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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

If I don’t stop posting here I’ll never move over to the new place! So this is it, my last post. I’m going out the same way I came in. I leave you with my very first post from way back in 2003. It’s been a blast and I hope you’ll join us at the new place.

See you all at Joan of Snark!

(Originally Posted March 25, 2003)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WELCOME TO MY WORLD!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have no idea what I'm doing so please bear with me.
I have lots to share, and just as soon as I figure out blogworld, I will.
I'd like to thank Sylvain for the encouragement and prodding.
I'd like to thank President Bush and the American people for making this necessary.

Kansas @ 12:32 AM

Monday, November 13, 2006

It's just too easy...

(Photo Courtesy of Wonkette)

'The Back of Bush's Head Was Damaged'

President Bush's wax likeness is taking a thumpin' these days at Madame Tussaud's celebrity waxworks in Las Vegas.

Bush's head suffered about $25,000 in damages when a Madame Tussaud's visitor attacked it the day before last week's elections.

"No one's pushed one over before," said Jack Taylor, spokesman for the tourist attraction.

Bush has needed repairs a number of times, mostly from having his nose pinched, Taylor added.

"This was the most damage" to one of the wax figures, he said. "People are always touching them, but this was pretty rare."

The back of Bush's head was damaged in the fall, "but he's been back on his feet for several days now," Taylor said.

Kansas @ 12:47 PM

I loves me some Bigfoot!

Bigfoot or big misunderstanding?

WEST BEND - A 39-year-old Menasha man has found himself in the middle of Washington County "wildman of the wilderness" fever. Steven Krueger doesn’t know where all this Bigfoot talk came from, but he will not be sorry to see it stop.

"I hope it just goes away. It’s starting to get irritating," Krueger said. "I never once said it was a Bigfoot or yeti."

The sheriff’s department report bears that out, only mentioning a creature "approximately 7 feet tall, very black, and very wide."

After some kind of creature startled Krueger early Thursday morning while he was working at his Department of Natural Resources-contracted job, he deliberated reporting it because he knew there would be skeptics.

Krueger finally decided he should alert the sheriff’s department in case it was a bear or other dangerous animal. Krueger said he used to hunt black bears, which is what this animal looked like.

Except for the ears.

"They were sort of pointy - not exactly like a wolf, but definitely not rounded like a black bear," Krueger said.

The DNR contracts and specially licenses Krueger to remove deer carcasses in Washington, Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Brown, northern Manitowoc and northern Waupaca counties.

"Washington County faxes me every morning and gives me a complete list and exact location of where the deer are, and I make a run," Krueger told the Daily News in May.

At around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, he stopped to pick up a small doe on Highway 167, about a third of a mile east of Station Way Road in the town of Erin. He put the deer in the bed of the truck and sat in the cab, filling out the necessary paperwork. He left the gate down, because he still had to tag the deer.

Krueger felt the truck rock and thought it was the wind, but when it rocked again he checked his mirror to see - in the light of his truck-mounted spotlight - an animal reaching for the doe with its front paws. He said he was startled, so he slammed the truck into drive and peeled off.

The deer was dragged - or fell - off the truck, along with an all-terrain vehicle ramp. Krueger couldn’t be sure exactly what he saw.

"A black Lab(rador retriever) could’ve jumped in the back of the bed and it would’ve startled me because I wasn’t expecting it," Krueger said.

Krueger said Milwaukee television stations had contacted him trying to push the Bigfoot angle. He said kept the discussion away from that direction but they ran the story anyway. He’s asked for a correction.

The attention had the area abuzz with the idea of a southeastern Wisconsin sasquatch.

"That’s the word we were bombarded with," said Bill Mitchell, the county’s DNR conservation warden. "We were working this morning and everywhere we went people wanted to know about it."

With hunting season coming up, folks joked with Mitchell about licensing: Would it require a big game or a small game license, or would an archery license work? Read on...

Kansas @ 11:52 AM

Google abandons attempts to take over the world, settles on rearranging it instead.

Iranians outraged as Google redraws map

Google has provoked the wrath of Iran's notoriously suspicious authorities by appearing to question the country's sovereignty over the province of Azerbaijan in an entry on its Google Video website.

In a move tailor-made to wound Iranian patriotic pride and arouse a blizzard of protest, the Azeri provincial capital, Tabriz, is located "in southern Azerbaijan, currently in the territory of Iran". To add insult to injury, the ancient city is listed as being in Azerbaijan, rather than Iran. Tabriz and southern Azerbaijan have belonged to Iran for more than 4,000 years.

