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Cyclone Glenda Hits Australia

Posted by Daniel on March 31, 2006

The remote northwest Australian fishing town of Onslow was lashed by torrential rain and winds gusting at 160 km/h (100 mph) as severe tropical cyclone Glenda crossed the coast late Thursday from the Indian Ocean, government weather authorities said.

There were no immediate reports of substantial damage or injuries.

About 500 people were evacuated from the town of Karratha as Glenda bore down on the coast.

The cyclone first hit land along the sparsely populated Pilbara coast of Western Australia state, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the state capital, Perth, at about 4 p.m. local time (0800 GMT), Bureau of Meteorology manager Grahame Reader said.

Its full fury hit Onslow, a town of about 800, at about 7 p.m. (1100 GMT), senior meteorologist Grant Elliott said.

"Flooding is going to be an issue," said Grant, adding that the cyclone had brought 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain in two hours.

A bureau statement said the eye of the storm was located over Onslow at 9 p.m. (1300 GMT) and it was expected to track south and weaken overland.

"Very destructive winds will extend southward through the western Pilbara (coast) overnight and Friday as the system moves further south and gradually weakens," the statement said.

Widespread heavy rain and flooding are likely in western Pilbara and the western part of neighboring Gascoyne over the next few days, it said.

The storm has uprooted trees and disrupted power and communications across the Pilbara coast — the most cyclone-prone region of Australia.

Onslow is known as Cyclone City, according to a local history posted on the Internet that said cyclones in the town date back to 1926.

In February 1995, seven fishermen died when two trawlers sank off Onslow as a cyclone of similar strength passed by.

Heavy rains pelted the region Thursday as residents battened down for the storm — the sixth and largest to menace the area since the season began in November.

Glenda's assault on Western Australia state comes just over a week after Cyclone Larry battered Queensland state on the east coast with 290 km/h (180 mph) winds, devastating farming towns and flattening banana and sugar cane plantations.

Glenda was a category-four storm, one below the most powerful grade.

The Pilbara region earlier was put on red alert, with offshore oil field operations and mining ports closed. The area includes Woodside Petroleum's A$14 billion ($10 billion) North West Shelf liquefied natural gas project at Karratha.

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Posted By Tempest – Cyber Drama

Posted by Daniel on March 30, 2006

It never fails, really. No matter where you are or what you do, there are always people in both the real world as well as the cyber world (internet) who are just waiting to poo-poo you. You can be having a lovely discussion with interesting people about (what you all think are) interesting things. BANG! Enter the Poo-Poo Artist. Always ready to piss in your Post Toasties the minute you start pouring.

Now, let me explain my definition of the Poo-Poo Artist. This is someone who’s own life lacks direction, meaning, interest or the pills to make the voices in their heads shut up. These people see or hear a conversation going on, linger just within earshot and then inject doom, gloom and drama into it. Usually without having been invited. For example:

Normal Person: “Isn’t the sky a lovely shade of blue today?”
Poo-Poo Artist: “You shouldn’t be so happy, there’s an ozone alert today.”

Normal Person: “Hey, let’s all meet at that Italian place for lunch!”
Poo-Poo Artist: “Why do fat people always eat Italian?”

Normal Person: “Hi. I love your blog and your taste in music.”
Poo-Poo Artist: “I love music, but I hate you.”

Why do these drama queens always think they have a standing invitation to lob shit grenades into the comments section of blogs? I used to feel sorry for those poor bastards…but that time has passed!! Are you listening “Billy”?? I don’t care if you post shitty comments about how much you hate me…I can erase your comments just that quick. Go ahead, send me another hateful email because I won’t respond to your emails. Know why I haven’t responded? Because I deleted the original and blocked you from my email. You don’t know me, Princess…Let’s keep it that way!

It’s just as much my fault, I suppose. I fell into the age-old trap of commenting on a comment. True, my intentions were good as I was coming to the aid of someone else. Championing their cause, as it were. I noticed that a nice blogger was getting the attention of what I can only describe at the Poo-Poo Artist Posterchild. The words from this “anonymous” person turned hateful. So, being the tightly-wound spring that I am in cases like this, I pounced. Big mistake.

Sure, I could have just left it alone, but that asshole impugned my spelling (Landsbury – Lansbury…whatever!!!), and the Italian in me said, “Oh no she didn’t! It’s on!!” Never again. I saw, once again, that this type of exchange hurts everyone…especially those whom you hope to protect. So, you are left doing what everyone else has already learned…just ignore them. And that’s what I intend to do. I will be the bigger person here.

