Upsetting
Friday, April 30, 2004
 
One of the few non-musical jobs Charlie Parker ever held was a stint washing dishes at Jimmies Chicken Shack in New York.

It was there Parker soaked up the intricate style of pianist Art Tatum. When Tatum's engagement at the club was over, Parker quit the job.
 
 
Last week, National Public Radio, apparently acting on the theory that if it's not broke, break it, announced that Bob Edwards was no longer its choice to host "Morning Edition," the program he began, shaped and - for the last 25 years - informed with his intelligence, wit and grace.

Although nobody came right out and said so, it's clear that the new honchos at NPR believe the man whose voice has soothed millions of us into day after day of too much reality is, at 56, too old for the task.

 
Thursday, April 29, 2004
 
Please note, Ty wants to hold this meeting at the flower fields immediately following the photo shoot rather than having everyone return to the office. Please plan accordingly. Thanks
 
 
Early Google investors:

Several individuals, institutions and companies stand to profit handsomely if Google debuts on Wall Street, as expected. Here's a few of Google's most prominent investors:

-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (owns a small stake as part of an investment of between $100,001 and $1 million in a venture capital fund that gave money to Google)

-- Stanford University (owned an estimated 5 percent of Google when it was founded)

-- UC Berkeley (has $36 million stake in two venture capital funds that are invested in Google)

-- Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (believed to own up to 40 percent, combined)

-- Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems (believed to own around 1 percent)

-- Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google's founders (own up to 40 percent, combined)

-- Yahoo (invested $10 million in Google and has warrants to buy 929,764 shares)

-- Time Warner (has warrants to buy 1.9 million shares for $22 million)
 
 
Formed around 1985 by Necrobutcher and guitarist Euronymous (born Oystein Aarseth), Mayhem was the first death metal band from Norway to make much of an impact in their homeland, which in the early '90s developed a burgeoning underground scene rife with violent, sometimes anti-Christian activity ? as evidenced by Mayhem's non-musical history. Drummer Hellhammer, who at one time worked in a mental hospital, is the only remaining member of the band's prime-period lineup. Lead vocalist Dead committed suicide in 1991 (two years after joining the band) by shooting himself in the head; Hellhammer made a necklace using some of his skull fragments, and Euronymous reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead's brain. Euronymous, in turn, was stabbed to death while in his underwear on August 10, 1993, by the band's bass player, Count Grishnackh (born Christian Vikernes). Grishnackh's alleged motive was jealousy over the fact that Euronymous had a more evil reputation; he inflicted 23 separate wounds, it was also rumored, so as to outdo rival band Emperor's drummer, Faust, who was convicted in the stabbing death of a homosexual acquaintance. When police arrested Grishnackh, they found over 150 kg of stolen dynamite in his house, complete with a plan to blow up a large church on a religious holiday. Grishnackh went on to pursue his electronic-influenced project Burzum while in prison; meanwhile, Euronymous' parents requested that his bass tracks be erased from Mayhem's 1994 album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, (which featured session vocalist Attila Csihar). Still, thanks to growing worldwide interest in Norwegian death metal, Mayhem product has continued to appear on the shelves into the next century. Hellhammer also put together a new Mayhem lineup, which has toured sporadically. During one such tour in 2003, a concert-goer in Norway received a fractured skull as a sheep head flew from the stage while band member Blasphemer was cutting the head away from the torso.
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
 


High NPGMC

From the Press Release posted in the club:

MTV Networks, BET and Columbia Records announced that, for the first time in history, MTV, MTV2, VH1, VHI Classic and BET will broadcast a single program on the same night, at the same time -- a ground breaking, 30 minute television special featuring performances and interviews with 2004 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Prince. The special will be
road blocked across all of the participating music channels, and will air on Wednesday, April 28th, from 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM (ET). Check local listings in your time zone for more information. Four of the participating networks will air the special under the title Prince: The Art of Musicology, while BET has dubbed their broadcast Music & Words by Prince.

Recorded before a live audience at New York City's Webster Hall, the one of a kind television event features brilliant performances of material from Prince's eagerly awaited new release Musicology, including the critically acclaimed title track and the powerful "Dear Mr. Man." Also included is an historic acoustic solo performance of a medley of deep classics from Prince's catalog.

Love4oneanother
NPG Music Club
 
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
 
I got this e-mail from the CFO of my company, and I swear it's right out of Kafka. I don't have a clue what it's about.

To all ____ Employees,

I am sure all of you have heard of the new Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. Because ____ is a public company, we are required to make changes to conform to the new rules. Specifically, we must document and test our formal internal control procedures and policies.

We recently retained Jefferson Wells International (JWI) to help us with this endeavor. One of the first items on their agenda will be to send out a general questionnaire to some of the internal staff. Your responses should be given directly to the JWI Engagement Manager, ____. Please be aware that your answers will be kept in the strictest confidence. Thereafter, ____ and his team will set up meetings to speak with some of you regarding specific processes and controls.

