Saturday, December 31, 2005


Words adapated from a traditional song by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

You may be wondering what this Scottish gibberish means:

auld lang syne - times gone by
be - pay for
braes - hills
braid - broad
burn - stream
dine - dinner time
fiere - friend
fit - foot
gowans - daisies
guid-willie waught - goodwill drink
monie - many
morning sun - noon
paidl't - paddled
pint-stowp - pint tankard
pou'd - pulled
twa - two


You can see an Auld Lang Syne karaoke here.

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Road rage Cards

How funny is this? 


My New Year's resolution was to be less aggressive on the highways;

Now I may have to rethink that... 



Road Rage flip cards

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Most outrageous statements of 2005

Most outrageous statements of 2005

Here are the most outrageous statements Media Matters for America has documented this year. From attacks on women, Muslims, and African-Americans to a call for the assassination of a foreign leader to an open invitation for Al Qaeda to "blow up" San Francisco to a claim that gay marriage would lead to unions between "a man and his donkey," these statements acutely represent the extreme conservative speech we found in the news media in 2005. (We tried to limit the comments to a Top 10 list, but it was simply impossible.)

  • Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett:      "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime      rate would go down." [Salem Radio      Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America,      9/28/05]
  • Pat Robertson: "If [Venezuelan      President Hugo Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think      that we really ought to go ahead and do it." [Christian Broadcasting      Network's The 700 Club,      8/22/05]
  • Bill O'Reilly to San        Francisco: "[I]f Al      Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about      it. ... You want to blow up the Coit       Tower? Go      ahead." [Westwood One's The      Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 12/8/05]
  • Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are      "biological weapon[s]":      "I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that      more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon      the 11 million illegals who are here." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly,      4/15/05]
  • Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established      so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of      society." [The Rush Limbaugh Show,      8/12/05]
  • Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq:      "I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this."      [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
  • Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton "was a very      good rapist"; "I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about,      oh, civilian casualties";      "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the      rest of the world a warning." [New York Observer, 1/10/05]
  • Ann Coulter: "Isn't it great to see      Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?"      [Syndicated column, 2/3/05]
  • Radio host Glenn Beck: "[Y]ou know it took me      about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a      year." [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05]
  • Tucker Carlson: "Canada is a sweet country. It      is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him      on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's      Canada."      [MSNBC's The Situation with      Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05]
  • American Family Association president Tim Wildmon:      Liberals "don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people      have, and certainly not church responsibilities." [American Family      Radio's Today's Issues,      5/11/05]
  • David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan: "It's      very hard to have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own      son and doesn't respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an      idiot." [MSNBC's Connected:      Coast to Coast, 8/16/05]
  • Radio host Neal Boortz on the      execution of Stanley      "Tookie" Williams: "[T]here will be riots      in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course,      will lead to wide scale looting. There are a lot of aspiring rappers and      NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right      now." [, 12/12/05]
  • Pat Buchanan: "Our guys" in Iraq "have got every right to have      good news put into the media and get to the people of Iraq, even if it's got to be      planted or bought." [MSNBC's Hardball      with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05]
  • National Review editor Rich Lowry: Given      EPA-mandated "small-flush" toilets, "[h]ow is it possible      to flush a Quran down the toilet?" [Young America's Foundation      speech, 8/5/05]
  • Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed in      an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution:      "I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in      either direction on Fulton        Industrial Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job.      What's that? Well, no, no, no. ... Well, you know what? [laughing] Now      that you mention it ... [i]f that's the only way she can take care of      herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers."      [Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal      Boortz Show, 10/24/05]
  • Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson:      Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little      girls ... between a man and his donkey." [Focus on the Family radio program, 10/6/05]
  • Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid:      "Have you noticed that many news organizations, in honor of former      ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking      campaign? So why don't our media launch a campaign advising people to quit      engaging in the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle? ... It      appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking."      [Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05]

Most outrageous statements of 2005
Media Matters for America
Fri, Dec 23, 2005 3:56pm EST

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

House for Sale

Here's a novel Real Estate idea: Sell your house like any other product to a willing buyer . . . Have them pay for their purchase, and then cart it away!

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This Glen Head house is about 2 miles from me . . .

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A Bad Day for a Dog


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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Science Religion in the Classroom



“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

-George W. Bush, 43rd President, United States

Bush on the Constitution
Dec 9, 2005, 07:53

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Monday, December 26, 2005

The Pilot Who Ruined X-Mas

Didn't get any good presents yesterday? Want to know why?

Its this pilot's fault:


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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Festivus!

"There must be a better  way. And, out of that, a new holiday was born. A Festivus, For the Rest Of Us!"   — Frank Costanza, Seinfeld

What is Festivus?

Festivus is a holiday held on 23 December of each year. It was created by Mr. Frank Costanza, father of Seinfeld character George Costanza. Frank became tired of holiday commercialism and wanted a holiday for the ordinary person. From this thought Festivus was born: "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

Festivus does not have all the commercial trappings of Christmas and Hanukkah, instead it approaches the holiday as a time to bring the family together and 'bond' with one another.

Festivus begins with the decorating of the Festivus pole, followed by dinner (at which time begins the airing of the grievances). Festivus is brought to closure by the feats of strength competition. And through it all, the family celebrats Festivus with a plain aluminum pole as a decoration.

The Festivus celebration includes three major components:

1. The Airing of Grievances

The airing of the grievances takes place during Festivus supper.

Each member present discusses a grievance they have with someone else present at the table.
This list of Grievances Worksheet will help you get your grievances organized.

2. The Feats of Strength

Once dinner is completed, the feats of strength takes place.

This is when the head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant and usually consists of some form of wrestling. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned.

A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead.

This Official Challenge Card makes challenging someone for your Feats of Strength easy, and fun too!

3. The Festivus Pole

During Festivus, an unadorned aluminum pole is displayed in opposition to the commercialization of the decorated Christmas trees and because the holiday's creator, Frank Costanza "finds tinsel distracting."

Decorations should be kept to a minimum. The idea is to keep the cost down.

About the Festivus Pole:
Material - an aluminum pole works well
Height - about 6 feet tall
Diameter - about 2"

Building a stand for your Festivus Pole: A simple stand can keep it upright (a couple of 1x4 boards work well).



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The Strike  (episode #166)

The Strike (script)

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Io, Saturnalia!

A parody of the War on Christmas nonsense:

"What's this empire coming to?  Now they want us to stop greeting  people with "Io, Saturnalia"! "We have all these different cultures  in Rome", they tell us.  "We shouldn't offend anyone", they tell us. "We should be inclusive."

"We've got the barbarians from the north with their tree decorations and their fire rituals.  And the weirdos from Gaul, cutting mistletoe with a golden sickle.  And the Mithraists, the Zoroastrians, the Isis cults, and, of course, those characters who hang out in the catacombs.  "Hail, Winter!" we're supposed to say.  I ask you, what next: we lose the feast?  We stop the Solstice parties?  No more honoring Ops, goddess of abundance?

"I was buying some candles and greenery down by the Forum the other day, and there's old Macrobius with some Visigoth chick, and she goes, "Gut Jule".  So I go, "Hey!  In this country, we say, "Io, Saturnalia!  Maybe you should go back to where you came from."  Then Macrobius goes, "She can't, she's a slave".

Have a PC Holiday, Ancient Rome-Style
Diane Roberts
National Public Radio,  Weekend Edition - Sunday, December 18, 2005

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