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Petrified Truth Comment

There is only one Howard Dean nickname that will stick with any real adhesion, thats “loser in ’04.”
Petrified Truth

This is a test of a remote comments function. The above comment was posted at Pertified Truth

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!st Entry in a New Toy

I found this little toy at Yoz Grahames site. He has provided a Bookmarklet that allows your comments made on someone else’s Blog to be posted on your Blog.

I copied the Bookmarklet from his source code below but you can find the original here.

Here it is: <a href=”javascript:cgi=’http://YOURMTPATH/mt.cgi&#8217;;n=unescape(‘%’+’0A’);d=document;e=d.forms[0].elements;var v=n+n;for(i=0;i<e.length;i++){v+=’‘+e[i].name+’: ‘+e[i].value+n};void(window.open(cgi+’?is_bm=1&bm_show=convert_breaks&__mode=view&_type=entry&link_title=’+escape(d.title)+’&link_href=’+escape(d.location.href)+’&text=’+escape(v),’_blank’,’scrollbars=yes,width=400,height=440,status=yes,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes’));” title=”Commentblogger”>Commentblogger. It’s a bookmarklet. Drag it to the links bar of your browser, then edit the URL in your bookmarks manager, replacing the YOURMTPATH string with the path to your mt.cgi. (Yes, at present, it’s MovableType only, but hopefully not for long – see below)

To use it when commenting on someone else’s blog entry you fill in the comment form on that entry as usual, but before you submit it, you hit the Commentblogger bookmarklet. What the bookmarklet does is call up MT’s usual bookmarklet-spawned New Entry window, but prefills the entry text with the contents of the first form it finds on the page from which you spawned it.

I off to find someone’s Blog to test on.

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Is This More Than We Need to Know?

As reported from Yahoo News:

Danes are spreading their genes around the world faster than ever aided by exports from local firm Cryos International, the world’s biggest sperm bank.
Each year Danish men donate sperm that contributes to around 1,000 pregnancies, and with increasing demand from Americans, Cryos has opened its first New York office — on Broadway.
Thousands of men visit Cryos’s three Danish donation centers, most of them students. They are paid $40.50 for each donation.

Does this mean a thousand years from now everyone will have blond hair and blue eyes? A homogenized world, what a concept.

Or does it mean the Danish will ultimately become the most successful Imperialist?

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New Year’s Text-Fest

I’m not a betting man….. except sure things; The sunrise, political campaign lies, and two dogs sniffing each others butts come to mind. But I will bet that the Philippine texters will surpass anything coming out of Australia.

Telecommunications companies are boosting capacity in preparation for millions of extra text messages on New Year’s Eve.

Telstra is boosting its mobile network to cope with the huge volume of SMS messages predicted for New Year’s Eve.

The telecommunications heavyweight said it was expecting more than 16 million SMS messages will be sent on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day by its customers alone, two million more than last year’s record of 14.2 million messages.

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Age Of Abundance

Glenn Reynolds, of Instapundit fame, has posted an excellent article at TechCentralStation outlining the importance of stuff as it relates to your growing Christmas trash pile and a new economic age.

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Calamba, My Calamba Where Have you Gone?

Calamba City, Laguna is normally a pretty quiet place on the crime stage. It has its moments but certainly not on the level of its Northern neighbor Manila. Lets hope this report on the capture of the kidnappers of two-year-old Gian Jethro Chua in Muntinlupa last December isn’t a sign of things to come.

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Blogs Going Mainstream?

Entering the mainstream may be a doubtful premise, but the Blogosphere is getting more notice.

Kathy Kiely, writer for USA TODAY has an excellent piece on Blogs, and their influence on Journalism. Here is a sample:

* GOPUSA.com, a Web site run by Bobby Eberle, a Houston engineer with no previous journalism experience, scored an interview with President Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove.

* Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, a 32-year-old political junkie with no bylines to his credit but a popular Web site called DailyKos.com, was invited to travel with Democratic presidential front-runner Howard Dean.