The text of a tourist film on the site has drawn accusations that the US-owned search engine is deliberately trying to undermine Iran's territorial integrity by fomenting separatist sentiment in the mainly Turkish-speaking province. Read on...

Iranians have no sense of humor whatsoever...

Kansas @ 10:57 AM

A penguin called Elvis wears a new pair of blue shoes at the Antarctic Centre's Penguin Encounter display in Christchurch, November 7, 2006. Elvis and 16 other penguins who arrived at the International Antarctic Centre in September have been given specially designed shoes after several penguins developed sore feet in their new home, according to Antarctic Centre director Richard Benton.

Kansas @ 12:01 AM

Saturday, November 11, 2006


MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida voter may have unwittingly lost hundreds of thousands of dollars by using an extremely rare stamp to mail an absentee ballot in Tuesday's congressional election, a government official said on Friday.

The 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp, which takes its name from an image of a biplane accidentally printed upside-down, turned up on Tuesday night in Fort Lauderdale, where election officials were inspecting ballots from parts of south Florida, Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom told Reuters.

Only 100 of the stamps have ever been found, making them one of the top prizes of all philately.

Rodstrom, a member of the county's Canvassing Board, said he spotted the red and blue Inverted Jenny on a large envelope with two stamps from the 1930s and another dating to World War Two.

The nominal value of the four vintage U.S. Post Office stamps was 87 cents, he said.

Rodstrom said he did not examine the envelope's postmark, but it had no return address and the ballot was disqualified because it gave no clue as to the identity of the voter. Read on...

Kansas @ 11:52 PM

In case you were wondering...

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) -- A deer whose head was stuck in a plastic Halloween jack-o'-lantern for nearly a week has freed itself and will be fine, animal rescuers said Saturday.

Two children found a dented, hair-lined plastic pumpkin in their yard Friday night, and other neighbors saw a thin deer running free, The Grand Rapids Press reported. It was rainy Friday, which rescuers think helped the young deer wriggle free.

Rescuers had planned to use a dart gun to tranquilize the yearling, then remove the bucket, meant for collecting candy.

The bucket was stuck on the animal's snout, hanging like a feed bag, preventing it from eating or drinking. It had appeared to be snagged on the buck's ears or horn buds.

Dr. Wendy Swift, a veterinarian, said there was some water residue in the bucket, which probably provided the deer with some water to drink.

"I think this deer will be just fine," Swift said.

Kansas @ 9:40 PM

As I was cleaning out the closets here at the Moo Palace, getting ready for the move to Snarksville, I came across these bits of infotainment from the archives. I thought a careening stumble down memory lane was a perfect way to end my time here.

So enjoy a little retro-moo, and try not to get any of it on you.

Kansas @ 7:45 PM

(Originally Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2003)

Here's a little game for you. See if you can tell who made these statements:

1. "After months of lies, the president has given millions of people around the world reason to doubt that he has sent Americans into battle for the right reasons."

2. "Never underestimate a desperate president."

3. "I cannot support this military action in the Persian Gulf at this time. Both the timing and the policy are subject to question."

4. "The reaction is as close to a betrayal of the interests of the United States as I've ever witnessed in the United States Congress. It's unforgivable and reprehensible."

5. Asked if he was accusing the president of playing with American lives for political expediency, he said, "Whether he knows it or not, that's exactly what he's doing. When you put our troops in the air or on the ground, you are risking their lives. This president ought to know better. I don't know if he does or not, because he's so unpredictable."

6. "...ordered what he called a "strong, sustained" military strike against Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for its continued failure to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors.

I could go on forever, there are a million of these kinds of statements out there. Here are the answers. Be sure to have a nice day.

1. House Majority Leader (at the time) Dick Armey, now Texas State Representative.

2. Rep. Jerry Solomon, (R-NY)

3. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, (R-MS)

4. Sen. Robert Torricelli, (D-NJ) said this about the GOP reaction to Clinton bombing Iraq

5. Rep. Gerald Solomon, (R-NY)

6. This is the reason Clinton gave for the strike against Iraq.

So wasn't that a fun trip down memory lane?

All of these statements were made about President Clinton as he was bombing Iraq.

I will now LAUGH in the face of anyone who demands loyalty to this president. You are all hypocrites when you wrap yourselves in the flag, cloak yourselves in righteousness, and demand blind allegiance and support. Your people lent neither the last time around. And these are the same people who are now calling for all dissenters' heads on a platter.

