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Saturday, October 30, 2004

mighty six-foah’

look for new pics of the ‘64 c-10 comming to a weblog nea you.  ive put it into the shop for some changes like headers, exhaust, HO motor, peformance cam, chrome goodies, re-geared rear end, new fuel cell etc....

Posted by bbeard on 10/30 at 02:29 PM in Personal
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NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/29/bulge/index_np.html
NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate
Physicist says imaging techniques prove the president’s bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing.

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By Kevin Berger

Oct. 29, 2004 | George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. “I don’t know what that is,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. “I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt.”

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He’s a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he’s engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn’s moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons. 

Posted by SPN on 10/30 at 11:18 AM in Science / Technology
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Giving homes to ‘gentle giants’

An article about the group I volunteer for…

by Jacqueline Mah
Staff Writer
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Sep. 1, 2004

Rick Steele/The Gazette
Kara Feidelseit hugs Bentley, a 155-pound Great Dane owned by Greg and Lori Mooradian of Germantown, at a meet and greet held by the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Saturday.

Blue, a 2-year-old Great Dane, has seen the good and the bad sides of humanity.

Before she was rescued, Blue’s owner locked her in a basement for 90 percent of her life. She was not socialized properly and developed a fear of men and an abnormal shyness.

In April 2003, the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League found her, took her away from her previous owner, and gave her to Lori Mooradian, 32, of Germantown.

The rescue league is a volunteer group with branches in nine East Coast states and Washington, D.C. Each region has a separate area coordinator who works with the other regions to find and place the Danes. Often dogs are taken from a location in one state and transported to a foster or adopting family in another state.

Last year, the league helped improve the care of 523 dogs, said Debra Rahl, president of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

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Posted by rosevine69 on 10/30 at 07:01 AM in Pet People
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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Golf Club braces to fight city rule

All I can say is they are standing up for what they believe in. I applaud them.  My company bowed under the pressure!

The leadership of the Druid Hills Golf Club has sent a letter to its 1,100 members arguing that the club should not change its policies to provide full benefits for partners of unmarried members, whether gay or straight.

The board’s letter comes 10 months after a city commission ruled the club was discriminating against homosexuals by not providing full spousal benefits to partners of gay members. The letter comes about a month after Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin warned the club in writing to accept “responsibility to address the unfairness of its current policies” or face sanctions.

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Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:33 AM in Blogging
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Despite advance voting, bet on long lines Tuesday

Read this today in the AJC.

The crush of early voters casting ballots this week in Georgia must surely mean Election Day lines will be shorter, right? Wishful thinking, officials say.

More than 100,000 Georgians have cast ballots in the first three days of advance voting, which ends Friday. Waits as long as three to four hours have been reported in several counties, including Clayton, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett. DeKalb County is leading the state, recording more than 16,000 early votes.

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Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:26 AM in Blogging
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BOING: Watch for Rubber Checks!

Checks: No days of delay anymore

Checks: No days of delay anymore

By HANK EZELL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/28/04

The float just sank.

As of today, any check you write may be posted and the money deducted from your account within a few hours.

Savvy consumers no longer can count on a delay of a day or two or three the float as a paper check moves through the banking system.

The speedup is a result of the new Check 21 law, which goes into effect today. It allows banks to make an electronic image of a check and send the electrons, not the paper, through the system.

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Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:24 AM in Blogging
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Here we go again in FL?

I can’t believe (well actually I can) that this administration would refuse international voting monitors several weeks ago.  The country definitely needs monitors.

http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com
Fla. County Says Absentee Ballots Missing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Up to 58,000 absentee ballots may never have reached the Broward County voters who requested them more than two weeks ago, election officials said, and state police are investigating.

Hundreds of people have called the county elections office to complain that they never got their ballots. The phone system was so overwhelmed some frustrated voters could not get through.

The county election office said the problem involved ballots mailed on Oct. 7-8, though the number of those actually missing was uncertain. Some absentee ballots mailed on those dates have already been returned to be counted.

“We are trying to determine what occurred and whether there was any kind of criminal violation,’’ said Paige Patterson-Hughes, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The county blamed the U.S. Postal Service. “That is something beyond our control,’’ Deputy Supervisor of Elections Gisela Salas said. “We really have no idea what’s going on.’’

Postal officials said the post office was not to blame.

