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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

=>36.1 million-The estimated number of potential "trick-or-treaters" in 2005— which declined by 284,000 from 2004.
108 million-Number of occupied housing units across the nation—all potential stops for "trick-or-treaters."

=>1.1 billion pounds-Total production of major pumpkin-producing states in 2005. Illinois led the country by producing 497 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania also provided at least 100 million pounds each. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $106 million.

=>1,241-Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2004, employing 43,322 people and shipping $12.5 billion worth of goods. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 136, followed by Pennsylvania, with 122.

=>515-Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2004. These establishments employed 22,234 people and shipped $7.2 billion worth of goods that year. California also led the nation in this category, with 76 establishments.

=>26 pounds Per capita-Consumption of candy by Americans in 2005...
=>2,497-Number of formal wear and costume rental establishments across the nation in 2004.

JUSTin from Space Weather dot commie...SPOOKY ASTRONOMY: Today is a date of astronomical interest: it's a cross-quarter date, midway between an equinox and a solstice. There are four cross-quarter dates throughout the year, and each is a minor holiday. One is Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd), another is May Day (May 1st), the third is Lammas Day (Aug. 1st), and the fourth ... ? Happy Halloween!

SUNSPOT 921: Sunspot 921, just a speck two days ago, is ballooning into a planet-sized behemoth. It is too soon to say whether this active region will pose a threat for solar flares, but it is certainly entertaining to watch it expand before our very eyes. Visit for movies and updates.

TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Wednesday, Nov. 8th, Mercury will cross the face of the Sun--a five-hour transit widely visible from the Americas, Hawaii and around the Pacific Rim. For fun (and prizes) we're holding a Transit of Mercury Art and Photo Contest.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006
Pulling into Terrapin Station:
=>Maryland beat up on the 'Noles this evenin' leaving Bobby Bowden with a 4-4 record on the season. This is his worst season since his first season at FSU shortly after the Civil War ended.

=>Iraqi prime minister: 'I'm not America's man'.

=> Tornado knocks out power in Florida town...

=> Latest news re: Memphis Manatee

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Case you slept through it: In The Cards: St. Louis Wins World Series The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 in Game 5 to win the team's first World Series title since 1982. TGIsaturday.

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Friday, October 27, 2006
DICKcheneyHead sez: dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a no-brainer.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Patricia Madrid For Congress

Quite the tv debate tonight with Patricia Madrid and How's the Weather-Heather Wilson. Check out Patricia Madrid's Blog .

Our Mayor has a new blog that seems somewwhat 'under utilized'...Mayor Marty's Blog.

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Wow...we were quoted somewhere in cyberspace...the heady topic, LEVITRA: Expanding my search further, I began to include the possibility that the original couch said not "Levi Tra" but "Le Vi Tra"; a subsequent Google search for THAT phrase further concluded your wonderful "Ways to Spell" work from some time ago, as well as this charming quote from

"... Will I truly LE-VI-TRA if I take it? ... A pill that makes you so LE-VI-TRA-venous , that you'll need a wheelbarrow or a lot of time for LEVTRATIONOUS action. ... "
Full quote.

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World Series '06

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NOT seen in the news: A 6.8 quake hits Japanese islands=> A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted on Tuesday a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 800 kilometers (km) south of Tokyo, but there were no reports of casualties and damage. No tsunami warning was issued for the 6:18 a.m. quake.

Not in the news but it seems pretty doggone quakey lately.

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Monday, October 23, 2006
Osama's Obama next enema of the right?

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Sunday, October 22, 2006
EARTHQUAKE HITS HONOLULU=> The Governor of Hawaii has issued a disaster declaration FOR THE LARGEST QUAKE IN HAWAII since 1983...Meanwhile back at the ranch, FRESHCHAOS crew is back from Bonaire re-FRESH-ed & re-CHAOS-ed.

Hawaii Quake Hotlinks

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

We are in Bonaire , Netherlands Antilles [30 miles east of Curacao and just north of Venezula]. Visit: Bonaire Webcams !

Look for new Fresh Chaos postings on 10/23/06...

