team where he began his big-league career. Maddux was the Cubs' second-round draft pick in June 1984 and won his first Cy Young with the team in 1992 when he went 20-11 with a 2.18 ERA.

If we can get him cheap enough, why not? But I would hope they don't pass up Pudge just to blow money on Maddux.

You're the Cheshire Cat!
You're the Cheshire Cat. Your mysterious aura and
your penchant for riddles keep your friends
guessing. You dislike staying too long in any
one place. Your advice is always sound, if
somewhat enigmatic. The sum total of this is
that people are always following you and you

Which famous feline are you?
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Clemens follows Pettitte from Yankees to Astros
The Rocket blasted out of retirement and landed back home in Houston.

Three months after Roger Clemens threw his final pitch for the New York Yankees in the World Series, the six-time Cy Young Award winner signed a one-year contract for $5 million Monday with his hometown Astros.

"The Astros worked real hard to get me off that fence after I'd gotten up on it," Clemens said. "I feel I still have a lot to give. We want to try to make memories together. That's the only reason I came out of retirement."

Bite me, Roger. I hope the Cubs knock you right back to retirement. We'll give you some "memories" to take with you.
It's All About Me:
Voted in the Michigan Democratic Caucus last night over the Internet. It's a whole new world.

My final pick- Howard Dean.

I must have one of those MDP MasterCards. If they deny me because I don't make enough money, I will die laughing.

And then I'll vote Green. (heh heh- kidding here)

Monday, January 12, 2004

Yahoo! News - Report: Rooftops to Pay Chicago Cubs for View
The report, citing unnamed sources, said owners of 11 buildings overlooking Wrigley Field's vine-covered brick outfield walls agreed to give the Cubs 17 percent of their revenues from sales of rooftop seats, or roughly $2 million a season, for 20 years.

MSNBC - The Dean Dilemma
Like the meteoric Internet start-up he in many ways resembles, Dr. Howard Dean is poised to merge with—or conduct a hostile takeover of—an "old media" conglomerate, the Democratic Party. For now, the country doctor and former Vermont governor remains the odds-on favorite to win its presidential nomination in a voting process that, technically, began last week when the Michigan party began accepting e-mail requests for e-mail ballots.

And I was one of the first in line...

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Rays: Zim: The Baseball Man
"But his heart was with the diamond."

Great story. Thanks Pop.

It's All About Me:

Yahoo! News - Iraq Violence Kills 5, Possible Chemical Arms Found
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British troops said they opened fire on grenade-throwing Iraqi protesters in a clash in which at least five people were killed on Saturday, while Danish forces reported finding possible chemical weapons in southern Iraq.

Denmark said its troops had found 36 mortar shells buried in southern Iraq that initial chemical weapons tests showed could contain blister gas. The shells had been buried for at least 10 years and the site may contain another 100, it said.

There's your imminent threat. 10 year old shells buried in leaky plastic bags in the desert.

Yahoo! News - Panthers Stand Firm to Stun Rams in Second Overtime
ST LOUIS (Reuters) - The Carolina Panthers blew a late 11-point lead but bounced back to stun the St Louis Rams 29-23 on a 69-yard Steve Smith touchdown on the first play of second overtime in an NFC divisional round playoff on Saturday.

Smith's reception of Jake Delhomme (news)'s pass rocked the NFL's most dominant home team and their sellout crowd of 66,165 after kickers from both teams had narrowly missed opportunities earlier in overtime.

"Just look at this hair," joked silver-haired Carolina coach John Fox.

"There were a lot of emotions. I've never seen a game quite like that and there were as big peaks and lows as you can have in a football game."

This was one of the best football games I have ever seen, and I have been watching football for going on 30 years now. I was completely drained afterwards! Go Panthers!

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Yahoo! News - Report: Bush Planned Iraqi Invasion Pre-Sept. 11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill charges in a new book that President Bush entered office in January 2001 intent on invading Iraq and was in search of a way to go about it.

