Monthly Archives: August 2007

Daddy, What’s A Train?

The former eastern terminus of the Northern Pacific railroad, the northern Wisconsin city of Ashland was once a busy port, with constant rail traffic. Five lines served the city, and though a reported figure of “365 trains a day” seems … Continue reading

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Czechs Open “Forbidden” Park To Public

Back in the Soviet days, the U.S.S.R. had a system of closed-off nature reserves, or zapovedniki. The nominal reason for shutting the public out of these areas was to protect the natural resources within and to provide scientists with an … Continue reading

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Breaking News: New Secretary Of Education

…Miss Teen South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton! From a blog titled The Daily Clusterdouche (really): The White House announced on Tuesday its plan to replace dowdy poindexter Margaret Spellings with dazzling South Carolinian Lauren Caitlin Upton as Secretary of Education, … Continue reading

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Cuteness Overload, Baby Hedgehog Division

Finally- something to dispel my rotten mood this evening: Click for larger image Orphaned hedgehogs adopt cleaning brush as their mother Daily Mail, August 27, 2007 Four tiny orphaned hedgehogs are snuggling up to the bristles of a cleaning brush … Continue reading

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Another “Social Conservative” With A Tiny Little Secret

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) likes to fool around with other men in public restrooms: Idaho Senator Arrested in Airport Associated Press, August 27, 2007 MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty this month to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after … Continue reading

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Michael Vick Has Found Jesus

Swell. Maybe Jesus can forgive him; he’s supposedly good at that. Personally, I don’t buy it. Vick apologizes, asks for forgiveness Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug.27, 2007 “We all make mistakes. I made a mistake for using bad judgement (sic) and making … Continue reading

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Buh-Bye, Al

Or “AMF!,” as they sometimes say. (“AMF?” Yeah, well the “A” stands for adios. You fill in the rest.) Attorney General Alberto Gonzales To Resign Washington Post, Aug. 27, 2007: Harry Reid said it well: “Alberto Gonzales was never the … Continue reading

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Jared Rhinestone

Finally getting around to reading Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed. The Toynbeean subtitle made me skeptical to start with, but I figured what the heck, he’s talking about lots of topics I do want to … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Story To Warm The Heart

Wow- did these robbers ever “make a bad choice!” Robbery attempt of off-duty police ends in death of suspect St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 26, 2007: An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed one of two young men who … Continue reading

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Ashland As It Was

…not very long ago. For Mary, at Stronger Than Dirt, who apparently misses them, too: Taken September 2006; click for full-size image. Yeah, the ore dock has not been used in some forty-odd years, but those trestles were part of … Continue reading

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It’s Official- We Have A Record

Lake Superior sets new low-water record for August Duluth News-Tribune, August 24, 2007: Lake Superior has plunged to a record low for the month of August, this week surpassing the previous August low-water mark set in 1926. After a long … Continue reading

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Rogues’ Gallery For The Week

Street Justice In The Park Accused Campground Peeper Tied To Tree FOX-12 Oregon, August 22, 2007 ESTACADA, Ore. — A man accused of spying on female campers while they used a campground latrine was arrested last weekend. Clackamas County deputies … Continue reading

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