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Sep 24 2004

Test Entry

This is a test. I'm upgrading from MovableType 2.661 to 3.11 and regular entries are suspended for the time being.

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Left on his own, Drew would readily take on the stairs. Looks like it's time to buy some gates to keep the kid corralled.

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We all recently went to the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery to see the art work of the daughter of one of my coworkers. It was Drew's first art exhibit.

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The artist had on display a collection of her drawings, paintings and sculptures. Fortunately, Drew is still too young to have asked any why-are-the-ladies-naked type questions.

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Sep 18 2004

FedEx Sucks!

Over the years at work, I've sent packages FedEx overnight on average every other month. Almost all the time it's just for the purpose of getting the package to its destination quicker than regular mail and, in doing so, the package always arrives the next day. Every couple of years though, the item absolutely positively has to be there overnight. Each time it has had to be there overnight or else the world would come to end, FedEx has failed me and I was left trying to find a way to bring the world back from the brink.

The last time this happened was in May of this year when, on a Thursday, I had to get a package from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Pensacola, Florida, overnight so that the recipient would have it on Friday and be able to work on it over the weekend so as to meet a Monday deadline. So important was the project that I sent it, not just FedEx overnight but, rather, FedEx First Overnight so that it would be delivered earlier in the day than regular FedEx overnight. Little, did I know that "First" is apparently an acronym for "F*** It Re-Send Tomorrow. Below is the online tracking for my package which is handy if you want to be able track your package as it fails to be delivered to the destination.

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The next day, Friday, when the recipient had not received the package and the online information was less than informative, I called FedEx to inquire as to the status of the package. The very pleasant FedEx representative apologized for the inconvenience and said that every effort would be made to deliver my package the next day, Saturday. I asked if she could guarantee it would be delivered the next day, as if a FedEx guarantee still meant something to me. She was at least honest enough to admit she couldn't guarantee it would be delivered the next day.

I then spent the afternoon duplicating the package I previously sent via FedEx and sent it late Friday using UPS overnight for Saturday delivery. Come Saturday, UPS delivered the package to Pensacola as promised. FedEx, on the other hand, as can bee seen by the tracking information, still hadn't updated the status of my package in their system since it had left Tulsa. Eventually, when Monday rolled around FedEx finally delivered my package nice and early...four days after it was shipped. Federal Express sucks or, in more hip terms, FedEx sux.

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078danrather.jpgFor those who don't surf political websites and are wondering what the big stink is over the memos used by Dan Rather on the CBS network show 60 Minutes, below is an overlay of a portion of a memo relied upon by 60 Minutes which Dan Rather claims was created in 1973 and the same memo recently retyped in Microsoft Word using all standard default settings and automatic page-breaks:

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079sixtyminutes.jpgYou don't have to be an expert in fonts, kerning, proportional spacing, typesetting, and military protocols to see the two documents are exactly identical in every way. Well, except that one was copied a few dozen times to "age" it before it was faxed to CBS News. All credible experts are in agreement that the memos Dan Rather relied upon for his story were not created in the early seventies--in other words, they're forgeries, really really bad forgeries. So bad, the person making them didn't even bother using a manual typewriter to create documents supposedly written a decade before the advent of personal computers.

080cbsnews.jpgThe completely discredited Dan Rather, still maintains the memos may be authentic but, most damningly, he nor anyone else can recreate the same type of perfect overlay as above using early seventies equipment.

For what it's worth, the 60 Minutes story involved years old allegations about George Bush's Texas Air National Guard (TANG) service made by political partisans who have never had any support to their allegations. Dan Rather has been asking for documentation for years and, when exactly what he'd been asking for arrived, he was so excited about being able to do his hatchet job on President Bush that he put aside what was left of his credibility and journalistic integrity and went forward with a story based on documents which had not been authenticated and in which his own experts expressed doubts.

While many internet sites played a role in breaking the story, two of the most prominent websites responsible for uncovering the true nature of the memos were Little Green Footballs and Power Line. Check them out for more information.

