Monthly Archives: December 2007

How The Hell Did He Find Out So Fast?

I’m thinking it might have been when you hollered, “Hey world- look! Over here! I’m breaking the law! NPS Morning Report, Dec. 18, 2007: Assateague Island National Seashore (VA)Internet Posting Leads Rangers To Fishing Violation Ranger Dave Rapp prepared for … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Dick Cheney Begins Transition To Private Life

From VP Vader’s to-do list: 1. Do something about all those embarrassing documents. Fire breaks out on White House grounds CNN, Dec. 19, 2007: WASHINGTON (CNN) — Firefighters quickly doused a two-alarm fire Wednesday in the historic Eisenhower Executive Office … Continue reading

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“What’s All The Hassle For?”

“We ain’t hurting nobody, man!” 5 accused of starting Malibu wildfire CNN, Dec. 14, 2007: MONTEREY PARK, California (CNN) — Five men are accused of starting a massive Malibu wildfire at that destroyed more than 50 homes and forced about … Continue reading

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Et Tu, Rocket?

Imagine my surprise. Clemens and Pettitte Named in Report on Steroid Use New York Times, December 13, 2007 NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on Thursday, an All-Star … Continue reading

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Best Quote I’ve Seen All Week

Read an excerpt in Sanford Levinson’s Written In Stone, an excellent exploration of the significance of public monuments in a changing world, then retrieved the full passage from the Times archives. (Shows the value of opening the storehouse up to … Continue reading

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Tote-Ally Annoying

Nobody in America drives around in a flivver anymore, or sips a phosphate at the drugstore counter. We don’t carry groceries in pokes, ladies don’t wear bloomers, and men don’t keep their pants up with galluses. Why is it, then, … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Reinterprets The First Amendment

You were right, George: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Romney: ‘Freedom requires religion’ CNN, December 6, 2007: (CNN) — White House hopeful Mitt Romney said religious liberty “is fundamental to America’s greatness,” in his Thursday address … Continue reading

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LA Band Can’t Handle New York Pressure

Passing a winter evening with Light My Fire, the autobiography of Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, I came upon this recollection of a traumatic moment: We played Forest Hills with Simon and Garfunkel, a popular folk duo of the time. … Continue reading

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You, Too, Can Be Replaced By A Machine, Mr. Ranger

From the NPS Retirees’ forum: A colleague returned recently from D.C., where he had visited the Lincoln Memorial. He told me that at the top of the stairs was a sign directing people to call the phone number with their … Continue reading

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Don’t Screw Around In Kruger National Park

None of that namby-pamby “educational approach to law enforcement” in South Africa, nossir! Kruger Park launches ‘Sledgehammer’ operation IOL.com, December 5, 2007: In an attempt to ensure the smooth running of the Kruger National Park during the festive season, the … Continue reading

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Beware The Phony Ranger Panhandler!

If you’re in South Africa, that is. Here in the U.S., you might be seeing the latest “revenue enhancement” scheme… who knows? Beware Khaki collectors IOL.com, December 4, 2007: Khaki-clad fraudsters posing as national park officials are taking “donations” from … Continue reading

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Update On NM Ranger Shooting

Nutshell: interrupted burglary in progress, shot in leg, recovering. FBI investigates shooting of park ranger KOB.com, Dec. 3, 2007: ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) – The FBI has released the name of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger who was … Continue reading

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