Wednesday

POLITICAL TIDBITS-John Kerry Not Running for Prez but Mouth Runs On Overseas

Time for some Political Tidbits and first we must visit that joke of a Scooter Libby trial. And hey, Kerry's not running for Prez but his mouth runneth overtime across the sea.

How about that voting machine hacked by the pic of a key?

Cheney fights with Blitzer, Jimmah Carter's lying book and finally, a dead soldier's sperm is harvested, we're not making this up, that his parents have a grandchild denied them by his death in war.


Pic of the Day
Bill Clinton




Quote of the Day

Christian Quotes-Part 1

Don't let your worries get the Best of you, remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
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Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.
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Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.
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It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
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The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.
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When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.
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Web Site Worth the Visit
Designated UNWORD List Web Site

We're not sure what an UNWORD is, but this site's motto is: "Changing the English language one word at a time."

UNWORDS.com



TIDBITS
"Fathers of 1900 Vs.Today"

In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English.

Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family's head, he was a success.

Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 4-car garage And that's just the vacation home.

In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived.

Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure film is in the video camera.

In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons.

Today, kids wouldn't touch Dad's clothes if they were sliding naked down an icicle.

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business.

Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the DVR.

In 1900, fathers pined for old country Romania, Italy, or Russia.

Today, fathers pine for old country Hank Williams.

In 1900, fathers shook their children gently and whispered, "Wake up, it's time for school."

Today, kids shake their fathers violently at 4 a.m., shouting: "Wake up, it's time for hockey practice."

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table.

Today, a father comes home to a note: "Jimmy's at baseball, Cindy's at gymnastics, I'm at gym, Pizza in fridge."

In 1900, fathers and sons would have heart-to-heart conversations while fishing in a stream.

Today, fathers pluck the headphones off their sons' ears and shout, "WHEN YOU HAVE A MINUTE.."

In 1900, a father gave a pencil box for Christmas, and the kid was all smiles.

Today, a father spends $800 at Toys 'R' Us, and the kid screams: "I wanted X-Box!"


Political Tidbits

Kerry's "Gut" Told Him Not to Run Again

What a load of bullshit the following is, forgive my English.

From the Boston Herald:
John French KerrySen. John F. Kerry was facing “enormous pressure” to make another run for the White House and had the backing of most of his inner circle - including his wife - but decided against another tough campaign based on his “gut,” the senator told the Herald.

This blurb is so full of hidden meanings my eyes are rolling in my head.

The "backing of most of his inner circle"? Including "his wife"?

Ladies and gems, Kerry's ONLY INNER CIRCLE is his wife! She's the one with the bucks go to hell does the Boston Herald think we are stupid?

Okay, let me summarize here..."I asked Theresa if she was willing to finance another presidential run to appease my ego and she said NO".

Not that this was rocket science. John Kerry has turned out to be such a pompous fool that I sit and ponder how those who voted for the man must feel at this point. It seems Kerry's new job is to go overseas and in front of an audience that hates America he will make fun of this country, mock its leaders and call us citizens fools, witness his America as "pariah" nonsense in Davos, Switzerland this past week.

However, may I remind that although JFK is a loser and idiot, the fellow is STILL a U.S. Senator, thank God for the citizens of Massachusetts who keep voting this guy into office.

Hillary's "In It To Win"!

Here's your official notice folks. The day of this writing is 1/31/07. We now have a year and eight more months of non-stop Hillary, 24/7. We have Hillary in the morning, Hillary in the evening, Hillary at supper time.

Which is going to be interesting in that Hillary Clinton is the most molded, spin-dried, two-plied, watched-over, and researched candidate ever in this United States of America. The woman makes no move and says no words without a phalanx of spin-artists vetting and fretting over how to present this vaporous and scandal-filled former First Lady.

Face it folks, Hillary Clinton's claim to fame is that she's a former wife of a President. Darn, if tomorrow Laura Bush decided to run for President she too would be greeted with the curiousity of the Media and courted by the big-money donors. It's about name recognition and by now there's hardly an American alive who hasn't heard of Hillary Clinton.

I don't much like Hillary, duh, but I'll allow that she's got as much right to run for President as mine own wise self.

So the witch...oops, woman, begins her campaign with what she calls a "discussion of the issues" and she's doing this, hold your breath, ON THE INTERNET!

Now what's wrong with this picture folks?

From the NY Sun.com:
Wearing a "presidential red" suit top and resting her back on a "waspy" pillow in an almost colorless room, Senator Clinton on Saturday announced her bid for presidency on hillaryclinton.com.

By choosing to embark on a presidential campaign using the Internet, Mrs. Clinton is bypassing traditional press filters and maintain total control of how her image is presented to the country, begging the question: What's with the big gold watch?

Indeed as the article above suggests, an Internet venue allows for all sorts of spin and manipulation. Hey, the Internet is full of people who create personnas out of thin air. Most of us fools out here in la-la land understand this.

Answer me this...why the hell can't this woman sit her big butt down with Tim Russert and simply answer the questions he asks? Has anyone ever seen Hillary on "Meet the Press"? Has anyone seen this woman on any show and allowed herself to be interviewed with questions that SHE AND HER MINIONS DID NOT APPROVE IN ADVANCE?

Lord it must be nice to be Hillary Clinton. All you have to do is do whatever the hell you want to do. Crook your finger and the Hollywood money rolls in. Create an aura of your choice by artful selection of props and sound too too cool by answering questions that your staff chose with answers that your staff provided.

Do we really want this creature as our next President?

Carter's Lying Book Continues to be "Edited"

I am just so tired of the Media and various politicos tip-toeing around this joke of an ex-President's true nature.

For Jimmy Carter is bought and paid for by foreign factions, period, pure and simple and follow the damn money folks!

From the Washington Times:
Jimmy Carter as Nazi

Jimmy Carter has apologized for what he called a "stupid" passage in his book that critics say is a de facto endorsement of Palestinian violence against Israelis. The former president had spent most of the past two months defending his new book, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid," after 15 board members at his Atlanta-based Carter Center resigned in protest of the book's content. "I apologize to you personally and to everyone here," Mr. Carter said when asked about the passage by a student during his appearance at Brandeis University on Tuesday. After explaining that the passage was "worded in a completely improper and stupid way," Mr. Carter said he has asked publisher Simon & Schuster Inc. to change the wording in future editions of the book.

Carter's various corporations owned by him and his family are all financed by foreign money, money from either Arabs or South and Central American thieves, despots and dictators.

Like hey, no one will say this although it's been documented so much I'm not going to bother with the links.

A certain amount of experience and gravitas is given, by unspoken fiat, to a former U.S. President. Which is fine, by the way, as hey, an American President DOES have knowledge and experience most of us will never know.

This does not mean that former U.S. Presidents won't take advantage of that status to hold out his or her palm for greasing.

This new book by Jimmy Carter is so pathetic and untrue that as of this writing, fully TEN of his colleagues at the Think Tank Carter belongs to up and resigned. Now we are to understand that his lying book is STILL in need of editing, this AFTER it's published?

And I can't get a book published even with a thorough editing before anyone lays an eye on it.

Delaware, DuPont and Energy from Corn

The day after the State of the Union speech I happened to be at my monthly meeting of local Republican women. One of the speakers mentioned that Bush was, even as we listened, up in Wilmington and meeting at a Dupont plant to discuss alternate forms of energy.

From Opinion Journal.com:
President Bush made a big push for alternative fuels in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Americans to reduce gasoline consumption by 20% over 10 years. And as soon as the sun rose on Wednesday, he set out to tour a DuPont facility in Delaware to tout the virtues of "cellulosic ethanol" and propose $2 billion in loans to promote the stuff. For a man who famously hasn't taken a drink for 20 years, that's a considerable intake of alcohol.

I don't know whether to rejoice or cry.

