Off his meds again.

BUSH: Just wait.

Think Progress » Putin Jabs Bush: ‘We Certainly Would Not Want…The Same Kind of Democracy As They Have in Iraq’

DOOFUS tells Vlad ("The Belly Kisser") Putin "there’s a free press and free religion" in Iraq. Gets a laugh.

Can the Dems nominate Putin? Is that possible?

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The Portsmouth Herald reported in September 2000 that anonymous mailers had accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Gordon Humphrey's wife of being an active member of a cult that "advocates adults and children have orgasms as a means to reaching inner peace."

Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/13/2006 | Kean researcher's own past ends up in spotlight

I'm not sure exactly what the scary word is here. "Peace"? "Children?" The O word?

O. I guess that explains it, doesn't it. Yeah. No doubt. You'll just have to go read the article yourself. I have the vapors, and can't go on.

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Let's get one then!

The current version of NIST-F1--if it were operated continuously--would neither gain nor lose a second in about 70 million years. The latest version of the mercury clock would neither gain nor lose a second in about 400 million years.

Mercury atomic clock keeps time with record accuracy | Science Blog

I mean, wow! We need one. Get rid of that old NIST-F1 clunker. It's like so 1/70,000,000th of a second ago.

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Like soccer, for example.

L'Affaire Zidane: "Some Things Are Bigger than Football"

John Cox, "L'Affaire Zidane: 'Some Things Are Bigger than Football'"

I have no idea what this story's about. I just thought the headline needed a little work.

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Do you think she's telling him a blonde joke or a ghost story?

Want a clue? OK. Dubya says, "I understand I may have the honor of slicing the pig."

And some other stuff.

The United States of Wobegone.

polls show that "around 60 percent of Americans describe themselves as more patriotic than the average American

Language Log: Born on the 11th of July

Not everybody is above average, but getting there.

The linked material is some kind of technical discussion of a perceived trend toward calling the summer holiday "4th of July," rather than "Independence Day," as a symptom of flagging patriotism (ewww, sorry), as suggested by some. About which, further, I will mention that I've always called it the 4th of July, beginning way, way back in a previous century, even as a kid. so I guess that makes me below average but what the hell, somebody's got to do it, and it isn't the first time.

Or maybe I'm just an early flagger.

Otherwise, it's cool about the "Battle of the Golden Spurs."

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Well, it beats shooting the bull.

"I think we're all pooped out here," said Bursott, 27, before heading over to another field in the hopes of finding more patties.

Ill. festival features the Cow Chip Throw - Yahoo! News

Gotta love those Illini, huh?

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See? I would never be able to figure this out.

"I do feel 90 to 95 percent better," she said.

Dry Eyes? Check Your Diet - Yahoo! News

It's a story about how this woman cured dry eyes by eating salmon. No, I'm not kidding. Go read it for yourself if you don't believe me.

But the part I don't get is, how does she figure the 90 to 95 percent? How does she work that out?

Sure, OK, there are mornings when I get out of bed feeling 83 percent really, really creaky, but then after a while I get to feeling more or less normal again. So what is that? Is that zero percent? I mean, that's what I'd figure. Wouldn't you? But what if it's 588 percent better? I mean, I know there's no such thing, but what if it is anyway? See what I mean? So does she feel 95 percent better than that? Or 90 percent, of course. 95 or 90. Or would she just feel 95 percent better than 83 percent creaky? Or 90.

I don't know. I'm confused.

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OK, I'll bite.

"They are focusing on the approximate cause of the accident. We've also been in touch with those looking into criminal action. They, again, are focusing on the cause and possible remedies," Romney said.

362 'Items Of Concern' Found In Tunnels - Yahoo! News

Why not focus on the exact cause?

I mean, it's just a question. Meanwhile Gov. Mitt takes over and right away the tunnel - the Big Dig, I'm talking about here - is even more dangerous. We're up to 362 "items of concern" when this morning we were only worried about 200-odd bolts. This is progress? Shouldn't we try to find a guy who can make it better?

Oh, and if you're thinking they're going to finish working on that bridge out there on the Interstate any time soon, forget it. I'm hearing a giant sucking sound from the direction of Boston, and it's getting louder every day.

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Oh well. This kind of thing would never happen in Iowa.

