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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Pens On The Web..So Many To Choose From!

Are you like me, losing pens all the time? I am forever either leaving them somewhere or somebody "borrows" it and it never comes back to me. Is it possible to have a place where all pens go when they get lost so I can retrieve mine? Ah well. Didn't think so but I tried.

If you are looking for a good advertising or you just lost too many Pens to cope, PensRUs is a great place to find them...LOTS of them. I have never seen so many types and styles of Pens in all my life. They have all sorts of sleek, unusual shapes and styles for your advertising needs. If elegance is what you seek, you are in the right place. I checked out the explorers collection. They even have the streets from Atlantic City or the Monopoly game, which ever suits your fancy. What an amazing group of pens.

They have a wide selection of gift ideas. Plus, you can get a custom quote on their site. You have three easy ways to order on the site: Online, fax or mail in. It's all up to you.

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Dilithium Crystalworks-review

If you are looking for a review of the techno stuff online, Dilithium Crystalworks is the place to go. It's a timely blog about those things that are happening now. The author is heavy into secure sites and ways to do that. Privacy is a big issue with him as well. He has a large number of categories to choose from and fills them with wisdom and a bit of know how.

Having been in operation since February 2007, the blog has accumulated a large array of techno stuff ranging from computers to privacy to fun stuff. He does not appear to be a Microsoft fan which is great! You can find out about software and hardware on this site. It's a keeper.

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Captain America Is Dead!! Oh No!

The funeral is attended by the large crowd of mourners. Rain is falling and making it miserable for everyone attending. Thousands of patriots have come to pay their last respects for a fallen hero. The casket is draped with the American flag and the pallbearers are recognized by everyone....The Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Ironman and Ben Grimm. In the eulogy given by the Falcon, he calls for all superheros to stand and honor their fallen friend.

Captain America is dead. He is being laid to rest by Marvel comics in the issue called "Fallen Son" due out sometime after the 4th of July. The hero has fought Adolf Hitler and the Red Skull, leader of the Avengers, who died by sniper fire at the steps of the federal court house.

Now the question remains. How does America do without Captain America?

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And The Clinton Critical Statements Go On And On And On

It has been a rather long couple of months having to see the Clinton comments about rivals in a presidential race that isn't even going to be decided for over a year and a half from now. Boy, have things changed since I first started watching the election coverage when I was a kid. (Yes, there were televisions in that era.) In those days, you got political stuff for a few weeks and it was boring, really boring. After a few more years, the political process got a bit more sophisticated and we saw political coverage for several months rather than weeks, also boring after a while anyway. Now days, you get to see the political snipe hunt for years. What a deal! But I digress.

Ms. Clinton is taking potshots at Fred Thompson who, to my knowledge, has not even thrown his hat into the ring. Aren't we getting a little previous here, Ms. Clinton??? Are you kidding me? What is she doing? Trying to damage the opposition who isn't the opposition yet? I get it. If the guy chooses not to run, you only wasted a few stray shots. If he becomes the front runner (not a bad idea) then you have your fightin' face on, gettin' in those hillbilly licks before the cat strikes you, right? Oh brother.

Oh my. How dare Mr. Thompson imply that illegal immigrants would pose a terrorist threat to our country. Wow. How could that happen? Let me see. Oh, how about those super guys that attacked the World Trade Center, huh? I see. They weren't "illegal". Who says. Ms. Clinton, please take a peek at the fact that Castro emptied his jails at one point and sent them to us over the water. You don't think that could happen again? You do not think that some illegals could be that terrorist threat? But they could and likely are. I do see that you use the buzz word "refugee" so that the citizens say "awww" and want them to all stay but it really is a security threat if we do not check them all out. Of course, with the way people are coming into the country illegally, it is possible that we might miss a few...oh, I dunno...TWELVE MILLION or so folks. HELLO!!! Does anyone get a clue here?

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Luxury Homes--Search And Find

My dream home is a beautiful 3,000 sq.ft. home with a two car garage and carport. It has 4 bedrooms, a family room, 3 bath., fireplace, fully appointed kitchen, a library, all on about 200 acres of choice property with a couple of ponds. I have no idea where that might be located but I know a place to start looking.

Elegant Homes website has a fantastic search engine that will help you find the luxury home of your dreams in just the right place. I took a tour of the beautiful homes available with my dream ideas. WOW! They have a virtual tour that tells you almost everything you want to know about the incredible homes right at your fingertips.

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One More Day And The Change Is In!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am changing the look of my blog. The change comes in tomorrow on the 1st of July. I love the way my blog is going to look. It's fabulous. Well, that may be a tad big on the advertising but it really is pretty cool looking for an Arkansas blog from a rather opinionated replanted Arky gal.

One of the things that I am looking forward to is the changeover from Thingamablog to Wordpress. From what I can see, there are some cool differences that Wordpress does that TMG does not do. As I mentioned before, the themes alone are a great deal considering TMG has a very small number and Wordpress has, at last peek, 229 pages of 15 to a page. Awesome stuff, some of it. Some is pretty basic. There is likely something there for almost any person's taste.

So, tomorrow morning it is a brand new day and a brand new blog look all at once. Can't wait to try it out! Taking it for a test run in the morning. YA!

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Destination--Chicago, My Kind Of Town

When I was a kid, we had a trip to Chicago, stayed in a great hotel and had several tours including going to Chinatown. It was a blast but when you are a kid you do not really appreciate things like you do when you grow up. So, I went back there when I was about 23 years old. Big difference.

My family and I visited several places while in Chicago but the one that I will always remember is the Museum of Science and Industry. It is loaded with interesting things to do and look at. Ah, I know. Science. Boring. Industry. Even more boring. Not so. That place has a working coal mine, a full sized submarine, a farm, a space center, an internet area and so much more that I cannot believe it would only take a day to see it all.