Everywhere you go,
You always take the weather with you.

Jimmy Buffett

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Briefs/NO briefs:
Latest RE: the Foley scandal: No One Died!

City Prosecutor: NAKED! ...His attorney explains that ""Scott Blauvelt is an American with a disability." Ah, who was caught on camera. A bit candidly, too.

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The U.S. Army says: Troops to Stay in Iraq Until 2010 . In 2010, our FRESHCHAOS HQ here in 'burqueville will be 100 years old...Will anyone be left on the planet? Join the Army, see the world...One of the few guaranteed-for-life 'jobs' in our nation today...How long that life will be? Anyone's guess. Drill Sergeants are said to be nicer these days-more like 'counselors'...This is causing less of a drop out rate among entering troops. Kinder and gentler machine-gun-wielding men and women are now emerging from the ranks of trainees into killer dudes and dudettes.

Bush's non-negotiating view of Korea may spell the end of things as we know it. Or maybe they don't really have a nuclear arsenal yet. Too much plutonium is being stored at WMD central over in Iraq.

FREE SHOWTIME...sorry it was last weekend; it's over already but having a 'Directtv free weekend of Showtime' allowed for several things to come to fruition in our teevee realm...One, the second season of WEEDS (which is now coming to a close), is highly (haha) progressed from Season One(which we recently raved about here). They are now into some deeper more earthy things in the Agrestic suburbs...affairs, convenient marriages to a DEA agent, and now they 'grow their own' (Weeds, that is. duh.) One Freebie episode featured SNOOP DOG singing a new hit he writes after purchasing weed from you know who that he calls MILF WEED...Even so, the two episodes during the FREE weekend proved to be not quite so funny nor mind-blowing as Season One, but Season Two may have to be purchased when it becomes available one day any-who.

And Two , the only other good thing about Shower-time is a brand new show called DEXTER...We have purchased the book the teevee show is based on called, Darkly Dreaming Dexter (by Jeff Lindsay)...Dexter is a police forensics investigater (BLOOD is his specialty) who is also a serial killer...Coooool.Addictively Disturbing! Certainly shows potential as a good airplane read...

QUESTION UNO: how many GAY REPUBLICANS are out there out or not?
QUESTION TRES: does it matter?

News is we will accept any oil Hugo Chavez would like to give us to heat our homes this winter...
Barbaro is doing well and getting better!
Finally, here's a groovy NEW Women's website/radio network featuring Gloria Steinman and Jane Fondler among others.

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Yankee's pitcher, # 30 Cory Lidle , in pilot's seat of crashed Manhattan plane .

Image from Google Earth...Download Google Earth(free)

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Manhattan Plane Crash ...

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A small plane has crashed into a building in New York City. No further details immediately available.

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John's Hopkins study attributes war in Iraq with 655,000 Iraqi deaths . Bah humbug! sez Duh Pres.

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Please tell me the reason
Behind the colors that you fly
Love just one nation
And the whole world we divide
You say you're "sorry"
Say, "there is no other choice"
But god bless the people them
Who cannot raise their voice

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace

Whoa we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace

I don't understand the whole reason why
You tellin' us all that we need to unify
Rally round the flag
And beat the drums of war
Sing the same old songs
Ya know we heard 'em all before
You tellin' me it's unpatriotic
But I call it what I see it
When I see it's idiotic
The tears of one mother
Are the same as any other
Drop food on the kids
While you're murderin' their fathers
But don't bother to show it on cnn
Brothers and sisters don't believe them
It's not a war against evil
It's really just revenge
Engaged on the poorest by the same rich men
Fight terrorists wherever they be found
But why you not bombing Tim McVeigh's hometown
You can say what you want propaganda television
But all bombing is terrorism

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace
Whoa we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace

