There's going to be green & blue blood shed tomorrow!

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan State-Michigan rivalry has gone somewhere it hasn't in decades. The 11th-ranked Spartans are in The Associated Press poll -- and the Wolverines are not -- and Michigan State is favored in the annual matchup for the first time since 1968. "I don't ever in my life remember going into any game feeling like I was an underdog," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I certainly have never experienced that at Michigan."


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Here's a card he will try to play!




Score a big one for Bill Maher. His closing bit the other night:
"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the right to vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.

"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.' "



Posted by puddleriver*in*NYC on BFA regarding the DC march yesterday:

Favorite sign from the rally; George Bush, you make me ashamed to be a Republican!

Another favorite: picture of Bush and Cheney behind bars. Underneath the pic: I HAVE A DREAM. . . .
Posted by Mike*in*Raleigh*NC on BFA regarding the DC march yesterday:

Perhaps one of the better signs I saw, was a black lady, standing on the sidewalk, all by herself..
holding a single sign that read "No Iraqi left me
on a rooftop in New orleans to die"

I thought that was very powerful..........



Hurricane Rita seems to be largely under control and the worst has past. Nonetheless, only one story in this country can be covered by Cable News Channels per day. Only bloggers like us have the massive resources to afford covering more than one story at a time. Which is a good thing, since there's nothing else going on anywhere in the country today. Nothing. Not even in the nation's capitol...Certainly not the most massive rallies this country has seen in 35 years...


Think I needed to post something *warm fuzzy* today amidst all of the sad/bad news... meet my granddog, Fressie!

Here is an
introduction to some great things people do with their dogs. Most activities welcome all dogs, whether purebred or of mixed breed heritage. Some of these activities are classed as "working dog" activities, but are also done on a recreational basis, or as a public service. Some are purely recreational in nature. Many of these activities may be new to you. I have chosen my links based upon how welcoming they are to the merely curious. Have fun with your dog!


Yikes! Trying to get out of Houston!!


On the other hand "update" notice...

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

These are interesting...

Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children! Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."



Simple, really

The part that

holds hard things

sharp things

rough things

does the work

gets calluses

The palm could be


Then turn

the hand over

The part made for

public display

for beauty

to show off jewels

That is the side that

has grown as old as

your years

So choose

Julie Li
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find out that money cannot be eaten.

Cree Prophecy



A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

Thought For the Day From Annie :)

When tomorrow all the things are gone,
We've worked for all our lives,
And the right has saved the nation,
From homosexuals and their wives,

I'll wish on every star,
We'd had Clinton here today,
Or wish to hear that Howard scream,
And make it go away!

And it's hard to be a Republican,
Where I thought my lunch was free.
And I can't believe the spinmeisters,
Who sold that crap to me.

And I'd gladly stand up If I could,
But they'd haul my ass away.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I bought their scam,
And screwed the USA.

From the words of Bill O'Reilly,
That I heard on my tv,
From Novak and Rush Limbaugh,
It all made sense to me.

The Liberals and the Feminists,
Were the ones we had to blame.
But my best friend drowned in sewage,
And the Bush response was lame.

And it's hard to be a Republican,
Where I thought my lunch was free.
And I can't believe the spinmeisters,
Who sold that crap to me.

And I'd gladly stand up If I could,
But they'd haul my ass away.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I bought their scam,
And screwed the USA.

poem by Subway