“We have employees that we assign to handle the absentee ballots that come in,’’ said Enola C. Rice, a Postal Service spokeswoman in South Florida. “So all the absentee ballots that are received by the Postal Service are processed and delivered immediately.’’

Absentee voters who did not receive a ballot can request another, which officials said would be sent by overnight mail.

In 2000, Broward gave Democrat Al Gore his biggest margin among Florida counties. He received 67 percent of the vote there, while losing the state to George W. Bush by just 537 votes.

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Posted by SPN on 10/28 at 07:30 AM in Blogging
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Presidential pets

Presidential pets

BY DR. MARTY BECKER

Knight Ridder Newspapers

(KRT) - From first president George Washington’s French foxhounds to current president George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney, purebred dogs in the White House are as traditional as baseball, apple pie and politics.

Yes, politics.

While we’re sure presidents have probably needed the unconditional love, limitless affection and to-die-for loyalty of pets more than any ordinary citizen, presidents and presidential candidates also realize that nothing humanizes them in the eyes of the electorate more that seeing them cuddle, coddle, or carry a pet.

Seeing images of them in the company of their pets makes us attach positive social attributes to them.

According to the American Kennel Club, other than the breeds owned by Washington and Bush, past presidents have shared the White House with Briards, Newfoundlands, Italian Greyhounds, English Mastiffs, Poodles, Collies, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bouvier des Flandres, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Manchester Terriers, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Airedale Terriers, Chow Chows, Old English Sheepdogs, Fox Terriers, Elkhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, German Shepherds, Bullmastiffs, Irish Setters, English Setters, Great Danes, Weimaraners and Welsh Terriers.

Or who could forget Lyndon Johnson’s three Beagles named Him, Her and Edgar, Richard Nixon’s Cocker Spaniel, Checkers, George Bush’s English Springer Spaniel Millie who was the author of a bestselling book, and Bill Clinton’s loyal Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Buddy?

“No matter who wins on election day, the tradition of purebred pooches will continue,” said Gail Miller, Director of Media Relations for the American Kennel Club. “From a dog-eat-dog perspective, the election is really between Bush’s Scottie and Kerry’s German Shepherd.”

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(Dr. Marty Becker is the coauthor of the new book “Chicken Soup For The Horse Lover’s Soul” and a popular veterinary contributor for ABC TV’s “Good Morning America.” Write to him in care of Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, 700 12th St. NE, STE 1000, Washington, DC 20005.)

Posted by rosevine69 on 10/28 at 04:59 AM in Pet People
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Choices

Why do people have to choose between the lesser of two evils.  That is what I hear from many people when picking a president.  Even people that are voting for Bush.  They feel they are voting for the lesser of two people.  When will we as a people, not African-Americas, but middle class and low class people, choose to stand up and vote for someone different.  Why can’t we get behind a different choice other than republican or democrat?  I just have a lot of questions like that before I got to the polls tomorrow.  I really don’t know who I am going to vote for still?????????

Posted by J. Swag. on 10/27 at 10:54 PM in
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Rye Ergot and Witches

Tonight on NOVA I am watching a program to explain the strange behaviour around the world that was frequently blamed on witches.  Ergot alkaloids ingested in animals present similar affects as LSD.  Anybody want to grow some rye with me?

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1037.htm
Many symptoms of ergot poisoning and the plague are similar. They probably coexisted. The worst plague damage occurred where ergot suppressed the human immune system and made people vulnerable. Records of plague deaths show huge regional variations. The plague probably followed pockets of rye ergot.

And what about witch hunts? The symptoms of bewitchment are consistent, but the way those symptoms were received was not. Crazy behavior was commonplace in the medieval plague years. The mad “Dance of Death” is a theme shot through medieval iconography. The spasms suffered by ergot victims were called St. Vitus Dance. Do you remember Ingmar Bergman’s wonderful movie about the plague, The Seventh Seal? It began and ended with the figure of death leading the doomed in an eerie dance across a hilltop.

Then, in the 1500s and 1600s, the symptoms of ergot were blamed on witches—all over Europe, and finally in Massachusetts. Witch hunts hardly occurred where people didn’t eat rye.

In the 1740s, the so called Age of Rationalism, ergot symptoms became a mark of holy, not demonic, possession. Visions, trances, and spasms were read as religious ecstasy. It was a period of religious revival that historians call the Great Awakening.

Posted by SPN on 10/27 at 07:42 PM in Science / Technology
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