911: Fire in the skies
Many people died
And no one even really knows why
They tellin' lies of division and fear
We yelled and cried
No one listened for years
But like, "who put us here?"
And who's responsible?
Well, there's no debatin'
Cause if they ask me i say
It's big corporations
World trade organization
Tri-lateral action
International sanctions, satan
Seems like it'll be an endless price tag
Of wars tremendous
And most disturbingly
The death toll is so horrendous
So i send this to those
Who say they defend us
Send us into harm's way
We should all make a rememberence that
This is bigger than terrorism
Blood is blood is blood and um
Love is true vision
Who will listen?
How many songs it takes for you to see
You can bomb the world to pieces
You can't bomb it into peace

Michael Franti and Spearhead

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Blogging Dangers: Today's FRESHCHAOS is coming to you LIVE, in color, and from a new keyboard!... Can you tell? Earlier this week I spilled an entire bottle of soda on my older (& wiser) keyboard. That keyboard was cleaned beautifully and made like new again only to NOT work at all...This is but one of the many hardships we endure to bring you the latest Fresh Chaos...

Big Cheeseys: Ms. Madeleine Albright was in town yesterday to speak on behalf of Patricia Madrid's campaign to oust Republican Congressperson, Heather Wilsonian. The Albuquerque Journal quotes Ms. Albright: "Every international poll tells us ... the United States has lost its moral authority. We have lost the respect of the world - and countries are more afraid of us than they are of Osama bin Laden." Sadly, that says it all...

New Mexico in the news: A soggy Balloon Fiesta was topped this week by a local (KOATtv-Abq) video that went to CNN showing a brutal catfight on a Bloomfield, N.M. school bus. In not-so-FRESH chaos, apparently nothing came from the big threats about shooting the citizens of Las Cruces, N.M. if a ransom was not paid.

Today in Albuquerque, a ridiculously-impossible-to-enforce set of DOG LAWS called HEART (Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and Treatment ordinance) goes on the books... No untended dogs chained on property... all dogs to have ID microchips implanted... all 6-month and older pets must be spayed or neutered... The folks who can afford all this and who read the papers/watch the news will do these things. The majority of offenders are NOT in this category. They are the folks who already are committing the problems that are not acted upon by city officials. Though kindly intentioned, this HUGE set of new laws is pretty much a sad joke. Can't ENFORCE what was already on the books. Looking good on paper is the American way.

No Gun Left Behind: Yet another school shooting might have been tragic had not the gun of the offender JAMMED after one shot. Where's that can of WD-40 when you need it? A 7th grade boy in Joplin, MO tried to pull a Columbine and failed.

Tasty Ms. Katie Couric's ratings for her nightly news show have fallen every week that she has brought us our nightly tv tray share of the news. In our newsy opinion, Chaz Gibson is the man of the hour when it comes to (non-PBS or CNN) snewz. Go Chaz... There are a few good Gibsons left in the world.

A reader writes: "I've not seen such a strange political year in my recent/long memory. We need a clean break, and a clear change from the politics that we've experienced in recent years. Posting the link on FC that shows our skyrocketing public debt points out the avoidance/denial our current political establishment is engaged in regarding the vital issues of the day. Of course, where do you start?  Iraq, the environment, infrastructure, and any number of other critical issues. The Foley scandal is easy to evaluate, and points to one aspect of corruption in DC. In my opinion, the ongoing subversion of public policy by influential lobbyists and fundraisers (K-Street Scandal) is the one that should be focused upon, as it is affecting everyone in the country. Jack Abrahamoff is a good example in that department. Not hearing much about it as an issue these days, unfortunately."

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Saturday, October 07, 2006
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Here's a NEW Jeff Hartzer Fun with Photoshop Gallery [The 'Erica Ruiz' edition].

Catch these Balloons over Bunnytown !

Now, you too can watch the National Debt climb before your very eyes...Then be sure to go buy stuff and, please, elect more patriots one month from today on November 7th.

Like COPS? You'll love

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Friday, October 06, 2006
For complete and utter tackiness, visit Borat.commie ;or don't.

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Too dumb for a picture
Just back from thinking I would take a digital shot of the Albuquerque's Tricentennial Celebration lights atop our city's Sandia Crest but the 'light fest' looks like development or a development on top of the mountain...Stupidist thing I ever done see, Wilburforce. And you can quote Happy 300th, Albuquerque...Go Balloonists...!

