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  • By KEVIN O'HANLON
    Associated Press Writer
    MILFORD, Neb. (AP) - Urban dwellers who enjoy dining on filet
    mignon at five-star restaurants would probably just as soon not
    know about David Dickinson's dilemma.
    Bad for the appetite, you know.
    But Dickinson, who makes his living in the cattle business, has
    an environmental problem on his hands that is vexing state
    officials: a 2,000-ton pile of burning cow manure.
    Dickinson owns and manages Midwest Feeding Co. about 20 miles
    west of Lincoln that takes in as many as 12,000 cows at a time from
    farmers and ranchers and fattens them for market.
    However, the bovine byproducts from the massive operation
    resulted in a dung pile measuring 100 feet long, 30 feet high and
    50 feet wide that spontaneously combusted about two months ago and
    continues to smolder despite Herculean attempts to douse it.
    While city folks might have trouble imagining a dung pile of
    such proportions, they are common sites in rural states.
    In July, crews fighting a blaze in a three-acre manure lagoon at
    a dairy farm in Washington smothered the flames with more of the
    same - a blanket of wet cow manure.
    In December, Montana officials ordered the owner of a horse
    feedlot to extinguish a large manure fire that sent a stench over a
    nearby town.
    The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has informed
    Dickinson that his smoldering dung pile violates clean-air laws and
    is working with him to find the best solution to extinguish it,
    said agency spokesman Rich Webster.
    Simply dumping water on the heap is not the answer, Webster
    said.
    "There would be concerns about runoff to any nearby water
    source," Webster said.
    Dickinson first tried using heavy equipment to spread out the
    smoldering pile and extinguish the fire.
    "But the problem was, it started in another spot," he said.
    "We've also had the fire department out a couple of times."
    And still it burns.
    No one is sure how the fire started, but a common theory is that
    heat from the decomposing manure deep inside the pile eventually
    ignited the manure.
    Wilma Roth, who manages a restaurant along Interstate 80 about a
    mile north of the feedlot, said her customers have complained about
    the smoke, which wafts for miles.
    "I'd just as soon forget about it," she said.
    Dickinson said the smoke is not particularly malodorous -
    although that comes from a man who works full-time around manure.
    "I guess it's just all perspective," he said. "To me, it just
    smells like smoke. I really don't know how to describe it."
    Decades ago, most farmers and ranchers kept their own cows and
    pigs until they were shipped to market and slaughtered into filet
    mignon, hamburger, pork chops and bacon.
    And with all those animals spread far apart at thousands of
    farms, it was easier to dispose of the manure.
    But huge feedlots - were animals are shipped to fatten on a
    high-grain diet for their last several months - have become
    commonplace.
    Dickinson has an average of 12,000 animals on hand, each eating
    about 25 pounds of feed daily, resulting in as much as nine pounds
    of manure a day per animal - some 54 tons every 24 hours.
    Most big feedlots spread the manure over farm fields or compost
    it to later spread or sell commercially to gardeners.
    Farmers in several states are experimenting with using the
    methane gas from livestock manure to produce electricity. The
    manure is heated and produces methane gas as it breaks down. The
    gas is collected and used to power a generator, which sends
    electricity onto a power grid.
    Dickinson acknowledged that while some folks see the humor in
    his predicament, he takes the fire seriously.
    "It's a nuisance, and obviously we are trying to get it
    resolved," he said. "Everybody's been really patient."
    --
    On the Net:
    Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality:
    http://www.deq.state.ne.us/
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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    • Dear Ray,

      I know this will be demanding on you, however, I am heading overseas Saturday....for a short three week assignment....and I'm leaving you in charge of this Weird thread. Let's just say I'll be very near a Marine base....but still on US soil.

      Other than that.....I'm sworn to secrecy.

      May the weirdo Gods be with you!