How dare you ever open up your mouth to call another person un-American for not supporting Bush. And the ironic thing is, by the very standards YOU SET FOR US, if you didn't support Clinton when he bombed Iraq, YOU are the traitor. YOU are the un-American one.

So ask yourself; when Clinton was going through impeachment, did you support him? No, you say??? And why not? He was bombing the same bad guy as Bush. And I can find no statistics on a single American casualty. He was doing it for the same reason as Bush (nudgenudge, winkwink), and he had a hell of a lot more support from the rest of the world.

When our soldiers are risking their lives to protect America, isn't that when we're all suppose to forget whatever was going on the day before and get behind our president?

Doesn't matter if you agree with his policies.
Doesn't matter if he's a big fat liar and has been proven to be so.
Doesn't matter if his reasons are self-serving.

Think about that the next time you get ready to flog someone with your pretty new flag.

Because your flags, are indeed, new.

Kansas @ 7:39 PM

(Originally Posted: Monday, April 07, 2003)

Oil Tanker Explodes Near Glenpool

Glenpool - An explosion rocked the Glenpool area Monday night after an oil tanker exploded, sending flames 100 feet in the air.

It happened at about nine o'clock near 121st Street South and Highway 75. It's believed the explosion happened as oil was being transferred from one tank to another. A spark from static electricity might have caused the explosion.

Right now, there is only one tank on fire and the wind, blowing from north to south, is blowing the fire away from the other tanks, but toward homes in the area. The residents in the area have evacuated and all are said to be safe.

The Red Cross has been dispatched to help the displaced families.

Fire crews from Glenpool, Kiefer and possibly Tulsa are on the scene battling the fire, which may take a long time to bring under control.

Um, I'm watching this from the end of my driveway; it's about 4 streets over (yes, I live in the sticks). There have been three explosions so far and no one has said anything about evacuation.

I'll try not to take it personally.

The news wonk helicopters are hovering like a bad episode of 'Cops'. Fly into that smoke you bonehead, go ahead, we already have the hoses out!

And of course, on the local news, we must have an interview with the obligatory toothless, greasy haired, wife-beater-wearing redneck.

And this is what he had to say when asked about the cause of the fire, because of course, HE would know; (in my best toothless redneck voice)

"I thought it was terrorists, then someone said it was static"

Now that's only really funny if you do the voice while reading it!

I'm so proud...


Ok, so a fireman comes to the door...

Did you know fireman really do wear red suspenders?

It's a little before 10:00am. Helicopters woke me up. I go to the living room window to see the fire, and a fireman is walking up to my door, says they're evacuating everyone to the Baptist Church.

I'll take my chances with the fire...


Hey! Did you folks know that when they evacuate a neighborhood, they tie yellow police tape to the mailboxes and front doors? I'm assuming this is to let the looters know which houses to hit first...

There is only one other house on my block (besides ours), which does not have this tape on their mailbox...

STILL not going to the Baptist church...

Kansas @ 5:09 PM

(Originally Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003)

Q: How many women with PMS/menopause does it take to change a light bulb?

A: One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past 17 YEARS!
But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE STUPID LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!!

I'm sorry.... What did you ask me?

Kansas @ 4:11 PM

Friday, November 10, 2006

It's packin' time!

Because I used to hate it when the parents would move without telling me, I thought I’d give you all a heads up. I’m doing my best to move to the new site this weekend.

Joan of Snark was inspired by my friend Dealerman (who is, at the present time, AWOL). It’s all bright and shiny and new.

You see, It’s A Moo Point came about back in 2003, born out of frustration with our leaders and the direction they were taking our country. It was a very dark time for me personally, as I believe the design bears witness to. A dear friend, Olivia, designed this site for me. At the time, it reflected both my mood and my outlook.

But no more!

It’s time for a new place! A new look! A new attitude!

The time has come.....for Joan of Snark!

Kansas @ 7:27 PM

"NANCY PELOSI! You've just won't the election! Whatcha gonna do now?"

Pelosi: "I'm gonna send the GOP to Disneyland!"

Art by Stephen Pitt

Kansas @ 5:52 PM

And the prize for best Halloween costume goes to...

"The fake pumpkin has been stuck on the animal's snout for at least several days. It appears to be snagged on the young buck's ears or horn buds.

The bucket also would make it much easier for hunters to see the animal when the state's hunting season begins Wednesday." Read on...

