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Tuesday, July 08, 2008



As you have noticed, I haven't been responding to your comments. Until this weekend HaloScan had an EDIT COMMENTS feature that allowed me to respond to each individual comment on a personal basis. It is no longer there. I sent an e-mail to HaloScan:
EDIT button missing from MANAGE COMMENTS
This issue has yet to be resolved. It would be appreciated if someone from SUPPORT would address this in the forums or some annoucement could be made in NEWS. We are looking for some type of feedback to keep your users updated.

Is this just a technical glitch or a permanent change in the features?

Thanks and hope for a response soon.

I received this response today:
Thanks for contacting Haloscan Support
- We're sorry but we have discontinued the Edit Comment Feature. We hope to bring it back with additional functionality.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Oh, well. Life is about change. Isn't it?

HaloScan has also eliminated emoticons from comments.

With all the scimitar rattling between the US and Iran, we are overlooking a unique opportunity to force the issue in a way that is sure to produce positive results. Just quit shipping cigarettes to them. That is our largest export to Iran, at $158 million annually, and, as all smokers know, if you are out of cancer sticks you'll agree to anything to get one. Anything!

This is further proof of the Darwin Award's necessity.

"Dispatch, 1-ALPHA-27. I am unable to locate those cows on the roadwa...
1-ALPHA-27. Disregard last. I found them."

Even wealthy people are having to cutback in these times of dire economic pressures.

This is one of those persons that our Second Amendment of the Constitution had in mind.

“Wo jiu xihuan Zhongguo ying”. Thats the new slogan for McDonalds in Beijing this summer. It translates as “I love it when China wins.”

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 190th day of 2008. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on July 8, 1908, businessman and philanthropist Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, a liberal Republican who served as governor of New York and then as vice president of the United States, was born in Bar Harbor, Maine.
On this date:
  • In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
  • In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
  • In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater.
  • In 1919, President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
  • In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
  • In 1950, President Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
  • In 1958, President Eisenhower began a visit to Canada, where he conferred with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and addressed the Canadian Parliament.
  • In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
Ten years ago:
A federal bankruptcy judge announced a tentative settlement under which an estimated 170,000 women who said silicone breast implants had made them sick would get $3.2 billion from Dow Corning Corp.
Five years ago:
  • In Senegal at the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, President Bush called American slavery one of history's greatest crimes as he stood at the very spot where hundreds of thousands of Africans had been bought and sold like cargo.
  • A factory worker opened fire at a Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., leaving five dead before he committed suicide.
  • Twenty-nine-year-old Iranian twins joined at the head died following surgery in Singapore to separate them.
  • A triple-deck ferry capsized in Bangladesh; more than 500 people drowned.
  • A Sudanese Boeing 737 crashed on the northeastern Red Sea coast, killing 116 people.
One year ago:
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell ordered a range of state government services shut down and placed about a third of the state work force on indefinite unpaid furlough after last-minute negotiations failed to break a budget stalemate. (A budget deal was hammered out the following night.).
  • Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon tennis championship, beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Actor Mickey Carroll is 89.
  • Singer Jerry Vale is 76.
  • Singer Steve Lawrence is 73.
  • Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 64.
  • Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 62.
  • Actress Kim Darby is 61.
  • Children's performer Raffi is 60.
  • Actress Anjelica Huston is 57.
  • News columnist Anna Quindlen is 56.
  • Actor Kevin Bacon is 50.
  • Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 47.
  • Country singer Toby Keith is 47.
  • Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 47.
  • Rock singer Joan Osborne is 46.
  • Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 46.
  • Actor Corey Parker is 43.
  • Actor Billy Crudup is 40.
  • Actor Michael Weatherly is 40.
  • Singer Beck is 38.
  • Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 38.
  • Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 33.
  • Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 31.
  • Rock musician Tavis Werts (Reel Big Fish) is 31.
  • Singer Ben Jelen is 29.
  • Actor Lance Gross is 27.
  • Actress Sophia Bush is 26.
  • Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 23.
  • Actor Jake McDorman is 22.
Thought for Today:
"You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you."
Nelson A. Rockefeller, American politician and businessman (1908-1979).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



100 new terms make the cut for Merriam-Webster dictionary

Well it looks like we might finally get a time-table for withdrawal from Iraqi. And the people pushing for it are the Iraqis themselves. As you know, our war in Iraq was made legal by a UN resolution. That resolution expires on the 1st of January, thus making our presence their illegal by international law after that day. And the Iraqis are really tired of us being "the man who came to dinner". Bush and company probably really don't care anymore, anyways. They've got their signed contracts to exploit Iraqi oil fields.

Of course that doesn't leave us for a shortage of places to kill people. The war in Afghanistan, remember thats where bin Laden is, is heating up. Really heating up.

When Tower #7 collapsed 7 hours into the events of 9/11, conspiracy buffs contended that it was brought down by a controlled demolition. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is expected to release their report about this in the near future. The pre-release leaks indicate they will say that the collapse was caused by multiple fires on multiple floors. They allege the heat was enough to weaken the structure. If this is true, then Tower #7 will make architectural history as the first, and only, steel structure ever to collapse because of fire. It must be the truth, because our government would never, ever, lie to us. Just because steel takes about 2,400 degrees to fail and the burning products in the building could only generate, maybe, 800 degrees of heat would cause questions, could it?

Have a great day! Thanks for the time you spend here. It makes my day.

"Let's all be careful out there!"