DuPont, my goodness, owns Delaware. Thus Bush's visit to DuPont is a sure sign of federal dollars to come. As a Delawarian I should be filled with joy.

Except the notion of powering our cars with corn and/or other vegetation is still frought with problems and its impact on this country's foreign oil consumption and the positive environmental impacts is still vague and unknown.

At any rate, we know Joe Biden is thankful for the President visiting his state and we know that ole Joe will be gracious from now on to a President who can bring his home state so much revenue.

No wait! Isn't Joe running for Prez? Well hey, what's more important, Delaware or Joe Biden?

The Continuing Problem of Afghanistan and the Poppies

I am simply at a total loss as to why the government of Afghanistan would refuse the spraying of herbicide which would effectively kill that country's poppy crop with little fuss.

From Timesonline.com:
After several days of high-level talks in Kabul, it was announced yesterday that there would be no spraying of this year’s crop, due to be harvested in two months.

Mr Karzai has promised that if other, less controversial methods of eradication — notably sending in labourers with sticks to beat the heads off the poppies — fail to have a substantial impact on the harvest, he will turn to herbicide next year, although he has ruled out aerial spraying. Said Mohammad Azam, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics, said of the decision to beat the poppies: “If it works, that is fine. If it does not, next year ground spraying will be in the list of options.”

Instead Karzai wants to send in guys with sticks to beat up the poppy blooms? We are to assume this is a better solution than spraying?

Scuttlebutt has it that Afghanistan's entire economy is based on the success of its opium crop and any wholesale, sucessful eradication of same would bring down the country more effectively than any group of terrorists. Scuttlebutt also has it that the Afghanistan government is filled with entrepreneurs who are economically benefitted personally by that same opium crop.

The Cheneys and Their Next Grandchild

The Vice-President and his wife are currently struggling with the thorny issue of their lesbian daughter and the impending birth of her child. No one really knows how the child was conceived and frankly, I suppose, it's no one's business.

But hey, he's the Vice-President of the U.S. and surely the Cheneys know that such questions are to be expected.

Recently Dick Cheney was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Blitzer did what any journalist would do, especially to a Republican. Wolf asked Cheney about his soon-to-be-born grandchild of his lesbian daughter, a link to the video below.

LINK TO CHENEY AND WOLF VIDEO

The Cheneys are taking offense at the questions thrown at them about this expected birth but if I take the stand that Hillary should have to face the music of intrusive journalistic questions, I must also take the position that the Cheneys too should expect questions.

From TMZ.com:
On Wednesday's episode, Blitzer congratulated the sneering Veep on the impending birth of his grandchild, while adding that some conservative groups are critical of Mary's pregnancy. Blitzer then read a statement by the anti-gay Christian organizaton, Focus on the Family. "Mary Cheney's pregnancy raises the question of what's best for children. Just because it's possible to conceive a child outside of the relationship of a married mother and father, doesn't mean it's best for the child."

A steaming Dick would not respond to the comment but did seethe, "I'm delighted -- I'm delighted I'm about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf, and obviously think the world of both of my daughters and all of my grandchildren. And I think, frankly, you're out of line with that question."

The Cheneys do not, of course, have to answer such questions and an argument could be made that this is a very personal situation and has nothing to do with the running of the country.

I'd accept that argument handily enough. I'll never accept that politicians get a free pass from probing questions from journalists about this story. The Cheneys need to learn to deal with it and I suppose they have in a very brusque manner.

The Plame Blame Game Trial Continues

See, Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie "Natasha" Plame, was not an undercover agent.

It's as simple as that.

Yet this past week that joke of a trial continued on and what a waste of taxpayer dollars.

From the NY SUN.com:
On the receiving end of the most intense memory-related questioning yesterday was a former CIA official who oversaw the agency's Iraq-related work and often attended meetings with Mr. Libby at the White House, Robert Grenier.

Prosecutors called Mr. Grenier to testify that, four days before Ms. Plame's name was published, he told Mr. Libby during a telephone conversation that Mr. Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Mr. Grenier said the conversation was a response to questions Mr. Libby had posed about how Mr. Wilson's trip was arranged and why reporters were claiming that it took place at Mr. Cheney's behest.

We already know who leaked the information that Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife, worked at the CIA. It was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's deputy at the Department of State. Armitage even admitted it already!

So why are we going to send Scooter Libby to jail when the MAN DIDN'T DO IT?

The mind boggles...

Pic of Voting Machine Keys on Net Allows Keys to be Copied

It turns out that the only part of the Diebold voting machines that the keys shown on their web site would open is the compartment housing the printer, ink and other mechanical froufrou.

From Worldnetdaily.com:
Diebold keysA hacker, using a photograph of keys to a Diebold touch-screen voting system available on the company's website, successfully duplicated two that were capable of opening the electronic balloting device now used in many states for elections.

BradBlog.com revealed that a team of computer scientists at Princeton University, who have been studying security issues related to electronic voting, was sent three keys made by a hacker-friend of one of the scientists.

Still, for a few days it was all the flap that keys to voting machines were pictured, complete with key cuts all blacked out now in the pic above.

Let the world know now that keys can be copied from pictures!

Dead Soldier's Sperm Harvested to Make His Mother a Grandmother

The mind boggles at the many implications of this story.

From the Timesonline.com:
Rachel Cohen was praying at her son’s grave when a call on her mobile phone brought news that she had been awaiting for four years. An Israeli court had cleared the way for her to become a grandmother. The legal decision is unprecedented because her son, Keivin, who was shot dead by a sniper in Gaza in 2002, never knew the woman who will become the mother of his child. She was selected by a family charity and Private Cohen’s family.

A sample of the 20-year-old soldier’s sperm was taken after his death. His parents, who left Iran for Israel when Keivin was 5, petitioned a family court in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, “to fulfil his desire to start a family” even though Private Cohen had never made an official request for such a judicial step.

Well I suppose if two women can have a child obviously from donated sperm from SOMEBODY, I guess a dead soldier can be a father even after he's in the ground. I don't know how this works but I am to understand that it IS possible.

Consider, soldiers could routinely have their sperm frozen and in the event of their death a female could be recruited to bear the child. Heck, I'm thinking if I was that dead soldier's mother I too might yearn for a grandchild by the son I'd loved and lost.

But one fellow can, if his sperm are used artfully, reproduce the entire planet. We could, under weird circumstances, have entire countries all fathered by one guy. It's frightful considering the genetic impact of such a thing.

Sure it's not all that likely but consider Kim Jong-Il. Or Hugo Chavez for that matter. Meglomaniacs like these guys could get it into their crazy heads that this planet NEEDS their progency forever and ever amen.

Right now I'd like to officially start the rumor that this Israeli mother's grandchild will be born by the female she found to deliver it. Specifically the mother will be DICK CHENEY'S DAUGHTER!

Spread the word.

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Tuesday

TRUE CRIME-Suicide in Trunk of Car? Murder by Parachute Tampering?

Here's a True Crime Update and we've got some serious stupid criminals plus the winner of this year's Stella awards…or lawsuits you will not believe.

How about this, a couple kill an unwanted spouse by parachute? Also, can someone really committ suicide in the trunk of a car?

A horrific child pornography crime, the Hornbeck's get a new house, pets killed by PETA, the organization that should protect them.

And what's this about new Winkler pics from a cell phone?


Pic of the Day
Chinese restaurant with kittens




Quote of the Day
"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn



Web Site Worth the Visit
How Many Words Can You Read in a Minute?

I took the test at the site linked below as instructed. And yes I did, yes I damn well did, I read between 200 and 350 words a minute. See my score, bolded below.

You read between 300 - 350 words per minute. Above-average reading level. (The average rate is between 200 - 250 words per minute.) It is assumed that you did not skim the words nor fail to understand the meaning of what was read.