This is a big project with a short deadline. I know you are all busy but I am sure you realize the importance of this undertaking and will do everything you can to help us get the job done. Please be open and honest when describing procedures and processes. Remember, we brought JWI on board to help us with this process. If you believe that there are issues or potential control flaws, be sure to voice the situation to ensure that it will be addressed before the testing phase of the project.

I want to reiterate that you should consider this project to be of the highest importance. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact ____ or me.

Thank you,

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
 
Monday, April 26, 2004
 
From Editor & Publisher:

NEW YORK Just days after the first pictures of flag-draped coffins of Americans killed in Iraq loaded in cargo planes appeared in the press, newspapers across the country denounced official efforts to keep other photos hidden.

In a typical comment, The Cincinnati Enquirer observed that bringing soldiers home "under the flag of their country brings closure to their sacrifice. The government should allow us that image." The Denver Post called publication of the photos "a proper function of a free press in a free country ... despite Pentagon protestations."

On April 18, The Seattle Times broke the military's ban, publishing a photo of a row of coffins taken by Tami Silicio, a civilian contractor in Kuwait. She and her husband were then fired for releasing the photo. Later in the week many newspapers published photos of coffins at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, released to a Web site in what the military said was a mistake.

The Pentagon and the White House have since re-affirmed their ban on the taking and releasing of such photos. This doesn't sit well with a vast majority of newspapers, judging by this past weekend's editorials in newspapers (which previously expressed a wide range of opinions on the Iraq war).

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch slammed Bush's "out-of-sight, out-of-mind standard. In doing so, the administration manipulates Americans' perceptions of the war, diminishes the gravity of the sacrifices of the dead and their families and denies our young men and women a last reverential salute from the country for which they died."

The Miami Herald called the photo ban "a shameful restriction of free speech and an affront to the democratic values for which the soldiers gave their lives. ... The attempt to mask the terrible reality of war -- that lives are sacrificed -- is essentially dishonest. The Pentagon claims that its policy respects the memory and sacrifice of the U.S. soldier. In fact, the policy dishonors the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country."

The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., said "it is hard to see how dignity or privacy are served by equipping a nation with blinders. Or by keeping the nation blissfully ignorant of war's real cost."

The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass., noted that the White House may not enjoy seeing the coffin photos in an election year "but they tell a truth about war in general and this war in particular, and Americans should never be prevented from seeing the truth by their leadership in Washington. ... An administration whose default position is always secrecy and obfuscation should put an end to this shameful policy."

And the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram pointed out: "The more we know, the better we can understand and the more intelligent our decisions as responsible citizens."

The Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., observed that "as the United States continues a war that is -- at this moment, at least -- being waged on the pretext of freedom, the government tries to censor images of flag-draped coffins. But the censorship has failed because it defies common sense and federal law. ... These images are what they are: a sad reflection of our president's war of choice. Yes, they are sobering. That is even more justification for their prompt and public release."

The Virginian-Pilot, which serves a military-dominated community in the Hampton Roads area, simply stated: "Americans deserve to see who is paying the ultimate price for this war."
 
 
APPLICATION AND APPROVAL FOR TRADING BY SECTION 16 INDIVIDUALS AND KEY EMPLOYEES

Name:

Title:

Proposed Trade Date:

Type of Security to be Traded:

Type of Trade (Purchase/Sale):

Number of Shares to be Traded:

EXAMPLES OF MATERIAL NONPUBLIC INFORMATION

While it is not possible to identify all information that would be deemed ?material nonpublic information,? the following types of information ordinarily would be included in the definition if not yet publicly released by the Company:

-- Financial performance, especially quarterly and year-end earnings, and significant changes in financial performance or liquidity.

-- Company projections and strategic plans.

-- Potential mergers and acquisitions or the sale of Company assets or subsidiaries.

-- New major contracts, orders, suppliers, customers, or finance sources, or the loss thereof.

-- Major discoveries or significant changes or developments in products or product lines, research or technologies.

-- Significant changes or developments in supplies or inventory, including significant product defects, recalls or product returns.

-- Significant pricing changes.

-- Stock splits, public or private securities/debt offerings, or changes in Company dividend policies or amounts.

-- Significant changes in senior management.

-- Significant labor disputes or negotiations.

-- Actual or threatened major litigation, or the resolution of such litigation.


CERTIFICATION

I, ____________________________, hereby certify that I am not in possession of any ?material nonpublic information? concerning the Company (as defined in the Company?s ?Procedures and Governing Insider Trading and Tipping?) and (ii) to the best of my knowledge , the proposed trade(s) listed above do not violate the trading restrictions of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933. I understand that if I trade while possessing such information or in violation of such trading restrictions, I may be subject to severe civil and/or criminal penalties, and may be subject to discipline by the Company up to and including termination for cause.




