Wednesday, November 24, 2004

State police issue holiday travel warnings

Education News - Get in the thick of it Knox County Village SoupSomeone wasn't thinking too clearly when they wrote the introductory line to this story.

AUGUSTA (Nov 23, 2004): With highway deaths down from last year, Maine State Police plan additional enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend.

I suppose that, if highway deaths had been up from last year, the Troopers would be so discouraged that they'd patrol less.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Saturday, August 14, 2004

What A Difference a President Makes

What A Difference a President Makes

Here's the problem for anyone who does any amount of research into both of the major candidates this time around: they're both scumbags. They both want to screw most Americans over in favor of their own interests. I didn't vote for W in 2000, but can't make myself vote for Kerry, either. I guess I'll go Libertarian again. The stakes are just too high to vote for Bush or Kerry.

Peace,

Tor

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Friday, August 13, 2004

Urban Legends Reference Page: Weddings (Wedding Cake)

Urban Legends Reference Page: Weddings (Wedding Cake)

As the lovely Kierstin and I approach our first anniversary this coming Monday, I thought I'd try and find any reference to saving a slice of cake for a year. We've done it, and plan to eat it. Would love to find its origins. As we intend a childless future, the mention of keeping it till the baptism of a child is not germane. Or German.

Peace,

Tor


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Friday the Thirteenth

CSICOP announcement Mailing List: Friday the Thirteenth Bashes in L.A., Buffalo, Philly

There is no doubt that my Friday the Thirteenth mostly lived up to the hype. First off, let's revert to the tradition of the day beginning from sundown of the previous day. Last night, I was up till 10pm trying to get an ailing alternator off my usually trusty Range Rover. I just couldn't find the 13mm socket that I knew I had somewhere. All the bolts had come off with a wrench, save one.....of course, it was the one that was easiest to reach. I sprayed WD40 liberally upon the bolt, and figured I'd have it off in the morning.

It was raining beyond all expectation this morning. I decided against trying to get that last bolt, since I'd end up getting soaked in the process. Little did I know.

Down our dirt road toward the pavement of civilization I raced.......to find a car stopped, just this side of a birch tree that had fallen on the road. I got out, and with some help from the lady in the other car, moved the tree just enough so we could get around it. And got utterly soaked and muddy in the process.

Home I went, to clean up and change. Already a bit late, I headed out for Rockland, a longer drive than usual commute to Belfast. Except now there was a noticeable shudder to my car's progress. I stopped at the Fraternity Village General Store, and found one of my front tires at only 18psi. I pumped it back to 32, and went on my way. Car still shuddering, though.

I eventually got to Belfast, after a prolonged stop at Rockland. Got a page from my wife, and found out someone's car had rolled into her parked car. She's all right, and the car only had minor scrapes and dents. Just as we're getting ready to take it to Campobello for a week.

Tomorrow I'll get it checked out, I promise. At least it stopped raining this afternoon, and I was able to get the alternator off the truck and to the rebuild shop.

Don't tell me triskaidekaphobia is baseless!!

Peace,

Tor
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Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Ridge: Terror Data Were Updated Recently

Ridge: Terror Data Were Updated Recently

Well, maybe I was a lil' too cynical there yesterday.

Peace,
Tor

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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Consumption tax?

boortz.com: Nealz Nuze August 02, 2004

This is the first sign of anything from the Republicans that sounds good lately. Today's news about the "specific" security threats in NY, NJ and DC now seem to have been based on years-old intel, according to Drudge. The silly thing about the proposed tax reform is that it recalls components of the 2000 Bush campaign that were quickly abandoned after the election. Privatization of Social Security. School vouchers. Ideas whose time have come, and perhaps gone before they arrived. Let's hope that, if Bush gains a second term, the abolition of the IRS gets top concern.

Peace,

Tor
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