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updated: September 17, 2009

After last years Gustav and Ike, the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season may just go down in the record books as one of the quietest tropical seasons, ever.

…the El Niño that formed earlier this year has “really, really dampened hurricane activity” in general in the western Atlantic…We probably will see more storms…But I don’t believe we’ll see the [intense] late-season activity that we’ve seen during the past 10 or 15 years.

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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-NASA GOES Project satellite image shows Hurricane Bill(right of C). Bill, the first of the Atlantic season, strengthened to a powerful Category Four storm Wednesday as forecasters warned residents of the Caribbean, Bermuda, US East Coast and eastern Canada to be on watch. (AFP/NOAA/NASA-HO)

 

Nova Scotia — offshore, a buoy measured waves up to 85 feet (26 m).

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Hurricane Jimena, strikes Baja, Mexico September 2nd, 2009.

see also:  Atlantic Hurricane Bill, Hurricane Fred Is Second Major Storm of 2009

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Rowdy Round Rock

Deputies Investigated

Nowhere, but Texas!

In this photo provided by the Midland County, (Texas) Sheriff, an unidentified waitress at Twin Peaks Restaurant and Bar posses for a photo in Round Rock, Texas, Aug. 10, 2009. Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter fired one deputy and suspended three others without pay for the photos of a waitress holding a rifle sitting on a Midland County patrol car. Round Rock officers were dispatched to the restaurant after someone reported the waitress with the weapon, which had been given to her by one of the deputies who had been attending a training session near Austin. (AP Photo/Midland County Sheriff)

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Pets Creature Shelter CatsHow ’bout, “Cats For Clunkers?”

This poster released by the Michigan Humane Society shows the poster for ‘Catfax’ which allows would be owners to get the history of their ‘new’ cat before they adopt. (AP Photo/Michigan Humane Society)

see also: Michigan Humane Society

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REDONKULUS!?!

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Now YOU can add your very own ‘Redonk’ squirrel to any hosted photo!… ’cause I know you people have nothin’ better ta do: squirrelizer

Follow the instructions — scroll down ta get yer squirrelized picture.

see also: here’s the original, thisisphotpbomb, cuteoverload, redonk, redonkulusUrban Dictionarysquirrelizer

BTW. This was all popularized on Countdown: With Keith Olbermann, last week. If you watched that show, you’d be as cool as I am. Have fun, kids!

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Fair play and a reasonable decorum — un-like some recent town-hall meetings where protesters stole the show — was the dominate mood of the crowd that gathered outside the the CommUnity Care Healthy Kids Fair, in Northeast Austin Saturday, to hear from their respective congressman and senator.

A crowd, of around 250 people descended on the Northeast Austin clinic after printed reports stated U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett would be speaking to the media. The assumption was [that]a question and answer session would take place after the official business of the clinic was done.

Organizers of the kids clinic and participants of the health fair were taken aback by the sudden and unexpected appearance of sign carrying citizens who had little or no interest in the fair itself, but instead, were more than eager to connect with their representatives.  Health-care reform supporters seemed to out numbered reform dissenters by about four to one.

One notable exception to the generally peaceful crowd occurred when an unidentified woman threw herself on the hood of Senator Cornyn’s Mercury. A small group of protesters, rushed in the direction of the Senator’s vehicle.   The Senator’s personal security man was all over the woman in an instant, growling menacingly at her. The Senator drove away, unscathed, leaving Congressman Doggett to deal with Cornyn’s supporters that remained behind.

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Cornyn supporters. The burnt orange tee-shirt reads: " A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." --Thomas Jefferson The blue tee-shirt reads: Young Conservatives of Texas, For 26 Years Supporting Fiscal Responsibility Lower Taxes Limited Government Strong National Defence Traditional Family Values

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The CommUnity Care healthy kids fair in Northeast Austin Saturday are taken by surprise by large crowd estimated to be in the hundreds.

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Crowds are dogging the steps of Congressman Lloyd Doggett in hopes of getting some answers about health care reform.

Supporters of Texas Senator John Cornyn gather around his veihicle.

Supporters of United States Senator John Cornyn, gather around his veihicle as he departs.

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Some were there to show their support for health care reform, others had some tough questions for the congressman.

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Congressman Doggett weighed in with his own thoughts on the bill. "...it's far from a perfect bill. I hope that we can make it better, it's designed to ensure that we have more competition, more individual choice and more opportunity for the millions of Americans who do not have access to health care to get it," Doggett said.

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Doggett responds to health care questions at fair.

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At the CommUnity Care healthy kids fair in Northeast Austin Saturday, Doggett responded to questions from a large crowd.

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Some of those in the crowd didn’t just ask questions of the congressman, but also argued with each other.

see also: Doggett responds to health care questions at fair, Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on Why Conservatives Are Rampaging Town Halls, The ‘Me-First, Screw You Crowd’ Are No Longer Hiding Their Antics

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“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”  –Indiana Jones,  Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981


snake_bite_Austin copysee also:  Drought Provoking Snake Bites In Central Texas, Austin ER sees more snakebite casesLocal ER visits for snakebites are up

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