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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Time to go to Italy to my chubby, plumpy, pudgy, roly-poly and tubby nephew Antonio.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

http://www.valico.info/pages2/paginaprove2.html



Thursday, December 16, 2004

hair

I just received a letter from my former University, asking obviuosly for money. Unfortunately,
I didn't feel like donating money after reading the letter. Why? Here it is:

"Here are the accomplishments in just a few of our departments this past year. Chemistry and Physics. The laboratory of Prof. XXX, in collaboration with Prof. YYY and Prof. ZZZ developed a techinque that allowed them to stencil the word "hair" onto a single huma hair."

Great. Amazing. Wonderful. So what?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Anan

Too funny

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Friends

some of you might remember my dear friend Anan, who's now back in Jerusalem.
Here's his email - 5 months after I sent him my book.

Hey Giulio, I forgot to thank you for the great piece of literature
that you sent me. My suggestion is use your spare time to have sex.



Saturday, December 11, 2004

I'm so happy...

Wangari Maathai takes peace Nobel.

http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/2004/maathai-lecture.html


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Secretary Rumsfeld Town Hall Meeting in Kuwait

Please, can somebody put Rumsfeld in a nursing home?
www.nursinghomeinfo.com/

A soldier asks for the broken armor of vehicles to be replaced, and
Rummy answers: "And if you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up". Hallo? Is this guy senile? It seems like a joke of Catch 22.

Question: Our soldiers have been fighting in Iraq for coming up on three years. A lot of us are getting ready to move north relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We’re digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that’s already been shot up, dropped, busted, picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat. We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us north.

SEC. RUMSFELD: I talked to the General coming out here about the pace at which the vehicles are being armored. They have been brought from all over the world, wherever they’re not needed, to a place here where they are needed. I think it’s something like 400 a month are being done. And it’s essentially a matter of physics. [...] It’s interesting, I’ve talked a great deal about this with a team of people who’ve been working on it hard at the Pentagon. And if you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up. And you can have an up-armored humvee and it can be blown up.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

oh

Oh, oops, I didn't know that he was actaully convicted and was sentenced already.

Are they serious? Yeah, 55 years is too much. What are they thinking?

Why do they have to add that bit at the bottom about the petty prisoners filling the prisons?
This will teach me to read more carefully.

my point is that probably 55 years in jail is a bit too much, for somebody who sold marijuana (and carried a gun), no?

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

My Dear Weldon,

Um, what are you trying to say, G?
What is your point of view on this?

My point of view is that wow, we're paying tax to host a big party for prison full of petty, kind, gentle, and caring drug dealing criminals?

If the petty drug dealers did not enter the prison system, how else would they make a "big bad" name for themselves? (They can no longer say, "Don't mess with me, I did time".) What do they have to do, go for more violent crimes? ... Like use his gun that he was carrying but not necessarily "using"?

Come on people, where da love?

... Take the case of Weldon Angelos -- a middle-class 25-year-old from Salt Lake City -- convicted for the first time and sentenced for selling small amounts of marijuana on three occasions. The judge gave him just one day in prison for the marijuana, but added a mandated 55 years to the sentence because on the three occasions, Angelos allegedly carried a pistol while he made the sales.
Twenty-nine former federal judges, attorneys general and U.S. attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Angelos, arguing that his sentence violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. "A terrorist who detonates a bomb in a public place intending to kill a bystander will serve a prison sentence of no more than 235 months . . . . A second-degree murderer will serve a prison sentence of no more than 168 months . . . . A rapist will serve a prison term of no more than 87 months." They argued that Angelos's 660-month sentence is unconstitutional "because (a) it is grossly disproportionate to the offenses that Angelos committed and (b) it is contrary to the evolving standards of decency which are the hallmark of our civilized society."
Harsh sentences are appropriate for violent criminals and drug kingpins, but Angelos and others like him are filling prisons at considerable expense to taxpayers. According to the Bureau of Prisons, more than half of the 180,000-plus people in federal institutions are there for drug law violations. Most are low-level, small-time and nonviolent offenders. These defendants and we taxpayers would be better served by placing many low-level offenders under community supervision and treatment. Federal incarceration costs taxpayers $26,696 per inmate each year, or $4 billion annually.

By Barry C. Scheck, Tuesday, December 7, 2004 © The Washington Post Company

Sunday, December 05, 2004

wussup

wussup peeps!

Yes, we're planning an attack. Oh, I think that would be the one reason to stay in the US ... to be blocked from viewn georgebush.com. I swear I was contemplating on moving to Canada during the early Nov. Now I have a reason to stay here.

ok, so G, I told you I'd call you a while back, but I couldn't get through and I gave up. What's the best number to call by? Just post on this website so the world can see, ok?

AM, this is really really extremely lame, but is your registry still open? I operate on yearly basis, not daily or monthly. You know, think big... yeah, that's it.

Mike, I swear I saw someone that looked just like you on TV at the yankees / red sox game. I think it was you, But I think you were wearing the Yankees hat. Why would you do that, Mike?? Are you a traitor?

Did jeff dissappear after he got married? Just kidding. He's probably here more often than I am.
Where's Mayumi? I don't think she likes you guys.. I don't blame her...

-m

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Netflix, hockey and puppies

G, all you have to do is put the DVDs (videos are so 80's :) in the prepaid envelope and put them out for the mailman to pick up. (Of course I usually drop mine into a mailbox)

No jokes, sorry.

Jeff, no, COLLEGE hockey is the best hockey you will see this season, specifically Hockey East. Go Terriers! TV Schedule. NESN schedule.

I will hopefully have tickets to see the last game at Walter Brown on January 2nd, BU vs Minnesota.

Ann, we just got another dog, so probably no parties soon. We now have 2 dogs: Gustav (Goose) a 3 year old Boxer, and Tucker a 6 month Beagle/Shepherd Mix.

Maiko and Mayumi are in hiding. They are plotting a secret plot. They plan to steal Grant's Tomb. There by ending one of the world's stupidest jokes.

does anybody have other bad jokes to share??


ok. Hey Jeff, with that Netflix service, it's true that you don't have to go back to the videostore, but then you have to go to the post office to mail the videos, right??

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

hey everybody...

... I didn't get any feeback from you on what you think about the Position 69. Huupps, I meant the Proposition 69. (I know, it was a cheap joke...)

what's up?

Although it's 1:09 am I still have 1/16 of a beer left and I don't want to go to bed and waste it, so I was looking for a way to waste time. I found one.

How is everyone? Maiko - where are you these days? And Mayumi too? G, we know where you are at all times. Thanks for those complete and thorough updates.

I am a lawyer now, currently employed but I don't know how long that will last. I would give other news if there was any but lawyers don't have any other news. Oh, I did go to Portland, Oregon last weekend too. Any of you ever been there? I think it was a cool city but it was too foggy to see for sure.

Ok, my beer is almost gone. Signing off,
AM

p.s. Mike, when are you guys going to have another party? It's really time.