Of course there's no way this test can measure how well a test-taker COMPREHENDED what they read but hey, don't cheat. Read along as you normally do then follow the instructions to measure how fast you can read.

I am not surprised that I read 100 words more per minute than average. We can thank this country's deteriorating public schools, not to editorialize or anything. But myself was edumacated in Catholic schools all my life and hey, we learned reading, riting and rithmetic.

When I was a young lass in my early 20's I had to take a reading test in my first year of community college. I was a night school student at the time and likely about 4 to 5 years older than the other students. STILL...my reading score went completely off the top of the rating range they set up because, hey...I CAN READ! They taught me how in school. Heh.

CLICK HERE



TIDBITS

Stuff You Didn't Know About Your Body-Part 2

  • Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second!
  • The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.
  • If you ate too many carrots you would turn orange.
  • The force of 1 billion people jumping at the same time is equal to 500 tons of TNT.
  • A baby is born every seven seconds.
  • You can tell if a skunk is about if you smell only .000000000000071 ounce of its spray.
  • You breathe about 10 million times a year.
  • The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.
  • The foot is the most common body part bitten by insects.
  • The most common time for a wake up call is 7 a.m.
  • The typical person goes to the bathroom 6 times a day.
  • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
  • The most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.
  • The human body weighs 40 times more than the brain.
  • After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.
  • A person swallows approx. 295 times while eating dinner.
  • Your urine will turn bright yellow if you eat too much asparagus.
  • There are more people alive today than have ever died.
  • The human body is better suited to two four-hour sleep cycles than one eight-hour one.
  • A man's beard contains between 7000 and 15,000 hairs.
  • A beard grows an average of 140mm a year
  • A hair is 70 per cent easier to cut when soaked in warm water for two minutes
  • Women's hair is about half the diameter of men's hair
  • During an average lifetime, a man will spend 3,350 hours removing 8.4 meters of stubble
  • 4.5 million people have their health 'adversely affected' by air pollutants each year.
  • 4 million children die each year from inhaling smoke from indoor cooking fires that burn wood and Dung
  • 4 million people die annually from diarrhea infections, caused by poor sanitary conditions
  • The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.


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    Murder by Parachute Tampering

    It's murder worthy of any creative American. Only it happened in Belgium and I must suppose that Belgians have jelousies and rivalries which require elimination of a spouse or significant other in that same manner which leads to American heinous and absurd crimes.

    From AOL.com:
    Parachutists in airBRUSSELS, Belgium (Jan. 25) - Authorities have opened a murder investigation into the death of a skydiver, saying they believe someone tampered with her parachute in an apparent fight over a lover.

    Els Van Doren, 37, fell 13,000 feet to her death last November after her parachute and emergency chute failed to open.

    A fellow female skydiver was detained for questioning last week and is the "prime suspect" in the investigation, prosecutor Michel Zegers said Wednesday. No charges have been filed.

    Notice that there's none of this "person of interest" nonsense in Belgium. A fellow female skydiver is a "prime suspect", let's not mince words here.

    The victim's parachute and backup parachute failed to open? Well why not paint a big red neon bullseye on the crime because surely such a coincidence is too much to bear?

    As for the fellow who caused such a viperous jealousy that would lead to such a murder, dear Lord, the guy must be hung like a horse and make love like he has viagara running through his blood. This "Marcel" character was evidently dating both ladies at the same time. Instead of maybe casting a jaundiced eye on fine Marcel and his two-timing behavior, Marcel's lady friend had to ,but of course, murder the competition!

    Found Dead in Trunk of Car...Could It Really Be Suicide?

    May Zhou, from all appearances, had everything to live for. She graduated from MIT, completed her Masters degree and was working on a PHD. Yet, according to investigators, she drove her car almost a hundred miles from her school, climbed into the trunk of her car and from this point it's not clear what happened. It IS clear that Zhou was discovered dead in the trunk of that car and as of this writing, it's not clear how it all came down.

    From Pressdemocrat.com:
    The body of a missing Stanford University student was found Thursday in the trunk of her car in a Santa Rosa Junior College parking lot, where the car may have been parked for days as her family and police searched for her.

    Santa Rosa police said there are signs that Mengyao "May" Zhou, a 23-year-old graduate engineering student, killed herself. But they left open the possibility a crime may have been committed.

    Zhou's parents are, as one would expect, very skeptical that their daughter committed suicide. Almost every loved one of a suicide doesn't believe their loved one killed themselves. Oriental-Americans are very goal-oriented and failure of any kind often leads to depression which in turn leads to suicide.

    While there's an uproar to investigate this death as a homicide, myself is inclined to believe that this really IS a legitimate suicide. So very sad.

    Hornbecks Get New House

    The weirdness about the Shawn Hornbeck abduction continues while commentators remain speechless for the necessity of political correctness. So allow this humble Blogger to wonder aloud about a young fellow allegedly taken against his will. This same fellow had complete freedom of movement at the home of his abductor, he had his own cell phone, goodness, he even had a girlfriend during his "captivity".

    His parents, meanwhile, both quit their jobs and took on full time positions at a foundation they founded for missing children. NOW we learn that the Hornbecks will soon be receiving a new house, completely free! And this new house will also house an office for the "Shawn Hornbeck Foundation" even though the parents have informed this organization that they will be resigning from their prior duties what with their son now being home.

    I sure hope that investigators are looking closely at Shawn's parents, checking into the source of their funds those years that Shawn was missing, also looking closely at the family's phone records these past few years. Because hand to God I am starting to wonder if Shawn perhaps had communicated with his parents and in some sort of strange familial pact decided to keep the abduction ongoing to continue receiving funds.

    Sure, it's a grossly political incorrect thing to say, goodness, what with a family missing a beloved child, said child likely terrified that his parents and family would be killed if he tried to escape. At some point in time, ladies and gems, unusual circumstances require a clear look-see with unprejudiced eyeballs.

    If nothing else, my whisper above will receive scathing comments and often those comments come from friends and relatives of the victim themselves. Maybe the Hornbecks will rise up from the woodword to attack my suspicions. For now, let me state clearly, I still believe that Shawn Hornbeck is a victim, a confused and scared child that didn't know what to do to escape from what he considered his prison. However, with each new revelation about his parents, especially his stepfather who couldn't wait to get in front of the cameras, I begin to wonder about things.

    I'm just saying ...

    From STLTODAY.com:
    Shawn Hornbeck and his family could move into their new 4-bedroom, $300,000 home by May, according to officials of the West County construction company that is building the house.

    The ranch-style house, which will have two bathrooms, a three-car garage and a full basement, will be built on the Richwoods property where the family's current home now stands. The current house will be razed over the next several weeks and the family will live temporarily at another location until the home is finished.

    HATE Crime Backfires

    A group of black youths attacked three white women this past Halloween at a popular Haunted House and the attack was not only horrific and unjustified, the air was filled with racial epithets.

    From Presstelegram.com:
    LONG BEACH Capping an emotional and polarizing trial, a Long Beach judge on Friday found nine black youths responsible for the beating of three white women during a Halloween melee in Bixby Knolls.

    Mother of hate crime criminalsI've always thought the notion of "hate" crime to be an extremely dumb notion and frought with peril. If there is a criminal attack or death on a person than there is a criminal attack or murder. Period. Struggling to ascertain motives for a crime is the job of the prosecutor for jury presentation, not a basis for an actual crime. Humans should not be charged with trying to decide why someone committed a crime on another, just that a crime was committed. ALL crimes of one individual against another ARE "hate" crimes as, go with me here, we don't generally beat up or muder someone we love fully at the moment of the crime.

    The legislation was initiated by mostly black legislators in a perhaps well-intentioned effort to prevent crimes against other races, sexual orientation, etc, for no other reason that hatred of the race or sexual orientation of the victim. The whole notion just adds murkiness and confusion to prosecuting crimes and likely does not discourage such terrible actions in the manner intended by the legislation.

