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Read this story from the Anti-Defamation League about the recent recognition of an Albanian Moslem Family.

Makes our political arguments look petty.

Brilliantly funny

Conservator has a delightful song reproduced at his site. Even if you don't agree with the political tone it is a scream.


MPOW is looking for a researcher. The pay is probably in the mid40's to low 50's to start. MPOW has excellent advancement, life work balance, diversity and all that good stuff (no really it does).

It is tax time - Useful URLs

I have several useful URLs for you now that patrons are coming in for tax forms.

(One of the things I hated about the public library).

Everybody already knows about, most people know about (forms from all agencies including the IRS).

State forms can generally be found at a site run by the Federation of Tax Administrators

Webinar for you 2.0 folks

I'm going to this (we'll find out if it valuable or a time waster then ... these things go 50/50)

Finding the 'Search' in Web 2.0
A panel with Forrester Research, Comcast, and Reed Business

Date: January 16th

Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

Join Forrester Research, Comcast, and Reed Business for a spirited discussion about the role of search as a key enabler for the user experience of Web 2.0.

Killed GIs heros to Iraqis (contrary to media's idea)

Parents of slain US GIs were told thier sons and daughters were heros according to an Associated Press report (which of course will not be widely distributed).

The report is here.

The Kurds and other Iraqis who were imprisoned, enslaved, and tortured by Hussein are indeed glad we were able to liberate them. Certainly all is not well in Iraq now, but it is much better than it was under a murdurous tyrant.

© 1897 New York Sun

© 1897 New York Sun

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor-

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

As I leave to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends I number among my blessings those on LISNews who freely share their ideas and opinions. It is through a dialogue such as this that we can truly learn, that we can truly see what others see, that we can truly begin to understand ideas different from our own. I know that some on here are of different faiths and share different beliefs, however I believe we share a common goal of peace and understanding among all and for that I will pray at Mass this evening.

May you find everything you desire, may your lives be filled with peace and may we all be a little less skeptical in this skeptical age so that we are able to see the good in those around us no matter how hidden it may be.

This is what the interweb is for!!!

I think this is just spiffy. I can deposit checks I receive into my checking account using my scanner and my broadband connection. It is just amazing. I scan the front, scan the back and click a few times and the money is in my account right away. Check21 the regulation that made electronic images of checks as valid as their paper counterparts allows this new facility.

USPS mailbox locator

This is a nifty little tool that allows you to locate a USPS mail drop box and also provides pick-up times.


I wonder why the USPS does not have this service?

There are only 14 mailboxes in American Samoa

Sandy Berger is a scumbag

The classified documents that Sandy Berger stole from the NARA that he thought he may have thrown away in his office trashcan were hidden under a trailer at a construction site. It started out as a simple oops I forgot to return them and has eveolved in to a involved scheme to steal the documents.

What a scumbag. The article is here

25 Kislev

Tonight begins the celebration commemorating the dedication (or Hanukkah) of the Temple after Antiochus destroyed it. The 8 candles (well 9 really but one is for light alone, not sacred light) represent the miracle of the oil. As the temple was rededicated, there was not enough lamp oil - only enough for one day, yet the lamps burned for eight days - the time needed to produce more sacred oil.

That is how Mrs. Potash one of my lay teachers in elementary school explained it. (Oddly I didn't die having something religious explained while in school.)

A special place indeed

Wiley has the right idea for OJ.


I have a lot of crap. Old but working crap, new crap I seldom use and some crap that I have no idea how it wound up in my house.

I hate to throw stuff away that still has life in it and some stuff just never sells on eBay (why is that capitalized like that?) or is just too much of a pain in the neck to sell on eBay or other sites.

Soy un biblitecario! Y tu?

Our friend Greg is not brooding over the elections (nor am I - heck I didn't even vote for Katherine Harris (R- whacked) I wrote in someone appropriate). Greg is moving on with bringing a sustainable Democracy to the world. (If you can think of a better system let us know.)

Greg has an intersting item on a plan to put a bookmobile in Cuba. I think we should all pitch in and help. I'll go I have vacation time and I am a pain in the arse to Commies.

Veterans day

Saturday November 11th is Veterans Day.

Thank you to all who served and all who serve.
Without your service we could not have the vibrant Democracy we cherish.


By now I am certain everyone has heard what Senator Kerry said

You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said.

Now I know what he intended, that the President will get stuck in Iraq because he didn't study hard. Well I didn't get an undergrad in History at Yale, or a Harvard MBA, so I can't envision how hard one needs to study for those degrees but I fathom it was a bit more than an MLS from a state school.

However that is not germane to this missive. What is important is that Kerry did more today to hurt Democrats' chances than Foley did to the Republicans. Foley is a pervert and everyone failed to get him inline before he did something stupid.

Kerry however broke many of the laws of politics and public speaking (although to his credit he was not sending suggestive messages to children as far as I know). Kerry failed to realize that people don't consider the people for whom they are voting, and the issues on which they are voting to be a joke. He tried to make a joke and he insulted millions of people.

Further he failed to address his community college audience and rather used it as a platform to bash the president. There is a time and place for everything, and promoting the positive changes the Democrats have in mind would have been appropriate. However since he apparently feels the world revolves around him he took a jab at Bush, which failed miserably.

Second he felt that we all are Ivy League graduates and we would all understand the subtlety of his remarks. Well I hate to tell him that most people didn't go to Yale, heck most people don't have a BC law degree. Speaking of that law degree, he should understand the term 'plain meaning' and realize that most people are going to interpret his remark in that spirit.

He also failed to just 'fess up to his mistake and launched into a barely intelligible diatribe blaming the administration for everything from his burnt toast this morning to the Lindbergh kidnapping.

Dear Senator,

If your mouth is closed you have absolutely no chance of putting your foot in it. However please keep offending voters it will make it all that much easier for the people I want elected to gain or retain office.

N.B. Matt's election prediction, no shift in the balance of power, Democrats may take the House (although I am not betting on that - and I do bet at Paddy Powers). I'm not convinced that the Republicans will lose control; sure they may lose a few seats but not control. We'll see how accurate I am come next week.

Either way this country will survive; I'll support those who are elected, and continue to express my opinion to them. You know what we are supposed to do rather than make jokes and offer criticism that is not constructive.

Senate candidate wrote pervy books & kid sex acts

It seems odd to me that a man who wrote books about adults fellating children and other 'literature' with which I could do without is running for Senate.

I know there are plenty of perverts in this country, but these excerpts seem to only encourage them.

Depew mom miffed by local MD's myspace page.

A Depew (Buffalo suburb & Guinness Record holder forMost Bars Per Square Mile ) mother is upset because a local physician made fun of her in

The Buffalo Evening News (owned by giant corporation Berkshire Hathaway) reports that the brilliant and gorgeous doctor made disparaging remarks about several people on her myspace page.

Not even 25 bucks

So I offered my services as a librarian for twenty five bucks on ebay. Link here, as expected there were no takers.

I did get a nice note from another librarian (who has a blog at ). It was a very encouraging note. Librarians are nothing if not a supportive bunch.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving my Canadian friends!


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