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Sep 16 2004

Drew Standing

Here's Drew mugging for the camera again as he shows off his standing skills. The necessary child-proof zone is climbing higher every day.

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According to Bates Line, Vice-President Dick Cheney is coming to Tulsa on September 24 for campaign and fundraising events.

Probably because it's not official yet, no further information is available at this time.

[*UPDATE*] Vice-President Dick Cheney will speak in Tulsa on September 24 at a $500-per-person fund-raising event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Coburn who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Don Nickles (R). An invitation to the event says a $2,000 donation will allow supporters to attend a reception where they can pose for a photograph with Cheney. In other words...you won't be seeing any pics of me and Cheney.

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Sep 14 2004

Terror Alert Level

Terror Alert Level Today's Terror Alert Level is "Ernie" for New York City and Washington D.C. and "Bert" for the rest of the country.

The indicator automatically changes color and matching Sesame Street characters with the current alert level of the real Homeland Security Advisory System. Accordingly, depending on when you are reading this, the alert shown may no longer be a combination of "Ernie" and "Bert." Continue reading for a legend showing all the alert levels.

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Credit belongs to Geek and Proud and it all can be found here.

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Sep 12 2004

Website News

I am now the proud owner of the domain www.danz.net which nicely rounds out the Danz collection which also includes, besides this site: www.danz.us and www.danz.biz. I wonder what Drew will do with one of these some day?

I'm still having issues with email notification of new comments--as in it doesn't work and never has. It's a problem with my host and their set-up which makes implementation of my blogging software particularly difficult. Simply put, do not use ReadyHosting if you want to use MovableType--or probably any other blogging system.

I got rid of Nedstat since it was causing pages not to load. It looks like they've resolved the issue but I don't want to risk the problem of pages not coming up again. For reasons I don't want to mention here, it was more useful than any other tracker in one respect. (Email me if anyone is curious why.) I replaced it with Extreme Tracking which appears to be a good compliment to Site Meter and both seem to load almost instantaneously.

I added a linking banner to Blogs for Bush in the left hand column. I'm sure that's a real surprise to everyone. I also added a Blog Rolling link which, for those who don't know, allows people to easily add Danz Family to their list of blog links.

This website is back in the top ten search results for "danz" on Google--number eight.

Alexa ranking is at 1,163,803, but given recent trends it should get under a million in the near future and stay there.

Finally, I got my first TrackBack.

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Sep 11 2004

Remembering Mari-Rae

Mari-Rae was a classmate of mine in 5th through 12th grades. I recently got around to scanning in some photos of her I had from 6th grade. The memories are sharper than the photos. She would have been 38 years old, this the third anniversary of her death.

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From www.mari-rae.net:

Having boarded American Airlines Flight 77 at Washington Dulles International Airport early in the morning of September 11, 2001, Mari-Rae Sopper had no idea that she and thousands of other innocents would become part of a national tragedy. Ironically, Mari-Rae had served at the Pentagon during her tenure in the Navy JAG Corps.

From Wall of Americans:

Mari-Rae Sopper, the women's gymnastics coach at UC Santa Barbara, was aboard one of the flights downed by terrorists. She was traveling on the American Airlines flight from Washington that crashed into the Pentagon, according to a list released by the airline. Sopper was hired as coach less than two weeks ago. She had been an assistant coach and choreographer for the U.S. Naval Academy's women's gymnastics team before taking the job at UCSB. She also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Denver for one year, as the floor exercise coach and choreographer for the Colorado Gymnastics Institute for three years, and as a junior Olympic gymnastics coach in Dallas for three more years. In high school, Sopper was honored as the outstanding senior gymnast in Illinois in 1984. She graduated from Iowa State in 1988 and received a master's in athletic administration from North Texas in 1993. Three years later, she graduated from the University of Denver College of Law. "She was an incredible person who had done so much in her life," said Lesley Ross, a sophomore gymnast at UCSB. "She had an awesome attitude and was so in love with the sport. She was getting us all pumped up to come back." Simkins said the teammates she has spoken with still plan to compete this year. "I think we just have to keep going, take everything what's happened into our season, and try to come out of it even stronger," she said. "We can't go out like cowards."