____________________________________ ______________________________
Signature Date


REVIEW AND DECISION

The undersigned hereby certifies that the Insider Trading Compliance Committee has reviewed the foregoing application and ____ APPROVES ____ PROHIBITS the proposed trade(s).




____________________________________ ______________________________
Insider Trading Compliance Officer Date
(or Designee)
 
 
lucubration \loo-kyoo-BRAY-shun; loo-kuh-\, noun:

1. The act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation.
2. That which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary
composition.
 
Sunday, April 25, 2004
 
"I wouldn't want a job from them. I could care less about what they're saying. I'm not losing any sleep," Malone said. "They're not writing my paycheck, I don't care to go out to dinner with them, on and on. I don't care."
 
Saturday, April 24, 2004
 
The three great problems of this century, the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.

-- Victor Hugo (1802-85), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, Preface (1862).
 
Friday, April 23, 2004
 
"Black entertainers have become the new myth makers, showing gangsters and bikini-clad women with hyperactive libidos," said Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs. "For non-black children it creates a gross misrepresentation of the black experience."
 
 
Being a gentleman is the number one priority, the chief question integral to our national life.

--Edward Fox (b. 1934), British stage and screen actor
 
 
NEW YORK -- Two gay lovers--a man in a black dress and a boy in only a pair of shorts--protested their families' lack of understanding for their relationship by climbing a Central Park tree on Thursday, stripping, performing lewd acts in front of onlookers and refusing to come down for hours.

The lovers, ages 32 and 17, scaled the 55-foot larch tree next to the Chess and Checkers House around 4 p.m., said Detective John Sweeney, a police department spokesman.

The couple had told the boy's parents about their relationship and been rebuked, police said.

The man played on branches near the top of the tree and waved at onlookers while the boy sat quietly a few feet below him. Police said the man later performed oral sex on the boy and stripped down to a thong to taunt them.
 
 
scapegrace \SKAYP-grayss\, noun:

A reckless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless; a rascal; a scoundrel.
 
Thursday, April 22, 2004
 
Good relations with the American public at large also matter to the Saudis. After the Sept. 11 attacks by 15 Saudi citizens and four men from other nations, the Saudi government spent $17 million on public relations, advertising and lobbying to promote U.S.-Saudi friendship.
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
 
CUBS 8 AT PIRATES 0 (Top of first inning)

-T. Walker walked
-C. Patterson doubled to left, T. Walker to third
-S. Sosa walked
-M. Alou singled to left, T. Walker and C. Patterson scored, S. Sosa to second
-S. Sosa to third, M. Alou to second on wild pitch
-A. Ramirez safe at first on first baseman C. Wilson's fielding error, S. Sosa scored
-D. Lee doubled to deep left center, M. Alou and A. Ramirez scored
-B. Meadows relieved J. Fogg
 
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
 
WASHINGTON -- More than 60% of U.S. corporations didn't pay any federal taxes for 1996 through 2000, years when the economy boomed and corporate profits soared, Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported, citing the investigative arm of Congress.
 
 
"THE BALLAD OF BOB AND JOANNE"

JOANNE
MET A MAN

AND SHE MADE HIM CHANGE HIS WAYS

HIS NAME WAS BOB
HE GOT A JOB

AND SOON HE GOT A RAISE

THEY MOVED IN
LIVED IN SIN

JUST LIKE KIDS THESE DAYS

next lyric goes here ...
 
Monday, April 19, 2004
 
Bush's choice to replace Carlin raises concerns

By Jason Miller
GCN Staff

After almost nine years as archivist of the United States, John Carlin will step down as soon as the Senate confirms Allen Weinstein, President Bush’s choice to become the ninth archivist.

Carlin announced his intent to resign as head of the National Archives and Records Administration this winter in a letter to Bush. The president has said he wants Weinstein to take the NARA post but he has not sent the nomination officially to the Senate.

Weinstein is senior adviser for democratic institutions and director of the Center for Democratic Initiatives at the International Foundation for Elections Systems in Washington. He previously was president of the Center for Democracy in Washington. He earned his bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's and doctorate from Yale University.

The Society of American Archivists has expressed concern about Weinstein’s nomination.

“Prior to the announcement, there was no consultation with professional organizations of archivists or historians,” the Chicago association noted in a statement this month. “This is the first time since the National Archives and Records Administration was established as an independent agency that the process of nominating an archivist of the United States has not been open for public discussion and input.”

Carlin said he would stay on as archivist until his replacement is confirmed.

“In June, I will complete my ninth year as archivist and with the completion of a major initiative this fall, I believe it will be time for me to look for other opportunities,” he said. “Upon taking the position in June 1995, I made a commitment to our staff and stakeholders to remain at NARA long enough to see its transition from an agency primarily focused on paper records to one positioned to deal with the challenges posed by the electronic records now being created by our government. At the time I estimated that such a transition would take eight to 10 years.”