    In this particular case, the "hate" crime got reversed a bit in that the victims were white and the perpetrators were black. We must assume that the attack on the victims was based simply on the fact that they were caucasion as opposed to any matter more personal.

    At any rate, as of this writing a large portion of this gang of hoodlums has been found guilty. Several more prosecutions on the attack are still pending.

    Such brave young people, those who would attack innocent women with a group some ten member strong. Here's hoping they learn a thing or two with their punishment.

    Gives Cop the Finger and Crashes Car

    Stupid Criminals are a dime a dozen but this case of drunken road rage takes the cake.

    right to be stupid

    From Dailymail.com:
    Police said they arrested a South Charleston man for driving under the influence after he flipped his middle finger at Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford and then crashed his car.

    Glenn Harold Vickers, 53, was arrested Thursday night near the Microtel Inn off the Montrose Drive exit in South Charleston.

    Hey, the Sheriff wasn't even on duty when the lovely Mr. Vickers got into a drunken road rage snit and decided to chase the unmarked Sheriff's Jeep all over the place, crashing into guard rails and causing all manner of traffic hazards with the chase.

    Vickers has been released on bond. I'd love to be a fly on the wall during this nice guy's trial.

    Speaking of Stupid...This Year's "Stella Awards"

    Well they're not exactly stupid criminals. In fact, winners of the following awards are pretty damn shrewd.

    Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards."
    The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States.

    Here are this year's winners:

  • 5th Place (tie):19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

  • 5th Place (tie):Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage
    locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of
    Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish . The jury agreed, to the tune of $500,000. (this is so outrageous that it should havebeen 2nd Place!)

  • 4th Place: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500. and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might t havebeen just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

  • 3rd Place: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500. after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

  • 2ndPlace:Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge . She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses

  • 1st Place:This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned.

    Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000. plus a new
    motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around (apparently there
    are and they all serving on juries!).


  • Horrific Child Pornography Charges

    According to the story below, these child pornographers produced over a million, a MILLION, photos of child pornography.

    From Foxnews.com:
    PHILADELPHIA —Worman child pornography A man and two women have been accused of producing sexually explicit videos of children after an investigation that also revealed the man sexually abused a 3-month-old, authorities said Thursday.

    John Worman, 39, of Colwyn, was charged in a federal indictment with 51 counts of producing and possessing child pornography. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site that Worman also faces hundreds of counts of rape and sexual assault charges in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

    Dorothy Prawdzik, 43, of Drexel Hill, and Concetta Jackson, 44, of Collingdale, were charged in the federal indictment with helping Worman produce the child sex videos.

    What's particularly disturbing about this case is that many neighbors reported sounds of children screaming at all hours of the day and night. The neighbors who reported all of this became discouraged as the local authorities seemed to take no interest in their reports.

    Which makes me wonder...if I heard a child screaming anywhere in my surround, sure I'd call and report it. But if nothing was done by those who should be doing something, I can't believe I'd turn a deaf ear the next time it happened, all smug that I'd done my job.

    A child screaming in horror is damn hard for most people to ignore. At some point, at least as I'd like to believe in myself, I'd be going over to that place directly to help that screaming child.

    It's easy for me to say, however, without knowing all the details. What I DO know is that the torment of those children went on entirely too long.

    Hints at New Winkler Cell Phone Pics to Come?

    Mary Winkler is the wife of a preacher who murdered her husband in cold blood early one morning then ran off to parts unknown with their children.

    A reader sent this question and link to me. Check it out and any updates would be appreciated.
    Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "True Crime Update 6/20/06": do you know anything about these mary winkler "pictures?

    That PETA Trial

    Okay, here's a True Crime that fell below even my own well-honed radar.

    PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) actually KILLS animals?

    Now I'm not at all clear what's going on behind the scenes but two PETA members have been charged with picking up animals from various locales, euthanizing them, then dumping the bodies in a dumpster.

    Below is but one story from this ongoing trial, covered comprehensively on a day-by-day basis at the link below.

    PETA KILLS ANIMALS
    Clinic place of first PETA murders
    One of Reesie's co-workers, a veterinary technician named Susan Dunlow, testified about the moment when Tonya first showed Adria Hinkle the cat and two kittens:

    "Tonya held up the carrier to, like, face level. And Adria was looking into the carrier, saying 'Oh! They're so cute!' At that point, Tonya was telling her that we've had them for several weeks, they were very socialized, they were very healthy, and that we hoped they would be able to find homes for them. At that point, Adria said 'We shouldn't have any problems finding homes for these kittens. They're absolutely gorgeous! Do they have names?'"

    Later, when Asbell showed her an evidence photo of the dead felines found in the PETA-owned van Hinkle was driving, Dunlow shed the trial's first tears. A bailiff was nearby with tissues, and Dunlow regained her composure, but some jurors appeared moved right along with her.

    So they took a mother cat and her two kittens? A mother cat and kittens that were deemed very likely to be adopted but it was no mind, these PETA members murdered them and dumped their bodies along with their other victims.

    I'm not at all sure if these two awful people are renegade PETA members or this is a normal modus operandi of PETA. Does PETA view as part of its job to be euthanizing animals it considers will soon be loose and reproducing even more stray animals? Not that this is a logical thing or anything but it might explain their misguided notions.

    Whatever the case, let the world know now that the Moonbats at PETA, who often grace our TV's with pundits who excoriate those who wear fur or incite campaigns to save the lab rats, are nothing like what they purport to be. Let the truth be known. There's a gazillion animal-rights organizations across the fruited plains. Not only do these dedicated groups NOT get the attention PETA gets, for sure they do not murder those they are charged with protecting.

    Look for more on this trial on this Blog in the near future.

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  • Monday

    TV-"The Apprentice LA" with Exclusive Pic of Trump's Dog

    Here's a TV update on Trump's The Apprentice LA.

    There's an element of the show this year that annoys the hell out of me. On the 1/22/07 episode, another contestant was annoyed at the very same thing and no, she wasn't fired, she QUIT!

    Even if you're not keeping up with this year's series click in on this post because, for the first time ever in a public venue, we have a pic of Trump's dog.

    You gotta see this.


    Pic of the Day
    baptist van in front of adult book store




    Quotes of the Day
    The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
    - Horace Walpole
    ***
    There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.
    - Lawrence Welk
    ***
    There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
    - Oscar Wilde


    Web Site Worth the Visit
    Crazy Images

    Here's a cool site. Bring up various images and use your mouse to navigate. One neat image is a view of the land as one would see in an airplane. By moving the mouse the view changes, spins, weaves and wanders. It'll even make you a bit dizzy.

    CLICK HERE



    TIDBITS

    Intriguing Things About the Human Body

  • When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls - it cools their mouths so their breath doesn't condense in the cold air.
  • Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
  • Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
  • If left alone, 70% of birthmarks gradually fade away.
  • Grapefruit scent will make middle aged women appear six years younger to men. The perception is not reciprocal and the grapefruit scent on men has no effect on women's perception.
  • Women blink twice as many times as men do.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. Layers of cartilage in the joints gets compressed during the day.
  • There are approx. 550 hairs in the eyebrow.
  • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
  • The life span of a taste bud is 10 days.
  • The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
  • The largest known kidney stone weighed 1.36 kilograms.
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  • Kidney stones come in any color--from yellow to brown.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear when the child is 2-6 years of age.


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    "The Apprentice LA-1/21/07-Michelle Quits and I Don't Blame Her a Whit

    First, allow me to correct my error for the first two posts when I called the team "AERO" instead of "ARROW". You may thank closed-captioning for my confusion as AERO is the name alphabetically flashed across the screen instead of ARROW.

    Let us begin with a pic of those Trump kids.

