April 30, 2004

If You Haven't Read It Yet

Read it now.

Everyone has already linked to Matt's post "Taking Chance Home" but if you somehow missed it, you need to go read the whole thing. You'll need a little bit of time and tissue, but it is well worth it.

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April 21, 2004

I'll Give You a Topic...

If you were executed, what would be your last words?


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Quotes for This Day

"I found my inner-bitch and ran with her."

-Courtney Love

"A bitch is more memorable than a sweet housewife."

-Bette Davis

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Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Warren Harding's inauguration:

1. It was the first time automobiles rather than horse-drawn carriages were used to transport the presidential party.

2. It was also the first time an amplifier was used during the Inaugural Ceremony...people could actually hear the new president's inaugural address outdoors!

3. Like Helen Taft had done in 1909, Florence Harding rode back with her husband after he took the Oath of Office. This became standard practice.

4. Harding, like his predecessor, opted not to have an inaugural ball.

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April 20, 2004

I'll Give You a Topic

If you had a third eye, where would you put it?


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Quote for this day

For the ladies.

"Don't put an absurdly high value on him. Think of the millions of other girls doing without him, yet able to bear it!"

-Orfea Sybil

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April 19, 2004

You Asked Again, Bill Answers Again

Bill has answered your questions.

No preview necessary. Just click it!

1. Do you have problems with reading comprehension?

Why do you ask? But to answer your question, no. I'm a big fan of the
reading genre and do my best to comprehend "words". I do, however, have a
problem with listening comprehension, mainly because I hate people and
consequently never pay attention to anything they say.

2. Why do you have a bunch of French words all over your fridge?

Because Alice was a French teacher and she thought it'd be "fun" to put a
bunch of incomprehensible words on the fridge in the language of a foreign,
smelly, cowardly people, much to my chagrin. I protested to no avail. You
know how women are.

3. How did you get started as a drummer?

My sister played and she was better than most guy players. None of the guy
drummers liked here because she was better than them. But you didn't ask
about my sister did you. A few of my friends decided to start a band. None
of us knew how to play an instrument though. Since my sister was a drummer
and I could use some of her gear, I decided to be the drummer. You can't
imagine the pure, unadulterated suckfest when four 14 year old idiots who
can't play their instruments get their hands on amplifiers and drums. The
neighbors hated us more than the drug dealers.

4. Who's your favorite Drummer of all time? Do you look to him/her as a
role model?

Phil Rudd from AC/DC. Oho!!! Just kidding. I love Keith Moon and Neil
Peart but I'd have to say Stewart Copeland. The guy's amazing and was very
innovative for his time. I never looked to musicians as role models. Most
of them are pretentious, self-medicated blowhards who think they're
oh-so-important. They're not.

5. What is the kinkiest thing you've ever done with a drumstick?

What's with all the friggin' drum questions? Well, I never really thought
of a drumstick as a sex toy but I think I once played half of "Canary in a
Coalmine" on a former girlfriend's bare ass. She didn't really care for it.

6. Describe your first date with Alice.

It wasn't a formal date really. She came over to my apartment to hang out -
we'd been hanging out for a while - and she was sitting at my computer and I
just kissed her. And no, I didn't sleep with her that night. That would
come about a month later. She's gonna kill me for this but once when we
first started dating, she came out of my bathroom topless with "Cum and get
me" written in cake icing across her boobs. I love you, sweetie! Please
put the butcher knife down.

7. Do you ever actually read Wind Rider's posts?

Yes but I barely understand them. And this has nothing to do with my
reading comprehension. Wind Rider is very intelligent and a great blogger
at Silent Running but something happens to him when he blogs at my site. He
suddenly becomes retarded. It's like the feeble-minded atmosphere of
Bloviating Inanities overcomes him and he instantly becomes a half-wit. I'm
very proud that I can bring him down to my level.

8. First Rachel Lucas; now Michele. What are you doing to drive the women

That's a funny story. Well, funny in a sad way. Right before both Racel
and Michele quit, they sent me long, rambling e-mails basically saying that
the more they read me and realized how good I blogged, it made them both
realize how inferior they were. I tried to console them as best I could and
tell them that, yes, they were both inferior to me in both style and
substance but they shouldn't just quit. They did have some talent. Not
much but some, and I offered my services in proper blogging technique.
Alas, they turned me down. It's sad but understandable.