O'Neill, fired in December 2002 as part of a shake-up of Bush's economic team, has become the first major insider of the Bush administration to launch an attack on the president.

He likened Bush at Cabinet meetings to "a blind man in a room full of deaf people," according to excerpts from a CBS interview to promote a book by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind, "The Price of Loyalty."

To go to war, Bush used the argument that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and had to be stopped in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world. The weapons have never been found.

"From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill said in the "60 Minutes" interview scheduled to air on Sunday. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

Question is: Will America care?

t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | The Five Hundred

How did it come to this?

It came to this because Dick Cheney said, "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction," on August 26, 2002.

It came to this because Ari Fleischer said, "We know for a fact that there are weapons there," on January 9, 2003.

It came to this because Colin Powell said, "We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more," on February 5, 2003.

It came to this because Donald Rumsfeld said, "We know where they are," about these weapons. "They are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad," on March 30, 2003.

It came to this because George W. Bush said, "We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons," on February 8, 2003.

It came to this because George W. Bush said, "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised," on March 17, 2003.

It came to this despite the fact that Colin Powell said, "Hussein has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors," on February 24, 2001.

Thanks to Hoos at USP for posting this.

Gov. Granholm Records Audio Version of 'Barnyard Song' for Michigan Reads! 2004 Program; Audio Recording Makes 'One State, One Preschool Book' Selection Accessible to Michigan's Blind and Vision-Impaired Children or Parents
State Librarian Christie Pearson Brandau today announced that Governor Jennifer M. Granholm recently volunteered her time to record an audio version of Rhonda Gowler Greene’s “Barnyard Song,” the book around which all activities will center for Michigan Reads! 2004.

“One of our most important responsibilities as adults is to help children of all ages and abilities embrace the power and enjoyment of reading,” said Gov. Granholm. “It was an honor to be asked to help bring a voice to the entertaining and quirky characters in ‘Barnyard Song.’ I hope I’ve done justice to the ducks, cows and chickens.”

The woman reads for the blind and visually impaired children. This just keeps getting better. I'm kind of disturbed that I haven't found anything that I don't like about her yet. She's a politician, for chrissakes. There must be something.

Aisles of work.

(Yes, I know I'm using the glow feature a bit too much, but I like it. Actually, this one is "accented edges" -the others are "glow")

Friday, January 09, 2004

Yahoo! News - Study: Marijuana Buzz Linked to 'Runner's High'
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The same family of chemicals that produces a buzz in marijuana smokers may be responsible for "runner's high," the euphoric feeling that some people get when they exercise, U.S. researchers say.

High levels of anandamide were found in young men who ran or cycled at a moderate rate for about an hour, according to a study made public this week by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine.

Anandamide is a cannabinoid, or lipid molecule, that is naturally produced in the body. It is known to produce sensations that are similar to those of THC, the psychoactive property in marijuana.

Well, THAT is interesting. I think I need an exercise bike now...

Chicago Glow.

Yahoo! News - Bush Plans to Send Americans to Moon, on to Mars:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Buoyed by a successful landing on Mars by a robot explorer, President Bush (news - web sites) plans a major announcement on space policy next week that envisions sending Americans back to the moon and ultimately to Mars, officials and congressional aides said on Thursday.

Wow! It must be an election year or something...

Thursday, January 08, 2004

It's All About Me:
Reincarnation: You are nice enough to go to heaven,
but Earth won't be as fun without you. As a
real optimist and lighthearted person, you
always see the good in things. People probably
respect you for your wonderful personality and
love for life. People like you make the world a
happier place (please rate my quiz)

**Where will you go when you die?**(now with pics)
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Daily Zen

The spiritual light shines alone,
Far transcending the senses
And their fields;
The essential substance is exposed,
Real and eternal.
It is not contained in written words.
The nature of mind has no defilement;
It is basically perfect and complete in itself.
Just get rid of delusive attachments,
And merge with realization of thusness.