(hands over my ears) “I can’t hear you, Billy…La – La – La – La – La…..”

It’s like having a battle of wits with an unarmed person. And all you’re left with is Poo-Poo on your shoe.

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Posted By The Tempest – Can You Tell I Hate My Job??

Posted by Daniel on March 29, 2006

My Attitude

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Bushisms (so far) This Month…Stay Tuned. You KNOW There’ll Be More!

Posted by Daniel on March 29, 2006

"Duuuuhh..."“No question that the enemy has tried to spread sectarian violence. They use violence as a tool to do that.” —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 22, 2006

“If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon they could proliferate.” —George W. Bush, Washington D.C., March 21, 2006

“After the bombing, most Iraqis saw what the perpetuators of this attack were trying to do.” —George W. Bush, on the bombing of the Golden Mosque of Samarra in Iraq, March 13, 2006, Washington, D.C.

“And so I’m for medical liability at the federal level.” —George W. Bush, on medical liability reform, Washington, D.C., March 10, 2006

“I believe that a prosperous, democratic Pakistan will be a steadfast
partner for America, a peaceful neighbor for India, and a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.” —George W. Bush, mistakenly identifying Pakistan as an Arab country, Islamabad, Pakistan, March 3, 2006

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Posted By Scott – Undocumented Workers…

Posted by Daniel on March 29, 2006

I knew there was a reason I kept my head in the sand most of the time. I was just watching the news (finished a bit earlier than usual with work tonight) and much of what they call news is really garbage but one thing really stood out for me.There are workers here in the metro areas that are ‘undocumented’. This means they shouldn’t be here in the first place, right? If they need to be here then they should get whatever card it is that allows them to be here and work in the United States.

Okay, well any way, these workers are suing employers for not paying them…AND WINNING. Let’s see, if I hired a group of day labor workers to clean up my yard and at the end of the day they couldn’t produce papers showing that they are suppose to be here do you think I would pay them. If you thought yes, think again.

That’s all I need is to have my name (and my house and family) associated with supporting some immigrant that shouldn’t even be here. But the courts are awarding the “undocumented” workers the judgment.

So let’s make sure I understand. Not suppose to be here, have no proof you are here, we want you to go home or be here legally yet we will force an employer to pay you to stay here ‘undocumented”. This makes no sense to me. I would think that if we want them to go home or become legal that we wouldn’t pay them until they are legal.

I now understand how people can stay here that shouldn’t be here…because we pay them to be here. Guess it’s time for my head to go back into the sand (plop).

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Keeping Tabs

Posted by Daniel on March 28, 2006

Just have time to mention that I’m starting to get the hang of this site. Have figured out how to put pictures on the “Our Images” tab. I picked some nice ones…and a couple of “Oh Jeeze! What the hell is that??” images as well. The one that says “Don’t Ask!!”…? Don’t ask.

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Singer Buck Owens Dies At 76

Posted by Daniel on March 28, 2006

Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of
country music with hits like “Act Naturally” and brought the genre to
TV on the long-running “Hee Haw,” has died at age 76.

Owens died Saturday at his home in Bakersfield, California, said family
spokesman Jim Shaw, who played keyboards in Owens’ band, the Buckaroos.
The cause of death was not immediately known. Owens had undergone
throat cancer surgery in 1993 and was hospitalized with pneumonia in
1997.

His career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string of more than 20 No. 1
records, most released from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

They were recorded with a honky-tonk twang that came to be known throughout
California as the “Bakersfield Sound,” named for the town 100 miles
(160 kilometers) north of Los Angeles that Owens called home.

“When people start looking back on his career, they are going to be surprised
by the number of things he did first,” said guitarist Roy Clark, who
worked with Owens on “Hee Haw.” “He left a great legacy in country
music.”

Owens, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, was modest when describing his aspirations.

“I’d like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did
his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a
few songs and had a hell of a time,” he said in 1992.

An indefatigable performer, Owens played a red, white and blue guitar with
fireball fervor. He and the Buckaroos wore flashy rhinestone suits in
an era when flash was as important to country music as fiddles.

Among his biggest hits were “Together Again” (also recorded by Emmylou
Harris), “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail,” “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “My
Heart Skips a Beat” and “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line.”

And he was the answer to this music trivia question: What country star had a hit record that was later done by the Beatles?

“Those guys were phenomenal,” Owens once said.