Soon, that struggle to coax corn from mud will be evident at grocers and farmstands. Much of the region won't see local corn -- favored for its sweet, juicy kernels -- until mid- to late-August. Even then, supplies may be scarce.

Wet weather makes Northeast corn harder to come by - Boston.com

At least I hope it wouldn't. Especially since my fuel oil supplier has gone to a bio mix this year. Which they say is cheaper. But it's still about 40 cents a gallon more than it was last year.

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We don't have much to say about Rhode Island news, but that doesn't mean they don't have any.

NEWPORT -A group of Northern Kentucky Democrats who gathered to talk party politics were given the boot Wednesday night from a Newport Starbucks coffee shop.

The Enquirer - Newport Starbucks boots Dems

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So what has this guy got against bliss anyway?

(Th)ink - Thursday, July 13, 2006

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Easily amused.

"I thought somebody was playing a joke on me," Robinson said. "Once I saw what it was ... it was worth seeing."

Lobsterman pulls up rare half-and-half lobster - Boston.com

Well it's not exactly YouTube, I mean. Of course, it's Maine. I've never been to Maine myself but I figure it's sort of like Minnesota only nowhere. If you see what I mean. Cold, but...well, cold. And with funny boots.

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BOSTON - Gov. Mitt Romney seized control Friday of inspections in the Big Dig highway system where a woman was killed by falling concrete, saying an independent assessment was necessary to restore public trust.

Gov. Romney takes control of Big Dig probe - Yahoo! News

Well, fine with me as long he's willing to cut his vacation short. Mitt's been clearing brush at his summer  home in New Hampshire. What is it with these Rs, always on vacation when something  big happens?

Turns out the count is now 242 places where bolts are separating from the ceiling. Something about epoxy. I guess they just sort of glued the bolts up there instead of, you know, bolting them. I would have used duct tape myself but then I'm no construction genius, am I.

Somewhere else I read both the state and federal highway administrations are refusing to release records of previous inspections, citing "ongoing investigation" - what the hell, the whole damn government's being ongoingly investigated, isn't it? I'm figuring what they're investigating is, how are they gonna talk their way out of this one? Is it too late to blame the whole thing on Hillary?

So if you're planning to fly into Logan any time soon bring water wings. You might have to float yourself across the harbor, or whatever. I don't know.

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I don't know, sounds like an emergency to me.

"Honey, I'm just going to be honest with you, OK? I just thought he was cute. I'm 45 years old and I'd just like to meet him again, but I don't know how to go about doing that without calling 911," she said.

Woman asks 911 to send 'cutie pie' deputy - Yahoo! News

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I guess when you have a camera that big and it happens to be pointed at a portable toilet...

About 30 people showed up Wednesday to see the fuzzy, 28-by-108 foot black-and-white image taken by six photographers from the nonprofit Legacy Project. The photo, taken Saturday, shows the control towers, palm trees and a portable toilet.

Photo in Calif. could be world's largest - Yahoo! News

...you get a picture of the portable toilet. Pretty difficult to pack a camera that big off someplace else. It was built from an abandoned aircraft hanger.

The principles involved in the camera obscura have been known for centuries - some guy named Ibn al-Haitham claimed to have built one in the 10th. Daguerre and Talbot adapted them to photography and the cell phone was born.

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A series of stages?

We are trying to prioritize it. We'll sequence openings so that the traffic will be relieved over time. It is not going to be all done at once. It is going to be done in a series of stages.

Tunnel To Remain Closed Pending Investigation - Yahoo! News

What's that? Sort of like a parade?

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Yikes! This is even worse than keeping bundles of old love letters hidden in the attic!

The project is part of a campaign to promote platinum wedding rings by the Japanese arm of Platinum Guild International, the body which promotes jewelry made of the precious metal.

Vows of love to be stored in space - Yahoo! News


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Yeah, blame the dog. Right.

OGDEN, Utah - A police dog that was left in a pickup with the engine running apparently knocked the vehicle into gear and ran down a woman who was walking to her mailbox.

Dog blamed for hitting woman with truck - Yahoo! News

And, turns out, it really was a police dog. As in police. Left in a police truck while it's police handler went into a  house to respond to a domestic disturbance call. With the motor running. The truck's motor, not the cop's. That is.

Or maybe the gear shift was faulty, say the cops.