Under Carlin, NARA is leading the Electronic Records Management e-government project and the Electronic Records Archives project.

For the Quicksilver records management project, NARA has established guidance to transfer e-mail records, permanent scanned text and Adobe Portable Document Format documents, and digital photography records.

For ERA, the agency released a request for proposals in December for a system to preserve and make accessible digital government records long after the hardware and software used to create them has been replaced. NARA plans to award the ERA contract this summer.

Carlin said the administration supported NARA’s work in preserving records.

“We have not only made progress in using new technologies to preserve government records, but also in making our invaluable documentary resources more widely available to the American people,” he said.
 
 
Agency planned drill for plane crash last Sept. 11
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft crashed into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident.

Officials at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet crashed into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure.

The agency is about four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport.

Agency chiefs came up with the scenario to test employees' ability to respond to a disaster, said spokesman Art Haubold. To simulate the damage from the plane, some stairwells and exits were to be closed off, forcing employees to find other ways to evacuate the building.

"It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility," Haubold said. "As soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise."

Terrorism was to play no role in the exercise, which had been planned for several months, he said.

Adding to the coincidence, American Airlines Flight 77 -- the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon -- took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 50 minutes before the exercise was to begin. It struck the Pentagon around 9:40 a.m., killing 64 aboard the plane and 125 on the ground.

The National Reconnaissance Office operates many of the nation's spy satellites. It draws its personnel from the military and the CIA.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, most of the 3,000 people who work at agency headquarters were sent home, save for some essential personnel, Haubold said.

An announcement for an upcoming homeland security conference in Chicago first noted the exercise.

In a promotion for speaker John Fulton, a CIA officer assigned as chief of NRO's strategic gaming division, the announcement says, "On the morning of September 11th 2001, Mr. Fulton and his team ... were running a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building. Little did they know that the scenario would come true in a dramatic way that day."

The conference is being run by the National Law Enforcement and Security Institute.
 
Sunday, April 18, 2004
 
"Under the USA Patriot Act (PL 107-56), the FBI may monitor computer activity without the user's knowledge. The library is not permitted to notify the user."
 
 
"We're betting on the U.N., who we blew off and ridiculed during the run-up to the war," Zinni said. "Now we're back with hat in hand. It would be funny if not for the lives lost."
 
 
Talking Points: Why It's Okay Being A Gay Republican

To some people, being a gay Republican seems like an oxymoron. We disagree. The Republican Party's founding principles and core beliefs represent a powerful tool that should be used to defend liberty-not attack it as the radical right has done. Their dogged campaign to block gay and lesbian civil rights goes against the party's core principles of smaller government and personal freedom. They use values as a veil for hate. The radical right's influence on the GOP can be diminished one voter at a time, by making the case for fairness. That is what motivates the Log Cabin Republicans to lead today's most important battle for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Even those in the gay community who disagree with our politics should realize our value. Here is why it is okay being a gay Republican:

1. Gay and lesbian Americans who believe in limited government, strong national defense, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and free markets belong in the Republican Party. Democrats who favor big government, higher taxes and more regulation don't represent our values and beliefs. That means leaving the GOP is not an option for gay Republicans. We can be true to our conservative principles while working to make the GOP more inclusive and tolerant.

2. Defeating the radical right and transforming the GOP will allow gay and lesbian Americans to achieve full equality much sooner-decades sooner. The radical right represents the last obstacle on the path to full equality. Defeat them in the grassroots of the GOP and all of us can enjoy the benefits of liberty much sooner.

3. The party will change only from the inside. Pressure from the outside, from the far left won't work. The GOP must be transformed one person at a time, across America on the grassroots level by gay Republicans and their fair-minded allies. Across America, gay Republicans are shattering stereotypes and educating rank-and-file Republicans about the importance of fairness and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. This is the right path to progress.

4. Achieving total equality will take decades longer unless our community has strong allies in both parties. There aren't enough votes in the Democratic Party to achieve sustained legislative victories. Even if all gay Republicans left the party, the GOP would still be there. That is why we reach out to fair-minded Republicans-making the case for fairness.

5. We are doing important work to the transform the GOP, bringing about the same grassroots change that happened in the Democratic Party over the last three decades. We applaud the gay and lesbian activists who worked so hard to change the Democratic Party-making it more inclusive and tolerant. 25 years ago, had gay and lesbian members left the party, then the Democrats would not be where they are today on issues of equality and fairness. We are now doing similar work in the GOP.

6. The history of the Republican Party makes it a natural ally of equality. In 2004, the Republican Party marks the 150th anniversary of its first national convention. Looking toward history can help the GOP chart its future course. The Republican Party rose to power because it embraced the ideals of equality imagined by our nation's founding fathers. When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he created a new birth of freedom. So it can be again. Nearly 150 years later-the GOP has another chance to choose fairness over discrimination, equality over bigotry, freedom over fear.
 