- Pai-chang (720 – 814)

Tell me how one gets rid of "delusive attachments". How do you transcend the senses?

It's All About Me:

I can't find any quotes on Pat Buchanan's pro-labor stance (lol) and it's pissing me off. Here's a picture instead.

Fingerpaint Baby.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Yahoo! News - Theory: Sun Radiation Caused Extinction
ATLANTA - The second-largest extinction in the Earth's history, the killing of two-thirds of all species, may have been caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun after gamma rays destroyed the Earth's ozone layer.

Astronomers are proposing that a supernova exploded within 10,000 light years of the Earth, destroying the chemistry of the atmosphere and allowing the sun's ultraviolet rays to cook fragile, unprotected life forms.

"The prevailing theory for that extinction has been an ice age," said Adrian L. Melott, a University of Kansas astronomer. "We think there is very good circumstantial evidence for a gamma ray burst."

"The sky would get brown, but there would be intense ultraviolet radiation from the sun striking the surface." he said. The radiation would be at least 50 times above normal, powerful enough to killed exposed life.

There's a cheery thought... & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news and weather - Travel not advised in West Michigan
The blizzard warning for Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan and Barry counties has been changed to a winter storm warning as of 9 PM.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon tomorrow for Lake, Mason, Oceana, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Eaton, Calhoun, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.

The heavy snow showers and strong gusty winds will gradually be dying down tonight. Until then, visibilities will occasionally be reduced to just a few yards in the heavier snow showers and wind gusts to 30 mph or higher. An additional 1-4 inches of snow is likely overnight.

Channel 8 has dubbed this "Blizzard 2004". It looks like another 6 inches fell last night. I hope to get some pictures today- straight line winds have etched the trees in snow and they are beautiful.

Yahoo! News - In anti-gay poll, same-sex marriage gains
An Internet poll conducted by the anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) showed on Tuesday more than two-thirds of respondents favor legalizing gay marriage or civil unions, prompting a leading gay marriage activist to note, "We're winning the bad guys' poll!"

With more than 700,000 votes cast, "America's Poll on Homosexual Marriage" showed 59.55 percent of respondents voting in favor of legalization of gay marriage, with 32.51 percent opposing it. Another 7.94 percent voted to favor civil unions with the full benefits of marriage.

I'm sure they will announce the voting was hijacked by those "radical homosexual activists". No way they send it to Congress.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Sandberg falls short in HOF bid
Sandberg failed in his second appearance on the ballot, earning 309 votes or 61.1 percent of the possible electorate.

A 10-time National League All-Star, he led the National League with 40 home runs in 1990 and hit at least 20 in six seasons. He was vying to become the 17th second baseman inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The nine-time Gold Glove winner posted a career .285 average with 282 home runs, 2,386 hits and 1,061 RBIs. He played all but one of his 16 big-league seasons with the Cubs, and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1984 when he hit .314 and made only six errors.

He wasn't flashy but incredibly consistent, and holds the all-time fielding percentage for second basemen (.989). Sandberg also is the Major League record holder for most home runs by a second baseman (277) and most consecutive errorless games by a second baseman (123).

All time fielding percentage? Most home runs for 2nd base? What gives, voters?

Next year Rhino.

Yahoo! News - Smokers Have Higher Breast Cancer Risk - U.S. Study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who smoke may have a far higher risk of breast cancer than those who do not, or those who once smoked but quit, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

California women who said they were current smokers had a 30 percent greater incidence of breast cancer than non-smokers, the researchers reported in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


Coffee Lowers Diabetes Risk, U.S. Study Shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who gulp several cups of coffee a day can greatly lower their risk of developing diabetes later in life, even if they are overweight, according to a U.S. study published on Tuesday.

The study of 125,000 people suggests that caffeinated coffee -- not caffeine-free -- may affect the body's metabolism in positive ways, the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health said.


