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It's a New Year and NO MORE TRUTHINESS!

Damn. Sorry, didn't mean to start the New Year swearing. One resolution tanked already.

Venerable Lake Superior State University in....OK, I don't know where, probably Michigan...published their 'Banned Words' list:

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—Combined celebrity names


—Gone/went missing

—Pwn or pwned, a misspelling of "own'' used by online video gamers

—Now playing in theaters

—We're pregnant

—Undocumented alien

—Armed robbery/drug deal gone bad


—Ask your doctor




—Healthy food


That's right: no more boasting about healthy food (including Chipotle); you can't ask your doctor if we're pregnant; an armed robbery/drug deal gone bad resulting in a search for an undocumented alien; no more gitmo when combining celebrity names (which means we lose the awesome Beaurtney), which can no longer be awesome; and now gone/went missing? iBonus. Because I can no longer "i" anything. See if that plays in theaters. FYI: here is a blog i pwn. i mean own:

Make it a GREAT New Year BFAWs, and let's do lunch - all of us, soon.

Best, bonus w/o the 'i'.

Saddam Execution - Is the world better today?

Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been executed in Iraq.

His sentence was carried out for the killing of 148 Shias in Dujail in the 1980s following a failed assassination attempt.

Will this death make a difference to Iraqis and people in Iraq? Is the world a better place today? Should Saddam have been executed? How will the news of his hanging affect the violence in Iraq and around the world?

"The test of a government's commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders" Richard Dicker Human Rights Watch

A New Perspective

I got these cool orange glasses from my friends at Spyglass Creative. ( . OK, actually Dawn got them from HER friends at Spyglass - gave them to me. What ever. I know that it really one word. But no one ever says "whatever". It is always, "What...ever". So there. What ever...

Isn't life grand?

What is your new perspective for 2007? Come on, you KNOW you need one...

What ever,

Advertisement tease: A brave new world begins January 2nd, 2007. It is the year iBonus becomes slightly famous. More on that in the future.

A Great Invention?

Token TV a great invention or another sign that we are done as a society? It is late Sunday evening and due to force of habit or some great fear that that my peers will be ahead of me in the rat race on Monday I find myself scouring the internet for news. The StarTribune is featuring an article that will no doubt be buried by morning titled “Swarmed by screens” The subheading speaks to some debate about the effect high-tech products have on our life. I’m more interested in the mention of Jon and Deb Secrest of Chanhassen who apparently have “a dozen TV sets, a home-theater unit loaded with everything but buttered popcorn, six computers, and nearly 50 remote controls”. I am sure this information alone could inspire a great rant; or a check mark on my “rob this home” list, but what really interested me was their daughters television viewing habits. Her viewing is apparently limited by a device attached to the TV which requires the input of tokens each worth 35 minutes of tube time “which she must earn”. My first reaction was “that is sooo cool, where can I get that for my kids”? Then I thought to myself, my oldest child “4” could care less about watching TV, in fact I sometimes have to force it upon her. From an early age we as parents have provided gentle guidance that there is more to life than a talking glow box. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to kid myself into thinking that as my daughter ages her interest in TV won’t grow. However, I do think we are off to a good start in helping her make healthy choices. So is Token TV a great concept or just another sharp reminder of that fact that our lives are out of control and indeed “swarmed by screens”?

Thank you.

November 11th is Veteran's Day. Please take time and thank a veteran.

Election Prediction per the Star Trib - Big Q

1. U.S. senator from Minnesota: Klobuchar
2. Minnesota governor: Pawlenty
3. Minnesota attorney general: Swanson
4. Congress from 1st District (Gutknecht v. Walz): Gutknecht
5. Congress from 2d District: (Kline-Rowley): Kline
6. Congress from 6th District (Bachmann-Wetterling-Binkowski): Bachmann
7. Which party will control the Minn. state House of Reps.: Dems
8. Which party will control the Minn. state Senate: Dems
9. Which party will control the U.S. House of Reps.: Dems
10. Which party will control the U.S. Senate: Republicans
11. Who will be the U.S. Senator or Senator-elect from Missouri (Talent or McCaskill): Talent
12. From Virginia (Allen or Webb): Allen
13. From Montana (Burns or Tester): Tester
14. From Rhode Island (Chaffee or Whitehouse): Whitehouse
15. From Tennessee (Corker or Ford): Corker

For a tiebreaker, what percentage of the vote, rounded to the nearest whole number, will Independence Party gubernatorial nominee Peter Hutchinson receive: 6%

Second tiebreaker, only if necessary: The party that controls the next U.S. House, how many seats will that party hold? 221

Star Tribune Big Q

Vote Today

I would hope that you all realize that today you need to get out and vote.
Unless you are living in a cave or just really don't want to vote - you have probably seen the landslide of commercials, flyers and online campaigns.

