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Friday, October 31, 2003

W goes Psychedelic !!!
Happy CHAOS-o-weenie!

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Thursday, October 30, 2003
We are getting ready for All Hallow's Eve this TGIF.
After ten years at this hacienda, we have it under control. Just hung up our collection of lights and have made several trips to the Wal*Mart Super Center for sugary products. Nuevo Mexico is a powerful place to be for the weekend of Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead (and we don't mean Jerry G.) . Many of our compatriots 'go out' on this night. We at CHAOS HQ. , stay home and from 5:30 until...we are handing out the goodies.
Things are for the moment looking good for the scariest costume this year W or his Motherly Wifemate. His give us back our tax money is looking good this third quarter. Stocks today didn't budge all that much but tonight's news broadcasters all sent a BIG HAPPY salute to the President for his Tax Cuts. Bravo dude and pass the candy. Let's eat it all NOW before we DIE or burn up.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
It's science!
What? last week's g3 solar flare didn't toast your mellows? Well, how about a g4!! solar flare? This one is a 100 times stronger. With all the California Chaos, it is difficult to work up a good sweat over a solar flare but in March 1989, the power grid in the province of Quebec was knocked out by a flare of this magnitude. So watch out there you scaly-wags and flibberty-jibbets.

This one is aimed right at EARTH and it is the largets Earth-directed event we've ever seen." says one Scientist. This is all due to beam in later today and Thursday. Nothing I read tells me what to do aboiut it all. Capnchaos suggests that everyone on the planet, Wears a Hat!!

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Monday, October 27, 2003
For the latest satellite maps of the California Fires click : FIRES now!

For the latest satellite maps of JeffnDeb's trip to SKYCITY click : See Sky City!!

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Saturday, October 25, 2003
Well Siree Bob, our home team the Albuquerque Isotopes can add another caveat to their historic opening season record...their parent club the Florida Marlins have taken the World Series!

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You may have heard of the New Mexico Lobos Basketball team or their famous stadium THE PIT but after today's gigantic win over the Utah Utes (ranked 23rd in the nation) may now hear of the Lobo Football Team. This season began with three straight losses and has now been followed up with 4 straight Wins. Today's Final Score 47-35
The Mountain West Conference is not the greatest by any means but this win over the Utes is a big deal for us High Desert Folk. Go Lobotomies!! Go!!

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Friday, October 24, 2003
This week I made an attempt to add a sound to the freshchaos internet experience. If you missed it, you missed it, but for a brief time there was a link to capnchaos sez...oogahboogah. When you clicked the link, after waiting a certain tyime depending on whether or not you shell out extra for DSL, you heard the two words...oogah and boogah placed next to one another in a not so soothing caucophonous sound. Problem is, this experiment, like a few others over time, forgive me, didn't quite serve the higher purposes of the world wide web.

Diligent readers using Netscrape and the new Mac Safari browsers were able to see (not HEAR) a bunch of code after waiting for the expected "oogah boogah"...This is a bit discouraging but what has truly convinced me to remove all of the 279 k of 'space spent' for just two words 'voiced and uploaded' is this comment from a reader who happens to be a very fine and outstanding educator of America's youth. Here's what he writes:

Also got need [sic] to debug every time I listen to the oogahboogah (which btw went off while a kid was making up a test)...

Thusly...Sound has made its appearance ; its purpose has been met and satisfied. So now, let's get back to that fascinating freshchaos content in silence. And a note to teachers who are peeking at the web in their classrooms...we'll keep this site quiet from now on.

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Feeling blue or green or dragging a bit today?
There's good reason if you needed one or is the Dark of the moon; Mercury is beginning a retrograde motion in cancer (which is the sign America is in, how they figured that out is beyond me) and a strong geomagnetic storm is expected to hit Earth today with potential to affect electrical grids and satellite communications. The storm is rated a G3 with the strongest being a G5.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"Sequels" is the story of America these days. A sequel times three hits theaters this week for pre-Halloweenie fun. It is of course, SCARYmovieTHREE. AAAHHH!!!
I don't know how the movie will turn out but I really like the movie posters for the flick especially the oh-so-scary-little-blue-man chasing the horrified bikini-d babe. I altered the poster a bit just for the fresh chaos of it all.

If you are into it here are three links for further time-wasting-online-fun.

S.M.3::> the trailer

S.M.3::> the official but boring site

S.M.3::> the non-official but less boring site

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My excitement for the World Series has dwindled to the slow mush of banana peels spryly splayed open on a wind swept sidewalk in Peoria. The last stanza of Neil Young's song For the Turnstyles sums it up for me...

All the bushleague batters
Are left to die on the diamond.
In the stands the home crowd scatters
For the turnstiles, For the turnstiles, For the turnstiles.

