John Kerry will undergo surgery to repair his right shoulder. He originally hurt it when he suddenly switched positions on Iraq.
‹Craig Kilborn›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
31Aug
2005
Wed
18:01
author: Stingray
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Please Read This and Donate!

Please support relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina! See this link for more info.

Thank you!

29Aug
2005
Mon
21:13
author: Stingray
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Following the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has leveled in South Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and locations north of the Gulf Coast, there will be many in need of aid. LCMS World Relief and Human Care is there, among many organizations, to the rescue. To help those who need help, they need your help. If you are looking to donate to the disaster relief efforts, please consider giving to LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

LCMS World Relief

26Aug
2005
Fri
21:36
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Hello from Tertius

I'm writing this from my PSP (PlayStation Portable). As of 2 days ago, it has a web browser. Now, text entry isn't exactly the easiest on it, so don't expect that I'll update my blog from it too often. But, it does make for another option to do so in situations when wireless entry is the method available (such as when I'm on the road). Of course, there's also Tryphosa and Tryphaena, the laptop and PocketPC.

I just wanted to try this on my PSP.

25Aug
2005
Thu
19:08
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Who do They Think They're Fooling?

Are You One of the Many Fools?

With the price of gasoline on the rise as it has been the past few months in this country (possibly around the world), millions of people are finding themselves considering other modes of transportation to get to where they need to go (AKA, mass transit) and considering cutting short vacations or cancelling them altogether. Others are contemplating how best to voice their disapproval over President Bush, the war in Iraq or whatever political party or decision they dislike the most (as if we wouldn't be here now with either Gore or Kerry in office *shudder*).

However, according to the mainstream media, what we should be considering is hybrid or totally electric cars because they will "decrease our dependance on fossil fuels and are safer for the environment." Well, the wool isn't so quickly pulled over my eyes. I ask, "How?"

20Aug
2005
Sat
22:48
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Someone's Been Playing Around Here

MTL-ppp-152574.qc.sympatico.ca - 65.94.34.120

Is that you?

It seems someone from Canada (Montreal, Quebec, I'd guess) has had fun on Atlantis and Mrs. Wagner's Neighborhood, voting every entry either good or bad on both of our blogs (well, almost every entry).

I hope you had fun. However mischevious it was, it doesn't hurt my feelings (though how could you vote 'Bad' on losing Tara?), I just think of you as an idiot now. Not that I had much respect for you as a Canadian to begin with...

18Aug
2005
Thu
23:07
author: Stingray
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Isn't it Ironic?

The NCAA recently announced that college sports teams with logos or names depicting anything related to American Indians will not be allowed to use those names or mascots in post-season play. Furthermore, those schools who continue to be known by an Indian moniker and use Indian imagery will be prohibited from hosting post-season tournament events. This is to take effect in February of 2006. The NCAA Executive Committee decided this, a 19-member board comprised of 14 white men, 2 white women, and 3 black men. They referred to the use of such nicknames and mascots as being "hostile and abusive."

Now, anyone want to guess where the NCAA is headquartered? Don't worry, I'll tell you: Indianapolis—City of the Land of Indians (as the name means). Proof? It's right here.

I guess, by their logic, Indianapolis should be excluded from hosting NCAA tournaments and football bowl games (Oh, but wait, Indianapolis will be hosting the 2006 men's basketball Final Four, a March event). By that same logic, they should be looking to move pretty darn quick, or they may be accused of being hypocritical (and rightly so).

11Aug
2005
Thu
15:04
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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To Lose a Puppy

It was Time to Say Goodbye

I've been on vacation, hence no updates, either a rambling or my NCAA Gators dynasty.

Still, a sad event happened today, one that I feel justifies "breaking my silence." We had to put down our dog of 14 years.

Well, I use the term "our" loosely. Tara was a puppy when my family got her; we were a family of 5 at the time—my father, my mother, my sister, my brother, and me—no one had left the house yet. Since then, I have moved out and started a family of my own. My sister is out on her own. My brother is still at home, but old enough to live on his own (he goes to school in the same city as my parents live).

In all, 14 years had passed. Tara had been through a lot, two moves, a bout with Vestibular Syndrome, much traveling, and, finally, old age. She was going blind...nearly there already. Her legs didn't work too well. Her heart was enlarged and didn't pump too well. She retained water. But, as a Labrador Retreiver, her aim was to please (part of their nature), no matter the cost to her, and she continued to try. And through it all, we knew she was suffering.

So, today at 11:15am EDT, she took her last breath and drifted away peacefully. Her body now occupies a corner of my parents' back yard. She was a good old dog, a "best friend" unlike any other.

Old Tara...night before her death