Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and understanding. I owe you all more than I could ever pay back! Since the passing of Sue Moon, you’ve not only made me Nebraska’s best known astrologer — you’ve made me Nebraska’s only known astrologer. From MOJOPO, Servant of the Sun, High Priest of Nature and Guardian of the Twilight Well. “May you never thirst.”
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

SCORPIO (10.22-11.20) What a trip! You’ve got one week to pull/put yourself together for your winter program/agenda, and then the spotlight turns to other things…and nobody cares anymore. Decide whom you love by — or on…

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Accepting the challenge


Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

How tough? They rank first in the nation in total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. And they rank third nationally in scoring defense and pass defense.

“Tough” hardly describes their defense. Really, no word does.

Armstrong must deal with it on Saturday afternoon, and it would be daunting for a veteran quarterback, much less a redshirt freshman such as Armstrong.

But he “is not going to be intimidated,” coach Bo Pelini said on Monday. “That much I know.”

Armstrong is 5-0 as the…

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Stay Thirsty My Friends

It gave Frank Zappa a chuckle. Frank’s bodyguard at the time was John Smothers, a very cool black guy with a unique way of looking at things. He was the master of malapropisms, a hoot to listen to. One morning in the studio, struggling to fit a ring on his finger, Smothers looked up and informed Frank, “My body contains water.” We laughed, knowing Smothers meant “retains water.” Like many of his misstatements, this one continued to be quoted ad nauseam in totally inappropriate and divergent ways. “My body contains water,” became the explanation for nearly every questionable note played, action or function for the rest of the project.

Smothers was right, of course. Humans are water creatures.…

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the Uranian “discovery” in 1750, was ruled by Saturn, and was more of a study of chronology, helping to determine a more harmonious way of working through nature’s cycles. The new Uranian astrology is/will be believed to be a path — and tool — toward forming a more creative psychological outlook. The next 4 months afford opportunities for some of the best usage of astrological info; from Scorpio (the sign ruling enchantment and the mysteries of life and death), through Aquarius (the sign ruling the unusual, the unexpected, the eccentric, the bizarre and any occult advantage). I owe…

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Hail Mary

Ron Kellogg III disappeared. At least from Bo Pelini’s vantage point he did.

Kellogg is the fifth-year senior quarterback who initiated Nebraska football history by throwing a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Huskers’ 27-24 victory against Northwestern.

No doubt you’re familiar with the pass. The ball was tipped at the goal line, probably by a defender, and Jordan Westerkamp caught it for a touchdown.

Westerkamp is a redshirt freshman wide receiver.

The play itself was unlikely enough, but even more so given those involved. Westerkamp is listed second at his position, getting an opportunity because Jamal Turner missed the game because of injury. Kellogg is listed third at his position, getting…

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News You Can Use: November, 2013

The Good

GMO Labeling — Finally. By the time you read this, four days hence, fate will be sealed for GMOs. November 5 is voting day in Washington State. On the ballot is Initiative 522, requiring food producers to identify genetically modified organisms or genetically engineered food in what you buy at the store in Washington. Despite polls showing that the public overwhelmingly wants to know if a recombinant gene from some fish is showing up in their ice cream or a toxin-causing corn gene is in their Oreos, it remains to be seen whether Monsanto and the other GMO Giants will confuse voters enough to vote down the measure. The voting is still in question. The public’s…

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Jays Locked in and Loaded for First Big East Hunt

Jays Locked in and Loaded for their First Big East Hunt

Coaches peg Creighton 3rd in preseason league poll

 

The calendar may say the holidays are still weeks away, but Christmas already has come early and often for head coach Greg McDermott and Bluejay fans this year…and they must have been awfully good given what Santa has been leaving under the tree.

The biggest gift came last spring when Creighton accepted an invitation to join the revamped Big East Conference, elevating the program from “mid-major” status to the big time.

 A few weeks later, two-time all-American and the nation’s leading scorer, Doug McDermott announced he was putting his NBA career on hold and…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Holistic vs. Conventional

There are two kinds of medicine being practiced in the United States and mostly they are diametrically opposed. One form is of the traditional sort,...

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Red Meat Roulette

Yes, we live in a red state. When it comes to red meat, Nebraska has more beef on the hoof than any other state save Texas. And if you’re like most...

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Watermelon, Man

The Dog Days of deep summer can make a body desperate for help. The humble watermelon can help you make it through the plight. In August, with most...

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Not Milk

Junk mail. We all get it. Sure, in a lot of cases it’s called “spam” these days. But the snail-mail hardcopy still finds its way to the front door....

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