Ringo Starr recorded “Act Naturally” twice, singing lead on the Beatles’ 1965
version and recording it as a duet with Owens in 1989. The song, by
Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, tells of a poor soul who foresees a
movie career playing “a man who’s sad and lonely, and all I gotta do is
act naturally. … Might win an Oscar, you can never tell.”

In addition to music, Owens had a highly visible TV career as co-host of
“Hee Haw” from 1969 to 1986. With Clark, he led viewers through a
potpourri of country music and hayseed humor.

“It’s an honest show,” Owens told The Associated Press in 1995. “There’s no social message — no crusade. It’s fun and simple.”

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Posted By Tempest – Confessions of a narcissistic opera singer.

Posted by Daniel on March 26, 2006

Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi…

  1. I’m afraid of the ocean.
  2. Terrified, actually.
  3. When I say I live in Kansas City…I don’t mean Kansas.
  4. I really hate it when people get that confused.
  5. I love to fly.
  6. I’m terrified of heights.
  7. Yet I love the movie “Vertigo”.
  8. My favorite pet in the world is buried in our yard.
  9. I think of her every day.
  10. I fall victim to depression and anxiety…
  11. daily.
  12. My family thinks I’m weird.
  13. I think I’m just “gifted”.
  14. “Titanic” & “Pearl Harbor” still make me cry.
  15. So do my friends…and Steve.
  16. In a good way.
  17. I love making coffee for my honey, Steve.
  18. I also love it when he burps or…you know…
  19. Like I said…I’m “gifted”.
  20. I know what love is.
  21. He pinches my nose every day.
  22. I hate lies.
  23. Especially ones I tell.
  24. I’m only 5’3”, but I don’t wish I was taller.
  25. That was one of them.
  26. I hate shopping for clothes in the “boys” section.
  27. “Grr Animals” and “Osh Kosh B’Gosh” are fun to mix and match.
  28. I owned two bars and bartended at them and another.
  29. I once got so drunk, I fell asleep in one of those trough-like urinals.
  30. I’m not very proud of that one.
  31. I think of suicide every day.
  32. I see Steve and everything’s okay again.
  33. I have a favorite brother.
  34. I hated him when we were kids.
  35. Gardening is my lifes’ passion.
  36. I never want to be President.
  37. I tend to forget things.
  38. I forgot where I was going with this.
  39. My office is an experiment in disorganized chaos.
  40. I have obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD.
  41. I think “Organized Religion” is a contradiction in terms.
  42. I love trivia.
  43. Gina says I am a “Well of Worthless Knowledge”.
  44. I know that the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth in a 24-hour period weighs about 4 ½ lbs.
  45. Gina is right about me.
  46. I have never done drugs.
  47. I once was slipped a “mickey” by a customer, though.
  48. I hate my job.
  49. Gossipy people make me wretch.
  50. I know the “dish” on some of my neighbors.
  51. Their secrets are safe with me.
  52. I never actually “came out” to my family.
  53. They’ve known since day 1.
  54. I’ll never make enough money to be a Republican.
  55. I don’t want to.
  56. Scotty is my hero.
  57. I really need to straighten up my office.
  58. I rely too heavily on Post-It notes.
  59. I need to invest in Post-It stocks.
  60. I forgive Jody for knowingly making me sick.
  61. I still want to kick his ass.
  62. I’m going to build a green house in our backyard.
  63. I don’t know the first thing about building things.
  64. I hate the gym and the whole fitness craze.
  65. I refuse to let myself get fat.
  66. I used to drink…a lot.
  67. Once or twice a year, now. (if that)
  68. I so want to quit smoking.
  69. If I do, I’ll sublimate by eating and then I’ll get fat.
  70. Then I’ll have to go to the gym.
  71. See #’s 64 & 65.
  72. I’m a documentary fanatic.
  73. My first so-called “gay movie” was Auntie Mame.
  74. That was way before my time.
  75. I sneak treats to the cats when Steve’s not looking.
  76. He knows I do this.
  77. I think Brokeback Mountain should have been done with actual gay actors.
  78. I don’t mean gay porn “actors”…but real actors.
  79. I don’t care if Tom Cruise is gay or straight. He’s not my type, so what’s the point?
  80. You can get me to do practically anything by offering chocolate-covered cherries.
  81. I’ve been stung by jelly fish and Jack-Jumpers (very mean ants) in Australia.
  82. Every time I see the scars, I miss Sydney more.
  83. I tend to say whatever is in my head at the time.
  84. At parties, I’m either the plucky comic relief or the annoying one.
  85. I really need to pick one and work from there.
  86. When I was a kid, I was chased by a large turkey.
  87. He knocked me to the ground.
  88. My mom still thinks that was funny.
  89. I got my twisted sense of humor from my mom.
  90. It’s not in me to be vain.
  91. I loathe and detest hypocracy.
  92. And Bill O’Reilly.
  93. I strive to be the best “husband” to Steve that I am physically and mentally able to be.
  94. I know I don’t always succeed.
  95. But I’m faithful and I love him and I know he loves me.
  96. I have way too much Spongebob shit!!
  97. Now I’m into Transformers.
  98. I think they’re more than meet the eye.
  99. I have an obsession with anything, everything, anyone and everyone Australian.
  100. I am the palest Italian I know.
  101. I used to rhinestone the shit out of denim jackets.
  102. I’m pretty good at that kind of stuff.
  103. I just realized just how gay I really am.
  104. I just laughed so hard at Steve…that I farted.
  105. I’m not ashamed to admit I fart.
  106. I’m sorry I mentioned that.
  107. No…I’m really not.
  108. My first kiss was from a girl. Her name was Roger.
  109. I am shamelessly addicted to Starbursts (the candy) and salami.
  110. I can’t sing worth shit, but in the shower I still think I’m Aretha Franklin.
  111. My dreams are always in bizzare colors.
  112. I’m a unique and complicated individual.
  113. I have too many issues.
  114. I can’t seem to end this list.
  115. Yes I can.