Okay, this all reminds me of traveling and vacations. If you were talking about Air Travel, I have flown in a jet from Miami to Chicago. That was extremely memorable since I had never flown in a jet before. My whole experience was a twin prop Cessna over an Ozark lake. That ride was incredible. You feel like you are taking off in a rocket. When we landed at Chicago, I wanted to visit it again but we had to catch a commercial prop plane to Moline, Ill.

Counseling, The Placebo Of The Current Generation And Racial Slurs..What A Deal!

I am getting so tired of the whole racial slur, gender slur thing. I am so disgusted with it. A while ago, Isaiah Washington did something incredibly stupid and shot a gay slur at co-castmate T.R.Knight who apparently was "outted" subsequently. (For the record, the word outted seems to be stupid in itself. You would think that intelligent people across the country could come up with better words than that. You'd think.) So, Washington goes through this "You bottom dweller for saying something in the heat of the moment" kind of thing and gets thrown off "Grey's Anatomy" because ABC has no more intelligent life there than those on the cast of the show.

This guy says he will pursue counseling, which in my opinion, is total crap anyway. That appears to be the new placebo for any and all infractions of a "politically correct" nature. What a load. All of this was bad enough since no one apparently wanted to pay attention to the guy making amends...so he says anyway. But now, the racial card has to be played. Are you kidding me??????

Isaiah Washington is now claiming that this was all about race when he got the boot off the show. All about race????? HELLO??? Does no one see a problem with this whole thing? So, a guy says some gay slur in the heat of the moment. From that, despite all he does to fix the problem, he is canned by an extremely anal network and show. And now, it's all about race. Gay slur+Anal show personnel=race problem. Okay, that works....On what planet far from here? GIVE ME A BREAK!

Yep, he's black. Yep, he has no brains when he gets mad. Yep, the whole thing is a total stupidity. Is there no intelligent life anywhere near that show? Network? "I'm sorry, Captain, there is no intelligent life."

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Unhappy About Donuts

Frankly, this is, by my own admission, one of the stupidest things I have ever blogged about but.....I am mad at the donut guy. Okay. Okay, I can hear the guffaws already. You may treat this lightly. Unfortunately, I cannot simply because I do not like it when I do not get what I pay for, no matter what it may be. In this case, donuts.

To fill you in, we went out of town on Tuesday. It's about a 120 miles or so from our house although I haven't done the math in a while. I most assuredly could be wrong here. I know at least one person who might actually challenge the mileage but I digress.

This particular trip does not happen very often. In fact, I believe it was about 3 years ago the last time I was actually in that part of the city we went to. It has a donut shop. Now, we do have a donut shop where we live. It's not a national chain or anything, I don't think. It's just your average type donut shop and I do not ever go there. It's out of the way....not to mention that I have absolutely no business eating donuts in the first place. In other words, it's a good excuse not to eat them.

When we do go to that city, it is sort of a tradition that we get donuts. I buy a dozen for the folks who look forward to them as much as I do and a dozen for our house. Sigh. I get this kind of treat once every three years or so. Give me a break. I want what I ordered. Is that too much to ask?

So, I am angry with the donut guy because he paid zero attention to what I ordered and filled the box with whatever it was he wanted to, I guess. It was, in fact, a duplicate of the first dozen instead of the ONE KIND I really, truly wanted to try out. They were so yummy looking. They were New York Cheesecake filled donuts with nuts on top. OOOOH!!! And I was so looking forward to those two, no others at all, just those two little donuts.

The donut guy, somebody I can't even go back to and tell off because I won't be in that neighborhood for...oh probably three more years if it's that soon, didn't do what I asked him to. ARGH!!! I want to scream! I want to stuff a cream filled donut into that guy's face and tell him THOSE WEREN'T THE DONUTS I ORDERED, YOU JERK!!!!!!!! But I can't. My only hope now is that someday, somebody who lives close to that shop goes in there and tells him off for me. That would be so good!!

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Affordable Printer Supplies! At Last!

I cannot think of a single thing concerning office supplies that we don't have problems getting a good deal on in our home office. Frankly, the worst is inkjet toner cartridges. I absolutely hate buying a new printer because the ink cartridges are out of this world in prices anywhere you look. Well, almost anywhere.

OfficeSupplyOutfitters or OSO are the exception to the rule. This one is personal. We took a look at the prices on a couple of cartridges for our printers and they are great! Take a look at this HP C3909A black toner cartridge. The price is fantastic!

Thing is, they have loads of deals no matter what you need. They have printer supplies of all sorts, fax supply, HP toner, toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges. Just take a look and see if you can agree that they are great on price.

Each page has savings on them. I do not see how a person can miss here. You do not have to dread buying a new printer with these guys in business, that's for sure.

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Supreme Court Rulings Today

In the Supreme Court rulings today, they rejected school assignment plans. This affects Seattle and Louisville, Ky. As appears to be the usual case, it was a split 5-4 decision. The Court believed that those particular school systems went too far in trying to maintain the "racial diversity" they required.

Frankly, when it was necessary to change where children went to school because the black kids only went to black populated schools with black teachers and white students went to white populated schools with white teaches, it was a mostly great idea to bring the one to the other. Kids should be able to have better educations than the black kids were getting the way it was originally.

However, now days the schools are pretty much not-so-hot nationwide or so it seems. There are places where they are coming together with what is called "Magnet schools" that I have found to be excellent in most every way. They teach a curriculum that is forward thinking. They choose to see children as needing a higher form of education than sticking with "See Spot run" type elementary schools. If you can get the kids interested in school, they won't hate it or be bored. Challenge the child and you have a winner.

In another decision, they blocked the execution of a mentally ill prisoner with another 5-4 vote. I have to say that I must agree with that one. No mentally ill person should actually be executed because they simply do not understand the reality of what was done nor what will be done. It is not right. Grats to the Court for that decision in a state that would rather kill than seek other forms of punishment.