Saturday, April 17, 2004
 
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.

-- Al Capone (1899-1947), U.S. gangster
 
 
It is very bad and very dangerous that our leaders are not talking about the real problem, and we know they are not because for the last three weeks the people who are supposed to concern themselves with the safety and welfare of the United States have instead concerned themselves largely with the question: Who knew what al-Qaida was, and under which administration did they know it?
 
Friday, April 16, 2004
 
Mattel recently announced the release of Limited-Edition Barbie dolls for the San Diego market:

La Costa Barbie
This princess Barbie is only sold at the brand new La Costa Forum. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade handbags, a Lexus SUV, and a long-haired dog named Honey. Available with or without tummy tuck and face lift. Workaholic Ken sold in conjunction with "augmented" version only.

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

Escondido Barbie
This recently paroled tattooed & nose pierced Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a desert/river ready lifted Chevy truck with dark tinted windows, and a methlab kit. This model is only available after dark and can only be paid for in cash, preferably in small, untraceable bills. Unless you are a cop; then, we don't know what you're talking about!

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

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

La Jolla Barbie
This collagen-injected, rhinoplastic Barbie wears a leopard-print bikini outfit and drinks cosmopolitans while entertaining friends at the beach house. Percocet prescription available.

La Mesa 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 Lemon Grove Barbie's house. Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, and a see-through halter top. Also available with a mobile home.

Leucadia Barbie
This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long, straight, brown hair, archless feet, hairy armpits, no makeup, and Birkenstocks with white socks. She prefers that you call her "Willow." She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Leucadia Barbie's and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a coupon for a free wheat-grass smoothie at any Whole Food's Market.

National City Barbie
This Barbie now comes with a stroller and infant doll. Optional accessories include a GED and bus & trolley pass. Gangsta Ken and his '79 Caddy were available, but are now very difficult to find since the addition of the infant.

Poway Barbie
She's perfect in every way. We don't know who Ken is because he's always away working.

Chula Vista Barbie
This Spanish-speaking-only Barbie comes with a 1984 Toyota with expired temporary plates and three baby Barbies in the back seat, but no car seats. The optional Ken doll comes with a pick up truck loaded 10 feet high with mattresses. Green cards are not available for Chula Vista Barbie or Ken.

Hillcrest Barbie/Ken
This versatile doll can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by simply adding or subtracting the multiple "snap-on" parts. Bonus: free rainbow flag with proof of purchase sticker along with valuable discount coupons to all "F" street bookstores.

 
Thursday, April 15, 2004
 
TIJUANA, Mexico -- Under cover of predawn darkness, 2,000 prisoners were handcuffed and moved out of La Mesa penitentiary surrounded by heavily armed police and soldiers today as the Mexican government sought to regain control over one of North America's most notorious prisons.

With helicopters flying overhead as an extra precaution, the most dangerous convicted murderers, drug traffickers and other convicts from La Mesa were herded onto buses and trucks and driven to a new prison in El Hongo, a small town 50 miles east of Tijuana just south of the border with California.

For decades, the wives and children of convicts have been permitted to live inside La Mesa, home to many of Mexico's drug traffickers. But today that practice ended, too, as hundreds of women and children were escorted out of the prison carrying their belongings.

Bulldozers this afternoon began to raze the center of the prison, called El Pueblito or Little Town because it resembled a neighborhood. There, wealthier inmates built more than 400 homes, some equipped with computers, phones, DVD players and tequila bars. The plan is to turn La Mesa into a conventional state prison -- with cellblocks, no frills and no families -- for the more than 4,000 inmates who will remain.

Mexican officials said La Mesa has been controlled over the years as much by inmates as state authorities. Previous plans to remove families and transfer prisoners were never executed because of fears of rioting and, many believe, because prisoners paid kickbacks to quash any proposed changes.
 
 
At approximately 8:48 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, the first pictures of the burning World Trade Center were broadcast on live television. The news anchors, reporters, and viewers had little idea what had happened in lower Manhattan, but there were some people who did know.

By that time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon, the White House, the Secret Service, and Canada's Strategic Command all knew that three commercial airplanes had been hijacked.

They knew that one plane had been flown deliberately into the World Trade Center's North Tower; a second plane was wildly off course and also heading toward Manhattan; and a third plane had abruptly turned around over Ohio and was flying back toward Washington, DC.
 
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
 
 
 
I regret to report that four items of personal employee property were stolen last week from several of our fellow employees here at the Carlsbad location; these items were electronic devices of significant value. In the event you borrowed one of these items from a fellow employee without letting them know, please return immediately.

Unfortunately, we will have to request that you do not leave your personal items of value on company premises unless they are locked away for safeguarding. If you must leave a personal item overnight and have no locked space available to you, please see me.

