Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hannah Montana

My daughter absolutely loves Hannah Montana. She would do almost anything to get to see her in concert (too bad for her, her dad [me] doesn't have the funds to get tickets) but I hope she wouldn't do this:
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An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."

While gripping, it wasn't true _ and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.

The sponsor of the contest was Club Libby Lu, a Chicago-based store that sells clothes, accessories and games intended for young girls.

The saga began Friday with company officials surprising the girl at a Club Libby Lu at a mall in suburban Garland, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas. The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, N.Y., and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on Jan. 9.
Star Tribune
Not only should the daughter lose her tickets, the mother should be doing some community service at the least for this.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Blog Posts of the Year

It has been remiss of me to not link you to Jon Swift's compilation of Posts of the Year by various blogs (this one included).

Mr. Swift has links from all sides of the political and non-political spectrum and in alphabetical order lays out the posts that the bloggers themselves have chosen as their best. (Mine was a de-facto choice, since I had to work enough that I didn't have time to actually look to make sure that is the one I wanted heh).
Just as nobody anticipated the levees breaking in New Orleans, according to President Bush, I don't think anybody anticipated the overwhelming response I would get when I asked the members of my very extensive and eclectic blogroll to send me links to their best posts of the year. Not even Condoleeza Rice could have predicted the shock and awe you will feel at the sheer magnitude of the talent out there, of which this is just a small sampling. These posts were not chosen by a panel of experts or TV viewers, but by the bloggers themselves as each blog's best work of 2007. There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" Go ahead and click on a link that sounds intriguing or from a blog you haven't read before or check in with an old favorite.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ceaser's Women?

Pakistan's girl leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party was taken out in a Syrian/Russian style double tap hit today that included at least one gunman and a bomb. Weapons fire at close range and the ensuing explosion killed 20 people.

Benazir Bhutto - like girls everwhere was one complicated person. Oxford, Yale - speaking better English than most Americans she also had the canny knack for imbibing projections and magically transforming herself into what ever her sitch or audience or constits required. She could appear like Golda Meir or Joan of Arc and often invoked Indiri Ghandi's model.

Despite all the image, spin and sweet talking Western talk, Benazir may have been little different from politicians through out history - cutting deals for buds and homies and occasionally sort of dipping in to the kitty for personal chicanery.

Surviving multiple botched assassination attempted hits never really sank in to her - riding about in open cars and speaking at massive polit rallies. An everyday thing in her world - after her dad and brother were murdered - maybe it was like the norm. What kind of woman was she?

Slate commisioned her to write a diary for publication a decade ago. In a very prophetic bit that has a new meaning today, she referred to Ceaser's Women by Colleen McCullough.
"Here we are heading towards the third millennium, and the conduct of men and
women still mirrors the style of Caesar's age. Does time go forward or backward
or just stand still? Do we fight the same demons in each era and in each century
only with different methods and in different styles? Are we condemned to a cycle
of patterns that keeps turning and ending up where it started?"

{Cross-posted at GreatSatansGirlFriend where GSGF is the author}


Changed the theme around again. Changed to Disqus comments (all the haloscan comments are saved at haloscan, but, there were no running threads).

Let me know what you think (send an email if there are problems with the comments themselves). Comments will be [update] NOT moderated for all non-registered disqus members (you don't have to register though). [read through the options for disqus and turned on anon commenting so I don't have to moderate]


Bhutto was assassinated today in Pakistan.
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Rest in Peace

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Misha jumps into the blogburst!

Count us in.
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(note: the donation comes to my referral instead of misha's)

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NFL sells out, W shines

The NFL sells out (due to political pressure)
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― The New England Patriots' shot at history Saturday night will be available for every household in the country with a television after months of wrangling.

The game against the New York Giants, in which the Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season, was originally scheduled to be shown only on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with TVs.

But the league announced Wednesday that the NFL Network feed will be simulcast on NBC and CBS. It's a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but the NFL Network. The NFL had faced mounting pressure from politicians in recent weeks to make the game available to more viewers.

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.

"We have taken this extraordinary step because it is in the best interest of our fans," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "What we have seen for the past year is a very strong consumer demand for NFL Network. We appreciate CBS and NBC delivering the NFL Network telecast on Saturday night to the broad audience that deserves to see this potentially historic game. Our commitment to the NFL Network is stronger than ever."

And W has a very good year.
Against all odds, and despite the usual drumbeat of criticism, President Bush had a very good year.

The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations.

At his year-end news conference, Mr. Bush said with optimism that the economy is fundamentally sound, despite the housing downturn and the subprime credit crunch. The very next day, that optimism was reinforced with news of the best consumer spending in two years. The prophets of recessionary doom, such as former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Republican adviser Martin Feldstein, ex-Democratic Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and bond-maven Bill Gross have been proven wrong once again.
The Washington Times
Very good story, read it all.

On my last midnight tonight and then two weeks off (yay me). I'll still be around to visit everyone, but I may not get any more posts in tonight. I'll make up for it in the weeks ahead with all the off-time. Or not, hopefully there will be some overtime during my vacation, I need the money.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Moon

Merry Christmas graphic and a meme

1 Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; 5 to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. 6 And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.
Luke 2 American Standard Version

Linked from AmeriPundit because I like the graphic. Merry Christmas!

Meme: Buffalo tagged me with the Christmas meme...
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog
2. Share Christmas facts about yourself
3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of "Getting to Know Your Friends."

1. Wrapping or gift bags? Prefer wrapped

2. Real or artificial tree? No tree this year, have an artificial though.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually first weekend in December.

4. When do you take the tree down? New Year's Day

5. Do you like eggnog? Not in the least

6. Favorite gift received as a child? my first computer :)

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? all gifts are good

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? email

10. Favorite Christmas Movie? “The Christmas Story”

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Last possible minute

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? cookies

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? white

14. Favorite Christmas song(s)? Silent Night

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? yes

17. Angel on the tree top or a star? star

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? usually no presents left by then

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? bills

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? No.

21. What do you leave for Santa? milk and cookies

22. Least favorite holiday song? really none

23. Favorite ornament? none

24. Family tradition? money as a gift hidden in candy

25. Ever been to Midnight Mass or late-night Christmas Eve services? No, and I need to

I will be passing this "tag" on to the following blog friends:

No one, I don't pass them on :)

Monday, December 24, 2007


I received this via email from my brother ( I assume this is making the rounds around the 'Net but I thought I'd share it with you all anyway as it is most "appropo".

To My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best
wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible,
low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter
solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the
religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your
choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or
traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or
secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful,
personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the
onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due
respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose
contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply
that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only
America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without
regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith
or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Hey I can post now !!

This is a TEST !!!

{welcome back Thai - VM}

Merry Christmas from tDR

Merry Christmas everyone.

Couldn't find a good pic of the star of the East that I wanted, but this star picture will do. I just want to thank everyone for visiting, commenting and whatever. I especially want to thank my fellow bloggers for making this blog worthwhile for me to continue.

I hope everyone's wishes come true this season and a great New Year for you and yours in 2008.

Merry Christams from Theo

From Theo in the mail:
Thought I would share that with the folks that aren't on his mailing list (and just why aren't you?).

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Illegal and Idiotic

Arizona city determines a way to check for illegals without profiling.
My Way News

Hillary promises lower oil prices if she's elected.
NY Daily News

Working on a Christmas post (probably just a big picture heh) but probably be sparse until after. I was out of town this weekend doing Christmas since I work all week on midnights so no chance to post. Merry Christmas everyone.

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