A 5-4 decision to abandon a 96 year old minimum price ban came out today as well. Manufacturers were setting minimum prices in agreements so that they would not have competition. The ban having been released, they are allowed to go back to that as long as it does promote competition in the products. If they have accusations of price fixing by a pact it will be evaluated on case by case basis from now on.

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How Many Diets Have You Been On? How MANY???

If there is one thing I can tell you about, almost endlessly, it's about diets and what makes them work or not. At least that's what I thought until I read about this book that a guy put out online totally free! He is a meditation expert as well as diet expert. I am not going to tell you anything about meditation because I believe in another way but I do think it would be worth the time to take a look at this person's newest book online.

The man's name is Nick Smith. He decided to place a book online for free to help millions of dieters to find a way to stay with it instead of the usual boring, same old thing every day. He states that you can Lose weight with food magnetism. In the book, he gives you ways to cut off the cravings that trash a diet every time. Mr. Smith uses muscle tone and breathing exercises that get right to the heart of the problem. You need no special equipment. You do not need to get a gym membership. That's a relief for me with a limited income problem.

Again, this book is online and completely FREE. Okay, no matter what you thought about dieting, this book is at least worth a peek.

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There Are Changes Coming On My Blog!

Recently, I had some wonderful folks on a forum review my blog to see if I could make any changes that would improve the way it looks and operates. You know how it is. You want to put your best foot forward even if it is yours and no one else actually can tell you what to do about it. So, I listened to each suggestion and enjoyed all of them. They all had a certain amount of merit.

For instance, without anyone actually saying so in so many words, they said that the blog was a bit bland. I can see that. It has a couple of colors but there is no excitement to it. No real color. It just sits there. No wonder people aren't all that interested in reading my thoughts. They must think my thoughts are as bland as the blog. Ah, well not really. I mean, I do have some tame thoughts from time to time but the reality is that I love to blast off at any injustice or political boorishness that I can find. It IS plentiful after all.

But the blandness of my blog is sorta Thingamablog's fault. That program only has a few, very few, themes and it simply is really hard to have a great looking blog with that program. However, I love the way it works. If you like bland, that's your baby. On the other hand, if you like a boatload of themes, then check out Wordpress. 15 to a page. 229 pages the last time I looked. Changes almost every day, from what I understand.

So, with all the suggestions in mind, I am here to announce that on July 1st..."tada"....I said "tada"......are you listening? I said "TADA!! Got it? That's better." On July 1st, my blog will have a brand new look. It will have personality, color and will just plain be better, more interesting. The links in the archives will be there for the "bland city" version from all of the previous months including this one. You watch. Then I'll get some folks who liked the bland part best and now won't wanna come back. BAH!!

One thing my old Grandma told me many years ago. She said "Child, you will never be able to please everyone all the time. The best you can do is please yourself and the rest will come naturally." Thanks, Grandma. She was a great gal.

By the way, my husband has a blog that will have a new look too. (He worked on mine and thought how cool that was and decided to try it himself!) This is fun. I love changing things around once in a while. Not husbands though. Yuk! Been there, done that. The one I have now is quite great. No need to change him. But, a new look is fantastic. So, his blog is "I Am Not A Hampster" and it's changing on July 1st as well. And one more thing....Happy Birthday, Husband! You are the best!

Fleas Are Out And About Now! DO SOMETHING!

One of the things that is such a problem for us with three animals is fleas and how to control them. It is almost a never ending situation. Our cats do not go outside but our dog does. And worse, she has flea allergies that have absolutely become a daily problem. We have been having to deal with fleas ever since the year that a visitor to our home brought a flea infested rottweiler. He had so many fleas on him, we thought that he had become a flea himself. By the time we knew about that, it was too late. It took us the better part of a year to recover from that event. Our dog still has problems because of allergies four years later.

What kind of normal prevention can you take? What do you do when the fleas show up no matter what? How do you know you have an infestation of fleas? Is there anything special and different about dog fleas? Cat fleas? What happens if your dog or cat does have allergies to fleas? What about too many chemicals? All of these questions and many more can be answered on the website with a very handy flea control guide. They have an FAQ for related problems too. You know, you cannot have too much information relating to flea control. Believe me, I know. It is and always will be a never ending battle that you can win with the info these folks will give you.

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Blair Is Appointed Envoy For Peace In Middle East

Tony Blair, who gave up his post as Prime Minister of the UK Wednesday, is taking over the position of envoy for peace in the middle east. In what I would believe is a rare meeting of the minds, he was appointed by an agreement between The United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia. He is expected to do something no one else has been able to do so far, promote peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

In a statement given out by the four called the "Quartet", Blair will be seeking international assistance for the Palestinians and promoting economic development for them as well. Interesting. Apparently, they are the only needy ones in that group. Blair is expected to also seek international help to address the needs of those government institutions.

I do have to say here that I am skeptical of anyone who thinks they can bring on peace in the middle east because when someone does that, we must be very aware that it is likely that person is the one we have been expecting but not looking forward to. This would be the one they call the "anti-christ" who will woo the people into a strong sense of security when, in fact, there will be no security at all. Peace, until the Lord Jesus comes back, is an illusion of a peace which will not hold for long.

One BIG disclaimer here: I do NOT say or believe at this time that Tony Blair is the anti-christ. We do not know who that is or when he might show himself. We only know that he will be known for who he is when the Israeli temple is rebuilt and the head guy in the world puts himself in the seat in the temple as a god.

For more information on this subject and others, please visit my ministry website at Lura's Bookcase.

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Don't Mess With An Ex-Marine!

So, what's right with this picture? Okay, a guy goes into a gas station (sounds like a joke is about to come up, right? Nope. Real story), purchases a lottery scratcher and is scratching it off to see if he won. He feels this hand inside his front pants pocket. Thing is, he had just visited an ATM and withdrew 300 bucks which was residing in that very pocket.

