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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I'M NO STEPHEN KING
However, my two typewriting fingers are working on the next best seller, meticulously pecking out each and ev-er-ee syll-la-bull. Hence, the sporadic posts.
Bits of newsy flotsam ...
8 Muslims still revolting, but it's not their fault. French minister says polygamy to blame for riots: Polygamy is a taboo subject for most mainstream French politicians. Far-right groups, however, have seized on it to argue that immigrants abuse the French social security system by collecting state benefits for several wives.
8 The sky is NOT falling! Repeat: The sky is NOT falling! Fuss and Feathers: "THE INDICATION IS THAT we will see a return of the 1918 flu virus that is the most virulent form of flu," warns America's top health official. "In 1918, half a million people died. The projections are that this virus will kill one million Americans . . . " A quotation ripped from today's papers about an impending "bird flu" pandemic? No, the year was 1976 and the prediction of a deadly "swine flu" overshot the mark by 999,999 deaths (although dozens did die from the vaccine campaign). That's something to remember amid the current alarms.
8 Closer to home, and my pocketbook ... Corning Natural Gas in a whole helluva lotta trouble: Corning customers may experience winter bills that are approximately 55% higher than last year, compared to statewide average bill impacts of approximately 30-45%.
The guidelines in the Commission's policy statement were developed to shield customers from price volatility and, had they been followed by Corning, the cost of natural gas reflected in customers' bills this winter would likely be lower than current projections.
-- Staff of the Department of Public Service is investigating the management of Corning Natural Gas to identify steps that must be taken to better manage the company's fiscal operations and practices for securing natural gas supplies. The Commission ordered Corning to show cause why a temporary operator should not be appointed.
8 Gary Sinise is one righteous dude! BRIGHTER SIDE: MOST of the media focus on doom and gloom in Iraq. "Unfortunately, you just get one side of the story here and you don't see the positive things that are happening," said Gary Sinise, co-founder of Operation Iraqi Children, which helps Americans send school supplies to the embattled country's kids. "A lot of progress is being made, the school system is being rebuilt and revamped even in the face of these insurgents' attacks," the star of "CSI: NY" said on the Tony Danza show. "We've sent hundreds of thousands of school supplies over there."
8 And Rush is pretty damned great, too. At the suggestion of a caller, Rush is hosting Adopt A Soldier Program: Sponsors may adopt as many soldiers as they would like at a reduced price. Each adopted soldier will receive a complimentary, one year subscription to Rush 24/7 and the Limbaugh Letter. Check out the details.
8 Don't forget the year round Operation AC: We are at our fall fundraising drive to raise funding for the Christmas season. All mailing must be done prior to December 2, 2005 to be delivered to our troops by Christmas. We will be sending 1 pair of Combat Boots, A Santa Hat, a phone card and also our pre-decorated Christmas Trees. Cost is $100 per each service member. Please consider donating. Operation AC prides itself on sending troops items they can truly use during their deployment!
8 Dan Rather? Who's Dan Rather? AS IF NOTHING EVER HAPPENED: Did everyone miss what happened last week? Either you did or you're too tired to care.