An obvious reminder - stealing anything, even as small as a lunch, is absolute grounds for termination.
 
 
Bush stumped on question of mistakes

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Bush acknowledged a good deal of introspection after all the questions lately about his government's actions before the Sept. 11 attacks and in Iraq, but not a whiff of contrition. Bush was asked in his prime-time news conference if he had made any mistakes.

"I'm sure something will pop into my head here," he said Tuesday.


It didn't.
 
Monday, April 12, 2004
 
Environment
Major Venomous Animals
Snakes

Asian pit viper - from 2 ft to 5 ft long; throughout Asia; reactions and mortality vary, but most bites cause tissue damage, and mortality is generally low.

Australian brown snake - 4 ft to 7 ft long; very slow onset of cardiac or respiratory distress; moderate mortality, but because death can be sudden and unexpected, it is the most dangerous of the Australian snakes; antivenom.

Barba Amarilla or fer-de-lance - up to 7 ft long; from tropical Mexico to Brazil; severe tissue damage common; moderate mortality; antivenom.

Black mamba - up to 14 ft long, fast-moving; S and C Africa; rapid onset of dizziness, difficulty breathing, erratic heart-beat; mortality high, nears 100% without antivenom.

Boomslang - less than 6 ft long; in African savannahs; rapid onset of nausea and dizziness, often followed by slight recovery and then sudden death from internal hemorrhaging; bites rare, mortality high; antivenom.

Bushmaster - up to 12 ft long; wet tropical forests of C and S America; few bites occur, but mortality rate is high.

Common or Asian cobra - 4 ft to 8 ft long; throughout southern Asia; considerable tissue damage, sometimes paralysis; mortality probably not more than 10%; antivenom.

Copperhead - less than 4 ft long; from New England to Texas; pain and swelling; very seldom fatal; antivenom seldom needed.

Coral snake - 2 ft to 5 ft long; in Americas south of Canada; bite may be painless; slow onset of paralysis, impaired breathing; mortalities rare, but high without antivenom and mechanical respiration.

Cottonmouth water moccasin - up to 5 ft long; wetlands of southern U.S. from Virginia to Texas. Rapid onset of severe pain, swelling; mortality low, but tissue destruction can be extensive; antivenom.

Death adder - less than 3 ft long; Australia; rapid onset of faintness, cardiac and respiratory distress; at least 50% mortality without antivenom.

Desert horned viper - in dry areas of Africa and western Asia; swelling and tissue damage; low mortality; antivenom.
European viper - 1 ft to 3 ft long; bleeding and tissue damage; mortality low; antivenom.

Gaboon viper - more than 6 ft long, fat; 2-in. fangs; south of the Sahara; massive tissue damage, internal bleeding; few recorded bites.

King cobra - up to 16 ft long; throughout southern Asia; rapid swelling, dizziness, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, erratic heartbeat; mortality varies sharply with amount of venom involved, but most bites involve nonfatal amounts; antivenom.

Krait - up to 5 ft long; in SE Asia; rapid onset of sleepiness; numbness; as much as 50% mortality even with use of antivenom.

Puff adder - up to 5 ft long; fat; south of the Sahara and throughout the Middle East; rapid large swelling, great pain, dizziness; moderate mortality, often from internal bleeding; antivenom.

Rattlesnake - 2 ft to 6 ft long; throughout W Hemisphere; rapid onset of severe pain, swelling; mortality low, but amputation of affected digits is sometimes necessary; antivenom. Mojave rattler may produce temporary paralysis.

Ringhals, or spitting, cobra - 5 ft to 7 ft long; southern Africa; squirts venom through holes in front of fangs as a defense; venom is severely irritating, can cause blindness.

Russell's viper or tic-polonga - more than 5 ft long; throughout Asia; internal bleeding; moderate mortality rate; bite reports common; antivenom.

Saw-scaled or carpet viper - as much as 2 ft long; in dry areas from India to Africa; severe bleeding, fever; high mortality, causes more human fatalities than any other snake; antivenom.

Sea snakes - throughout Pacific, Indian oceans except NE Pacific; almost painless bite, variety of muscle pain, paralysis; mortality rate low, many bites not envenomed; some antivenoms.

Sharp-nosed pit viper or one hundred pace snake - up to 5 ft long; in S Vietnam, Taiwan, and China; the most toxic of Asian pit vipers; very rapid onset of swelling and tissue damage, internal bleeding; moderate mortality; antivenom.

Taipan - up to 11 ft long; in Australia and New Guinea; rapid paralysis with severe breathing difficulty; mortality nears 100% without antivenom.

Yellow or Cape cobra - 7 ft long; in S Africa; most toxic venom of any cobra; rapid onset of swelling, breathing and cardiac difficulties; mortality is high without treatment; antivenom.

