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Search resumes for missing in mudslide-hit town

Three dead, up to 22 feared trapped in California

LA CONCHITA, California (CNN) -- Rescue crews resumed digging Tuesday in their search for as many as 22 people who may be trapped in Southern California mudslides that have already claimed three lives. . .

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Fewer things would be worse than having a 30-foot column of mud roll over your house while you sleep.

Please remember to give to the American Red Cross.

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Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2004

10. defenestration: Main Entry: de·fen·es·tra·tion
Pronunciation: (")dE-"fe-n&-'strA-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: de- + Latin fenestra window
: a throwing of a person or thing out of a window
- de·fen·es·trate /(")dE-'fe-n&-"strAt/ transitive verb

9. sovereignty: Main Entry: sov·er·eign·ty
Variant(s): also sov·ran·ty /-tE/
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Etymology: Middle English soverainte, from Middle French soveraineté, from Old French, from soverain
1 obsolete : supreme excellence or an example of it
2 a : supreme power especially over a body politic b : freedom from external control : AUTONOMY c : controlling influence
3 : one that is sovereign; especially: an autonomous state

8. partisan: Main Entry: 1par·ti·san
Variant(s): also par·ti·zan /'pär-t&-z&n, -s&n, -"zan, chiefly British "pär-t&-'zan/
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French partisan, from Old Italian partigiano, from parte part, party, from Latin part-, pars part
1 : a firm adherent to a party , faction, cause, or person; especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance
2 a : a member of a body of detached light troops making forays and harassing an enemy b : a member of a guerrilla band operating within enemy lines
synonym see FOLLOWER
- partisan adjective
- par·ti·san·ly /-lE/ adverb
- par·ti·san·ship /-"ship/ noun

7. peloton: noun (1951) : the main body of riders in a bicycle race

6. cicada: Main Entry: ci·ca·da
Pronunciation: s&-'kA-d&, -'kä-; sI-'kA-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -das also ci·ca·dae /-'kA-(")dE, -'kä-/
Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cicada: any of a family (Cicadidae) of homopterous insects which have a stout body, wide blunt head, and large transparent wings and the males of which produce a loud buzzing noise usually by stridulation

5. hurricane: Main Entry: 1hur·ri·cane
Pronunciation: 'h&r-&-"kAn, -i-k&n, 'h&-r&-, 'h&-ri-
Function: noun
Etymology: Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán
1 : a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (118 kilometers) per hour or greater that occurs especially in the western Atlantic, that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes -- see BEAUFORT SCALE table
2 : something resembling a hurricane especially in its turmoil

4. insurgent:
Main Entry: 1in·sur·gent
Pronunciation: -j&nt
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin insurgent-, insurgens, present participle of insurgere to rise up, from in- + surgere to rise -- more at SURGE
1 : a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially : a rebel not recognized as a belligerent
2 : one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party

3. electoral: Main Entry: elec·tor·al
Pronunciation: i-'lek-t(&-)r&l, "E-lek-'tor-&l
Function: adjective
1 : of or relating to an elector electoral vote>
2 : of or relating to election electoral system>
- elec·tor·al·ly /-t(&-)r&-lE, -'tor-&-lE/ adverb

2. incumbent: Main Entry: 1in·cum·bent
Pronunciation: in-'k&m-b&nt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin incumbent-, incumbens, present participle of incumbere to lie down on, from in- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to cubare to lie
1 : the holder of an office or ecclesiastical benefice
2 : OCCUPANT

1 Blog noun [short for Weblog] (1999) : a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer

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So how ‘bout that new Surreal Life, eh?

I thought nothing, but nothing, could top the magic that was the love affair between Brigitte Neilson and Flavor Flav last season (I actually didn’t watch the show much last season; but I saw enough of this wonderous love affair to be completely…revolted? Aghast? Amused? Happy over their obvious joy in one another’s company?)…however…

Now, I know this is completely un-PC of me to the max, but…

Seeing “Mini Me” tip over like a defective Weeble after drinking too much on the first show of this season was just the Best. Television. Moment. Ever.

Mini-Me’s tipping-over—by-the-pool moment was preceded by some slightly-disturbing drunken behavior such as wobbly-walking (and wobbly-driving of his mini-scooter) and the consistent punching of his roommate’s arm in a most annoying manner. It was quickly followed by enormously disturbing groaning while being put to bed by Peter Brady*, then followed by the even more disturbing petting of Peter Brady* while being put to bed.

His little “mini-me” hands were all over Peter Brady’s* face and chest. It was…well, surreal. Peter Brady* was flummoxed**, to say the least.

Oh and then? Later? Roommate Da Brat (whose moniker is apparently quite apt) comes out in to the hall to find Mini Me on his scooter, “butt ass naked” (in the words of Da Brat). He runs his scooter in to the wall, where he then shifts in his seat, turns to the side and starts to pee.

Of course…the problem is, he is in the middle of, like, the living room.

You’ll note how often I have used the word “disturbing”…This whole episode was so disturbingly hilarious. Not only was there Mini Me, but we also got a glimpse in to the life and personality of someone called ‘China Doll.”

Um…scary.

My words simply do not do this show justice. The first episode was seriously like a car accident you just can’t help but slow down to watch.

I will admit that I was seriously concerned that “Mini Me” was going to die from alcohol poisoning, though. I mean, he’s small. How much booze can you put in to that body? I have never seen anyone that disturbingly drunk before. And believe me when I say I’ve seen some disturbing drunks.

Anyway, then I remembered how the little guy freaked me out by rubbing Adrienne’s nipple while eating sushi off of her body (oh, that was earlier in the show) and I didn’t feel so bad for him anymore.

Yes, I said Adrienne. As in, America’s Next Top Model Adrienne! Woo-hoo! Love that chick. She looks fabulous too, I must say.

Oh and Adrienne? I, too, say, never pass up the opportunity to skinny-dip with a Go Go.

And how hot does Peter Brady* look? And what is he, like, fifty-five or something? Dang…

So if we must be subjected to the nauseating, disturbing and yet oddly hilarious antics of “Mini Me,” on top of the nauseating, disturbing and almost-as-unattractive-as-Brigitte-Neilson semi-nakedness of one “China Doll,” at least we are also treated to shots of boxer-shorts-clad Peter Brady and that Calvin Klein Male Model guy with no shirts on.

Dy-No-Mite.

*I don’t know the guy’s real name and even if I used it, would you know who I was talking about?

**I have made it my mission to reintroduce the word “flummoxed” in to common, every day English language usage.

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Word of the Day for Tuesday January 11, 2005

quagmire KWAG-myr; KWOG-, noun:
1. Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet.
2. A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.



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