Side note: The guy with the lottery scratcher and the pocket with $300 is 72 years old BUT is also an ex-marine and a Golden Gloves winner and a retired iron worker. Do not mess with this guy unless you want to come out of it with one less hand.

Back to the story. The guy with the offending hand is about to grab the contents of said pocket when the 72 year old takes the offending wrist, punching with his 72 year old fist into the face of the offender who happens to be 27 years old. The manager of the gas station got into the middle of it and stopped this but only after the guy with the hand got belted a few times with feeling.

So, the 27 year old now has a story to tell to his roomy in his cell. Well, maybe not. If it gets around that a 27 year old guy got defeated by a 72 year old guy, he might be the laughing stock of...well, the stocks, so to speak. After that, he might become an easy mark for anyone who wants to practice with a punching bag. Guy with hand in somebody's pocket equals punching bag.

Ummm, looks like that works. Oh yeah. The lottery scratcher was a bust too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

One More Time With Feeling--Bigfoot, You Say?

If I had research grant money, I would NOT be spending it on this search but.....in Manistique, Mich., researchers are going to be on the hunt for...uh, Bigfoot again. The old Sasquatch rises again or so they say. These folks, headed up by a guy named Matthew Moneymaker of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, are going to search the Upper Peninsula of Michigan next month to find the legend. Are you kidding me???

The team is hoping to find locals that have seen what they believe is evidence of such a creature. According to them, they have seen Bigfoot or got so close that they could hear the creature in all but three of 30 expeditions in the United States and Canada. This dude gets around, doesn't he or she. We really do not know for sure about the gender. Just an observation here...unless this creature is a few thousand years old, doesn't there have to be a "Momma bear and a Poppa bear somewhere?" Hey, these guys can hardly find ONE Bigfoot let alone at least three.

The trouble here is that this Bigfoot story has been around for centuries and in all that time, no one has actually cornered the big guy or girl. Of course, there have been the funny folks who just had to do the prank and have some guy in a Bigfoot suit and shoot grainy film for effect.

However, the late Grover Krantz who was a professor at Washington State University, believed in this particular legend. His specialty was cryptozoology, the study of creatures that no one has proved that they exist. In fact, he has a scientific name for Bigfoot, if he really does exist, a "gigantopithecus," a branch of primitive man that could have existed three million years ago. Sounds like a dinosaur.

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It's Hot! Go Buy A Refrigerator

So, is it hot where you live? It's really getting hot here in Arkansas. In the 90s every day now. Well, it's June and that means the weather is not going to be friendly for a while. A few years ago in the summer, our refrigerator went on the fritz. We understand it was because of how hot it gets here. The compressor has to work that much harder to keep your veggies cool and not spoil. It quit. Bad timing. Isn't it always?

When the fridge goes kaput, it costs a bundle to get it fixed. A lot of folks will simply go find the best deal on a fridge and dump the old one. But where do you find these really good deals? Consumers apparently tend to search online first for that great bargain before they go out and buy. Normal search engines do not help as much as you might think. It takes a special one to get the type of information needed to purchase that just right appliance. And of course, you were looking for the best price on Frigidaire Refrigerators to replace the one in the kitchen.

Krillion, a specific product search website, has the type of search that you need called "Krillion Localization Engine" which will search out and find the product you want in a local market specifically where you need it to be at the right price. So, when you get your results from the search, get the kids and the spouse and head out for the local appliance store that is selling what you want. It will be right there waiting for you.

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Trumpet Scares Citizens Of Salt Lake City

If I wasn't laughing so hard, I would be able to tell you about the poor little trumpet that scared some of the citizens of Salt Lake City recently. So, what happened, you ask? Well, apparently there was this package that was left just outside a fast food restaurant. Ah suspicious.

So, several citizens watched the package, thinking it might be something to alert police about. Talk about new found paranoia. The police show up and bring the bomb squad. Two hours they check out this package. For several blocks around, no one can go in near "the package". After a while, they decide it ain't gonna blow itself up so they did. Blow it up, I mean. With a robot. Mr. Tooty trumped his last trump.

Ya gotta hand it to 'em. They really got in there and saved the day. The terrorist plot to blast a trumpet to pieces. Don't know if the nation can handle another one like that.

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What Do Ya Use Pancake Batter And Toothpaste For?

This came up in a news story recently. So, what do you use pancake batter and toothpaste for? Well, I wouldn't use them together for anything. Yuk! But a few enterprising inmates at a city jail used that combo for what looked like mortar. Didn't really think that mess would look like mortar together though.

Who woulda thought? It did fake out the local law enforcement for a while but nothing stays hidden for long. They found it over the weekend. But because of that little trick, new steel plates are being put into the inner walls of the jail cells in Scott City, Mo. now. So, what DID they use toothpaste and pancake batter for, hmm? Apparently, inmates removed a block of the wall in the jail and made a nice hole so that a female inmate could visit a male inmate in the next cell over. It wasn't for the purpose of gaining freedom. Well, that would be because they can't get out due to the steel plates in the outside walls.

Guess that means the next round of inmates will have it a bit tougher. No pancake batter for you guys tonight!!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bumper Stickers! Customize Yours

I love bumper stickers. They usually have the greatest stuff on them. Most of them say something funny, some type of sage advice or just promoting a business or event. This is a great way to advertise because lots of people are going to see a bumper sticker. Did you know that your bumper needs stickers? Oh yes!

This website, CustomizedStickers.com, has what you are looking for in bumper stickers and window stickers. The artwork is good. You can have any size you want, any shape and any color, any design. It is all what you want. Did I say colors? Unlimited color choices. Do you need ideas for a super design? They can handle that too. How about photo quality? That's the way they design the bumper stickers and window stickers for you.