9. How did you propose to Alice?

Well, don't quote me here but I believe it was along the lines of, "Alice,
will you marry me?". Actually, I asked her to marry me about five hundred
times. She never actually said no to me unless you consider, "Piss off, you
loser", a "no". And here's how lucky I am and how cool Alice is - I didn't
even have to get her a ring. I just took her to a tatoo parlor and we got
tattoes of each others initials with a weird design. That was our
"engagement rings". We agreed that if we ever split up we'd just tell
people that the tatoo was the symbol of a cult we'd belonged to when we were

10. Any tips for other guys on how to land a hot chic?

It's really pretty simple. Hang around high schools. Teenage chicks are
very naive. Alice was only 17 and I was 27 when we met. She thought I was
the greatest thing since sliced bread. Imagine that! Lucky for me she was
turning 18 in a month so statuatory rape wasn't even an issue.

11. Who's your favorite heckler? I mean, commenting reader?

That's a tough one. Probably Wind Rider. There probably isn't an insult
he hasn't thrown my way. Jennifer's pretty bad, er, good too. But her
comments consist entirely of "You suck". Also Paul's always has something
funny to say. But naturally, I love all my commenters equally.

12. You seem to have a pretty ideal life. How could it improve?

It is pretty ideal, isn't it. Thanks for noticing. I guess if I could be
paid to blog that would be nice. Anyone want to sponsor me? Maybe I could
get a NEA grant. Of course I'm going to have a tough time proving to them
that what I do is art but hell, if you can throw a Crucifix in a jar of
urine, you can call my blog art. Also, I wouldn't mind a bigger dick.

13. Where did you go to college?

Montclair State University in scenic Upper Montclair, NJ. I had a 3.5 GPA
and majored in history and education. At some point I decided I hated
children and nixed the whole education thing. I think that point came when
they told me in some class that I couldn't "beat the children".

14. Which drugs did you experiment with?

Pot, coke, ups, downs, mescaline salad, a little acid. I don't do drugs
anymore and neither should you, boys and girls! Drugs make your brain turn
into eggs and the next thing you know, you're almost 40 with a half-assed
weblog telling fart jokes to morons. Take it from one who knows, boys and

15. What is Alice's favorite flower? (Don't ask her--that's cheating.)

The Ficus Hydrangelator.

16. In 50 words or less, describe the Teapot Dome Scandal from memory.

I have a feeling this is a Paul question. History isn't really my forte
even though I majored in it but I'll give it a shot. The teapot dome
scandal was very comlicated as scandals go but suffice it to say that the
scandal happened when Herbert Hoover and Warren "Gee" Harding led the
revolutionaries in a revolt against the English when the English imposed a
confiscatory oil tax on teapots. This caused the revolutionaries to dress
up as indians one night and throw their teapots into the Boston harbor. The
scandal came about when all the teapots in the harbor clogged up the
shipping lanes, thereby cutting off the supply of baked beans into Boston.
Since that's all Bostonians ate back then, many starved to death while
President Harding stood idly by, never once even offering to send Air Force
One into replenish their bean supply. Harding was eventually impeached over
the Teapot Dome Scandal.

17. Quick: what state does Susie live in?

Idaho? Wisconsin? North Dakota? It's somewhere around there.

18. What is the single worst thing you've ever done to another person?

Kicked someone when they were down. Literally. Me and a few friends beat
the crap out of this kid and then kicked him when he was down. I feel
really bad about that now. Except he was a drug dealer so it's okay to kick
them when they are down.

19. What is the single worst thing anyone has ever done to you?

Man, this is getting depressing. I was raped as a child. Just kidding.
Oho!!! Once my mother and father went out and said they'd leave me a key
and when I got home, there was no key. So I had to break into the house.
In the kitchen there was the key on the table with a nice note from my Mom.
You can see where I got my stupid from. I'm sure there are a lot of other
terrible stuff that people did to me but I suppressed it all. There's a
festering ball of pain and agony deep within my soul that I completely
ignore. That's why I'm so psychologically well-adjusted.