    Ivanka/Donald montage


    I'm not at all sure what Ivanka is wearing in the pic above but I don't especially like it. On the show of 1/21/07, we were introduced to Little Donald for the first time. Hey, this Trump child doesn't have half the business and communication ability of his sister. I suppose he will be around the rest of the season and I doubt he will add much to the commentary.

    Now, the task for 1/21/07...

    Because Arrow had lost the first two tasks, Trump split that team into two sub-teams. These sub-teams of Arrow were then charged with creating a special tour for the bus line Starline Tours. It seems even Trump felt sorry for Arrow, who had to spend all of its time since the reality show's 2007 inception living in the so-called "Tent City".

    Which leads me to a complaint about that whole stupid concept of this living in a tent notion. First, this idea is a blatant rip-off of "Big Brother", another reality series. Having one of the Apprentice contending teams live in tents brings nothing to the contest and is very distracting. Second, that stupid contest they have offering viewers a chance to call in and vote for THEIR choice of exile to Tent City, well it's dumb too, and hokey, and the audience vote hype tends to take away the gravitas a show involving logical choices to run a business requires.

    It seems another contender agreed with me and QUIT because of it.

    Michelle's team featured a tour titled "A Day in the Life of the Rich and Famous". Aaron's team had the Laker Girls as a "draw" for tourists to ride the Starline Tour bus. As these two sub-teams of Arrow fought to win the task, the rival team, Kinetic, was shown frolicking and enjoying life in the fine quarters provided for them. This vignette also brought nothing to the series.

    Apprentice montage Michelle and Shamu


    Starline Tours did offer their opinions of how the two Arrow sub-teams did and a few customer review forms were read in the infamous board room. Michelle's team did not do very well but it was no mind because Michelle saved everyone a lot of bother...SHE QUIT!

    Michelle had not been very well liked by her co-contenders and she had been set up early in the series as a possible candidate for firing and the hints thrown at the viewers is that it would be very soon. I don't know much about Michelle and her ability to lead, much less her personality which so many of her team mates complained about. I do know that Michelle told The Donald off during the Board Room meeting when she quit and I know that I not only admired her moxie, I also admired how right she was about the set-up of this year's "Apprentice".

    For Michelle thought that living in a tent was distracting and sucked all the creativity out of her mind. Why I was practically cheering the woman on. In fact, I think King Trump was very upset about Michelle's complaints as, hey, no one's ever up and quit on The Donald.

    Michelle was right. I can't imagine how those contenders forced to live in tents are supposed to effectively compete at their best when so much of their lives in a tent is spent dealing with..., well, life in a damn tent. Trump trumpets his Apprentice series as one of great seriousness, that the winner will be chosen based on his or her ability to function and perform with a seriousness that produces positive business results. This year the creator of the series somehow thinks that adding this tent sub-plot will add to viewer intrigue. It didn't for this viewer at least. Michelle further complained that living in a tent was not part or parcel of what she signed up for when she auditioned for the series and she can't function well under these circumstances. I certainly wouldn't be able to function well either under those circumstances and hey, I'd quit in a minute.

    Already the team condemned to the tents has one strike against them before the next task is assigned. The team that won the precious task enters the contest for the next task with one leg up. They are rested and ready for action. The "tent team" begins the task assigned already behind in terms of mental acuity. It can't be hard to rest well sleeping on a hard ground under a flimsy tent.

    So Michelle, kudos to you from this viewer. I think Trump throwing that tent angle in with no warning is a bit mean and underhanded. And the whole thing adds absolutely nothing to the series. The Apprentice series is struggling for life and it's obvious Trump is trying everything, including publicly fighting with Rosie O'Donnell, to keep interest in the contest alive. Forcing the losers to live in tents is not the way to go.

    Finally, we came across this pic of Donald Trump's dog and offer it here, exclusively and on this Blog, for reader yuks. Pic below.

    Trumps dog













    Link list for Apprentice 2007 below:
    First Show 1/7/07
    Swimsuit Task 1/14/07

    More TV Reviews HERE

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    Sunday

    Hillary and Bill or John McCain?

    Somewhere I smugly posted a line of commentary that no matter who the Republican nominee is, I shall vote for him.

    I also posted a blast against Huckabee , HERE, for his adherence to that fine Arkansas tradition of giving pardons to whoever places the highest bid. He let Wayne Dumond out of jail and this fine man went on to rape and murder two more women, one the mother of six. Huck must be so proud of himself for letting this guy go free.

    Thus it’s not that this firm conservative loves all the GOP contenders no questions asked. But I asserted that before I’d vote for Hillary I’d vote for the Republican nominee no mind any record of releasing criminals.

    McCain and Hillary political cartoon


    Now that the very evil John McCain might be the GOP nominee, I take it all back.

    First, let’s revisit Hillary. Not that every Democrat that dynamic pair of Hill and Bill ever blackmailed or threatened with public demonization aren’t jumping at the bit for the chance to come out for Obama such is the dislike for these two very unclassy folks. Hill and Bill are not or have never been liked by the party they led so terribly. But politics being politics, and Dems being Dems, everyone had to sing Kumbya and just get along.

    With Obama looking larger and more likely every day, now we have Ted and Caroline Kennedy coming out with an endorsement for Obama. Maureen Dowd, that NY Times maven who declared Cindy Sheehan Jesus Christ as a Female, regularly blasts the Clintons in her column and Dems across the land dream of a chance to slap those two losers silly.

    For what, exactly, did Bill and Hill bring to this country? Tell me again.

    …oral minstrations in the oval office…so classy.
    …”bimbo” brigades, pardons for sale, Lincoln bedroom sleepovers and x-rated Christmas tree ornaments.
    …let’s see, if Bill had paid as much attention to Osama as he does to Obama, 9-11-01 might not have happened.
    ….let’s not forget the great White House furniture sale at the end of this fine pair’s term , oh and the removal of the letter “W” from the keyboards, such class.
    …Hill’s fat brothers sold pardons by the dozens and Hill knew nothing.

    Let me stop now. I don’t have all day.

    Tell me again why the Clintons deserve possession of the White House again?

    So John McCain…let’s look at this so-called Republican who votes very much like Hillary now that you mention it.

    He voted against the Bush tax cuts, him and only one other Republican. A Republican who voted against tax cuts, well damn, let’s make him President!

    He sponsored the fine illegal alien amnesty bill along with Ted Kennedy, God love any Republican who gets along so well with Ted Kennedy.

    He co-sponsored that assault against this Blogger’s free speech in the “incumbent protection act” known as McCain/Feingold. Well damn again, a Republican who goes after the number one item in the Bill of Rights, right on let’s put him in the White House that he may take away our guns and given enough time crown himself King.

    He showed his loyalty to the conservative concept of the judiciary by joining up with that gang of 14 to block the nuclear option against the constant Democratic threat to filibuster all of Bush’s supreme court nominees. Yeah, yeah…let’s put this fellow in the office that he can appoint more Ruth Bader Ginsbergs and make the liberals so happy as McCain loves to do.

    He did nothing but childishly lambaste Donald Rumsfeld because only he, this fine even-tempered fellow, deserved to be Secretary of Defense and it’s no mind how his tantrums looked to foreign governments, it’s all about John McCain, as it should be.

    John McCain is known far and wide as a fun-loving, even-dispositioned fellow with small temper and great patience. NOT.

    And so I declare to the three to four people a day who read this Blog, that I shall NOT vote for John McCain, even if he is the Republican nominee. I will also note those traitors endorsing this man, that Florida Governor Crist first on my list. Should this Crist man seek a presidential office sometime in HIS future I will not forget his nomination of John McCain.

    I will also not vote for Hillary because, well read the above.

    What I shall do is write in a vote for President.

    I don’t know who I will write in, maybe my own fine self, maybe Rush Limbaugh, maybe Mitt or Rudy, maybe Mickey Mouse, I dunno yet.

