Monthly Archives: August 2008

Refreshing News: Selling Stuff To The Chinese?

Can we actually be selling some really big machines to China? EMD rolls out new 6,000 hp model for Chinese market TRAINS Newswire, Aug. 20, 2008: EMD this summer has introduced the JT56ACe locomotive, a 6,000-hp model powered by EMD’s … Continue reading

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“Too Little Cash, And No Help From Ranger”

That’s the title of a letter to the editor in today’s Concord (NH) Monitor, which bodes well to the win its author the Worst Youth Group Leader of the Year award for 2008. It’s worth reprinting in its breathtaking entirety: … Continue reading

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Now Let’s Walk Through This

After eight years of the G.O.P. calling the shots: The guy we were counting on to keep Pakistan under control is out on his ass. Putin is running through Georgia like his name is Sherman, thumbing his nose at the … Continue reading

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Good Night, And Joy Be With You, Ronnie Drew

Irish Folk Singer Drew Dies At 73 BBC, August 16, 2008 Ronnie Drew, the legendary Irish folk singer and musician, has died at the age of 73, his family has announced. Drew, the founder of The Dubliners, had been battling … Continue reading

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A Few Of My Favorite Things, Part 4

Drama king Gene Pitney sings…all right, lip-syncs… one of the all-time greatest flowerpots: Poor guy takes his life in his hands in that crowd of German women. Damn, I love that YouTube. How else would I have found out, in … Continue reading

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Some News To Gladden The Heart

Remember those scumbags who terrorized campers in the Boundary Waters last summer? They’re going to do some time! BWCAW spree nets three-year sentences Duluth News-Tribune, August 12, 2008: Two Ely men will each spend three years in state prison for … Continue reading

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Isaac Hayes To God: “Hold On, I’m Comin’!”

Singer, songwriter Isaac Hayes dies at age 65 Author of the best song that got its start when somebody was taking too long in the john: Really.

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Newsday Could Care Less

My ancestral hometown paper is on a roll! In today’s sports section: Needless to say, the text of the story shows what they meant was, “could not care less.”

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The Great Sand Island History Program Shuffle

Yesterday’s talk on Gertrude Wellisch, and her ties to Sand Island, went pretty well, I thought, despite one last-minute glitch. Although we notified the National Park Service about the event– to be held on one of the “lifetime lease” properties– … Continue reading

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On The Phone To My Dad In New York

Stayed away from politics this time; just gave him some speech lessons. “Let’s try again: not ‘fahv-ra’ … farve.”

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The Horse As Sacred Cow

An article in this morning’s Boston Globe got me reminiscing: At Blue Hills, rangers get back in the saddle Many visitors to a park believe there’s something about a ranger on horseback that automatically makes that park feel more welcoming … Continue reading

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Holy Crap – Brett The Jet!

It’s going to be very interesting at the campus of my alma mater for the next few weeks: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel can’t resista bit of PhotoShop Phoolishness. Oh, Brett? Life is going to be different. For reference: Green Bay metro … Continue reading

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