The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Saturday, September 30, 2006


The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Internet Public Library

Provides library services to Internet users. Includes a reference center, a catalog of books and publications, subject-based collections, and resources for kids and teens.


Smithsonian Education

Educational content for students, families, and educators. Find teaching materials, links to hundreds of online resources, and access to the world's largest museum complex.


Danger While Fueling Your Car

(From Bob, our correspondent in Bayside.)

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that:
Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

Mobile phones that light up wh!n switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat , Etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.)

To sum it up, here are the:

Four Rules for Safe Refueling

1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of "static electricity" at gas pumps . His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back in to your vehicle while filling it with gas

If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger. You can find out more information by going to <> Once here, click in the center left of the screen where it says "Safe Refueling".

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time. Thanks for passing this along.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

-Omar Khayyam


"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think..."

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks
I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."

-John Burroughs


"What we call progress is..."

"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance."

-Havelock Ellis


Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education.

----- is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here.



Business portal for executives created by a busy executive.


NASA: Solar System Exploration

NASA presents this Solar System Exploration web site with current space news, featured images and a space calendar.


The American Heritage Dictionary

Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of

-Theodore H. White


"Power always thinks it has a great soul..."

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of
the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws."

-John Adams


"The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty..."

"The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American
people, just now, are much in want of one."

-Abraham Lincoln


"Maybe all one can do..."

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

-Arthur Miller


9 Things I Hate About Everyone

(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)

1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

2. People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the T.V. remote because they refuse to walk to the T.V. and change the channel manually.

3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?

4. When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Gonna Kick their asses!

5. When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the damn floor.

6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is 'new and improved!' Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.

8. When people say "life is short". What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?

9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?


Saturday, September 23, 2006


The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

Italian nun shot dead by Somali gunmen

Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness."

-James Thurber


"Ideals are like stars..."

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But
like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and
following them you will reach your destiny."

-Carl Schurz


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Timeline of Art History

The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.

----- provides free downloads of a collection of more than 30,000 free and
trial-version programs, including utilities, music, and games. is published by CNET, an interactive content company.


Blonde Joke

(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)

A young blonde was on vacation and driving through the Everglades.

She wanted to take home a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way,
but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking.

After becoming very frustrated with the "no haggle on prices" attitude of
one of the shopkeepers, the blonde shouted, "Well then, maybe I'll just go
out and catch my own alligator, so I can get a pair of shoes for free!"

The shopkeeper said with a sly, knowing smile, "Little lady, just go and
give it a try!"

The blonde headed out toward the swamps, determined to catch an alligator.

Later in the day, as the shopkeeper is driving home, he pulls over to the
side of the levee where he spots that same young woman standing waist deep
in the murky bayou water, shotgun in hand. Just then, he spots a huge 9-foot
gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning speed, she takes aim,
kills the creature and hauls it onto the slimy bank of the swamp.

Lying nearby were seven more of the dead creatures, all lying on their backs.

The shopkeeper stood on the bank, watching in silent amazement.

The blonde struggled and flipped the gator onto its back. Rolling her eyes
heaven-ward and screaming in great frustration, she shouts out,



Sunday, September 17, 2006

Have no Idea How This is Computed...But..

Where's the Cashier's Window?

Your Life Is Worth...


I'll take it in large bills...


New 2008 GOP Primary Straw Poll

(Thanks to GOP Bloggers.)

Announcing GOP Bloggers' third 2008 Straw Poll. This month, the poll takes on another new twist.

This month, the poll takes on another new twist.

Like our last poll, you get to pick which candidates you find
acceptable and which ones you don't and you get to choose which
candidate is your first choice for the GOP nomination in 2008. New
in this poll, you tell us your views on abortion and the guest
worker program. How does ones views on these issues influence your
vote? We shall soon see!