Tiger snake - 2 ft to 6 ft long; S Australia; pain, numbness, mental disturbances with rapid onset of paralysis; may be the most deadly of all land snakes, although antivenom is quite effective.

Note: Not all bites by venomous snakes are actually envenomed. Any animal bite, however, carries the danger of tetanus, and anyone suffering a venomous snake bite should seek medical attention. Antivenoms do not cure; they are only an aid in the treatment of bites. Mortality rates above are for envenomed bites; low mortality, c. 2% or less; moderate, 2%-5%; high, 5%-15%.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 1997 is licensed from K-III Reference Corporation. Copyright © 1996 by K-III Reference Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
Sunday, April 11, 2004
 
Do you believe Kobe Bryant was trying to prove a point Sunday by not shooting?

21.0%
No: I believe him when he says the King defense made getting shots difficult.
(101 responses)

79.0%
Yes: Tight defense has never stopped Kobe from shooting before.
(380 responses)

481 total responses
 
Saturday, April 10, 2004
 


Hello everyone. My name is Charles Murphy but you could call me Augie. Welcome to my website. I'm the youngest of six boys but am older than my adopted sister.

I work at a place called Geochron Enterprises doing light tracts and wiring frames. I'm a fan of "Back to the Future" and "Star Trek". My favorite group from the '60s is of course the Beatles.

I still live at home with my parents and have been doing so for the last 45 years.
 
Friday, April 09, 2004
 
2004 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoons by Matt Davies!
 
 
Important Message!
Please be aware that all securities markets will be closed on Friday, April 9th, 2004, in observance of Good Friday. The markets will reopen on Monday, April 12th.
 
 
HAPPY EASTER!

Subject to your supervisor’s approval, you may leave two hours early tomorrow (for those who work 8 to 5, you may leave at 3; for those who work 7 to 4, you may leave at 2, etc.). Salaried and hourly employees alike will be paid for the 2 hours. If you are an hourly employee, please be sure to clock out tomorrow (this makes things so much easier for your supervisor!). Your supervisor will make the appropriate adjustment.

On behalf of the ____ Management Team, best wishes for the Easter/Spring weekend!
 
Thursday, April 08, 2004
 
 
 
We’d like to know if you would attend a Padres game at PETCO Park on Friday, June 4 at 7:05 p.m. (vs. Milwaukee). We would initially open to employees only and would require some level of employee $$ contribution (FYI: in prior years, when there was no contribution required we had “takers” but minimal actual attendance).

Please reply by COB on Friday, April 9, 2004 using the buttons above so we may gain a level of interest. Please note, tickets are limited quantity.

Thanks!
 
 
Please join us this morning between 9:30-10:30 a.m. as we evaluate a new coffee vendor.

Arrowhead will be providing coffee samples in the kitchen downstairs this morning. Your opinion is vital so be sure to vote on whether to change the vendor or keep our existing vendor. You will find voting forms in the kitchen.

Thank you!

(Thanks Wendy for arranging this opportunity for employees to participate in the choice of vendor)
 
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
 
WASHINGTON - Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has faced a steady exodus of counterterrorism officials, many disappointed by a preoccupation with Iraq they said undermined the U.S. fight against terrorism.
 
 
Yngwie the Ax Grinder

Cockiness is as crucial a component of the typical heavy metal star's arsenal as overdriven Marshall stacks. Yngwie Malmsteen, a guitar hero straight out of Central Casting, came to Jaxx on Friday with an overabundance of both.

Malmsteen didn't become an idol to generations of suburban dirtballs for nothing.

The 40-year-old Swede has, as the players say, chops. As shown on the metal-by-numbers tune "Dreaming (Tell Me)," Malmsteen might possess the fastest fingers in metal history. His licks, particularly when played in a relatively small venue through a wall of 10 Marshall amps, can weary a listener after a while, but Malmsteen's attitude never flags. It's a very bad attitude.

Dressed in a loose-fitting, low-hanging black satin shirt that looked like something from the Steven Seagal Collection, Malmsteen showed hilariously little feeling for members of his band. His first words into the microphone came halfway through his two-hour set, when he upbraided drummer Patrik Johannsen for "missing a [expletive] cue!"

Malmsteen played the opening bars of Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption," a revelation for electric guitarists when it was released in 1978, with his teeth. He played a Hendrixian version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," one of the most famous guitar breaks in rock history, as if he were slumming. The face Malmsteen wore during that performance -- but not the performance itself -- was worth the price of admission.
-- Dave McKenna
 
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
 
To Scott Howard-Cooper, ESPN.com and Sacramento Bee
From: Joe Smith

Hello, I just read your Webber article on ESPN.com -- cheers, by the way, as it seems to closely resemble this one in the Bee -- and I raced through it so I could e-mail you the opinion that no one in professional sports inspires less sympathy than Chris Webber. A career malcontent who has never achieved in the greatest moment (sorry to sound like Walton), Webber vanished when the Kings had the Lakers on the ropes a few years ago. Without Mini-Me, that series would have been over a lot sooner.