    I’d sure love for Republicans across this land who would be demoralized by the nomination of John McCain to do the same thing. Instead of voting for either him or Hillary and Bill, make a statement. Our vote is one of the few times we have a say in things.

    Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to have millions of write in votes for Mickey Mouse or Rush Limbaugh? We’d sure be sending a message to all those political elite who think they can ram down the most unpalatable and traitorous of candidates on the planet down our throats.

    What’s that you say? You say if we do this then Hillary might win the presidency over John McCain?

    I say, what the hell is the difference?

    I’m just sayin’ …

    Friday

    POP CULTURE-Guiness Winner of Biggest Boobs-Are They Real?

    Time for some Pop Culture and first, is this child of the jungle, as alleged, legit?

    We've also got the winner of the Guiness record for big boobs, yes with a pic. Are they real?

    The steepest street in the world, some blind items, and a way cool Archies' song/video.


    Pic of the Day
    Say it with flowers




    Quote of the Day
    A Prayer for Animals

    Hear our humble prayer,
    O God,
    for our friends, the animals,
    especially for those who are suffering;
    for any that are lost or deserted
    or frightened or hungry.

    We entreat for them all
    Thy mercy and pity,
    and for those who deal with them,
    we ask a heart of compassion
    and gentle hands and kindly words.

    Make us, ourselves,
    to be true friends to animals
    and so to share
    the blessings
    of the merciful.

    ~Albert Schweitzer



    Web Site Worth the Visit
    Find Out Your Bible Birth Verse

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    TIDBITS

    This quiz was on Oprah several months ago. The 1st two are True or False. Good Luck

    The questions are first with the answers at the bottom. Don't you dare scroll and peak at the answers.

    1. Dogs can only see in black and white.
    2. Black boxes in airplanes are really black.
    3. After age 20, how many brain cells do you loose a day? Multiple choice:
    a. 5000
    b. 15,000
    c. 50,000
    4. Why do people say "bless you" after someone sneezes?
    5. Why are barns red?











    1. False--dogs can see in color: However, you don't want them picking out your wardrobe. They can see green, yello & blue quite
    well.
    2. False--they are bright orange: If they were black, you couldn't find them
    3. 50,000--you probably lost a couple hundred just answering this question. Keep your mind exercised
    4. They say it is for protective measures, because rumor is: Your Soul pops out when you sneeze and You heart stops when you sneeze
    5. This goes back hundreds of years, because farmers used to make their own paint with a combination oflinseed oil, milk and rust. They put the rust in to
    stop the mold, but gave it a red color. It became a tradition.


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    Could She Really Have Lived in the Jungle Alone for 19 Years?

    Even the locals in Cambodia are skeptical of this story yet it's been around the Internet and in various publications for some time.

    Rochom P'ngieng was eight years old when she disappeared from her family home. Now, at age 27, a woman who cannot properly speak the language and who is said to sleep all day while staying awake at night, has been found by her family. They know it is her by an identifying scar.

    I've read lots of tales of doubt about this young woman and yet there is something odd going on here.

    Some in the village suggest the woman's hair shows signs of cutting, rather difficult in the jungle. Social workers and psychologists state that a child simply could not survive so many years alone in a jungle.

    From Foxnews.com:
    Girl of the Cambodian junglePHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A woman who disappeared in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia as a child has apparently been found after living in the wild for 19 years, police said Thursday.

    This woman is getting plenty of attention and soon enough, should a farce be discovered, we'll know the truth. My question is, if she wasn't in the jungle since she went missing 19 years ago, where the hell was she?

    The Famed Psychic Is a Fraud? Say It Ain't So!

    Along with the amazing story of the discovery of not one, but TWO missing boys in Mike Devlin's humble apartment, we have the story of famed psychic Sylvia Browne who publicly declared young Shawn Hornbeck was dead and his cold lifeless body was in a copse of woods she evidently could see with her psychic vision.

    From the Daily News:
    Montel Williams' psychic pal Sylvia Browne told the family of missing Shawn Hornbeck he was dead shortly after the Missouri boy vanished - and later allegedly offered to help locate his body for $700 per half hour.

    The popular TV clairvoyant appeared on the "Montel Williams Show" in February 2003, four months after Shawn disappeared, and told Pam and Craig Akers she believed their son was "no longer with us."

    She also advised that his body could be found in a wooded area 20 miles from their Richwoods, Mo., home, near two large jagged boulders.

    Adding to Browne's error is the report that Browne phoned Hornbeck's parents and offered to find their son's body for a mere $700 an hour.

    The stories about Browne and her many flubs are numerous. I've read reports that she stated firmly that all of the miners in the Sago mine disaster were alive then flip-flopped immediately when all but one were found dead in that mine. There's been others. Below is a video of yet another false lead by Sylvia Browne.



    The Steepest Street Incline on the Planet

    If you thought such a street would surely be in San Francisco, you would be wrong.

    longest street in the world


    Baldwin St. is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the Steepest street in the world. It has a maximum gradient of 1m in 2.86m (191).

    This means for every 2.86 metres horizontal it goes up vertically 1 metre The quiet suburban street of Baldwin Street, in New Zealand's southern city of Dunedin, located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometres northeast of Dunedin's city centre.

    The street is the venue for an annual event in Dunedin, the "Baldwin Street Gutbuster". Every summer since the mid-1990s (usually in February), this exercise in fitness and balance involves athletes running from the bottom of the street to the top and back down again.
    The event attracts over a thousand competitors each year.

    Since 2002, another charity event has been held annually in July, which involves the rolling of over 10,000 Jaffas (spherical chocolates covered in a solid red coating). Each jaffa is sponsored by a person, with prizes to the winner and funds raised going to charity.

    Mamas and Papas' Denny Doherty Dead At Age 66

    By my account, Michelle Phillips is the only member of the group still alive. John Phillips died in 2001, Cass Elliott died at a very young age 32 from a heart attack caused by, as scuttlebutt has it, overeating. Now the other male member of the group is dead.

    Sad. At least sad as this humble Blogger sees it because I grew up with the music of the Mamas and Papas.

    From Yahoo.com:
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," died Friday at 66.

    His sister Frances Arnold said the singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness. He had suffered kidney problems following surgery last month and had been put on dialysis, Arnold said.

    We must suppose the three deceased members of the group are all "California Dreaming" in heaven.

    That "Strange" Radio Stunt

    I covered the story of that California radio station that sponsored a contest that required contestants to drink large amounts of water with no bathroom breaks on this Blog HERE.

    I wanted to include a quip about this case in the Pop Culture post because if anything shouts Pop Culture it has to be this unusual story.

    Strange of radio stuntFirst, why didn't those shock jocks check out their plan with health consultants? This, ladies and gems, would be "Running a Business 101".

    Second, one shock jock shouted a derisive "We're not worried, we've got waivers" to a caller who suggested the contest could be very dangerous.

    Well this will go over well in the public eye. Jennifer Strange was the mother of three children and she really wanted to win a hard-to-obtain Nintendo game for her kids. She didn't know that such a huge ingestion of water in such a short time could be dangerous and frankly ladies and gems, neither would I.

    See, some things are common sense. If the radio station was sponsoring a contest involving, say, strapping on a parachute and jumping over a distant mountain range out of an airplane 3000 feet in the air, hey, this sort of thing would be understood as involving a bit of personal risk.

    But drinking water?

    I am considered at least a somewhat intelligent and well-read woman by those who know me and by my admittedly rather unscientific survey of others in my surround, quite a few people are unaware that drinking large quantities of water can kill you.

    That cavalier statement by the giggling shock jock that all is fine, that they have waivers for God's sake, well it sounds cruel as hell after the fact and with a mother of three now dead. I even suggest that this whole matter could turn into a criminal matter, although I rather doubt it.