20. When did you realize Jennifer redecorated your site and not Wind Rider?

Really? She did that? I had no idea. I have a very short attention span
and don't like to pay much attention to stuff. But I have to tell you, I
always thought Jennifer was a dullard and didn't have a creative bone in her
body and now I realize that I'm wrong and I apologize to Jen for so severely
underestimating her creativity, imagination and intelligence. Not to
mention her ability to make and keep friends, her sense of humor, her
charater and her ability to have children. I'm sorry, Jen, and I hope you
can forgive me. Hugs and kisses and thanks for giving me the opportunity to
answer a lot of really stupid questions.

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Never Forget

Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day.

U.S. Holocaust Museum

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Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Woodrow Wilson's inaugurations:

1. Wilson's journey to Washington, D.C. from Princeton, New Jersey was the last time a president-elect's journey played a large part in the inaugural festivities. Over 600 Princeton students accompanied the Wilsons on the train to D.C., singing the school fight song and later participating in the inaugural parade.

2. Wilson's wife was seated in front of the inaugural stand, and she could not see her husband as he prepared to take the Oath. Mrs. Wilson proceeded to move her chair to the side of the stand, where she stood on the chair and peered over the stand to see her husband take the Oath of Office and deliver his inaugural address.

3. When Wilson stepped up to deliver his address, he noticed the police has moved the crowd away from the stand for security purposes. He instructed them to "Let the people come forward!"

4. For the parade, only one band was allowed to play "Hail to the Chief" before the President. Previous parades had every band subjecting the new president to the same song over and over, and parade organizers decided to put an end to it.

5. Wilson's second inauguration occured with the country on the brink of war. Security was the tightest it had been since Lincoln took office.

6. For his second inauguration, Wilson's wife broke with tradition and rode to the Capitol with her husband.

7. For the first time, many women marched in the inaugural parade.

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The Week in History

April 19
* 1775-The Battle of Lexington and Concord began the American Revolution.
* 1943-Warsaw Ghetto Revolt.
* 1995-Oklahoma City bombing.

April 20
* 1889-Adolf Hitler was born.
* 1999-Columbine High School massacre.

April 21
* 1836-Day to commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas won independence from Mexico.
* 1926-Queen Elizabeth II was born.

April 22
* 1864-By an act of Congress, "In God We Trust" was stamped on all U.S. coins.
* 1870-Nikolai Lenin was born.
* 1936-Jack Nicholson was born.

April 23
* 1564-William Shakespeare was born.
* 1616-William Shakespeare died.
* 1635-The oldest public school in the United States opened--the Boston Latin School.
* 1791-Future president James Buchanan was born.

April 24
* 1800-The Library of Congress was created.
* 1942-Barbra Streisand was born.

April 25
* 1901-New York became the first state to require automobile license plates.
* 1990-The Hubble Telescope was deployed.

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April 18, 2004

The Regulars Are Out!

Today is the anniversary of the ride of Paul Revere. All American schoolchildren learn that Revere rode through the streets of Lexington and Concord shouting "The British are coming!" to warn of the imminent attack of redcoats.

What doesn't always get mentioned in the classroom is the fact Paul Revere was accompanied by William Dawes in Lexington. The two were joined around midnight by Dr. Samuel Prescott and set off for Concord. Spotted by British patrol, Revere was detained while Dawes and Prescott escaped. Dawes was thrown from his horse and walked back to Lexington. Prescott leapt a fence with his horse and went on to warn Concord.

Paul Revere was released by the British, who kept his horse. He returned to Lexington on foot. Prescott is the one who actually got the warning out that saved the ammunition and weapons that would be used the next day at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

And by the way, they didn't run about yelling "The British are coming!" either. The title of this post is what was really said.

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April 17, 2004

The Role of the President

The President of the United States is like the CEO of a giant, bloated conglomerate. The President can't do a whole lot on his own. He has a million employees, and out of necessity he must depend on his employees to do the bulk of the work.

The President makes the tough executive decisions based on the information his employees provide. Sometimes the information is flawed. Sometimes it is incomplete. The President has to use his own judgment.

George W. Bush makes decisions like these. Bill Clinton made decisions like these. George H. W. Bush made decisions like these, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, etc. etc. etc. all made these decisions.