However, if you simply forgot - this is your friendly reminder.

Get out and make a difference.

Boredom or Loneliness?

How to Live.

Poem: "How to Live" by Charles Harper Webb, from Amplified Dog. © Red Hen Press.

How to Live

"I don't know how to live." –Sharon Olds

Eat lots of steak and salmon and Thai curry and mu shu
pork and fresh green beans and baked potatoes
and fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream.
Kick-box three days a week. Stay strong and lean.Go fly-fishing every chance you get, with friends

who'll teach you secrets of the stream. Play guitar
in a rock band. Read Dostoyevsky, Whitman, Kafka,
Shakespeare, Twain. Collect Uncle Scrooge comics.
See Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, and everything Monty Python made.
Love freely. Treat ex-partners as kindly

as you can. Wish them as well as you're able.
Snorkel with moray eels and yellow tangs. Watch
spinner dolphins earn their name as your panga slam-
bams over glittering seas. Try not to lie; it sours
the soul. But being a patsy sours it too. If you cause

a car wreck, and aren't hurt, but someone is, apologize
silently. Learn from your mistake. Walk gratefully
away. Let your insurance handle it. Never drive drunk.
Don't be a drunk, or any kind of "aholic." It's bad
English, and bad news. Don't berate yourself. If you lose

a game or prize you've earned, remember the winners
history forgets. Remember them if you do win. Enjoy
success. Have kids if you want and can afford them,
but don't make them your reason-to-be. Spare them that
misery. Take them to the beach. Mail order sea

monkeys once in your life. Give someone the full-on
ass-kicking he (or she) has earned. Keep a box turtle
in good heath for twenty years. If you get sick, don't thrive
on suffering. There's nothing noble about pain. Die
if you need to, the best way you can. (You define best.)

Go to church if it helps you. Grow tomatoes to put store-
bought in perspective. Listen to Elvis and Bach. Unless
you're tone deaf, own Perlman's "Meditation from Thais."
Don't look for hidden meanings in a cardinal's song.
Don't think TV characters talk to you; that's crazy.

Don't be too sane. Work hard. Loaf easily. Have good
friends, and be good to them. Be immoderate
in moderation. Spend little time anesthetized. Dive
the Great Barrier Reef. Don't touch the coral. Watch
for sea snakes. Smile for the camera. Don't say "Cheese."


What else, BFAWs?


The pink plastic flamingo, a Florida-inspired icon that has been reviled as kitschy bad taste and revered as retro cool, is dead at age 49.

The end of the world as we know it...

What’s that saying? When it rains it pours? This week alone I’ve read about cab drivers not allowing duty-free liquor in their cabs at the airport because of religious beliefs, a bus-driver who doesn’t have to drive a bus with “gay advertising”, kids banned from playing tag, and now in my own backyard schools are banning the newspaper. At Deerwood Elementary in Eagan, Minnesota parental concerns over the "sex, death and general mayhem" in the paper have moved the Principal Miles Haugen to remove the Pioneer Press from the school library. One parent commented that having the paper available to students is “like leaving a loaded gun on the table." I bet that parents kids can’t play tag either. Seriously we are done as a society…it’s over, I give up, democracy has had a good run… bring on communism – I’m ready.

Note to Deerwood Elementary: With your new policy in place please take a moment to remove the following line from the beliefs page of your website: strive to develop intellectual curiosity and creative, artistic and aesthetic expression.

What's wrong with this picture???

Let's be honest there are too many things wrong to count. In a career limiting move I opted into my own photo shoot and volunteered to wear a Do-Rag. This photo if anything serves a painful reminder that as I rapidly approach my mid-life crisis: a Harley won't make me cool. It's a sad reality that I'm forced to live with. Maybe it's the Prada loafers and Cole Haan jacket that throw the whole thing out of whack... nope it's just me.

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