CustomizedStickers goes the extra mile for quality and for a better price. Does your business need a boost in advertising? Time to check out the sticker people.

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Giuliani Slamdunks Mr. Clinton

Rudy Giuliani slamdunks former Pres. Clinton for his soft shoe approach to the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center in the 1990s. Then he let loose on the Dems since they seem to be pretty laid back about the war on terror themselves. The actual words he used were "weakness and naivete" when it comes to dealing with the terrorists.

Giuliani told about 650 business people that terrorists didn't hit the U.S. for the first time in 2001. It was 1993. Just because they did not succeed does not mean they didn't try. He accused Clinton of treating the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack. Apparently, Clinton's big comeback on that attack was to say that it was a "big mistake" instead of really acting on it. After that, terrorist attacks occurred at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, in Kenya and Tanzania and on the USS Cole.

Guiliani stated that with those attacks, Clinton did nothing. Bin Laden declared war and Clinton didn't hear it. He is suggesting that the current Dem candidates are wanting what Clinton wanted, to go back, to relive the past instead of going forward and dealing with the threat.

In the past, Guiliani has defended Clinton but now he is saying that the Dem Pres. candidates are giving up on the war and giving the terrorists the U.S. timetable to retreat.

That would be a major mistake, speaking of big mistakes. It is time to have someone fresh in the White House. We do NOT need another Clinton. By the way, I do not think we need Mr. Guiliani either. It's a real toss-up right now. If I were to pick my front runner for President, it would be former Senator Fred Thompson. After that, more than likely it would be Mr. McCain. I have no other picks. If either of them does not get the nomination, I have no idea why I would vote except to vote against Clinton or Obama.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Moving Time Is Crazy!

The worst possible time for things to go wrong is when you want to move from one place to another. I hate moving. I would do most anything to get someone else to do all the work. It is such a stressful time and everything always goes wrong.

Well, how about calling the International Movers? Service Network is a website that gives you the options to find the right people who will be there at the right place at the right time. They are a quick, easy matching service so that you do not have to hunt and search for the moving company yourself at a time that is already stressful. This online help service does it all for you. It takes the nightmare of finding just the right company to do your job away.

Head for the website. It is so easy. Just put in what you need...where you are moving, where you are moving from, how much weight and the search engine does the hunting for you. They take the mystery out of the situation. You know how it is. The moving company has to be trusted. They usually have hidden costs that you only find out as they load your precious belongings onto the van. This is not the time to find that out.

These folks have what you need at a time you need it most. Just check out the site.

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Australian City Is Getting Serious About Dog Problems

The Australian city of Melbourne is getting totally serious about crime scenes that involve animal attacks on humans or on pets. Animal Control officers are currently being trained to collect DNA samples and clues at the crime scenes where attacks have occurred. The trained officers get swabs, gloves and other equipment in order to collect all sorts of evidence from fur, saliva, blood and eliminations. This way they can track down dangerous animals and their owners.

A small dog was attacked and killed by vicious dogs as it was being walked by it's owner in 2004. The officers were able to track down the offenders by the DNA from feces and their fur. They were destroyed as a result. The owner of the dogs was fined some $7,000 plus for failing to control his dogs.

The new kits available now for the animal control officers will make such cases easy to deal with in the future.

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Car Buried For Fifty Years Undriveable

Someone thought that it would be a great idea to bury a car in a time capsule so that in the year 2007, when there would be no more gasoline used, they could look back to 1957 and enjoy those days. Unfortunately, the car is undriveable. However, the gasoline that was buried with it in two 10 gallon containers may well be valuable to scientists.

A 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was buried in a time capsule with the gasoline and other items they believed would be interesting to those who opened it this year. The car, muddy and almost unrecognisable, was unearthed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the courthouse on June 15th.

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Wedding Favors And Decorations At Affordable Prices

When it's time for a wedding, one of the things that is so much of a problem is the cost. Yikes! Weddings cost a whole lot of money, time and effort these days. But the bride always wants things to be perfect for her special day. So, people do not want to let her down in that area.

Going online at the Internet Wedding Superstore, you will find those special favors for that coming event. These folks have it all covered at affordable prices so that more attention can be paid to other things. When they say superstore, they aren't kidding. This place is loaded with items particularly geared for weddings like personalized wedding favors, the table decorations, place card holders, toasting glasses, cake toppers and lots more.

Then they have a full line of favors that are unique as well as cookie favors, wedding bubbles, wedding bells, wedding cameras and all sorts of decorations. In addition to all that, they also carry attendant gifts for bridesmaids, groomsman, for parents, for children that are part of the wedding party, frames and albums for after the wedding.

That isn't all. They also carry apparel like tees and tanks, sweats, footwear, PJs and a whole assortment of other things to wear. For the ceremony itself, there are unity candles, guest books, ring pillows, flower girl baskets and more. And for the showers, they have the planning books, magazines etc.

This place has just a whole lot of what you are looking for when you plan that incredible wedding.

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Ex-EPA Chief Bombarded With Boos For 9/11 Safety Questions

The woman who headed up the EPA during the Sept.11th disaster and the aftermath was hit by boos and accusations about her assurances that the workers onsite were able to breathe safely. She was confronted by critics who say that the area was not at all safe for workers who were trying to save as many survivors as possible. Then they were working to clean up and to unearth bodies in the aftermath of the most horrendous disaster since Pearl Harbor's attack by the Japanese.

For three hours, the former EPA head, Christie Whitman, faced charges by the chairman of the meeting, Rep. Jerrold Nadler and her critics who stated that the statements that the area around the World Trade Center was safe to work in were giving people a false sense of security when, in fact, it was quite dangerous to be there breathing without safety equipment. The confrontation became quite heated at times.

Whitman did maintain that the workers were warned to use respirators while in the rest of Manhattan it was safe to live and breath the air.