    Likely that radio station's insurance company is peeing its corporate pants because somebody's going to have to pay big bucks. It's very possible that the radio station might have its license pulled for using public airwaves to endanger the public.

    BLIND ITEM FUN

    From: Entertainment Lawyer BLIND ITEMS REVEALED
    ASKED

    Male rock star..I want to say 5 number ones, but Google says 6..solo act...hotel elevator after a concert..groupies (Band-Aids to my buddy Cameron and to my friend Kate who always makes me smile) pressing items to be signed into the elevator...(1) a woman in her 70's is on the elevator and a hotel guest..(2)me.... (3) singer's manager..the woman in her 70's has no idea what is going on and would rather be anyplace else..(btw I have no idea what she was doing up so late) girls are screaming and trying to claw their way to the elevator..singer grabs his crotch and says, "yeah girls want some of that don't ya?" and
    then turns to the woman in her 70's and says "I bet you could use some too huh?"..By this time he has accumulated a handful of Sharpies and begins to throw them out the elevator and the girls go scrambling for them, falling down as they do so..The manager hits the close button on the elevator and the singer reaches over and pushed the door open button and says.."not so fast..I love to watch them crawl..right where
    they belong.."then he lets the elevator door close..

    GUESSED
  • Bryan Adams
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    ASKED

    What British actress/model has gone back to her old flame of many years because she cannot stand her husband to be? The only problem...she has not told her husband to be, and the old flame also has someone as well...

    GUESSED
  • Liz Hurley
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    ASKED
    What married female pop star keeps coming back to her same basic hairstyle, look, and appearance because when she changes it, her husband wanders off to find a transsexual who has that look?

    GUESSED
  • Gwen Stefani
    ===============
    From: NY Post Page 6 BLIND ITEMS 1/21
    ASKED

    WHICH shaggy-haired rocker with a perky pop-star girlfriend has the nightclub circuit buzzing that he's been taking guys home with him late at night? . . .

    GUESSED
  • John Mayer and jessica Simpson
  • Jay-Z. His hair gets shaggy when it's long. I consider Beyonce "a perky pop star."
    ===============
    ASKED
    WHICH famous athlete isn't as interested in women as his fans believe? He has been able to keep his sexuality under wraps, but the question is for how much longer.

    GUESSED
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Tom Brady
    ===============

    From My Husband

    My husband sent me this video. The man is a fan of the Bubblegum music of the 70's and this video, hey, he recommends it highly.

    In case there are other Bubblegum music fans out there, enjoy.



    The Certified Biggest Boobs in the World

    The question here is, are they real?

    Guiness record of biggest boobs


    I have seen plenty of pics of big breasts throughout the years since the Internet came along and allowed such pics to be delivered directly into our E-boxes. Many of them were way bigger than the lady in the pic above.

    She is holding a certification from the Guiness Book of World Records which might even be real. Thus in the interest of science and accurate recordation of history, I insert this pic for serious study.

    More Gossip/Speculation HERE

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  • Thursday

    Kaitlyn-Is She a Pinball Wizard Like Mom-Mom? Movie Review-"Brokeback Mountain"

    Kaitlyn came to visit in early January of this year and Mom-Mom discovers something intriguing and enchanting about the child.

    She's 3 years old but already a Pinball Wizard, just like me! Is it heredity, environment, what? Because she'd never before laid her little eyeballs on a pinball machine.

    And a review of "Brokeback Mountain", yes, I watched it and unlike other reviewers, this heterosexual female noticed something not written about in the many reviews of the movie I've read.


    Pic of the Day
    just a pretty picture




    Quote of the Day
    On Grandparents

    Grandmother - a wonderful mother with lots of practice. ~Author Unknown

    A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside. ~Author Unknown

    One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grand baby around the finger of a grandfather. ~Joy Hargrove

    It's amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one. ~Author Unknown

    If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma. ~Teresa Bloomingdale

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    I never see a first-run movie so any movie reviews I do are likely older ones. But if you're looking to rent a DVD for the weekend, or just want a new perspective on a movie you remember fondly, or not-so-fondly, read on.


    "Brokeback Mountain"-Yes I Watched It; Yes I Was Intrigued

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    When I saw that "Brokeback Mountain" would be showing on one of the local premium channels I had mixed emotions. For on another Internet public board I stated firmly that this movie would never appeal to heterosexuals and its viewing audience would likely be too small to make it into some sort of blockbuster.

    Yet, out of curiousity and since it was free, I tuned in.

    First, I greatly enjoyed this film.

    Yes I did.

    Second, I don't believe in this film's premise, not even for a second. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy the film, because I did.

    I especially adored the character Jack Twist, who is very handsome and goodness I hope this young actor was just playing the part of a homosexual else the females of the world will be denied his beauty.

    I have a great, big, fat criticism of the film but I also have a sincere complimentary assessment of this film that I'm not sure its intended audience would see as well as this heterosexual female.

    First, the criticism. Come on, Jack and Ennis were no more typical homosexuals than Goofy the Dog and Donald Duck. In fact, I'm thinking whoever wrote this screen play crafted the characters to be homosexual men as he or she WISHES they were.

    Jack was a rodeo clown and Ennis was a for-hire cowpoke. This duo met while rounding up sheep and herding them down Brokeback Mountain. The film then continues to track Jack and Ennis' life as they marry, have children, suffer heartbreak and divorce, all the while stealing some time together on Brokeback Mountain whenever they could get away, throughout the years of their lives.

    Both of these men eventually married, even after their affair on that infamous mountain. And their marriages, beyond anything my mind could grasp, were perfectly normal. A love scene between each of these men and their respective wives was inserted explicitly at various points in the movie and the love scenes were inserted just so the viewer understands that these fellows plainly can have heterosexual relationships and enjoy them as well.

    Okay, so this is one thing I do not believe at all.

    Which is not to say that there aren't plenty of homosexual men that are married and manage to lead mostly normal, if unfulfilled, lives. It was different with Jack and Ennis. Ennis even makes a point to scold Jack that he "ain't no queer" even as he prepares for a night of man love in Jack's arms.

    Jack and Ennis were truly in love. I'm serious. These fellows were totally in love with each other and their love endured through years of separation, punctuated by an occasional tryst when the duo could get together. They even talked about running away to Mexico and living the rest of their years in blissful togetherness. Ennis quashed the idea, however, due to financial concerns, adding the odd comment "You ever heard of child support?"

    Well Ennis did have to pay child support after his divorce from his wife but go on, how many homosexual men use child support as the reason they can't get together more often with their male lover? Of course I have no statistics on such a thing but it was such an odd comment considering the theme of the movie it almost made me giggle.

    Both Jack and Ennis were betrayed as "he-men" that would handily squash nearby trouble-makers who use bad language in front of their children. Ennis regularly picked up his daughters for visitation and Jack loved his son and defied his father-in-law for interfering into family discipline.

    Again, I just don't see this duo as your more common homosexuals but more like a homosexual would LIKE to be perceived.

    I will naturally get scores of email telling me I don't know nothing, that what I think is normal homosexual behavior is nothing like I imagine and this movie, in fact, is trying in its very creation, to shatter my preconceived heterosexual notions.

    Perhaps. I still don't buy it. In fact, Ennis showed absolutely no tendency or attraction to other men beyond Jack Twist. Jack, on the other hand, openly solicited other men for homosexual trysts. The viewer is supposed to believe that Ennis just happened to love Jack Twist and it happened and that's the end of that.

    One thing about this film that really moved me was Ennis' relationship with his daughters. Ennis was devoted to his daughters and his daughters to him. One of the most moving scenes in the movie was when Ennis' daughter visited him in his bare little trailer and asked him to please attend her upcoming nuptials. Ennis, as was his wont, kind of shuffled and blushed, pleading a busy upcoming herding season with no time to take off for such as weddings. Eventually Ennis relented and said he would be there.