They all made the best decisions they could based on the information they had. That's what we hire them to do for four years at a time. When their time is up we can decide if we liked their decisions or if we'd rather try something else.

President Bush did not fly an airplane into the World Trade Center. Former President Clinton did not fly an airplane into the Pentagon. Both of them are human beings who made decisions based on intelligence, history, and their gut reactions.

How many of you would have believed on September 10th that it would be possible for FOUR commercial airplanes to be hijacked on AMERICAN soil at the same time and subsequently used as weapons? How many times had that happened before? What would you have done differently? Would you have been the one to step up security at airports to unprecedented levels based on the rumor of a possibility that a plane might be hijacked? How would Americans have reacted to that?

Luckily, we don't have to make those decisions. We hire someone to do it for us. All we have to decide is which CEO we want.

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April 16, 2004

*President Bush, I Forgive You

For making traffic a hassle yesterday.

He met the 186th, who just got back from a year in Iraq.

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Quote for Friday

"We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect." -Winston Churchill
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April 15, 2004

*Lunch Hour Traffic Jam

Air Force One just flew over. The President is in town for some rural economic conference that won't be open to the public. It's nice that he comes to visit us, but it makes traffic a pain in the ass.

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Quote for Thursday

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -Abraham Lincoln
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April 14, 2004

*Where's My Kleenex?

My nose got itchy just reading this.

Maybe Arizona wouldn't be so bad after all.

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So Blue

Wearing my blue outfit while driving my blue car, I had my blue purse next to me. In it was my blue cell phone. The cd player was playing Blu Cantrell.

Might be time to change the colors around here.

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Quote for Wednesday

"Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party." -Winston Churchill
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April 13, 2004

Quote for Tuesday

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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April 12, 2004

This Week in History

April 12
*1861: Fort Sumter was the site of the beginning of the Civil War.
*1947: David Letterman was born.
*1955: It was announced that Jonas E. Salk had developed a polio vaccine.
*1961: Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, orbiting Earth in Vostok I.
*1981: The space shuttle Columbia took her maiden flight with John Young and Robert Crippen on board. It was America's first manned flight since 1976.

April 13
*1743: Thomas Jefferson was born.

April 14
*1828: Noah Webster published the first American English dictionary.
*1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot. He died the next day.

April 15
*1912: Titanic sunk at 2:27 a.m. (Aside--while watching the movie in the theater, a girl friend of mine leaned over during the part when Jack was frozen and Rose had to pry his hand off hers to let him go. The friend whispered, "He's Jack Frost." Now I laugh inappropriately every time I see that scene.)

April 16
*1862: Slavery was abolished in D.C. and Congress appropriated $1,000,000 to compensate slave owners for their loss. They also set aside $100,000 to pay travel expenses for former slaves who wanted to relocate to Haiti, Liberia, or elsewhere.
*1889: Charlie Chaplin was born.

April 17
*1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion.

April 18
*1775: Paul Revere took a ride.
*1906: Nearly 4,000 people died in the San Francisco earthquake.
*1923: Yankee Stadium opened.

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Quote for Monday

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill
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April 08, 2004

Go Get Her

Love is friendship set on fire.

-Jeremy Taylor

Have a safe trip, Pete.

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*That Pink Little Whore

A little over 45 years ago, Mattel's Ruth Handler wanted to develop an alternative to baby dolls. She had a young daughter named Barbara who liked to play with teenaged paper dolls.

While in Switzerland, Ruth came across a beautiful blond doll named Lilli. She brought Lilli back home and modeled her new doll after her.

Now what most people don't realize is that Lilli was an adult doll for adults. Specifically--she was for men. She was based on a character from a German comic strip.

The character was a hooker.

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Quote of the Day

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -John F. Kennedy
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April 07, 2004

Jew Watch

Google bombs are working...Jew is number two now.

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Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from William Taft's inaugurations.

Incidentally, WHT was not a Jew. (That comment is explained here.)

1. Taft's first inauguration was the first since 1833 to be held indoors. The weather was so bad that outgoing President Roosevelt suggested the move. Not until Senator Henry Cabot Lodge pointed out that Chief Justice Fuller was old and frail did Taft agree to move things inside.