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Italian nun shot dead by Somali gunmen

An Interesting View of World Affairs

(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000, or 20% of the world population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:


1988 - Najib Mahfooz


1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat

1994 - Yaser Arafat:

1990 - Elias James Corey

1999 - Ahmed Zewai




1960 - Peter Brian Medawar

1998 - Ferid Mourad


The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000, or about 0.02% of the world population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:


1910 - Paul Heyse

1927 - Henri Bergson

1958 - Boris Pasternak

1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

1966 - Nelly Sachs

1976 - Saul Bellow

1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer

1981 - Elias Canetti

1987 - Joseph Brodsky

1991 - Nadine Gordimer World


1911 - Alfred Fried

1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser

1968 - Rene Cassin

1973 - Henry Kissinger

1978 - Menachem Begin

1986 - Elie Wiesel

1994 - Shimon Peres

1994 - Yitzhak Rabin


1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer

1906 - Henri Moissan

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson

1908 - Gabriel Lippmann

1910 - Otto Wallach

1915 - Richard Willstaetter

1918 - Fritz Haber

1921 - Albert Einstein

1922 - Niels Bohr

1925 - James Franck

1925 - Gustav Hertz

1943 - Gustav Stern

1943 - George Charles de Hevesy

1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi

1952 - Felix Bloc h

1954 - Max Born

1958 - Igor Tamm

1959 - Emilio Segre

1960 - Donald A. Glaser

1961 - Robert Hofstadter

1961 - Melvin Calvin

1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau

1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz

1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman

1965 - Julian Schwinger

1969 - Murray Gell-Mann

1971 - Dennis Gabor

1972 - William Howard Stein

1973 - Brian David Josephson

1975 - Benjamin Mottleson

1976 - Burton Richter

1977 - Ilya Prigogine

1978 - Arno Allan Penzias

1978 - Peter L Kapitza

1979 - Stephen Weinberg

1979 - Sheldon Glashow

1979 - Herbert Charle s Brown

1980 - Paul Berg

1980 - Walter Gilbert

1981 - Roald Hoffmann

1982 - Aaron Klug

1985 - Albert A. Hauptman

1985 - Jerome Karle

1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach

1988 - Robert Huber

1988 - Leon Lederman

1988 - Melvin Schwartz

1988 - Jack Steinberger

1989 - Sidney Altman

1990 - Jerome Friedman

1992 - Rudolph Marcus

1995 - Martin Perl

2000 - Alan J. Heeger


1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson

1971 - Simon Kuznets

1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow

1975 - Leonid Kantorovich

1976 - Milton Friedman

1978 - Herbert A. Simon

1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein

1985 - Franco Modigliani

1987 - Robert M. Solow

1990 - Harry Markowitz

1990 - Merton Miller

1992 - Gary Becker

1993 - Robert Fogel


1908 - Elie Metchnikoff

1908 - Paul Erlich

1914 - Robert Barany

1922 - Otto Meyerhof

1930 - Karl Landsteiner

1931 - Otto Warburg

1936 - Otto Loewi

1944 - Joseph Erlanger

1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser

1945 - Ernst Boris Chain

1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller

1950 - Tadeus Reichstein

1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman

1953 - Hans Krebs

1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann

1958 - Joshua Lederberg

1959 - Arthur Kornberg

1964 - Konrad Bloch

1965 - Francois Jacob

1965 - Andre Lwoff

1967 - George Wald

1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg

1969 - Salvador Luria

1970 - Julius Axelrod

1970 - Sir Bernard Katz

1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman

1975 - Howard Martin Temin

1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg

1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow

1978 - Daniel Nathans

1980 - Baruj Benacerraf

1984 - Cesar Milstein

1985 - Michael Stuart Brown

1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein

1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]

1988 - Gertrude Elion

1989 - Harold Varmus

1991 - Erwin Neher

1991 - Bert Sakmann

1993 - Richard J. Roberts

1993 - Phillip Sharp

1994 - Alfred Gilman

1995 - Edward B. Lewis

The Jews are not promoting brain washing the children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims.

The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics.

The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.

If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.


New Politically Correct Terminology

(From Greta, our correspondent in Astoria.)

Due to the climate of political correctness now pervading America, Kentuckians, Tennesseans and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as "HILLBILLIES."

You must now refer to them as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS.