Some days it just doesn't pay to give in to the chocolate craving...

Kansas @ 12:04 PM

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Google Takes Over The World - Part 2

Google eyeing radio play

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Web search leader Google Inc. is hiring scores of radio sales people and is spending heavily in a bid to expand its position in the $20 billion radio industry.

Google spokesman Michael Mayzel said this week that the company will begin a public test of Google Audio Ads by the end of the year. Advertisers will be able to go online and sign up for targeted radio ads using the same AdWords system they use to buy Web search ads.

Google is generally testing its ability to move into offline media, this week saying it would help customers buy advertisements in 50 U.S. newspapers.

It made a clear move into radio in January when it agreed to pay more than $1 billion, depending on performance, for dMarc Broadcasting Inc., which connects advertisers to radio stations through an automated advertising system.

It's all part of what Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has said is an investment in radio advertising that could grow over time to include up to 1,000 Google employees -- not just in ad sales, but also in engineering and operations.

Google declined to elaborate on its plans (TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!).

Google's move into radio comes at a time when Clear Channel, the biggest radio station operator, is weighing a possible sale of the company.

Clear Channel, which controls an estimated 20 percent of local radio industry revenues, declined to comment on recent reports that Google could take a stake in the radio company (AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD!), perhaps as part of a buyout led by private equity firms.

In a recent research report, RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank said he was perplexed by Google's hirings, since they are being made before it has significant radio advertising inventory to sell.

"While there are other possibilities, we believe there's a reasonable chance Google Audio is establishing critical mass in anticipation of a major acquisition of prime inventory. Our sense from recent discussions with industry players has been most radio operators are reluctant to offer prime inventory to Google Audio," he said.

Other industry sources said Google had been approaching all the radio operators in recent weeks.

"They've been going around to all the radio groups, trying to do deals. It seems like a good time to be doing this because business is so slow, There's a lot of inventory," said one industry executive.

Kansas @ 1:32 PM

The sexiest man in journalism, Ed Bradley, has died. I’ve been watching him (with a secret crush, I loved the earring) for most of my life. This really sucks. 60 Minutes will never be the same...

The Newseum has three videos with Ed discussing his time in Vietnam, covering the war.

Accused Lacrosse Players Talk: CBS News

Ed Bradleys Interview with Michael Jackson

Kansas @ 11:58 AM

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Here's my prediction:

This was well planned. Rumsfeld will be the fall guy, the sacrificial lamb if you will. He'll be indicted, found guilty, and pardoned by Bush. Rumsfeld just fell on his sword...

Kansas @ 3:06 PM

Bush's news conference was just chocked full-o-fun. Crooks and Liars guys can’t type fast enough. And so it begins...

When asked about Bush's comments last week that Rumsfeld would be staying, Bush told reporters today that he did not know he was replacing Rumsfeld because "he had not met with his replacement yet".

Let's look at what was reported last week:

President Bush says he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency.

Essentially Bush just admitted he lied to the press. He said last week Rumsfeld was safe, but admitted today he didn't know Rumsfeld was leaving because "he hadn't met with his replacement yet". Why did he do this? Because he didn't want to bring "politics" into the argument. I am sure the 21 troops who have died this week appreciate that.

Something else I noticed on this press conference. Bush is saying how the races were all so close, which shows a divided country. While that is true, why wasn't he saying that in 2000 and 2004 when the races were close? Instead it was "the American people showed their will".

Now just think if Bush would have replaced Rumsfeld before yesterday's elections. We could very well be looking at a different outcome today (especially in the Senate). Now the Republicans know who to thank on this.


What a condescending ASS!

Like I said, chocked full-o-fun. I'm as giddy as a school girl!

Kansas @ 2:16 PM


This day just keeps getting better!!!

Kansas @ 12:13 PM

Here comes the sun

A little bruised, a little weary, my people are slowly returning from their long vacation.

"Scandals in Washington, the war in Iraq and overall anger toward Bush appeared to drive voters to the Democrats, according to surveys by The Associated Press and the television networks of voters as they left voting places. Several traditionally hard-fought demographic groups were choosing Democrats, including independents, moderates, the middle class and suburban women.

Those early exit polls also showed that three in four voters said corruption was very important to their vote, and they tended to vote Democratic. In a sign of a dispirited GOP base, most white evangelicals said corruption was very important to their vote — and almost a third of them turned to the Democrats."

And there was much rejoicing...

Kansas @ 11:24 AM

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