By the way, the rest of that song has little to do with Baseball but...

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Man leaps into Niagara Falls and boy dies while subway surfing...
Why don't we all just kill ourselves now and save money on lunch? Partial Birth Abortion is banned. 87 billion to Halliburton. Time for a Rummy worldwide cruise? Doc Kissinger appears on The Daily Show. High school diploma-ed college drop out makes movies, sells books, tells us all how the world is and that It's all over for the Republicans last night at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. So, all the news isn't bad. That "drop out" is one of two "large men" to have a first book printing of 1 million this year. The other dude is Dr. Phil. Today's local paper makes no mention of last night's sold out show for Michael Moore.

It's all over was his message to our US Congresswoman Heather Wilson's office voice mail from the podium with a packed house screaming applause. It was a Kodak moment for a man who is good with his lenses. A man who takes pictures and asks questions. His methodology is simple enough for the man on the street to take in. And strong enough to take home an Oscar from the Academy Awards folks who usually give documentary applause for flying swans and ostrich movies.

He wore a baseball cap featuring the New Mexico Lobos. Claims to not know why he's always being given hats and he is NOT going bald. Still he looked like the DUDE in his movies: a rotund, good fella who is not consumed by his wardrobe. Two mafioso cia undercover crowd watchers stood at either side of the stage to protect this man who is as loved and as hated as W. It was a friendly crowd last night who didn't flinch at the man's remarks about Rush Limbaugh. "I have not an iota of mercy for Rush...throw away the key for Rush...let him have a taste of his own medicine." And by the way, "The chicks and faggots have taken over."

"The right wing is all done." But while showing a spark of enthusiasm for "the big shift" in our nation's political ideaologies, he was quick to point out that in America it is every man for himself if you get sick. The weak are shunned here, while health care is a right for most in other countries. "In the most enlightened places" [higher learning institutions, ie: UNM] he states, "is the worst treatment for the weakest." He answered my blog question of yesterday about guns and Canadians: If a Canadian shoots a fellow Canadian, he is shooting himself. There is a mindset that all Canadians are one, unlike our take on life in America where it is every man woman and child for him/herself.

In America there is a bottom line of Enforced Ignorance. He talked of wanting to share whatever information he has; stated that we could use any of his words in his books, copy and distribute his dvd's, take anything from his website. That keeping us in FEAR and keeping INFORMATION from citizens only keeps us from asking the questions we need to ask and getting answers we deserve to hear. And just because it is the latest techno feat, doesn't mean it is good for providing information. In his cell phone call to Heather episode, he also called someone in the audience and got a busy signal. Much was made about the inherent problems with our dependence on cell phones and computerized technologies.

So what's on for Election '04 and for Mike's future? Next book [Farenheit 911 a working title] to be about the exploitation of the three thousand who died on 9-11-01. Election '04...Don't make it easy for the Democrats to put in anyone they want. Not "anyone but Bush," rather "anyone but Lieberman." Make the candidates work NOW on the issues - next Spring will be too late. Liberal leaders are an oxymoron. Republicans are not wishy washy on where they want to go for dinner. Let's get steak. Just do it my way. Liberals too undecided and middle of the road these days. Don't offend anyone; let's dig the tofu.

DEAN a good candidate, but supports death penalty, will not reduce Pentagon funding, and has A rating from nra. CLARK doesn't yet talk like a politician - even admits to have voted for Reagan, but so did zillions then; he is not a high horse liberal yet and these qualities are good. Short Man do you spell his name, Dude? A problem that he must personally disagree with abortion rights, but he sides with a woman's right to choose. Since men can't get pregnant, perhaps they should shut up on this issue altogether. NO THIRD PARTY...thinks it's too late for a third party guy. BALLOTS...should be paper (once again, like they do it in Canada...I am about ready to move to Canada after watching Bowling for Ottawa and hearing his's nice in summer.)

There has been an uproar over the rising "scandal" of the new and possibly to go nationwide DIEBOLT computerized voting machines. The scoop: Diebolt's company CEO is a huge athletic supporter of the Republican Party-Down Boys and pushes big buttons toward the joys of old timey Canadian paper balloting. You mark the ballot with oh-my-god a pencil, then you put your ballot in a box and then they pile 'em all up in a big stack and PRESTO the tallest stack wins the Macarena...A nationwide election in (you got it) CANADA, only took four hours to tally the wiener this way. I say let's all learn to yo yo again and give up our PlayStation 2's.

BEST CANDIDATE...OPRAH. "Michael Moore is not America; J Lo is America". All the latest demographics point to JLO and OPRAH as taking over control from the ANGRY white man demographic. Minorities own two thirds of our nation now. And why can't the Dems run a movie star? Who wouldn't feel guilty if they did NOT vote for Tom Hanks? 4 MORE YEARS of Bush equals scary times with Patriot Acts 2, 3, and 4 on the horizonline.

