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Month: November 2006

Citizenship

Citizenship

The Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency released a new set of 144 questions of which a person applying for U.S. citizenship must answer six of ten questions correctly to pass the test. The New York Times reports that Emilio Gonzales, the Director of the agency said: “When you raise your hand and swear your allegiance to the United States, you really ought to know what you are swearing allegiance to.  You ought to internalize by that time, the very values that make…

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Happy Meth Day

Happy Meth Day

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America: …I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 30, 2006, as National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities. A little advance notice would have been appreciated. He just issued the…

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Civil War?

Civil War?

Most people who watch the news or read the reports of what’s going on in Iraq are pretty sure that the conflict there has become a civil war even if they aren’t really sure how to define “civil war.” The New York Times ran a piece on Sunday that includes definitions by people who specialize in the study of civil wars: The common scholarly definition has two main criteria. The first says that the warring groups must be from the…

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Tom Waits Media Extravaganza

Tom Waits Media Extravaganza

Tom Waits a 3-disc album titled Orphans – Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards.  I’ve been listening to it every day since it came out, and I must say it’s an incredibly great collection of songs.  The “Brawlers” disc is made up primarily of noisy, stomping rock songs, the “Bawlers” disc holds the quieter ballads, and the “Bastards” disc is a mish mash new stuff, songs he’s done in the past including his rendition of “Heigh Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…

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Seattle is f’n cold

Seattle is f’n cold

Our weather is driving our homeless into the warmth of the library. Apparently this is not ideal for some people. But without adequate facilities for the care of the homeless, indigent, and mentally ill, how do we solve this problem? Put them to work! They could work in a factory producing food for themselves and others! And those too ill to work, well…they can be the main ingredient!

Screw hybrids, I wanna go electric

Screw hybrids, I wanna go electric

The Tesla Roadster: 100% electric 0-60 in 4 seconds 135 mpg equivalent 250 miles per charge about 1 cent per mile Check out the Tesla Roadster website and get your order in for a 2008 model. Martin Eberhard, the Tesla’s inventor, explains to Slate why the Tesla Roadster is different from previous electric cars: Eberhard says traditional carmakers have failed with electrics for two reasons. First, they market them as “penalty boxes” for environmental do-gooders and gas-mileage-obsessed penny-pinchers. Second, they…

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Even Zombies have Rights

Even Zombies have Rights

Back in July 2006 I posted regarding a news story of a group of zombies being arrested for possession of “simulated weapons of mass destruction.” The police in Minneapolis were really at the top of their game on this one.  Who knows what could have happened had the zombie dance party been allowed to continue.  By the time of the arrests, their numbers had grown to nearly 8.  Not nearly a mob, but definitely more that a few, almost enough…

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Jimi

Jimi

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar. — Jimi Hendrix Born November 27, 1942

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for? Me? I am most thankful that my dog Lucy made it back home from her wild adventure yesterday. Yesterday, Seattle was surprised by a midafternoon thunderstorm. Lucy hates thunder and lightning even more than than taking a bath. I only heard a couple of thunder claps and was comfortable knowing that Lucy was safe at home, probably sleeping on my bed. Upon arriving home I discovered that she was not in the house.  At first…

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How to explain Thanksgiving to kids, adults, and the rest

How to explain Thanksgiving to kids, adults, and the rest

A a harvest festival celebration of hard work and determination. The settlers invited their Native American friends to join in the feast. The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days…

For adults: Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful of all the things that we have in our lives. The tradition of murder continues.