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Sep 10 2004

Stella de Oro Daylily

The Stella de Oro Daylily (Hemerocallis) was the first Dwarf Daylily to be created. It's now become incredibly common due to its super-long blooming period and hardy trouble-free nature. And this, of course, is a picture of one from our garden:

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After President Bush gave his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, part-time Senator John Kerry gave a speech in response (the transcript of which cannot be found on the Kerry/Edwards campaign website). Kerry said, "The vice president even called me unfit for office last night." But this is a lie as can be easily found out by searching a transcript of Vice-President Cheney's speech. Cheney never called Kerry "unfit."

John Kerry Just Makes Stuff Up--check.

Immediately after lying about the Vice-President calling him "unfit," which apparently is some horrible thing to do, John Kerry called President Bush "unfit" five times.

"Misleading our nation into war in Iraq makes you unfit to lead this nation."
"Doing nothing while this nation loses millions of jobs makes you unfit to lead this nation"
"Letting 45 million Americans go without health care makes you unfit to lead this nation"
"Letting the Saudi royal family control our energy costs makes you unfit to lead this nation"
"Handing out billions of government contracts to Halliburton while you're still on their payroll makes you unfit."

John Kerry Is A Hypocrite--check.

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Sep 8 2004

Gmail Invites

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I have some Gmail invites to give out if anyone is interested. Just make a witty comment in response to this post being sure to include your email address and I'll pass along an invite. I will post a message in the comments when I am no longer giving out invites.

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With reports today that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri may have been captured in Iraq, I was reminded of the Iraqi most wanted playing cards, officially called the "personality identification playing card," of which al-Douri is the King of Clubs. I thought it might be interesting to see how successful the U.S. led coalition forces have been in capturing or killing the fifty-two individuals pictured on the cards.

Because I hadn't heard the playing cards mentioned recently in the mainstream media, my first instinct was that we've probably rounded up most of the people represented on the cards since the media would surely keep reminding everyone of the playing cards if most of the people had not been captured while remaining silent if most had been captured. Well, as they say, always trust your first instinct. Read on for a visual of who's been captured/killed and who's possibly still out there.

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Thanks to the PatioPundit for creating the graphic and keeping up to date with his Iraqi playing card checklist.

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Our neighbors have a hideous two-headed monster dog that eats little children...or maybe just two adorable golden labs who want a little attention.

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Mommy was having a peach popsicle when Drew crawled across the room, pulled himself up on the recliner and made it clear that she was eating a popsicle meant for two.

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Senator John Kerry has made his 4-month combat tour in Vietnam the centerpiece of his bid for the Presidency. His campaign jets a handful of veterans around the country, and trots them out at public appearances to sing his praises. John Kerry wants us to believe that these men represent all those he calls his "band of brothers."

But most combat veterans who served with John Kerry in Vietnam see him in a very different light.

Before and After

[Mouse over the photo to see Swift officers who support John Kerry.]

This photograph of John Kerry and 19 other Coastal Division 11 Swift boat officers was taken at Ton Son Nhut Air Base on January 22, 1969, immediately following a meeting with General Abrams and Admiral Zumwalt.

The Kerry campaign featured the photograph in an advertisement released in May titled Lifetime. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth contacted surviving members of this group to find out how many actually support John Kerry, and discovered that of 19 Swift boat skippers pictured other than Kerry, 12 consider him unfit, 2 are neutral, 2 have died, and 3 now support Kerry. Four other officers were not present for the photo session; all oppose Kerry.

Only 3 of John Kerry's 23 fellow Swift boat commanders from Coastal Division 11 supports his candidacy today.

Please visit Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to learn more and to see their powerful videos.

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For those with children, you probably already know this. For those without children, I'll let you in on an amazing revelation that is known almost exclusively by parents.

The ABC song is sung to the same tune as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Mary noticed this the other day which was immediately followed by a short duet of me singing the ABCs and her singing Twinkle Twinkle.

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