"There are indeed people to blame. They are the terrorists who attacked the United States, not the men and women at all levels of government who worked heroically to protect and defend this country," Whitman said.

However, since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center government reviews of the EPA actions are critical and state that they failed in many ways. For instance, a study of the ground zero rescue workers shows that fully 70 percent of them have some sort of respiratory illness. In a separate study they found that rescue workers and firefighters came down with sarcoidosis, a lung-scarring disease, at five times as high as in previous years.

Whitman continues to say that what she has stated about the days after the attacks was that ground zero needed the respirators but that away from the site, it was possible to get back into normal living.

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Beautiful Sunny Puerto Penasco--Ready For Vacation?

I have been to Mexico before but not to this beautiful area called Puerto Penasco, Mexico. I looked up this great site that has rentals for people who are in the area. From the pictures, this place is fantastic with wonderful beaches and awesome rentals. Rocky Point Real Estate will have what you are looking for in accomodations when you choose to vacation in Puerto Penasco.

My personal favorites are a couple of their Las Conchas homes that just take your breath away. The first one is an absolutely gorgeous Santa Fe style three bedroom. The price is also incredible and completely affordable for a family or a business trip of several folks. It is totally awesome. A Rocky Point vacation is just right for you and the whole clan.

But then I saw this huge mansion-like two story home that has 7 bedrooms and 5 baths. Unbelievable. It sits right out there near the ocean. The view is amazing. It has a larger price but is very worth it when you consider what all you get. This is luxury living!!

These folks are there to make sure your vacation accomodations or your business trip is high class all the way. There ocean views, fully equiped kitchens, satellite television, internet access, even woodburning fireplaces. Rocky Point vacation rental homes and condos have exactly what you are looking for. It's a dream vacation to a dream place.

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Auction Selling An Auction...What??

Two guys who were fed up with the fees that eBay was making sellers pay, started their own auction online in 2003. It's called MightyBids.com. It was not charging the fees for listing and other misc. items that eBay did. They only charged when an item actually sold. Unfortunately, that cost them plenty and now are unable to keep the site going. So, what do you do with an auction site that needs to be sold? Why, you put it up for auction.....where else? On eBay.

MightyBids.com went up on Thursday night. As of today, it stands at 44 bids with a current price tag of a pretty paltry $25,100 with the undisclosed reserve not met as yet. But the sellers are confident that it will go for a much higher rate. They claim that MightyBids has 100,000 members, rates a Google PR of 5, #1 on Google.ca where they live in Canada. There are 9 domains included as well. Not a bad deal for the right person or people. With a little advertising, it's likely to get popular, especially among those who are tired of eBay and their constant need for cash. Fees raise quite often on eBay.

One of the owners had gotten completely fed up with eBays fees because he was selling art work and even though he only sold a few pieces, the fees were costing about $1,200 a month for 50-100 items being listed at a time.

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Luxury Home Office Furniture

I have to admit it, I'm a gal looking for a discount deal. On this site, I think that if you are looking for luxury as well, you are in the right place. These items of furniture look awesome. I have no doubts that each item will fit into a beautiful home just nicely. The website is easy to navigate with no confusion whatsoever.

At Great Priced Furniture, you will find what you need at prices they say are affordable. I call the things at this site my dream stuff for my dream office which I intend to have soon. On the site, they tell you to make a list of what you need, identify your requirements in home office furniture and don't buy just by appearance. Ah, I would have trouble with that one since I love to look at pieces like they have but I would be strong and buy what was functional as well as really great looking. Another thought. Financing. They can help you there too. GE consumer financing is available with up to 12 months free of interest or payments.

So, what do you need? They have desks, bookcases, chairs, computer armoires, storage and filing cabinets plus more.

You know, in past years, the home office was something someone wanted to have as an extra. Now, it's a necessity for so many folks. When it becomes that, then it should blend in nicely with the current decor of the person's home. This company can do that for you. So, what do you need? Just ask them. They probably have it.

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Media Could Change Word Usage

I have to say it. I have a major gripe with any media that uses the word "fetus" when it is obvious that it should be "child" or "unborn child". The word "fetus" de-humanizes the child that is unborn which, apparently, is the objective. In this case, I am referring to the report of the Ohio woman who was missing and recently found dead. The boyfriend, a police officer, was arrested on two charges of murder. Why two charges? Because the unborn child she was carrying is considered a life in the eyes of the law in this case.

I have to admit, the law is really skewered on this issue. It is so confusing for the law to say one thing here and another somewhere else. What I mean is....in this case, the unborn child is a life. Therefore, officials will charge the guy with two counts of murder.

On the other hand, it is okay and legal for unborn children, in the first three months of existence, to be called "fetus", be de-humanized, and then the mother can have a so-called, guilt-free, law-approving abortion. One is a life. The other is not. HELLO????? Does no one see the stupidity of all this?

Then what makes me mad now, today on GMA (Good Morning America), the reporter constantly called the unborn child of the Ohio woman a "fetus" despite the fact that she was only two weeks from delivering the child. Could we have some sanity here, PLEASE???

Seems to me that even the law wants to have it's cake and eat it too. Even those who wish to enforce the law want that. As I see it, you simply cannot have it both ways and be honest with yourselves.

The media, if nowhere else, needs to change it's word usage pertaining to "fetus" and "unborn child". I find the word "fetus" offensive especially when the child was two weeks from delivery. In no way can anyone believe that child was not alive just believe the child wasn't born yet. I know. Where do you draw the line then? You might not like my answer but here goes...........as far as an already conceived child, what line? From conception to birth, the child is alive. There is no line unless you put it prior to the sex act. There is where you draw your lines. As far as I'm concerned, that is a DUH moment to those who think it's okay to play and not deal with the consequences of their actions.

Maybe I should stop here and say "don't get me started". This is my take on things for this issue. More later.