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Post from Scott

Posted by Daniel on March 26, 2006

For those that don’t know…I don’t drive to the office as I am afforded the opportunity to work from home. This means that I put about 6000 miles per year on a car and don’t have to endure the displeasure of dealing with other dirvers very often.

However, today alone I put 200 miles on my car assisting a friend and attend a 1st year birthday for my nephew 60 miles from home. It only took this one day for me to realize how blessed I am.

I feel that EVERY drive should be tested annually and if a single question is not answered correctly the license will not be renewed for a minimum of 30 days.

Let’s start with “No Turn on Red”. Please help me understand what is not clear about this posting. Daniel (The Tempest) and Steve live near an intersection where this is clearly posted in 3 places yet every time I am at this intersection someone turns right on red just when I’m attempting a fully legal u-turn (on the light).

The other biggie is “Lane Ends, Merge Left”. To so many this must mean “those in the left lane must merge to the right”. I know, I know…this seems like I’m making this up but you wouldn’t believe how many people dart into the right lane because all they see is “lane ends – left…or left lane ends” with the word “merge” completely ignored.

Minor issues are tale-gaters, no-notification lane changers, and speed-limit drivers in the passing lane when the outside is completely clear (which leads to passing on the right).

Okay, now don’t think I’m some type of perfect driver. I zip along the interstate normally around 90 MPH (in a posted 70 MPH zone) when I’m alone in the car. But, I truly feel that 90 MPH isn’t the posted speed limit because of the people who can’t understand simple English. If you are confident, comfortable, paying attention, and following posted signs there would be no reason for any form of posted speed limit and much less accidents.

Germany can do it, why can’t we?

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To Atari of “The Lost Find”

Posted by Daniel on March 26, 2006

The unfortunate side-effect of every gay man’s life is that there always is (and always will be) at least one “Mark”. I think it’s written somewhere in the “Handbook For The Gay & Fabulous” the following:

Chapter 69; Paragraph OICU812 =
Now that you’ve mastered the art of getting sloppy drunk on Cape Cods and Cosmos, (and by the way, your hair is holding up fab-u-lous!!), you are now ready for the next right of passage…Turn on your love radar and find the asshole bastard who is sure to make all of your dreams…well…fade into oblivion. Go ahead. You’re young. You have plenty of time to mend the up-coming broken heart, stomped on feelings and replace all of the personal belongings he’s sure to steal from you.

Your Homework Assignment:
Make it out of this chapter without ending up in prison for killing the cheating bastard and the skanky bitch he’s dumped you for.

Okay – I guess I’ve let my personal experiences show. Sorry about that. Hey, at least I’m not bitter. (LOL)

You’ll be fine, brother. This is the section of your life where you learn that no asshole – of any kind – is worth losing your self-esteem OR your sense of worth. As they say, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”.

(or at least it’s a lousy fucking shot!!)

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