Like MJ hit that shot against Georgetown and set the tone for succeeding at the highest level, which is not to say he wasn't gonna be just fine on his own, Webber's timeout against Carolina imprinted him with failing at the most crucial moment, even though it was probably the bench's fault.

Now, to be paid the cash that he is -- after his drama-queen wave goodbye to the fans before staying because Sac could pay him more than anyone else in the league -- and to cry about booing is childish and detached from reality.

Maybe they don't win a championship without him, but they don't win one with him, either.
Have a nice day, and keep up the great work.


Joe--
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Based on my e-mails and fans I talk to at games, a lot of people agreee with you. There is some split opinion--a portion gets mad that anyone would criticize or boo him--but it seems most are frustrated because of his game or off-court decisions.

And don't worry. You didn't sound too much like Walton.
 
 
An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.

-- Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), English diplomat, poet
 
Monday, April 05, 2004
 
palaver \puh-LAV-uhr; puh-LAH-vur\, noun:

1. Idle talk
2. Talk intended to beguile or deceive.
3. A parley usually between persons of different backgrounds or cultures or levels of sophistication; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation.
 
Sunday, April 04, 2004
 
 
Saturday, April 03, 2004
 
Hey This is Mario.
We’re hitting the road for what I think is our 5th National Tour of the Beautiful and magnificent U-S of A. I am really looking forward to this one. We're not pushing a new record (Sin Salvation June 2003) , we’re broke as FUCK , There’s no chance in hell that we’re gonna get some big record deal. but I really can't wait to hit the road and the stage. You might say, the only reason we're doing this tour is we love to play the RockNroll and I want to spread the gospel to as many people as possible...and we do it oh so well. I mean how man things in our life do we really get to do that we enjoy?? Moments that we remember...like that first drink of the day...the first time you have sex with someone you completely adore...the first time you hear Hanoi Rocks play "don't you ever leave me"...going on tour is all that wrapped in one. Of course, We look forward to seeing all of our friends that we've made over the years and making some new Friends along the way...(and we're expecting free drinks from all of you.) and lemme say this...We've never sounded better or played better since we've been together as a band and what the hell, Since I'm being honest, we've never looked better either. You hang around this business long enough and it can sure make ya jaded...Watching the greed and elbowing ...egos, money, and manipulation get in the way of what should be such a simple thing...plugging in and playing . But at this point in our careers though, I am happy to tell ya we are in fact far from jaded and remain amused by the whole situation. "So let's drink to me, let's drink to you, lets drink to dreams to that won't come true. " "Cheers to me" See ya at the back bar,
adios,
Mario Escovedo
 
 
"It's really good for the girls to see that you don't have to be the skinny, Britney Spears-esque girl," Nonn said. "The Gophers show them that you can be anything you want to be."
 
Thursday, April 01, 2004
 
MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows:

JUDAS PRIEST
EUROPE
SCORPIONS
UFO
MONSTER MAGNET
NIGHTWISH
HELLOWEEN
HEART
TESTAMENT
SKID ROW
CHILDREN OF BODOM
THE HAUNTED
D.A.D.
HAWKWIND
APRIL WINE
AXEL RUDI PELL
IN FLAMES
KINGDOM COME
U.D.O.
ENTOMBED
PAT TRAVERS BAND
FOGHAT
EXODUS
CONEY HATCH
SLADE
MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS
OPETH
PINK CREAM 69
ABRAMIS BRAMA
MONTROSE
TNT
DANGER DANGER
NIFELHEIM
CRAZY LED
MARYSLIM
LOST HORIZON
BRAINSTORM
CARNAL FORGE
CAGE
GRAND MAGUS
PERSUADER
ASTRAL DOORS
SUN CAGED
LUMSK
NARNIA
DEBASE
PARAGON
MEMORY GARDEN
RITUAL
LAKE OF TEARS
PATHOS
HIRAX
NICKY MOORE (SAMSON)
SPEARFISH
DR FEELGOOD
WASA EXPRESS
EDDIE MEDUZA TRIBUTE
TRADING FATE
RACEWAY
 
 
"President Bush said they had no specific information about 11 September and that is accurate but only because he said 11 September," she said.

There was, however, general information about the use of airplanes and that an attack was just months away.
 
 
The administration has made strenuous efforts to keep the news from Iraq as upbeat as possible. It has banned TV crews from filming at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the bodies of dead U.S. servicemen arrive back to the country. President Bush has not attended any funerals of personnel killed in Iraq.
 
 
As you all may have noticed, the smell of the fridge is getting quite unpleasant. Therefore, June is going to be cleaning it out today at 3:00. If you would like to keep anything in it after 3:00 please MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON IT, so it is not thrown away.

Thank You
 
Formerly GOD'S LONELY MAN

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