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Well, long about January those guys in Minnesota and Maine will be more interested, I bet.

Logistical and bureaucratic snags have delayed the deployment of National Guard troops along the Southwestern border, leaving Arizona with little support so far from other states and putting a crimp in President Bush's security plan.

Bush border plan for Guard hits snag

But in the meantime, the Dubya plan to use the National Guard as a source of cheap labor was a pretty dumb one to begin with. And not really cheap, either - I have no data, but I'd wager the cost to states and to employers of Guard members is considerable. Who comes up with these dopey ideas anyway?

Oh, right.

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Big Spanish Castle

Click on the link. Do as you're told.

Now, wasn't that fun? Usually that kind of thing doesn't work for me - weird eyes, I guess - but this one does. (And if you missed it, go back and look in the caption under the photo - you'll find a link to other versions of the same illusion.)

Thanks to Glenn.

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There'll always be an England.

LONDON (Reuters) - Women going on boozy nights out have been warned by police to "wear nice pants" in case they fall down drunk in the street.

"Wear nice pants" - police tell women drinkers - Yahoo! News

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Yeah, but we have a grilled cheese sandwich, don't we?

ALMATY (Reuters) - A chicken in a Kazakh village has laid an egg with the word "Allah" inscribed on its shell, state media reported Thursday.

Chicken lays mystery Allah egg - Yahoo! News

How far is an egg gonna get them, anyway?

"We'll keep this egg and we don't think it'll go bad," says the guy who found it. But will it sell on e-Bay, is the thing.

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MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. --New Hampshire's Loon Preservation Committee is looking for some volunteers to help look for loons this weekend.

Volunteers prepare for loon count - Boston.com

I don't know, maybe they're just trying to up their terrorisim count, see if they can get more loons than Indiana. But, whatever. It sounds like a very cool way to spend a weekend, sloshing around looking for loons. And mosquitoes. Sounds like, in fact, a pretty looney idea.

Have you ever heard a loon? (Audio from North.)

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Because bringing them to justice doesn't have anything to do with, uh, you know, justice, does it?

WASHINGTON -- Bush administration lawyers today rejected congressional suggestions to try alleged Al Qaeda and Taliban war criminals in the U.S. military justice system, saying military courts provide protections for defendants that are unwarranted in the war on terrorism.

Military Justice Idea Rejected [BY BUSH] for Alleged Terror Defendants | AfterDowningStreet.org

So Sen. Lindsey ("What a Freakin Idiot") Graham figures if the UCMJ is too good for those damn slow-running ter'rist bastards in Gitmo the solution is to change the UCMJ. How's that for supporting the troops?

I gotta tellya, there are mornings when I wake up wishing we had some kind of opposition party in this country. But I guess that's too much to hope for, isn't it.

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Why don't they try "this hurts us more than it hurts you"?

Israelis are also interrupting local radio stations to broadcast a warning in Arabic that “the Israeli Army is going to continue its operation in the Gaza Strip until the captive soldier is released.” The broadcast says: “Israel is interested in your well-being. Is this the welfare that Hamas promised you?”

Israel Expands Offensive, Moving Into Central Gaza - New York Times

Yeah, that one always works.

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So if you still haven't figured out a reason not to like all the data-gathering the Bushies are up to these days...

Yet the defenses around data at most federal agencies have been vulnerable for years and continue to fall below acceptable standards, according to security experts and government auditors. Even in the aftermath of the high-profile incident at the VA, the Government Accountability Office on June 20 repeated warnings that the federal bureaucracy is riddled with "weaknesses in almost all areas of information security controls."

The Raw Story | Many Federal Agencies Fail to Protect Personal Data

...try this.

Sorry to have to mention this so early in the morning, Bunky, but the days of "privacy" are long, long gone. There ain't no more "personal papers" left to be secure in. But what I say is, if they get to know everything there is to know about us why don't we get to know everything there is to know about them? I can not remember a government so intrusive into personal affairs and at the same time so secretive about its own as this one is. And all the while, nattering about democracy.

You can't have a democracy in secret. You don't get government by the people that way, you get government by dopes.

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Sorry, Bunky.

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak reveals in this week's column that he named names in the Valerie Plame leak case. Specifically, Novak named senior White House adviser Karl Rove, and Bill Harlow, who was a spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency at the time. Mr. Novak does not disclose his primary source, saying this official has not come forward publicly.