      Ed
      Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
      Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

      *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
      On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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      • NJ, godspeed to you in your travels.
        Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
        Structures Specialist, MD-TF 1

        These statements are mine and mine alone
        I.A.C.O.J. Building crust and proud of it

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        • A bank robber in the southern Dutch town of Chaam was able to subtract the cost of his gun from his fine, the Daily Telegraph of London reported.

          The unnamed stickup man, 46, managed to convince a criminal court in Breda, near the Belgian border, that the $2,600 he spent on his pistol was a legitimate business expense.

          The judge accordingly reduced the amount of restitution from $8,750, the amount stolen from the bank, to $6,150, before sentencing the robber to four years in prison earlier this week.

          "You can compare criminal acts to normal business activities, where you must invest to make profits, and thus you have costs," explained Leendert de Lange, a spokesman for the national prosecutor's office.

          De Lange went further to state that drug dealers could also deduct the cost of vehicles used to make deliveries of illicit substances — within reason.
          You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape.

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          • OK Ed...Have fun.

            January 30, 2005 -- A South Carolina police officer blasted a stun gun at a distraught 75-year-old woman in a nursing home. The Rock Hill police say Officer Hattie Jean Macon acted prematurely in using the 50,000-volt Taser on Margaret Kimbrell. Macon was called to the nursing home after Kimbrell refused to leave. She was upset because the staff would not tell her where her sick friend was.
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            • January 31, 2005 -- So far, nobody's gotten Randy Cox's goat, but Cox wishes they would. The Veneta, Ore., man says a friendly, brown and white male goat broke into his house, made friends with his dog, Dandy, and shows no signs of wanting to leave. Cox says the goat is personable as long as you don't turn your back on him, "but he did butt my truck."
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              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

              Charleston 9
              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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              • Anybody care for a flounder spritzer?

                February 1, 2005 -- A Chinese distillery has created the world's first wine made out of fish. And while it may sound gross, the Dalian Fisherman's Song Maritime Biological Brewery says its new concoction is not only nutritious, but low in alcohol content. The brewery adds that the fish is cleaned, pulverized and fermented.

                Oh, that's OK then.
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                FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                Charleston 9
                "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                • February 2, 2005 -- Just how fanatical is ardent Philadelphia Eagles fan Kevin O'Donoghue about his Super Bowl-bound pigskin heroes?
                  So fanatical that he's mortgaged his house to buy a $4,000 hotel-and-tickets package to see them play the New England Patriots in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday. "Sometimes the [credit] cards are maxed out and you gotta do what you gotta do," explained O'Donoghue, 36, an account executive who resides in Glen Mills, Pa.

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                  FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                  FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                  FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                  FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                  FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                  Charleston 9
                  "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                  • is right!
                    September 11th - Never Forget

                    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                    Sheri
                    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                    Honorary Flatlander

                    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                    • Whats going on DOWN UNDER???

                      February 3, 2005 -- You've heard of road rage. In Australia, it's 'roo rage. Researchers Down Under say attacks by kangaroos have more than tripled in some areas. And dogs are particularly vulnerable, says one expert, Guy Ballard. "There have been cases when the 'roo deliberately leads the dog to water . . . It then holds the dog underwater and drowns it," he said.
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                      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                      *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                      • February 4, 2005 -- MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A woman selling advertising on her pregnant belly will receive $4,050 from the highest eBay auction bidder, Golden Palace Casino. Amber Rainey will have the online casino's Web site temporarily tattooed to her stomach Thursday. It will remain until she delivers her first child, due on March 21. Rainey didn't think her belly would fetch much as advertising space, but the casino has a record of unusual buys in online auctions, including paying $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich that bears the image of the Virgin Mary. Rainey has received national attention as her eBay auction page received more than 50,000 hits. Still, she said she was surprised by the final bid price and other possible perks. Rainey said Golden Palace officials would like her to expose her belly at concerts and the Super Bowl, though no final decisions have been made. She hasn't decided whether she would auction another body part or stomach again.
                        "Maybe once is enough," she said.
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                        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                        Charleston 9
                        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                        • Bad dates

                          We have all had bad dates, but this takes the cake. This just tells you how tough it is to be single nowadays.
                          This was on the "tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Jay went into the audience to find the most embarrassing first date that a woman ever had. The winner described her worst first date experience and there is absolutely no question as to why her tale took the prize!