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Supreme Court Decisions

In the Supreme Court cases:

One of the decisions made recently was about faith-based and community initiatives. They decided that those who are agnostic and atheist cannot challenge the White House in their putting part of taxpayers money into faith-based programs. Those agencies and groups are allowed to have a share of the federal money. Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc., a taxpayer group, didn't like government conferences where the administration officials encouraged religious charities to apply for federal grants. I do believe that charities should get a cut of the federal pie if they want it whether they are faith-based or whatever other since it is supposed to be for all charities.

Then in another decision, split again 5-4, the Supreme Court tightened student speech limits. While students do not give up their free speech rights at the school property line, there are limits to what a student may say in word or action. This suit was about a student who had a 14 ft. banner proclaiming "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" which is, by the way, offensive to me personally since it implies that my Savior is appearing to agree with the drugs. "Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 5-4 ruling against the student who brought the lawsuit.

Then, the Supreme Court loosened restrictions on campaign ads before an election. Specifically, corporate and union funded television ads. According to some folks, this weakens the key provision of a landmark campaign finance law. Again splitting 5-4, the court upheld a lower court decision about an anti-abortion (their words, not mine. Mine would have been "pro-life") group who should have been allowed to air ads in the last couple of months of the elections of 2004. This particular suit involves Wisconsin Right To Life who were unable to have ads asking voters to contact their two senators urging them not to filibuster judicial nominees up for appointments at the time. One of the senators was up for election at the time the ads would have aired.

I agree with each of these decisions although with caution in at least one case. Grats to the Supreme Court!!

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Judge Loses $54 Million Suit Over Pants

Judge Roy Pearson sued a dry cleaners over the loss of a pair of pants. Now to me, that says that they should actually just replace the pants instead of a lawsuit. Yet another DUH moment. However, does this require a "$54 MILLION" lawsuit by the guy who lost his pants???? (only if they were on him at the time) Are you kidding me?

Now, does this guy who sued over for that much money over a pair of pants NEED to have another term on the bench? My opinion is NO WAY! I would seriously be concerned about his mental health here. I get it that he is mad that they lost an item. I get it that he wants satisfaction, like the sign says. But really. Let's get some sense into this deal. What's a pair of britches cost anyway? Even if they are the high dinero deal, that does NOT add up to 54 million bucks.

Why would anyone who sues for that amount of money, and a judge who ought to know better about frivolous lawsuits, get another term on a bench? So that he could put forth more of his skewered ideas? Not a chance. By the way, he happens to be an administrative law judge. Who knows where he goes from there. It's D.C.

Judge in the case ruled in favor of the dry cleaners. Apparently, according to the ruling judge, they did not violate the Consumer Protection Act. On top of that, the plaintiff in the case, Judge Pearson, had to pay for the court costs of the dry cleaners owners. This is all happening in Washington, D.C., where things are really strange these days so it doesn't surprise me that this lawsuit went forward. Now, the chief administrative judge for D.C. has contacted the three-person commission that is going to decide whether Judge Pearson should retain his bench for another 10 years.

Frankly, I hope they prove to be much smarter than a number of judges I have read and heard about in the last couple of years. Mr. Pearson's job pays more than $100,000 a year so it's a huge pay cut if he loses his current job but there is no optimism that he will keep it from those in the know. I say Grats to those "in the know" for having some sense. Now hopefully so will the three-person commission.

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:34 AM
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Customized Signs For Your Business

Why do you need signs for your business? Sounds like a goofy question but the reality is that you need to get out there and be noticed. magnetic car signs will do that for you. I have had such signs and they work just great. And, they come off and don't damage the finish of the vehicle so you can put them on a classy or classic car. When you have a colorful set of signs for your car, truck or whatever vehicle you drive, people notice....a lot.

BuildaSign.com has the quality signs you need for the right type of sales. They have the magnetic signs I mentioned but they also have a full line of other signs as well for business, personal, for political, real estate. Do you need a yard sign? Got it. Need a banner? Yep. Parking signs, street signs, safety, political, decals, license plates. Whatever the need, these folks appear to have them.

At this website, you can CUSTOMIZE your sign. When you go to the site, navigate to the type of sign you want, then click on Customize It! You can have what you want not what some sales guy tries to tell you to have. Oh, I haven't mentioned price yet. I have to tell you that I am truly impressed with the prices of this company. They are quite a good value. And this from someone who looks high and low for a bargain.

They do not charge for artwork or a setup fee like many other companies do. The features include unlimited colors, design tools onsite, loads of options, volume discounts, use the expedite feature and get it FAST with next day shipping. After all that, is there more? Yep. Quality products. They want to give you a quality product, customized to your taste, fast shipping and hassle free. What could be better than that?

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Teens Say Abstinence

One of the things that has me worried about our country and many others is the serious number of teen pregnancies there are. It is an awesomely terrifying number. Teens are subject to so much input on this particular subject and frankly, get too much bad advice.

Now, there is a growing movement for a new idea....well, it's really a very old idea that has begun to take root again, Teen Abstinence. The thing is, they are saying no to sex with a loud voice. This incredible group of teens are standing up for what they believe in, abstinence, and making it stick in their own schools, neighborhoods and with friends.

We have found that sex education, for the most part, simply tells the teens that it is okay to have sex as long as you protect yourself. This is NOT the image that the teenagers of this or any other country should have about sex. It is a beautiful thing as long as you do it within marriage. Outside of marriage is not appropriate. The teenagers that believe this are becoming known by the abstinence ring they choose to wear.

I have to say here that I am proud of each and every one of the teenagers and single adults who choose to show their faith and beliefs in this way. Bravo!!!

Office Stuff And Coupon Deals

 

I am always on the lookout for good deals online. Always finding something that is absolutely fabulous to save money. Don't we all need to save money what with the high gas prices? Oh yeah. So, if you are really looking for a good deal with office stuff, you should go to the Keep Cash site. They have coupons for a whole lot of places like Staples where I found this great deal on a Maxtor 500GB Basics External Hard Drive on sale. The Staples coupons are terrific on this site. I'm keeping the price to myself so you have to go see it.