National Ledger - Robert Novak Named Names

Novak could tell me my hair was on fire and I wouldn't believe him. Novak has zero credibility, as far as I'm concerned.

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A must see from e.

Bush Pilot (with English subtitles) - Google Video

Now it all makes sense.

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WASHINGTON --Two of the main sponsors of a 2002 law that restricts political donations sued the Federal Election Commission this week, challenging new agency regulations that govern when candidates and independent groups can coordinate their political messages.

Two lawmakers challenge FEC regulations - Boston.com

I thought maybe they were gonna say "fuck" on TV.

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Or, I don't know, why not just pass out free trancs at the entrance?

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's entire highway system will be inspected after a deadly tunnel collapse in the city's "Big Dig" project, and another 60 potentially dangerous locations were found in the tunnel.

Boston looks for cause of "Big Dig" collapse - Boston.com

See, there's only one thing wrong here. OK, two. First, it's already been inspected 65 gazillion times. So who's going to do this inspection. Same mopes?

And second, they aren't gonna close the thing and the sure as hell aren't gonna dig a new one, so what are the alternatives here?

Look, this is all about sucking it up, Bunky. Whaddya wanna do, live forever?

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I'll stick with tacks, but thanks anyway.

Forget the phrase, "sharp as a tack." Now, thanks to new University of Alberta research the popular expression might become, "sharp as a single atom tip formed by chemically assisted spatially controlled field evaporation."

The sharpest thing in the whole world | Science Blog

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According to beliefnet.com, Superman is a Methodist, whereas the Thing is Jewish and Batman is either a former Episcopalian or a lapsed Catholic. The blind Daredevil is Catholic, but Elektra, the love of his life, was Greek Orthodox.Cypher from "New Mutants" is Mormon. Green Arrow is Buddhist, Justice is Muslim, Zatanna is Wiccan and Mr. Terrific is an atheist. Whatever you believe, some superhero is in your corner.

The Blog | John Leo: Superman, the New Jesus | The Huffington Post

I want Aeon Flux in my corner. She counts, right? Of course she does. How can she not count? What's the matter with you?

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The pig is a little excessive, isn't it?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia --An indigenous man in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island was fined a buffalo and a pig for breaking a tribal custom by secretly marrying a second wife, a tribal court official said Wednesday.

Man is fined buffalo and pig for bigamy - Boston.com

I don't know. A buffalo sounds about right to me. And maybe a chicken or two. Tops.

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Rape. The latest of American atrocities. Though it's not really the latest- it's just the one that's being publicized the most. The poor girl Abeer was neither the first to be raped by American troops, nor will she be the last. The only reason this rape was brought to light and publicized is that her whole immediate family were killed along with her. Rape is a taboo subject in Iraq. Families don't report rapes here, they avenge them. We've been hearing whisperings about rapes in American-controlled prisons and during sieges of towns like Haditha and Samarra for the last three years. The naiveté of Americans who can't believe their 'heroes' are committing such atrocities is ridiculous. Who ever heard of an occupying army committing rape??? You raped the country, why not the people?

Baghdad Burning

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Does anybody proofread this stuff? At all?

"Was it a tornado?" headline asks.

“It was black and it was whirling about a half a mile east of us,” he said.

recorder.com - Today's Headlines

I don't know, dude. This is Massachusetts. It might have just been a really dizzy witch.

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I'm not really, really sure this is a good idea.

Creator Takamichi Nakamoto says the technology will have applications in food and fragrance industries where companies want to replicate odors. But it could also be a boon for the digital world, allowing smells can be recorded in one place — by sensors in a mobile phone, for instance — and transmitted to appreciative noses halfway around the world.

Japanese gadget records, replicates odor - Yahoo! News

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I can't wait till the film comes out.

Guigli's winning entry read: "Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body said you've had your last burrito for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean."

It was a long and twisting sentence... - Yahoo! News

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Way to go, Seattle!

Burroughs declined to reveal how much Attila has made off with, but she said there's nothing exceptional about this bandit except that she is female and wears no disguise other than sunglasses, and witnesses have described her as immaculately groomed right down to her fingernails, which are said to be nicely manicured.