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HARVEST MOON: Tonight's full moon has a special name--the "Harvest Moon." It is the full moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox. Long ago, before electric lights, farmers relied on the Harvest Moon to light up their fields at night, allowing them to harvest autumn crops even after sunset.

The Harvest Moon of 2006 is a big one--almost 12% wider than some full Moons we've seen earlier this year. Why? Because the Moon is near perigee, the side of the Moon's lopsided orbit that comes closest to Earth. When the Harvest Moon rises tonight, go outside and look around. You might see some strange things: full story .

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TGIF on a FULL MOON weekend...The so-called 'pineapple express' is blowing grey moisturizers our way (from Hawaii, no less)just in time for the opening of the two week Albuquuerque International Balloon Fiesta and for tonight's lighting up the Sandia Crest for the ending of Albuquerque's Tricentennial Celebration. At 8:50 pm the mountain top will be lit up with 'environamentally friendly' little lights (Go N.M. Sierra Club who calls this display 'cheesey') ...Currently there are a few clouds up on the crest...but New Mexico's weather is famous for changing every ten minutes; we have a ways to go until 8:50...and more to go until tomorrow's pre-dawn Mass Ascension .

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Bless me father...Foley was abused by a clergyman. Most abusers were they themselves abused...Still a big mess for repubs and pages and EX-Representative Foley. On local level some are questioning our current Congress woman, Heather Wilson, for her role in protecting (or not) congressional pages.

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Crude and Rude: With the price of crude oil at a new low, the DOW hit a new high today. Hope we are all enjoying the twilight time between now and that first big heating bill of this year's artcic winter season...School shootings, rapes, and pillaging are at all time highs and the death count for our soldiers is up in Iraq...But the blue chips are blue and, for the moment, those jobs lost at GM, Ford, and on your block and mine seem to be but a blip on the radar screen. Let's get out there and buy new liquid tubular teevee screens so we can watch the world unfold in the crystal clear vision of denial while congressmen page the pages and 'stuff happens'.

Meanwhile, word is that a touch of moisture is heading to New Mexico for the uprising of hot air balloons this weekend. Oops. Check the latest at: Abq. Balloon Fiesta.

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Plane Hijacked : ends safely...

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Happy Birthday, Neve

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You put your weed in it..thus spoke Rob Schneider to his customers at the 'Out of Africa' curio shop on an SNL sketch. That sketch has been on my mind this week after purchasing (at a very reasonable Circuit City 'sale item' price) the First Season episodes of Showtime's bong hit deluxe, "WEEDS". Not being Showtime subscriber (nor likely to be one in the future), the dvd is well worth the sale price.

Mary Louise Parker plays a recently-widowed mom of the 'burbs who happens to sell marijuana to get by. The episodes on the dvd are indeed like eating a whacky tobacky brownie-they just get better and better. If you missed Season this dvd set. It's not just about the pot to put your weed into. It's about life in today's suburban Suburbans and Subarus. And speakin' of SNL, co-starring with Ms. Parker is SNL alum, Kevin Nealon as a City Councilman like-able/hate-able doofus

Quote of the momento:Jesus-Loves-You-Judy loves her Hillbilly Heroin --Celia on "Weeds" who speaks of a fellow PTA member's love of internet-ordered Oxycontin.

Malvina Reynolds sings the song that quickly gets old at the beginning of each episode. The lyrics to the song, though, tell the story of the WEEDS landscape...

Little Boxes
1. Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

2. And the people in the houses
All go to the university,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
And there's doctors and there's lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

3. And they all play on the golf-course,
And drink their Martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children,
And the children go to school.
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

4. And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

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Monday, October 02, 2006
Help! It's THE AMISH , and they are shooting to kill.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006
'Happy' Yom Kippur (at sunset) and Happy Labor Day all you chaos agents in Australia...Meanwhile, Happy Rocktober to the rest of the planet! You can wake me up now; Septmber's over.

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So much Chaos,
So little time.

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