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Good Morning, ! Friday, Dec 28, 2007
It's Friday! Wear something red to show your support for the troops! "Political correctness is tyranny with manners." --- Charlton Heston "Political correctness is the coward's substitute for integrity" --- Socratex
Thanks to Sandie for this story: After buying her kids a pet hamster, after they promised they would take care of it, mom, as usual, ended up with the responsibility. One evening, exasperated, she asked them, "How many times do you think that hamster would have died if I hadn't looked after it?" After a moment, her five-year-old son replied quizzically, "Uh, once?"
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Thanks to Dave for this story: Our family owned restaurant is the setting for many of our discussions about how to handle the customer who asks, "What's good tonight?" Obviously, we would never serve anything we didn't think was good. I braced myself one Saturday night when I heard the dreaded question posed to my husband. He calmly replied, "Anything over $13.95."

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A member of the Senate, known for his hot temper and acid tongue, explodes one day in mid session and begins to shout, "Half of this Senate is made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!" All the other Senators plead to the angry member that he withdraw his statement, or be removed from the remainder of the session. After a long pause, the angry member accepted and said, "Okay, I withdraw what I said. Half of this Senate is NOT made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!" Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to US Airways in Las Vegas Failure to communicate December 25, 2007 - ORLANDO, Florida - IBS A woman in a wheelchair traveling on U.S. Airways to Orlando was wheeled onto a tarmac in Las Vegas and forgotten about for hours. Jeanne Grettum said she landed in Las Vegas from California on her way to Orlando International Airport over the weekend. While connecting to a new flight in Las Vegas, Grettum was wheeled to the tarmac and left there until an airport worker spotted her and moved her into a hallway. Grettum then called her daughter in Palm Bay, who tried to straighten things out with U.S. Airways. "She called me at 3 a.m., crying hysterically because she didn't know what to do and no one would help her," daughter Tammy Nelson said. Grettum eventually arrived in Orlando 12 hours after she was originally scheduled to land. U.S. Airways said a communication breakdown likely occurred because the plane was delayed getting to the gate in Las Vegas.
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From the Tech Support Pits: From:Ron Re: How to make browser choices permanent Hi Webby. I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser. When I click on a link in email or websites Internet Explorer opens instead of Firefox. This all started a couple of months ago when I would click on a link it would vevert to IE, just every once inawhile. Now it is happening about 50% of the time. I realize some sites require IE. If I copy the url and paste into the Mozilla Firefox browser 99 % of the sites will come up in that browser. But not when I click on a link, it takes a long time for IE to come up when this happens. Can you help me? Love the ezine, I am a fan for years. Ron Dear Ron Except if you use Vista or MSIE7 or AOL, once you have set your browser preference in the SPAD (Set Program Access and Defaults in the Control panel), they stay put. You mention that IE takes a long time to come up. That sounds like an infection or some "Utility" has messed with it. IE is partially loaded during the Windows start-up, so that it loads faster than other browsers, and also because other parts of Windows use components of it for other purposes. When you close all MSIE "windows", you don't really unload the actual MSIE6 engine. MSIE7 is just a half-baked skin over MSI6 and can be peeled off. In my opinion, MSI7 is more hassle than it is worth. Incidentally, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) share that opinion and they don't allow MSIE7 or Vista onto their machines either. If a lot of stuff on your computer is slow, especially the opening of large and frequently used folders, then you need to get a better defrag program. We use and recommend Diskeeper. You can get it from It is not quite free, but worth many times what it costs. (Plus they pay me for a coffee for every client I bring to them.) Have FUN! DearWebby

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After the Great Britain Beer Festival in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer. The guy from Corona sat down at the bar and said to the bartender, "Senor, I would like the world's best beer, a Corona." The bartender dusted off a bottle from the shelf and gave it to him. The head of Budweiser said, "I'd like the best beer in the world. Give me 'The King Of Beers', a Budweiser." The bartender gave him one. The Coors chief said, "I'd like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." The bartender got it. The Guinness man sat down and said, "Give me a Coke." The bartender was a little taken aback, but gave it to him. The other brewery presidents looked at him and asked, "Why aren't you drinking a Guinness?" The Guinness president replied, "Well, I figured if you guys aren't drinking beer, neither would I."

Deeli's Kudos December 26, 2007 - Waterford, Wisconsin - AP Some people get surprise birthday parties. Ilda Ruth Southey gets surprise weddings. Twice in her life Southey was surprised with a wedding ceremony on Christmas Eve, both times to Francis Southey. Her future husband planned their original wedding for Christmas Eve 1942 while he was stationed in Sherman, Texas, awaiting orders to ship off to Europe during World War II. ''I didn't know I was getting married, I just went to spend Christmas with him and I got down there, he had the wedding all arranged,'' said Ruth Southey, 85, who lives at the Waterford Senior Living facility. On Monday, staff at the senior facility arranged the same surprise for their 65th anniversary. The couple renewed their vows in front of three generations of teary-eyed family and friends. ... g-xmas.htm

The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astro-navigators used to stand out on a plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side, because that was the side that they put toward the dock when they pulled into port. This was so they didn't knock off the starboard.

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Three old ladies were sitting side by side in their retirement home, reminiscing. The first lady recalled shopping at the green grocers, and demonstrated with her hands the length and thickness of a cucumber she could buy for a penny. The second old lady nodded, then demonstrated the size of two big onions she could buy for a penny a piece. Then the third old lady chipped in with: "I can't hear a word you're saying, but I remember the guy you're talking about..."

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