FBI is on the trail of a bank robber called Attila the Bun Bandit

"The immaculately groomed bank robber carries a makeup bag for her loot," reads the photo caption. And wears a glove on her latte hand so as not to leave fingerprints on the cup.

OK, I just made that last part up. It's cappuccino.

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What is there in Vermont that's so important, anyway?

The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market? - New York Times

Vermont rates dead last on the list, with one.

"It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written," writes Eric Lipton in the Times. No kidding. They could have cut Indiana's total by 8,590 by just designating the whole state. Or - who would want to bomb Gary? - maybe not even that.

“Seems like someone has gone overboard,” said Larry Buss, who helps organize the Apple and Pork Festival in Clinton, Ill. “Their time could be spent better doing other things, like providing security for the country.”

Ya think? Well, not everybody does.

“We don’t find it embarrassing,” said the department [of "homeland security"]’s deputy press secretary, Jarrod Agen. “The list is a valuable tool.”

Way to go, Jerrod. You're doing a heckuva job.

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Fidgeting! All right!

The simple activities of daily life, such as washing dishes, walking to the car, even fidgeting, may help older people live longer, according to a study published today that is the first to measure the energy used for these tasks and its effect on longevity.

Active seniors live longer, study finds - The Boston Globe

That is so freakin cool! No more washing dishes for me, dude.

This study goes on to say...

Senior citizens who were most active, regardless of whether they exercised, were nearly 70 percent less likely to die during the six-year study period than those who were most sedentary, the study found.

Meanwhile, people who were not active at all for six years were already.... Oh, never mind. That's a little too close to home.

Anyway, now I'm left with this problem. I mean, I know there's a big market for longer living stuff these days, baby boomers and all, but does it have to get so complicated?

Does taking fish oil pills count as fidgeting?

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DEAS will use CAP for FEMAspam, APTS CEO tells FCC. NITWIT.

Only the president can order a national emergency alert. The system was initially designed to warn Americans of a nuclear attack, but President Bush last month ordered Homeland Security to extend the alert "for situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster or other hazards to public safety and well-being."

Agency works on emergency alert system - Boston.com

Like, for example, "wardrobe malfunctions," I suppose.

Oh, and by the way, in case you were wondering, WETA will downlink but PBS will link up. You can read all the acronymic details in a press release dated April not 1 but 13, located here.

"Nitwit" is a really, really excellent word, isn't it? Don't hear it much anymore. But it seems a shame to waste. And I've been playing around with the idea of using tags on posts - you know, like the real bloggers do (and what, by the way, Boston Globe, is a "regular American," pray tell. I assume they're different from irregular Americans, but how?) - and - where the hell was I, anyway? - oh, right - tags, but I've never been any good at that sort of thing, getting organized and categorizing things and all that. In fact, I suck. So Prudence suggests I do the tag thing sort of gradually, like one at a time.

To wit.

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And it'll probably rain again, too. Why not?

Damn. You know it's going to be a bad day when you forget to put the coffee in the coffee maker and then you go back into the kitchen all set for that nice first cup of coffee and all you have is a pot of hot water, don't you? And then - this is the really bad part - you dump the whole pot of hot water out before you remember you have an emergency stash of instant tucked into the cupboard below the counter and you could have at least had a cup of that for, you know, emergency purposes.

What's the opposite of w00t, I wonder. W99t?

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Delicately put.

Milena Del Valle, 38, was killed instantly after a three-tonne chunk of cement flattened the car she was traveling in to Boston's Logan International Airport. Her 46-year-old husband Angel managed to crawl through a window.

Boston "Big Dig" collapse raises safety worries - Yahoo! News

Safety worries, indeed.

The chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, one Matt Amorello, promises a "probe." The Governor, one Mitt Romney, suggests Matt would make an excellent probee. No one explains why guys named Matt and Mitt should be in charge of anything. The contractor, not named Matt or Mitt, expresses confidence in the quality of his work but is checking 17 similar tunnel sections anyway, just to be sure, you understand, not that there's anything to worry about. not that you should hesitate, Bunky, to get down in the tunnel and drive around, what the hell, you only live once. Not that we are saying you'll get as far as Logan while you do.

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How you know the Rs have taken over everything.

During World War II, American GIs pinned up photos of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, but June Allyson was the girl they wanted to come home to. Petite and blonde with fresh-faced optimism, she had the image of an ideal sweetheart and wife.