No child left behind should be No billionaire left behind. Teaching kids for tests is not the way to go. Largest surplus to largest deficit. First class passengers given a green light at airports when the hijackers were in first class. 87 billion...300 soldiers now dead...HumVee tax breaks...Jobless...Homeless...Unwanted children...Sold Out shows for documentary media elites...
Mad as Hell??? Yes, No, Maybe...
It's all over was his message; it's all over Heather.
But what about Ah-nold?
Hold that leap into Niagara Falls...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
DUDE, where's my country?
Well sirs, madames, and multitudinous madamoiselles...tonight we will see the great and wonderful Michael Moore at a SOLD OUT show at UNM's Popejoy Hall. His spiffy new book is released today as well.

DUDE, where's my country?

I am not a ravenous MM fan as are many nor am I a ravenous hater of MM as are many. I finally rented the dvd of Bowling For Columbus and found it to be surprisingly intriguing. He left many unanswerable questions unanswered; number one for me being 'if there are so many guns in Canada why are there so few deaths by gun (as opposed to the USA) ? I liked the movie up until the very end when he relentlessy harrassed Chaz-ton Heston at the actor's home. Perhaps tonight Mike (as he is referred to on his website) will speak of his 'adventures'. Well, No DUH!

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Monday, October 20, 2003
Happy Birthday today to:
Snoop Dog>>>born in 1971
TomPetty>>>>born in 1953
Mickey Mantle>born in 1931

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This just in :
A recent message from the Hopi Elders

"This is the Hour. And there are things to be considered...

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for."

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Thursday, October 16, 2003
Well, of course there's a World Series dot com. and this year's SERIES will highlight the yankees vs. the marlins and yes, there are no CAPS there...'twould have been so cool to have been the CUBS versus the SOX but some one up there didn't want that to happen.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Another missive is in from our friend Big Daddy Earl who recently escaped to New York City from Albuquerque. Click to catch his latest zany New York City antics::>
I've lost my leopard-skin cowboy hat...

After last night, Steve Bartman may never be the same. Go CUBS!!

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Monday, October 13, 2003
I watch as much tv as anyone else does. Maybe more. Maybe less (nah!!!)

Am I the only person on the face of the planet wondering recently Why are there so many advertisements/(o.k. PR releases) about the new $20 bill?

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Columbus Day has come and gone in my simple little life without much notice but this site just wouldn't be freshchaos if a barb or two can't be hooked into the scrotum of good old Captain Chris Columbus for his REALLY big DAY in the US of A.

Today, our Nation's Hero W salutes all Italian Military Men. Christopher C. wasn't in the military exactly. And though he did 'carry a flag', was it I-talian? And speaking of flags...Eddie Izzard has the greatest 'historic flag-bearer comedy sketch' on record.

No matter what, tomorrow is Tuesday, October 13th, 2003. Maybe then, I'll have some fry bread with my spaghetti. Tonight, I will dream about a time when history, tradition, and PEACE all meant something.

Now, all there is to worry about is Monday Night Football and the NYC vs. Boston historic fight to the pre-World Series' finish.

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The balloon fiesta is over and a peaceful quiet returns to our city as the numbers of touristras dwindles. Also citizens can get more sleep now and hopefully our city streets are safer because of it.
For more Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2003 balloon pictures than you'll ever need to see, visit Wayne's Balloon World.

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Saturday, October 11, 2003
More rain, thunder, and lightning caused last night's full moon to be pretty interesting over the skies of Albuquerque. This photograph was taken last night by Debra.

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Thursday, October 09, 2003
Earlier in Freshchaos, I stated my dissatisfaction with Verisign as a webhost. Apparently I am not alone in my problems with Verisign/NetworkSolutions.

Tonight begins a reunion weekend at my college without my presence (how can they do that?). The closest I will be to my reunion is viewing this Live Cam from what we used to call the Quadrangle at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. I have suggested to several classmates that they streak by the Quad Cam for all to see. Apparently, age has quashed their sense of chaos as there are no takers. By the way, nice placement of a tent right in front of most of the Quad Cam.

The full moon comes early in the morning . Actually, it will be out there tonight but won't be officially full until tomorrow in the a.m. Emotions and pregnancies will be in full delivery. Beware.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Schwarzenegger : The Governator
Wake me up when the groping is over.

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Several hours of delightfully thrashing rain have fallen on our city this afternoon. Tropical depressions have swept up from Old Mexico and given us, Nuevo Mexicanos the big dumpus extremus. Except for tonight's Balloon Glow and other touristra activities in Albuquerque, this rain is a huge healing blessing upon our parched high desert mesas.