* Bloggers were in large part responsible for a change of leadership in the Senate last year. When Majority Leader Lott, a Mississippi Republican, remarked at a birthday party for retiring Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina that the nation might have been better off had Thurmond won his segregationist campaign for president in 1948, the major media largely ignored it.

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Bush, Dean and the Pizza Delivery Boy

How can a Houston Chronicle report on a Dominos Pizza survey tell the winner of the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election? Its easy when you read between the lines….. or pepperoni.

But first lets look at some other findings of the survey.
In the Washington D.C. area the #1 assumed name used in ordering pizza is Paris Hilton of “A Simple Life fame. #2 on the list is A. G. John Ashcroft.

People tip their delivery driver more if answering the door in the nude, vice the more conservative Pajamas. An attempted “coverup” I would surmise.
The night of Saddam Hussien”s capture was the biggest tip night of the year.
The Britney Spears/Madonna MTV kiss landed #2.

But enough of these curiosities, who will be the next U.S. President?

Among political pizza findings, people with “Dean for President” bumper stickers on cars in their driveways tipped 22 percent higher than people with “Bush for President” bumper stickers. People with “Bush for President” bumper stickers were three times more likely to order meat-topped pizzas than “Dean for President” drivers.

And there you have it….. Between all the sausage, oregano, and cheese….. Bush will win in a race with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

America has, and always will be “meat and potatoes”, “down home folks”, as opposed to the higher tipping elites of the media, tenured professers, and stockbrokers to name a few.

And for those that have an unbridled interest in pizza and its American consumption can read the Dominos survey and learn that on avg each American eats 46 slices or 23 pounds each year. Thats a lot of Bush votes, and some very large waistlines.

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Some interesting quotes from Saddam Hussein via the Arab News the Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily

“Saddam threatened that if they continue to pressure him he will reveal startling facts — about America’s political games with his country — that would shock the whole world,” Al-Watan Arabic daily quoted a high-level European source as saying.

Hmmm….. a “high level Europeans source.” Thats certainly not a British source. Count the French and Germans out, they have too much to lose themselves if Saddam starts talking about United Nations banned weapons and their transfer during the sanctions. That leaves Spain (coalition member) Russia, and a bunch of non-descript European Unionists.

Its interesting to note in the last paragraph this little “stick in the eye” given to Saddam by the so-called “European source.”

The source said Saddam neither prayed not [sic] read the Qur’an, it added.

Sounds like a Muslim connection….. Could the source be someone from Turkey?

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Story from Channel News Asia

The military will use the Philippine mania for mobile text messaging to help curb extortion by communist insurgents of candidates in the May national elections.

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Lucero said the campaign would be similar to one used against the Abu Sayyaf Muslim kidnapping gang which was active in the southern Philippines but has since been weakened by the capture of key leaders.

With the help of text messaging or SMS, candidates and the public at large will be able to report cases of extortion by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Lucero said.

“We’ve done this before particularly in Abu Sayyaf areas. We’ve established hotlines where people can text,” said Lucero in an interview with ABS-CBN television.

Cellphone text messages would allow callers to keep their identity secret while reporting extortion attempts, he said.

Cellphone text messages are hugely popular in the Philippines. News, gossip, jokes and greetings are exchanged among more than 18 million mobile phone owners.

NPA leaders have said they were collecting huge sums of money from candidates in the May national elections in exchange for “permits to campaign” in guerrilla-influenced areas.

Lucero said that in the last elections in 2001, the communists charged about a million pesos (18,080 dollars) for each senatorial candidate with smaller sums for gubernatorial and mayoral candidates.

Just a couple of comments:
If anyone thinks that a SMS sent via cellphone can be sent secretly I have a summer resort in the Mojave Desert to sell.

Secondly, why are those paying for “permits to campaign” not charged with conspiracy to an unlawful act, or more specific election law?

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