CNN.com - Actress and spokeswoman June Allyson dies - Jul 10, 2006

Come on, CNN, give us a break. Who writes this stuff, anyway?

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Great moments in science.

But don't try this at home, he warned. "Absolutely don't."

CNN.com - Mystic mushrooms spawn magic event - Jul 11, 2006

Subjects report experience was like spiritual, man. Who woulda thunk?

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In Vietnam, a breakthrough technology.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- More than 20 desperate students in Vietnam paid up to 50 million dong ($3,125) to don elaborately wired wigs and shirts that allowed them to cheat on their college entrance exams, police said Monday.

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Wired wigs? Cool! I wonder how I'd look with hair.

Come to think of it, maybe I'll get one of those sticking-straight-up wigs like that guy Einstein had. Seems it drove the ladies craZy. Have you read that?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Albert Einstein had half a dozen girlfriends and told his wife they showered him with "unwanted" affection, according to letters released on Monday that shed light on his extra-marital affairs.


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The burritos at the end of the tunnel.

A little budget cut in News.

So I'm on my way to the library and there's a news van parked across from the courthouse. Some CBS outlet - Springfield, probably. If we had a news outlet here they could have done a story on it. A news van! Here!

Anyway, I'm not in the library long. Forgot my card. And when I come out, here's this newsbabe talking to herself. Well, I mean, by herself. First she'd look through the camera viewfinder and then she'd run around in front of the camera and start talking. And then she'd run back around and look in the viewfinder again. I would have volunteered to help her. But I forgot that card too.

I bet Katie doesn't work that hard.


What a dumb time to go to the Post Office, huh? I mean, going to the Post Office was really the only thing I really had to get done today, so I did it during lunch hour. They had two people working and maybe 5,382 people waiting in line. Or maybe eight. Or nine. Including me.

And lemme tellya, Bunky, the Post Office is getting to be as bad as McDonald's. Too many choices. People confused by the options. Lengthy deliberations. This and that. There was a woman who couldn't decide what kind of stamps to buy. And another who got so confused by the shipping options she just picked up her package and took it back home. And another woman....

Wait a minute. Why don't they have one line just for guys? You know. Regular stamps, regular mail. You want anything else, go get in line with the girls.

Is there a suggestion box around here somewhere?

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And you thought Dubya invented it.

On July 10, 1706, Sherwood's thumbs were tied to her toes and she was dropped into a river. She floated, proof that she was guilty because the pure water cast out her evil spirit, according to the belief system of the time.

Woman accused of witchcraft in 1706 cleared - Boston.com

And not only was she a witch, she got her own web site. But that was presumably not until she got out of jail, in about 1714.

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It's Texas. You were expecting it to make sense?

AUSTIN --Carole Keeton Strayhorn won't get to be called "Grandma" on the November ballot, but fellow independent candidate for governor Kinky Friedman will get to use his nickame, the state's elections chief ruled Monday.

No 'Grandma' on Texas ballot, state rules - Boston.com

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Bad luck: Flag too small for Guiness to see.

The image of the flag -- complete with all 50 stars and 13 stripes -- is 7 microns tall, compared to the 100-micron width of a human hair.

CNN.com - Oh, say, can you see ... this very, very small flag? - Jul 4, 2006

So, no record yet. Have to work on that. But in the meantime maybe there are other possiblilities. I mean, if you got one of these little suckers put on your fingernail, why, whenever you flipped somebody the bird he'd have to stand up and salute. Wouldn't he? That'd be cool.


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Makes sense when you think about it.


SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian woman nicknamed the "Catch Me If You Can Thief" appeared in court Friday charged with 34 counts of fraud after she was arrested with more than 100 fake identities and wigs.

Police nab "Catch Me If You Can?" - Yahoo! News

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Wait till the school board hears about this.

All of the models showing the conservatively cut clothes that included designer burqas....

Afghanistan gets first fashion show in decades | Reuters.com

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Personal records for every Navy and Marine Corps aviator or aircrew member who has logged flight hours in the past 20 years have been posted on a public Navy Web site for the past six months, compromising more than 100,000 Social Security numbers, the Navy Safety Center announced yesterday.

Personal Data Were Posted on Navy Web Site

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