2. At the end of the Oath of Office, the not particularly religious Taft kissed the Bible and yelled out, "So help me God!"

3. Roosevelt broke with tradition and declined to ride back to the White House with the new president. Instead, he joyously rushed off to Union Station to meet his wife and leave D.C.

4. This opened up a spot in the presidential carriage, and for the first time the First Lady accompanied the President back to the White House.

5. Helen Taft was also the first to donate her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian, which has a collection of First Ladies' gowns.

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Presidential Fun Fact of Yesterday

It occurred to me last night that I forgot to type up my Presidential Fun Fact of the Day. So because I'm lazy I'll just throw it up later today as Today's fact. (Assuming I don't forget again.)

To make up for yesterday's lack, here's a little bonus tidbit:

Skippy, Abraham Lincoln's dog, was one of the first dogs ever to have its picture taken. In 1861 when Lincoln had to leave for D.C., he was told his beloved dog was unlikely to survive the long trip. Lincoln had Skippy's photograph taken so he could keep a reminder of his pet.

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*Quote of the Day

"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute--and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." -Albert Einstein
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April 06, 2004

You Asked, Mookie Answers

Mookie has answered your questions!

(Although not all of them--the original e-mails got "lost" and I had to reconstruct it from memory. Sorry.)

Click it and learn all about mookies, wookies, and her dad.

What is a Mookie?

A Mookie is a highly intelegent being from the Pluto. They are humanoid in form but have advanced brains that far surpass a normal humans intelegence. A Mookie is Me! Thats about the best explenation I can give you. But I have found this site that says a Mookie is a type of cookie/muffin/thingie-I haven't tried them, but I hope to one day.

How closely are mookies related to wookies?

Well a Wookie is a dog treat and Mookies are human treats, so I guess they are related-ish. But If your just talking about Me being Mookie, then a Wookie is my best friend-Paul.

Who started blogging first--you or your father?

Me. Dad is such a copy-cat. I so had it first. And I can prove it! I started on July 1st and dad didn't start till the 3rd. Thats because I'm cooler then him.

Do all your friends know about your blog?

Some. Not all. I don't want everyone to know because I've said some stuff I probably shouldn't have. *Sighs*

Do you censor yourself a lot, knowing your dad reads your blog?

Yes. A lot! Its not that I have a problem with my language. I mean I don't need or using the F word or S*** a lot. I don't need to, the worst I use for the most part is Crappa, Damn, or Screw (mom considers Screw a bad word *rolls eyes*) But obviously if my dad is reading, I'm not going to go on some huge rant about how much parents suck and how they just did such and such and blah blah blah. Thats just too stupid-even for me. Also I don't blog everything that I do at school. I want to, and sometimes I get so far as actually writing the post. But sometimes this little thing I have living in my head called a Consious actually works and speaks up. Normally it says something along the lines of "HEY SHMUCK! ARE YOU TRYING TO GET GROUNDED! BECAUSE AT THE RATE YOUR GOING THATS GOING TO BE WHAT HAPPENS! POST THAT AND YOU'LL BE THE STUPIDIST PERSON ALIVE" So yeah. In short. I censor myself.

If you had to spend the rest of your life in a Montana cabin with one Munuvian you are not related to, who would it be and why?

Leeanne. She knows how to make cotten candy *giggles*

Being so busy, you don't get to blog every day. Do you READ any blogs every day?

Dad's. I'm afraid of waht he says about me. I also try to read the Munuvian blogs everyday, or at least visit them to give them hits. And normally even if i don't have time, i try to read Backstage because... Yeah. Its drama realated and awesome! Lol. So yeah pretty much the MuNu's and if I get around to it my "Good But Not MuNu" catagory.

Are you secretly dating Frank J?

Nah. Too many issues between us. For example I love primates. And he said that just wasn't kosher. *Tear* But I've gotten over him. Now if he's over me I don't know. I would understand why he would have issues getting over me- I mean I'm so awesome and all! *Giggles at joke "hehe. me awesome!" Laughs louder*

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a Techie. But not one thats dirt poor.

Do you think your poodle is manly?

