Monthly Archives: October 2006

Justice Tempered With Mercy

…Republican style: U.S. Drops Bid Over Royalties From Chevron N.Y. Times, October 31, 2006: The Interior Department has dropped claims that the Chevron Corporation systematically underpaid the government for natural gas produced in the Gulf of Mexico, a decision that … Continue reading

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I’ll Never Understand Them. Never.

Okay, so I’ve posted before about how the dogs go bananas when the doorbell rings– even if it’s only on TV– and how they bark at people strolling down the road as if they’d just spotted Attila’s Huns approaching from … Continue reading

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Sunday At The Beach

Nothing like a bracing dip in Lake Superior on a crisp autumn day!

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Some Friendly Advice To Rush Limbaugh

Hey, Rush- My brain-damaged little Mary-pup is having a bad day today, and despite a heavier-than-usual dose of medication, her head’s jerking side-to-side pretty badly. I need you to know that it would not be good for your health if … Continue reading

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Shameful, For Sure

Shocking, even: Cops question Iowa man in slayings AP, October 15, 2006: BONAPARTE, Iowa – A 22-year-old man has been charged with murdering his parents and three teenage sisters at their home in southeastern Iowa, authorities said Sunday. Shawn Bentler … Continue reading

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Sunni? Shi’a? Is That On The Exam?

If what this guy is writing in the Times is true, we’re in even bigger trouble than I thought: Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite? New York Times, October 17, 2006: FOR the past several months, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor Gets Owned

A review from Poetry Magazine, back in 2004: Readers may remember how the U.S. military blared Van Halen and others at the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, when he took refuge in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City during our invasion … Continue reading

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Missionaries

Okay, so this time there really were people at the door. (And they did not ring the bell; they knocked.) As soon as I got a glimpse of the two suit-and-tied young men, I knew what was up. “Sorry, not … Continue reading

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Bing-Bong!

My house is in chaos at the moment. I’m trying out a new e-mail program, and just found out that it makes a pleasant little chiming sound when a new message comes in. What happened next was decidedly more jarring: … Continue reading

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Ranger Killer Found Not Guilty

Damn. Hard to see it turning out any other way, though. Defendant Found Not Guilty By Insanity In Park Ranger’s Slaying HawaiiChannel.com, October 12, 2006: Seven years after a Big Island Park ranger was killed, trial began for the man … Continue reading

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The World’s Not Fair, And The NPS Suffers

Having long passed my sell-by date, I’m reaching an age where kids who once worked for me are rising in the NPS hierarchy. Even from the comfortable perspective of retirement, it’s discouraging to contemplate what I’m seeing: Ranger Russ: Then– … Continue reading

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Apostle Islands History: Somebody Gets It!

A week ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a nasty editorial bashing the whole idea of historic preservation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This morning, I stood up and pumped my fists when I read this letter of rebuttal: Apostle … Continue reading

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