It is still warm enough to have a few windows left open.'s raining. Oh my god. For those of you living in more normal climes...excitement over this rainfall, albeit gully washer style, must seem fairly absurd. But then there is nothing so absurd as a gully washing rain in the high desert. So there.

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If you missed it you missed it but last night's Monday Night Football game was a scorcher to say the least. Behind 21-0 at the half, The Colts came back to win in overtime 38-35 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Bucs Coach Tony Dungy who was fired by Tampa, came 'home' to a sweet and surprising victory over a team he had a large hand in creating.

In other newz...three more USA soldiers died yesterday in Iraq. You gotta love this war that is not a war where zippo weapons of mass destruction can not rule out the personal-do-it-for-my-dad-vendetta factor.

And today of course we will see if the female title wave rises sunami like in California to defeat Ah-Nold's attempts at unseating the current Governor.

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Monday, October 06, 2003
Catch our latest photo gallery at Bunnytown Balloons !!

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Saturday, October 04, 2003
One of many news stories about the tiger attack at The Miragestates, " People attending the show Friday night at The Mirage hotel-casino said the white tiger lunged at Horn shortly after he led it on stage, and that he tried to beat the animal off with a microphone." Nice wording and that microphone didn't exactly beat off the tiger very satisfyingly, apparently. Horn was described as looking "like a rag doll" as the tiger dragged him off the stage. After a thirty-year run, the show has been canceled indefinitely.

Back in the spring of 2002 we went to the Neon Desert to see Cirque du So Lame and while strolling around Vague Ass we decided to see the famed white tigers during their off hours. We started with the sign outside the Mirage, "See the White Tigers!" and continued to follow signs on a long, winding road through the casino until, finally, we were at the entrance to the tiger viewing where a sign announced that such a sight would cost us a mere $15 a head! Oy!! I'll stick with the good old orange and black variety at our most excellent Rio Grande Zoo for a fraction of that price!
Tangentially ...
Speaking as a life-long asthmatic and non-smoker, I find it ridiculous that the 90% outdoors zoo is a 100% non-smoking facility. I love the zoo, but who came up with the following line on the website? "The Rio Grande Zoo . . . where else can you sport with the seals, prowl with the polar bears, wail with the wolves, rumble with the elephants, hoot with the siamangs and chirp with the cheetahs." Yup, here in the high desert, our cheetahs chirp!

In High Desert News...After about thirty years of drought and sunny skies with a twist of blue, last night and this morning brought a most refreshing yet poorly timed deluge of rain for the opening day Mass Ascension of 750 plus hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Here's to the next ten days of hot air and mostly white people dangling from baskets overhead. Meanwhile we can bask in this morning's air and mood-cleansing rain.

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Thursday, October 02, 2003
Cheesey Rush Limbaugh is just the kind of guy who likes BLACK jelly beans. Enough said. Turns out he likes a lot of 'beans', those pill shaped beans.

And Man-o-Man, who doesn't love cheese?

AH-NOLD likes it[he LOVES it] and he's a pretty big cheese but you knew that. I did some digging and came up with some cheesey bits from the AP wire on his cheesey escapades occurring as far back as 1975 and as recently as 2000.

First of all...
Gubernatorial front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he has "behaved badly" to women and offered an apology Thursday.
So where's the cheese?
Well begin with, there was much in the way of unwanted fondling and groping with his HUGE hands.
Followed by the news that...
Three women told the Times that Schwarzenegger grabbed their breasts. with his HUGE hands.
A fourth woman said...
he reached under her skirt and grabbed her buttocks with his HUGE hands.
Wait, there's EVEN more CHEESE...
A fifth woman said Schwarzenegger tried to remove her bathing suit in a hotel elevator with his HUGE hands.
A sixth woman plaintively states that...
Schwarzenegger pulled her onto his lap and asked whether a certain sexual act had ever been performed on her with his HUGE hands and little-pea-sized-brain.
Cheesey times six!

Hold the Mayo...

The latest tally for the heat wave in France is over 19,000 people. That is pretty dog gone INSANE. That makes it just 'one of the deadliest hot-weather disasters in a century' according to the Associated Press. Global warming rules! Thank you Mr. President for the toasty conditions and I'll have some USA FRIES with my Coke.

Mahatma Gandhi was born today. Also today, he's dead.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

October first

brings rain
and the soft
scattered sound of geese
fifty four in flying vee
chaotic wings
against a sky of gray

Jeff Hartzer

The first two weekends in Rocktober are big ones here locally (locally here or locally there?) for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More hot air soon to come.

Here's a link that will provide almost a full minute of mousey entertainment...

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