    It was so obvious Ennis loved his daughters and his daughters' devotion to him says a lot about the man. It was also obvious that Ennis loved Jack Twist and there would be no other consuming love in Ennis' life like the love he had for Jack. After his divorce Ennis did date women and in fact one woman was very much in love with him. As for Ennis, that part of his life was done. He would live the remainder of his life alone and pining for Jack Twist.

    The movie has a sad ending and I was moved. As a viewer I truly felt that Ennis was a confused man who only wanted some happiness and love in his life. The viewer is left to wonder about Ennis' real sexuality and perhaps that was the plan.

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    Kaitlyn Smells Like a Dog and Is a Pinball Wizard

    Okay, Kaitlyn doesn't exactly SMELL like a dog, in that, sniff, sniff...ooooh, Kaitlyn, you smell just like a dog!

    What I mean to say is that Kaitlyn tells me she can smell the same things with her human nose as Jo-Ann can smell with her dog nose.

    It all began during a recent after-Christmas visit to Mom-Mom's. For at Mom-Mom's house is big galoot Jo-Ann, a horse-dog that loves Kaitlyn dearly and would give her canine life for Kaitlyn Mae. Now Kaitlyn does understand this and she loves Jo-Ann too. Only sometimes Jo-Ann can get on a toddler's last nerve as the dog smells and licks a human face at exactly Jo-Ann's own dog-face level.

    "Tell her NO, Kaitlyn," I tried to explain to precious granddaughter. If Kaitlyn was to stop Jo-Ann from dominating her every move or action, it was on Kaitlyn to learn to assert herself as the human being over galoot Jo-Ann. The way it was going down was for Kaitlyn to come running to me to make Jo-Ann leave her alone, which I did. Still, I knew Kaitlyn had to learn to give Jo-Ann human commands and she needed to do it with authority. A task not so easy for a 3-year-old.

    "Jo-Ann is a DOG," I explained to Kaitlyn one evening as I tried to elaborate on where she needed to go with this. "Dogs enjoy taking commands from humans. In fact, they EXPECT their humans to tell them what is expected of them. YOU are Jo-Ann's master, Kaitlyn. YOU can talk and communicate in English and that right there is understood by dogs to be a sign of a superior species."

    "You are way smarter than a dog and you have to communicate to the dog that you are her master," I continued, not at all sure what part of my lecture Kaitlyn was absorbing. "Right now, Jo-Ann thinks you are another puppy and she wants to play with you."

    Kaitlyn's big blue eyes were round and absorbing. It was the next morning during our dog walk that Kaitlyn asserted herself as a superior species to Jo-Ann.

    "See how she sniffs the ground, Kaitlyn?" I asked granddaughter as we watched Jo-Ann's huge dog nose sniff every inch of ground. "She can smell animals that passed by days ago. Why I bet she can smell that fox we saw yesterday."

    Kaitlyn was quiet for a while. The she pipes up with some authority "I can smell the fox too."

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    So I had to laugh. For I knew that Kaitlyn certainly could NOT smell the fox while I was pretty sure Jo-Ann could. And yet Kaitlyn didn't want to appear to be INFERIOR to the dog. A)I had just given her a lecture on the superiority of humans over dogs, an assertion many dog-lovers might take me to task for but you know what I mean and B)Kaitlyn wasn't at all sure if she SHOULD be smelling the fox as she's just a young child and not aware of what talents might suddenly appear as she grows and matures. She sure didn't want Mom-Mom to know that she couldn't smell the fox because hey, the dog could smell the fox and Mom-Mom says humans are a higher species than dogs. In her mind, if the dog could smell the fox then surely Kaitlyn should be able to smell the fox?

    So she lied and told Mom-Mom that she could smell the fox as well as any galoot dog. Heh.

    Kaitlyn as toddler Pinball Wizard emerged a few days later. Kaitlyn, myself, my niece and her boyfriend were on Ocean City's boardwalk. It was January and all the locals were vacationing in Florida. There were few places open to stop for a bite but we found one.

    Kaitlyn spotted the pinball machine almost as soon as we sat down to eat. She begged and pleaded with my niece to take her somewhere as she pointed her little fingers in the direction of the pinball machine and pool table.

    "I bet she wants to play pool," my niece said. Kaitlyn sure was pointing to something and she was very eager to get at it.

    My niece took Kaitlyn's hand and they headed toward the pool table while I pondered just how the hell my niece was going to play pool with a three year old. Only Kaitlyn passed right by the pool table and ran up to the pinball machine.

    It is now that Mom-Mom must make a most extraordinary confession. I am a pinball junkee and have been all my life.

    Not that I am all that good at it, but anytime there's a pinball machine around I am hopelessly hooked. In fact, my mother was also a pinball junkee and there were times that my mother and I would play pinball machines ALL DAY! And I'm not talking video games or any other of the more modern and sleek forms of electronic entertainment that so beguile children of today. I am talking about an honest-to-goodness, silver-ball, lights, wheels, sounds and action PINBALL MACHINE.

    So far as I knew, Kaitlyn had never laid eyes on a pinball machine in her entire three years of life. My niece hoisted Kaitlyn up to the machine level and in front of my astonished eyes, Kaitlyn began flipping the flippers and any fool could see she was mesmerized.

    I was utterly amazed and wondered if God wasn't playing some joke on Mom-Mom. Surely Kaitlyn's own mother, my daughter for those in Rio Linda, had introduced Kaitlyn to the wonder of pinball machines? Although as I recall my daughter was more into the more modern electronic type video games and only paid passing attention to pinball machines.

    Study the pic montage above. For sure the pinball pics are fuzzy but look at them closely. It was very dark when I took the pic but I simply had to document this most amazing thing.

    Eventually, heh, Mom-Mom took over operation of the pinball machine along with Kaitlyn. I'm not making this up...Kaitlyn operated one flipper while Mom-Mom took over the other. Kaitlyn was a bit too small to stretch her arms to reach both flippers but look at the pic again, she sure was giving it a mighty try.

    "Hit the flipper," I shouted to Kaitlyn as the silver ball headed her way. Sure enough Kaitlyn artfully pressed the flipper button and she sent that silver ball to heights unknown. Lights flashed, bells rung and Kaitlyn's eyes grew to saucer-size. Kaitlyn and Mom-Mom played that pinball for all it was worth. The entire bar stopped and was regarding this unusual sight with amused and somewhat disbelieving eyes. The Kaitlyn and Mom-Mom team racked up over 300,000 points as bells rang and lights flashed. Kaitlyn could operate her flipper button smartly, way better than anyone would expect from a child that age. We both shouted with glee as we hit that silver ball all the hell over that pinball backboard. So okay, 300,000 isn't all that much considering you needed five million points to win a game. I'd argue it was a damn good score considering the game was played by a toddler and a seriously middle-aged woman, hardly anybody's notion of pinball wizards.

    I asked my daughter later if she'd ever played pinball with Kaitlyn and she told me so far as she knows no one has ever played pinball with Kaitlyn and, indeed, Kaitlyn hadn't even been in any of the many arcades which decorate Ocean City's boardwalk.

    So what the hell's going on here? Could an oddball fascination with pinball machines actually be HEREDITARY? How did Kaitlyn spot that pinball machine through the dark and smoke so readily and further, how on earth could she know what it was? The pinball machine was way above Kaitlyn's eye range so all the child could see was something or other sitting on four tall wooden legs.

    What I DO know is that there is a future out there and that future likely includes many pinball games between grandmother and grandchild. For Kaitlyn surely has the pinball gene and I'm thinking maybe it came from me. Along with the child's pointy chin and that mysterious pinball gene I figure, heh, my progeny shall live on.

    As for that ability to smell a fox scent as good as any dog, well that's strictly a Kaitlyn talent.

    Heh.

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