Overly. He's actually gay. And i have nothing against gay people, but I've noticed two trends in gay guys. The femine type, and the overly macho type. my Poodle is of the second variety. He would attack a rotwilder (get eaten too-but thats not the point).

Has your school (district) changed since 9/11?

They banned pencils because they are potential weapons. *Giggles* Not really. I know we got extra security guards and aparently (i was in 8th grade on 9/11-middle school) the HighSchool banned the carry of book bags. That band has since been lifted (thank goodness). Oh and we had a few "Attack" Drills and the elementry school on the other side of the woods at my house ran its air raid sirens for and hour and a half once a month for a couple months.

What's the most embarassing thing you know your dad has done?

He was running across a parking lot in the rain and he jumped a puddle. As he jumped his pants fell down in front of a bunch of people. Hehe

Spiders. What's up?

I hate them. With a passion. Did you ever hear my Gym class spider story? You might have but I'll tell you again.

Who's your favorite singer/band?

Eve6 is good. But I also like Frank Zappa. Especialy the song Suicide Chump. And then theres the generic Linkin Park. And SugarCult. But I'd have to say my favorite is the Bare Naked Ladies. I got all 8 CDs and a DVD.

What's the best movie you've ever seen?

Oh so many to choose from! Actually not because I'm a "Deprived Child". I liked the 3rd LOTR but I never saw the first two so that one doesn't count. And I'm a fan of Shrek. I mean you jsut can't beat Shrek with the whole talking donkey thing going on. And then theres the chick flick Alex and Emma, or 10Things I hate About You. So many. Wow. Its an amazing talent of mine. I can take any simple question and make it complicated. I blame IB.

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

Army of Darkness-though I will admit it was so bad, it was good.

Does your dad do all the rocket-building, or do you get to help?

I used to help, but then I got wrapped up like a present with drama and didn't have the time or energy anymore. So dad builds them and I just get to name one every now and then.

What's the coolest thing you've ever done with your friends?

um... um... um... I dunno. All my friends-and me included-are lame. I love them to death, but its true. We're lame.

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Quote of the Day

Only one today:

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." -Vince Lombardi
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April 05, 2004

600 Years

That is one estimate of how long it will be until the area around Chernobyl will be safe for humans again. Take a ride through the "dead zone", with Elena . A photo essay showing the abandoned area around Chernobyl reactor site. It’s coming up on the 18th anniversary of that tragic day and the aftermath that claimed upwards 300000 lives and consigned many more to a life time of sickness and disease.

Thanks to Armed Liberal at Winds of Change.

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*Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Theodore Roosevelt's inaugurations.

Incidentally, TR was not a Jew. (That comment is explained here.)

1. Roosevelt ascended to the presidency in 1901 when McKinley was assassinated. TR was hiking in the Adirondack Mountains with his family at the time, and he was rushed to Buffalo to take the Oath of Office.

2. Roosevelt elected in 1904, and was ecstatic. The day before the inauguration he proclaimed, "Tomorrow I shall come into office in my own right. Then watch out for me!"

3. Among the souvenirs for his 1905 inauguration, there were little brown bears that danced when wound up.

4. His parade featured cowboys, Rough Riders, and six prominent Native Americans--including Apache warrior Geronimo. Roosevelt watched the entire parade with great enthusiasm, interacting with the participants.

5. The president's daughter, Alice, had her own suggestion for participants in the parade. She suggested that her father's campaign opponent could march along the parade route in chains, accompanied by other powerful Democrats.

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*Candy Dish Observations, Part IV

As you will recall because this is a fascinating subject, last week I pitted full-size Cadbury Caramel and Cream Eggs against one another.

As I had suspected, the full-size eggs were slow movers. Several people were excited when they saw them, but then declined to take one. "They're too much" was the general consensus.

However, of the 16 eggs (8 caramel, 8 cream), 13 did manage to disappear by Friday. What was left? Two cream, and one caramel.

Therefore, I declare caramel the winner.

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*Quotes of the Day

"After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations." -Henry Louis Mencken, on Shakespeare
"The music of his own vain tongue doth ravish him like enchanting harmony." -William Shakespeare
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April 02, 2004

*Quotes of the Day

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put make-up on two faces." -Maureen Murphy
"You unlettered small-knowing soul." -William Shakespeare
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