                          Patricia said it was midwinter, snowing, quite cold, and the guy had taken her skiing to lake Arrowhead. It was a day trip (no overnight). They were strangers, after all, and truly had never met before.

                          The outing was fun but relatively uneventful until they were headed home late that afternoon. They were driving back down the mountain, when she gradually began to realize that she should not have had that extra latte.

                          They were in the middle of nowhere, and about an hour away from anywhere with a restroom. Her companion suggested she try to hold it, which she did for awhile.

                          Unfortunately, because of the heavy snow and slow going, there came a point where she told him that he had better stop and let her pee beside the road, or it would be in the front seat of his car. They stopped and she quickly crawled out beside the car, yanked her pants down and started.

                          Unfortunately, she didn't have good footing in the deep snow, so she let her butt rest against the rear fender to steady herself.

                          Her companion stood on the other side of the car watching for traffic and indeed was a real gentleman and refrained from peeking. All she could think about was the relief she felt despite the rather embarrassing nature of the situation.

                          Upon finishing, however, she soon became aware of another sensation. As she bent to pull up her pants, the young lady discovered her buttock were firmly glued against the car's fender. Thoughts of tongues frozen to pump handles immediately came to mind as she attempted to disengage her flesh from the icy metal. It was quickly apparent that she had a brand new problem due to the extreme cold.

                          Horrified by her plight and yet aware of the humor, she answered her date's concerns about "what was taking so long" with a reply that indeed, she was "freezing her butt off and needed some assistance."

                          He came around the car as she tried to cover herself with her sweater and then, as she looked imploringly into his eyes, he burst out laughing.

                          She too, got the giggles and when they finally managed to compose themselves, they assessed her dilemma. Obviously, as hysterical as the situation was they also were faced with a real problem.

                          Both agreed it would take something hot to free her chilly cheeks from the grip of the icy metal! Thinking about what had gotten her into the predicament in the first place, both quickly realized that there was only one way to get her free.

                          So, as she looked the other way, her first time date proceeded to unzip his pants and pee her butt off the fender.

                          As for the Tonight Show, she took the prize hands down...or perhaps that should be "pants down." And you thought your first day was embarrassing! Jay Leno's comment.....This gives a whole new meaning of being "****ed off."
                          IACOJ
                          If you are willing to teach;
                          I am willing to learn.

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                          • ^ Now thats funny...


                            February 5, 2005 -- A baby sitter in St. Petersburg, Fla., told jurors she complied when a demanding 4-year-old boy in her care ordered her to strip while they were watching a James Bond flick.
                            "Everything was a struggle with him," Sarah Slicker, 23, told jurors. "I didn't say anything. I just did it." Slicker was found guilty of lewd and lascivious exhibition in front of a child.
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                            Charleston 9
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                            • February 6, 2005 -- One Pittsburgh man says the ticket a state trooper wrote him violates his First Amendment right to use sign language — namely, flipping the bird. Stephen Corey, 42, has just filed a federal lawsuit. Corey was ticketed for following another vehicle too closely and for giving "an improper hand signal while passing my patrol car, namely, middle finger up," the trooper wrote.
                              "It's lawful under the Constitution . . . You can't give a ticket for doing that," said Corey's lawyer.
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                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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                              Charleston 9
                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                              • February 7, 2005 -- A famous Chicago restaurant renowned for ribs and chicken has been closed down for some things that are definitely not on the menu: a dead rat in the deep fryer and live roaches in the barbecue pit. Still, the owner of Fitzee's Serious Ribs and Chicken insists that despite the findings of health inspectors: "We keep a clean place. The place is beautiful."
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                                FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                                FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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                                Charleston 9
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