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Of People, Place, and Things:“Operation My Bad”


Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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We used to say, “My fault,” when we made an error. Now the term is, “My bad.”Well, CIA Director George Tenet has been saying “My bad” in public lately. Apparently Tenet cleared President Bush’s State of the Union Address where the president said that they had proof that Iraq was trying to buy weapons grade uranium in Africa. Had Bush asked Colin Powell at the State Department, the Secretary of State could have let the Commander in Chief know that the intelligence was bogus. The State Department initiated their own investigation which showed that the crudely forged documents from Niger were false. According to the New York Times, Vice-President Cheney’s people apparently urged Powell to use the same information at his speech before the U.N. But Powell refused, calling the information “bulls--t.”Tenet is clearly the fall guy for the administration in “Operation My Bad”, when it is clear to everyone around the country that the Prince of Darkness on this issue is none other than Dick Cheney.Other apparent falsehoods coming from this administration include linking Saddam to al Quaida. There is no question that America is in Iraq because of Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. Cheney is the Pitbull in this administration, with Donald Rumsfield playing the part of rabid Schnauzer.•I am still waiting for someone in the intelligence community (CIA, FBI, NSC...) to say “My bad,” over 9/11. Why isn’t this administration speeding up the inquiry into “What did we know; when did we know it; and why didn’t we do something about it?” Perhaps the heads of all of these intelligence organizations should have resigned on 9/12 as a defacto mea culpa, as in “We screwed up.”•The federal deficit this year will reach $455 billion and is estimated to hit $475 billion next year. This compares to a federal surplus of $236 billion in 2000.•President Bush is expected to amass a war chest of $200 million for the 2004 campaign. The Republican National Convention will be staged in New York as close to September 11 as possible. •Since Bush declared the war in Iraq over on May 1, more than 75 American soldiers have died. Quotes •God told me to strike at al Quaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you can help me I will .....
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At Home in the Woods: I found a fossil!

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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I worried about entertaining my 11 year-old great nephew for the weekend. I expected he would no longer be interested, as he once was, in making up adventures and running through the woods with a stick for a sword.

My plan for ..... 
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Little Wedding on the Prairie

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Editor’s note: On July 12, my neice Megan and her husband-to-be Chris were married on our farm. I presided at the ceremony with Doris Grindland, a Special Appointed Court Commissioner to perform civil wedding ceremonies, officiating.  &nb ..... 
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Township Roads: Going Home

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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My family and I have moved from one quiet spot in the country to what we hope is another quiet spot in the country. We have left our acreage in LeRoy and moved just over fifty miles north and east. Our "new" place is six miles southwest of Elgin.[Read the Rest]

The Commute: The Pastor finds relief

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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I’ve just returned from another week at the original "Chautauqua" in New York, with a familiar dilemma: I have a real urge to talk about it, but find the whole place oddly indescribable.

Once again I spent the week with my dear ..... 
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Ramblings: From taxes to corked bats to ardent citizenship

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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•All of those Pawlenty taxes went into effect on Tuesday, July 1. “No Taxes Tim” cut funding to local government, slashed human services, took money from the tobacco endowment, and borrowed money to build roads to balance the state budget. But he did ..... 
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