My resolution for 2006? To be as blogtastic as ever! I rule!
(Oh, and less humble, too.)
CHRISTMAS revellers dressed in Santa outfits were attacked in an ugly incident in Melbourne early yesterday.
The violence erupted after a group of about 20 men taunted the Santa characters in Lygon St about 3.15am. Several shop windows were smashed by chairs thrown during the fracas, but the gang fled before police arrived.
A group of 40 drunken people dressed in Santa Claus outfits went on a rampage through New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, robbing stores, assaulting security guards and urinating from highway overpasses.
The bodies of New Orleans residents killed by Hurricane Katrina were almost as likely to be recovered from middle-class neighborhoods as from the city's poorer districts, such as the Lower 9th Ward, according to a Times analysis of data released by the state of Louisiana.
The analysis contradicts what swiftly became conventional wisdom in the days after the storm hit — that it was the city's poorest African American residents who bore the brunt of the hurricane. Slightly more than half of the bodies were found in the city's poorer neighborhoods, with the remainder scattered throughout middle-class and even some richer districts.
“Cracking your joints does no damage and, in fact, protects them against arthritis. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that osteoarthritis is more often present in those who never crack their joints (fingers, backs, knees) than in those who do. That may be because cracking a joint reduces the space within it and results, at least temporarily, in a greater range of motion and flexibility.”I love it when science validates what I thought was a bad habit.
Heather Brennan thought her fiancé, Travis Nickel, was a perfect match – until she learned he fed her rats, was engaged to another woman and had a child from a prior relationship, she alleges in a federal lawsuit.Thank goodness women I've been with aren't nearly so crazy. And by "been with," I mean "women I've stared at across the mall and imagined feeding me grapes while I watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy - the extended DVD version."
Her 10-month love affair with Nickel, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, ended after he left her in July, two weeks before their wedding, she said. Broken-hearted and broke, the jilted bride is seeking $125,000 to recoup cancelled wedding costs and other debts, as well as compensation for the “humiliation and mental anguish” she endured.
As people seek novel ways to solve problems related to life, in the age of HIV they have yet another way to notify their partners of their condition without disclosing their identity. A website launched by LA county health officials now permits anonymous mailing of e-cards that notifies the recipient of the sexually transmitted diseases they suffer from.Welcome. You've got mail. And gonorrhea.
The www.inspotla.org site jointly developed by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the county health department allows users to choose between six e-cards that can either be sent with a note or anonymously. One card reads: "It's not what you brought to the party, it's what you left with. I left with an STD. You might have, too. Get checked out soon". Another says: "You're too hot to be out of action…I got diagnosed with an STD since we played. You might want to get checked too".
Belarusian lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation that would crack down on Internet dating and online spouse searches in the latest of a series of stringent government controls backed by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Authorities said the measure, which was passed 101-1 by the subservient lower house of parliament, was intended to help halt human trafficking in the ex-Soviet nation.
The legislation would place new restrictions on organizations that promote dating or that help match potential suitors with spouses, particularly via the Internet.
The bill also would require Belarusian students seeking to study abroad to receive written permission from the Ministry of Education, if the study is longer than 30 days. Foreign companies seeking to hire Belarusian students for summer jobs also would need ministry approval.
We're going to pick a date, and we're going to hire buses and we're going to come pick folks up, and we're going to go build a levee system.
We're going to build a levee around the White House.Really, Ray, is that the best use of your resources? Besides, all those buses you didn't use to evacuate people before Katrina in the first place are now water logged, so what's the plan now?
Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democrat National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democrat Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.But hey, he supports our troops and their sacrifices, right?
"I've seen this before in my life. This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, 'just another year, just stay the course, we'll have a victory.' Well, we didn't have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we were too stubborn to recognize what was happening."OK, maybe not. At best we can hope the Dems aren't spitting on returning soldiers and calling them baby killers.
And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not-- ...Back to Howard the Suck:
Dean also compared the controversy over pre-war intelligence to the Watergate scandal which brought down Richard Nixon's presidency in 1974.Yep, to the left-wingers, every year should be 1974. You know, the good old days when the U.S. was humiliated in the eyes of the world watching Vietnam, and Republicans were backpedaling. Nothing says "don't question our patriotism" like rooting for the U.S. to fail in order to gain partisan advantage.
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Three college-age friends have stopped hanging out with a fourth friend who quit relating to them in a genuine way, they say.
"He wasn't letting his heart out," says one friend. "He was obviously going through stuff he wasn't sharing with us."