Bush in 30 Seconds

A "must view". Strong, poignant ads. I hope they run nation wide.
Random Thoughts:

Sometimes I have no words. Nothing at all can come out, and if it does, it sounds wrong. I wonder where my brain goes?

Nothing really interested me today in the news. I've become kind of blase' about things- I think work is interfering with my creativity.

Graphic me.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Clouds have all scattered
From the tall peak
Where I wait for moonrise
What kindness in the first
Of these early winter showers

- Saigyo

Saigyo probably didn't have to go out and shovel the sidewalk to keep the city happy. I'd better get going.

CB's up close with poster edges. Whatever that is.

Jordan's MPs refuse to disallow names like Osama, Saddam
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's parliament yesterday rejected a proposal to allow the state to ban parents from giving their children controversial names, such as Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein.

Yesterday's bill was rejected following a heated debate in which some legislators argued that the ban violated the privacy and constitutional rights of Jordanians.

Did they consider banning the name "George", too?

Yahoo! News - N.J. 2nd State to OK Stem Cell Research
WEST ORANGE, N.J. - New Jersey became the second state to allow stem cell research on Sunday as Gov. James E. McGreevey signed a law he said will "move the frontiers of science forward."

Stem cell research, which has been strongly opposed by anti-abortion groups and the Roman Catholic church because it involves the use of fetal and embryonic tissue, is also permitted in California and bills are pending in Illinois and New York.

President Bush, citing ethical considerations, has limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to existing lines of cells. But many stem cell scientists say the policy severely restricts research that ultimately could benefit millions of patients.

Many "federal vs. state" battles appear to be shaping up, from stem cell research to gay rights to medical marijuana, etc. I hope that the Dems use these issues to show how oppressive the Bush regime really is. Let's hammer on how this administration is thwarting progress on the humanitarian front!

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Governor's religion remark rankles GOP lawmakers
Quoting the Bible, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has asked whether some legislators are failing to live the Christian principles they profess by cutting government services while reducing taxes.

Granholm said cutting taxes while simultaneously cutting programs for the disadvantaged is hypocritical.

"Whatsoever you do to the least of these so also you do unto me," Granholm said when Tim Skubick, host of the weekly Michigan Public Television talk show, "Off the Record," asked if she found it interesting some legislators calling for cuts also are "so-called Christians."

"Yeah, I do," Granholm said, according to a transcript of the show. "What I think is so interesting about this is that people come from different places, and yet we all want to do what is best for the state. Often those who cloak themselves in a cape of religiosity happen to be some who are the biggest cutters ... That's when I question whether somebody is really living out the faith that they profess."

Betsy DeVos, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, told the Detroit Free Press that Granholm's comment ignored the idea that many individuals feel private donations to charity are a more effective way to help the poor and less fortunate than government.

"It is quite arrogant for the governor to cloak her views on balancing the budget in religious terms in order to demonize her political opponents," DeVos told the Free Press.

Uh, Betsy? Pot. Kettle. Black. Two can play the "God" game.

Hee hee, you go Jennifer! Easy to see why I love this woman. She has a way of taking the Republican argument and shoving it right back in their face.
It's All About Me:

You are a Musical Thinker

Musical thinkers:
Tend to think in sounds, and may also think in rhythms and melodies
Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings.
Feel a strong connection between music and emotions

Other Musical Thinkers include Mozart, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix
Careers which suit Musical Thinkers include
Musician, Music teacher, Sound engineer, Recording technician

You are a Naturalist Thinker

Naturalist Thinkers:
Like to understand the natural world, and the living beings that inhabit it
have an aptitude for communicating with animals
You try to understand patterns of life and natural forces

Other Naturalist thinkers include
Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, Johnny Morris, David Attenborough

Careers which suit Naturalist thinkers include
Biologist, Meteorologist, Forester, Farmer, Astronomer, Alternative therapist