And furthermore


1. She is not a "BABE" or a "CHICK" - She is a "BREASTED AMERICAN."

2. She is not a "SCREAMER" or a "MOANER" - She is

3. She is not "EASY" - She is "HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE."



6. S he is not an "AIRHEAD" - She is "REALITY IMPAIRED."

7. She does not get "DRUNK" or "TIPSY" - She gets "CHEMICALLY INCONVENIENCED"

8. She does not have "BREAST IMPLANTS" - She is

9. She does not "NAG" you - She becomes "VERBALLY

10. She is not a "TRAMP" - She is SEXUALLY EXTROVERTED."

11. She does not have "MAJOR LEAGUE HOOTERS" - She

12. She is not a "TWO-BIT HOOKER" - She is a "LOW


1. He does not have a "BEER GUT" - He has developed

2. He is not a "BAD DANCER" - He is "OVERLY CAUCASIAN."


4. He is not " BALDING" - He is in "FOLLICLE REGRESSION."

5. He is not a "CRADLE ROBBER" - He prefers

6. He does not get "FALLING-DOWN DRUNK" - He becomes

7. He does not act like a "TOTAL ASS" - He develops

8. He is not a "MALE CHAUVINIST PIG" - He has "SWINE

9. He is not afraid of "COMMITMENT" - He is

10. He is not "HORNY" - He is "SEXUALLY FOCUSED."

11. It's not his "CRACK" you see hanging out of his
pants - It's "REAR CLEAVAGE!"


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

The American Heritage Book of English Usage

With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.

Related site: Purdue Univ. Online Writing Lab: Resources for Documenting Sources.


Time Pictures of the Week

Archived since 2001, includes several photo montages of what's in the news.


Yahoo! Education

Everything you need to help you find, apply, and get into the right school. School search, admissions tips, test preparation, financial aid, scholarships, school rankings, and more.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Never Explain - your Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you

-Elbert Hubbard


"He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation."



"Each morning the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed; this incomparably fine,incomparably tightly woven tissue of pure prediction fits us perfectly. The happiness of the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to pick it up."

-Walter Benjamin


Saturday, September 16, 2006


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The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

National Sex Offender Public Registry

The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"All my life I’ve known better than to depend on the experts. How could I have been
so stupid, to let them go ahead?"

-John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The old priest lay dying - - -

(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)

The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for one of his aides to come near.

"Yes father", he said.

"I would really like to see Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton before I die", whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, father" replied the aide.

The aide sent the request to the Senate and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Kennedy and Clinton would be delighted to visit the priest. As they went to the hospital, Clinton commented to Kennedy "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images after the number the Republicans have done on us." Kennedy couldn't help but agree,

Finally Senator Kennedy spoke. ”Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

"Amen" said Kennedy. "Amen" said Clinton.

The old priest took Kennedy's hand in his right hand and Clinton's hand in his left hand and continued..."He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same."


Monday, September 11, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006


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School Teacher Arrested!

(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)

At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual later
discovered to be a public school teacher was arrested
trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler,
a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, the attorney general
said he believes the man is a member of the notorious
Al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with
carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult," a Justice Department
spokesman said. "They desire average solutions by
means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents
in a search for absolute value. They use secret code
names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns',
but we have determined they belong to a common
denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in
every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles
used to say, 'there are 3 sides to every triangle'."

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush
said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of
math instruction, He would have given us more fingers
and toes".


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Rand McNally Driving Directions

Driving directions between locations in the U.S.

Related site: Reference Desk: Maps.


100 Milestone Documents that Shaped America

The People’s Vote, co-sponsored by the National Archives and Records
Administration, National History Day, and U.S. News & World Report, invited
Americans of all ages and educational backgrounds to vote for 10 of 100
milestone documents drawn mainly from the holdings of the National Archives.


Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court Collection

This site by the Cornell Law School features a collection of nearly all Supreme
Court opinions issued since May of 1990, as well as a current schedule, a
gallery of justices, and a glossary.


Site contains over 17,000 federal, state, and local governmental links.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation
must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of
the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced."

-Frederick Douglass


"What you fail to understand is the power of hate..."

"What you fail to understand is the power of hate. It can fill the heart as
surely as love can."

-Earl Felton


"Every man has a right to his opinion..."

"Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong
in his facts."

-Bernard Mannes Baruch


"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens..."

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how
incapable must Man be of learning from experience!"

-George Bernard Shaw


"Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a
dangerous experiment..."

"Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a
dangerous experiment. In the last analysis the welfare of the workers depends
upon their own initiative. Whatever is done under the guise of philanthropy or
social morality which in any way lessens initiative is the greatest crime that
can be committed against the toilers. Let social busy-bodies and professional
“public morals experts” in their fads reflect upon the perils they rashly invite
under this pretense of social welfare."

-Samuel Gompers


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Election Prediction

For months, I have been saying that the results of the Fall 2006 elections will result in the following Republican gains

House +10

Senate +3

John Hawkins of Right Wing News has the following stories:

The GOP's Top 18 Pick-Up Opportunities In The House For 2006

The Most Competitive Senate Races For 2006 (3rd Edition)

Worth the read. The news for the Republicans looks better than the LameStream Media will admit.



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Long Island Barbies

(From Pamela, our correpsondent in Bay Ridge.)

For anyone who is from LI, has visited, or just curious.... These are pretty
accurate portrayals.


Mattel recently announced the release of Limited Edition Barbie dolls for
the Long Island market: (this is Suffolk County Version)


Patchogue Barbie - This modern day retro Barbie comes with 2 teeth, acid
washed jeans, leg warmers, white Reeboks, feathered hair & a double ring
belt (yes, it is 2004). She also comes with Ken, her brother/boyfriend,
complete with house arrest bracelet & Dodge Neon. Parole officer sold

Brentwood Barbie - This spanish speaking only Barbie comes with a 1984
Toyota with expired temporary plates & 4 baby Barbies in the backseat (no
car seats). The optional Ken doll comes with a paint bucket lunch pail & is
missing 3 fingers on his left hand. Green cards are not available for
Brentwood Barbie or Ken.

Wyandanch Barbie - This Barbie comes with hoop earrings, hair weave, food
stamps, a bus pass, a search warrant, & a court date. She also comes with 3
babies & 3 different Ken's (Baby's Daddies). Each Ken comes with his own bag
of weed (sold separately & on a street corner).

Nisseqogue/Bell Terre Barbie - This princess Barbie is only sold at Saks
Fifth Avenue. She comes with an assortment of Coach handbags, a Lexus SUV, a
long-haired dog named Honey, & a 3500-square foot house. Available with or
without tummy tuck & face lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with
"augmented" version.

Selden Barbie - This modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford
Windstar minivan & matching gym outfit. She gets lost easily & has no full
time occupation or secondary education. Traffic jamming cell phone included,
headset sold separately.

Hampton Bays Barbie - This recently paroled former "Porn Actress"
Barbie comes with a Chevy with dark tinted windows, & a meth-lab kit. This model is
only available after dark & can only be paid for in cash. Preferably small,
untraceable bills. Unless you are a cop, then we don't know what you are
talking about.

Setauket Barbie - This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW
convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup, credit card, &
country club membership. Also available for this set are Shallow Ken &
Private School Skipper. You won't be able to afford any of them.

Riverhead Barbie - This pale model comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans 2 sizes too small, a NASCAR shirt, & Tweety Bird tattoo on her shoulder. She
has a six-pack of Coors Light & a Hank Williams, Jr. CD set. She can spit
over 5' & kick mullet-haired Ken's ass when she is drunk. Purchase her
pickup truck separately & get a Confederate Flag bumper sticker absolutely

Port Jefferson Barbie - This collagen injected, rhinoplastic Barbie wears a
leopard print bikini outfit & drinks cosmopolitans while entertaining
friends at the McMansion. Percocet prescription available.

Ronkonkoma Barbie - This tobacco chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased
Beer-Gut Ken out of Bristol Barbie's house. Her ensemble includes low-rise
acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, & a see-through halter top. Also
available with a mobile home.

Huntington Barbie - This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight
brown hair, archless feet, hairy armpits, no makeup, & Birkenstocks with
white socks. She prefers that you call her "Willow". She does not want
or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase 2 Huntington Barbies & the optional
Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag sticker for free.

Deer Park Barbie - This Italian Princess Barbie comes with teased black
hair, 12 gold chains, 7 gold bracelets, 8 rings & 1 ankle bracelet. Included
are a permanently attached cell phone & a black Monte Carlo with ILUVTONY
license plates. The accompanying Ken doll has been replaced with a black
haired Tony doll with hairy chest & gel/hairdryer kit.

Fire Island Barbie - Used to be Fire Island Ken, but got a sex change


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

USPS Domestic Calculator

Provides assistance on calculating postal rates for domestic U.S. and
international mail by package type, ZIP code, and weight information.


The Universal Currency Converter

Site offers interactive foreign exchange rate conversion using live,
up-to-the-minute currency rates.


National Geographic MapMachine: Country Profiles

Offers maps for just about every place on Earth, viewable by population,
climate, conservation, and topography. Also features antique maps, trail maps,
and country facts.


OneLook Dictionary

Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a
word for which you'd like a definition or translation, site will take you to the
web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. More than 5 million
words in more than 900 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled
by evil men."



"Equal laws protecting equal rights … the best guarantee of loyalty and
love of country."

-James Madison


"We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its
vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its
security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and,
I will say, the love we give our fragile craft."

-Adlai Ewing Stevenson


Monday, September 04, 2006

How Is This Possible???

(Thanks to Drudge.)

Climate panel lowers global warming forecast...

Wasn't global warming settled science? Wasn't the alarms about global warming accurate? Weren't we told there is no dispute or mistakes?

Now this...

It must be the fault of Karl Rove and George Bush!



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Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is
better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time."

-Thomas Carlyle


"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself..."

"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the
heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but
always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable
doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say;
therefore you are called upon to give much."

-Albert Schweitzer


"We should be careful to get out of an experience..."

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is
in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot
stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well;
but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."

-Mark Twain


"Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands..."

"Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve
flung it away."



The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Acronym Finder

Abbreviations, information technology, military, government, science, medicine,
engineering, organizations, schools, colleges, business, finance, accounting,
popular culture, slang, chat and many more.


CIA: The World Factbook

The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color
maps and flags of all nations. Each country profile tracks such demographics as
population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and
economic data.


The Old Farmer's Almanac

Fun and practical information for everyday life including moon calendars,
planting charts, recipes, weather predictions, and more.


Infoplease Biography

Biographical profiles and special features about newsworthy people around the
world. Searchable by subject or category.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the
technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your
computer, and protect your personal information.


Library of Congress: American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written
and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and
sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of
American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the
Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people,
places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a
resource for education and lifelong learning.


Inside the Brain

An Interactive Tour explains basic concepts about the brain and what happens to
it in Alzheimer's disease. Viewers navigate at their own pace through 16
illustrated screens and follow colored text links that highlight key areas and
special features of each illustration.


Interstate 50th Anniversary Web Site

The Interstate System has been called the Greatest Public Works Project in
History. From the day President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid
Highway Act of 1956, the Interstate System has been a part of our culture - as
construction projects, as transportation in our daily lives, and as an integral
part of the American way of life.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"America…. It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the
only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the

-Thomas Clayton Wolfe


"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice..."

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit
of justice is no virtue."

-Barry Morris Goldwater


"The best way in which to silence any friend of yours..."

"The best way in which to silence any friend of yours whom you know to be a
fool is to induce him to hire a hall. Nothing chills pretense like

-Woodrow Wilson


"We shall not cease from exploration..."

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will
be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

-Thomas Stearns Eliot


"Never complain..."

"Never complain and never explain."

-Benjamin Disraeli


Saturday, September 02, 2006


The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is
nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than

-William C. Redfield


"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say..."

"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us
wordy evidence of the fact.

-George Eliot


"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill..."

"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of
all people are upon us. Soe that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this
work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us,
we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."

-John Winthrop


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

How the U.S. Customs Service Works

This edition of How Stuff Works answers questions designed to help you prepare
for your next international trip by explaining how customs works. Since customs
laws vary so much from one country to the next, the site focuses on the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection and some of the laws that govern what you can and
cannot bring back into the U.S.

Related site: How Airport Security Works.


Google Earth

Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information
right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points
of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.


The Solar Guide

Welcome to the first website that makes solar energy accessible and
understandable to you. The Solar Guide aims to give consumers the practical
information they want, about buying solar and renewable energy systems.



The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is an interactive portrait of America's name
choices. Start with a "sea" of nearly 5000 names. Type a letter, and
you'll zoom in to focus on how that initial has been used over the past century.
Then type a few more letters, or a name. Each stripe is a timeline of one name,
its width reflecting the name's changing popularity. If a name intrigues you,
click on its stripe for a closer look.