That is not the only thing I found with Staples coupons. A Uniden 2.4GHz Digital Expandable Phone Combo and how about a V7 22" WideScreen LCD Monitor? Again, I am not telling you the price. You will simply have to go see for yourself all of the savings that I found on this site. And that is just one of the huge number of companies that they have offering coupons for you to save big bucks.

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Fears That China Could Take Over The Market--Apples

I am doing this in the category of "What's wrong with this picture?" because we have had too many things coming out of China that are detrimental to our health, our children's and the health of our pets. Why now are we accepting inbound shipments of things like apples? What would possess anyone or any company to buy from this obviously untrustworthy place?

Now the farm bill is up for renewal in congress this year. Farmers are petitioning for a huge, unheard of, amount of funding for new technology so that harvesting will cost less plus aid in developing overseas markets so that a glut into the U.S. market by China will not hurt like it has in the past. Have we learned NOTHING?????

China is toxic to us. They do not care that we are being poisoned by their products. Our pets die from their tainted foods. Our children and adults get sick from their tainted products. HELLO???? Does no one get a clue here?

Isn't it time for the U.S. to take care of it's own for a change? Isn't it time to say NO to countries that are trying to do us in? I believe that they are doing just that, doing us in. Getting us out of the picture. If you do not agree, then what was that tainted foods thing about? We had it in our dog food, cat food and other things, all from China. How does this happen if they are not trying to do this? Do not insult my intelligence by saying that they simply have looser laws concerning outbound products. Come on!! What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by From Arkansas at 3:12 PM
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Is It Time For Vacation Yet? Yes? HAWAII!

When I dream of going to Hawaii, it's all about the sand and surf. No, I do not surf at my age but I love the sounds of the beach. The smells are so fantastic. The birds, trees, surf. Where else can you get such entertainment?

But where can you get accommodations for Hawaiian Vacations? Hawaii is a paradise. Try Hawaiian Beach Rentals. They have literally thousands of rentals available to you and your family or business associates. It is totally up to you what type of place you choose to rent because they pretty much have it all....condos, vacation homes, villas, cottages, resorts, B&Bs, hotels, apartments, mansions and more. They have locals that are expert in helping you to plan your perfect vacation, anniversary, honeymoon, business trips or golf trips. They have discount and luxury accommodations for whatever plan you have.

To start, check on the plan of your dreams. Go to their site and review each plan available to you right now with Hawaiian Beach Rentals. What island would you like to visit? The Big Island, Oahu, Kauai or Maui? Each island has places available for you to stay and only depending on your budget, the dream comes true for you.

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Review-Jantics

In an effort to "get around" I visit other people's blogs from time to time. When I find one that has a sense of humor and looks like the person thinks a bit like I do, it's worth all the tea in China. Well, I don't want to DRINK all the tea.....oh, never mind.

Anyway, Janna says on Jantics that sometimes she doesn't know what she's talking about! LOL! Like everyone else does!! This lady is getting the right idea. Google is not going to raise PR the way we would like. ACK!

Her blog is fun with good content. It's a tad large for my screen but then, I'm still in the dark ages with an 800X600 screen anyway. So, do not go by me on that. All in all, I love this lady's blog and I will visit again. Where do I go to sign up?

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Techno News-Brain Drives The Train

Tell you what. The Japanese do come up with some really different technology. This is a sort of brain cap from the look of it. It picks up brain waves and that, in turn, drives the train. Very strange. They call it "brain-machine interface" by Hitachi and it apparently analyzes small changes in the brain. The blood flow tells the cap and it translates the motion into electric signals.

A mapping device is connected to the cap by optical fibers. Then it's connected to the train by computer. When they asked a reporter to try it out, he did some very simple calculations in his head and the train went into motion. By doing some basic math or singing a song it can keep the train going. When the calculations or singing stops so does the train.

That is kinda weird to me but then I wasn't wanting something that could tell that I was thinking anything like that anyway. What will this do? Are we looking at the newest form of thought police in the future??? ACK!!!

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Review-The Packing Station

When you have to mail something out in a package, a box or large envelope, you need the correct packing supplies. The Packing Station has it for you.

I used to sell things on an auction site and one of the biggest problems I had was how I was going to package the items. Some of the computer games that I sold had a rather fragile box that did not need to be crushed so it was imperative that I get the right packaging material. And when you send out your boxes and things that are shaped in difficult ways, you can find the packaging that suits you at The Packing Station.

When I looked at the site, I found that they are able to help you with anything from a small packing envelope to boxes, from packing material like bubble wrap, twine and strapping, bags to tape and their dispensers. There are gift bags and boxes and seasonal wrapping. Plus they stock mailroom tools like sorters, tables, packing benches and more. If you need to mail it, looks like this place has it.

Wish I could tell you about the prices but, unfortunately, they are in a different type of amounts than I am familiar with. They are from the UK. They state that they only deliver to the UK mainland.

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Science Fiction Comes To Life

When I was growing up, science fiction shows were sort of an afterthought. Then Star Trek showed up after I graduated from high school. (I know. That gives a timeframe on age. Ugh.) So, I was more or less (more less than more. HA, follow that will you.) grown when I actually started watching those shows. But they were great. I loved each one. Confession: I never did watch Buck Rogers. Sorry.

So, when the shows had really cool gadgets like the tri-corder and the communicator, it just followed that sooner or later, somebody would come up with the real deal. Okay, maybe those things are not reality yet but technology is coming along nicely. What am I saying?? The cellphone is the communicator, no? YES! A tri-corder? Not really sure about that one but I am willing to bet that if it isn't existing yet, it will soon. But, there has been yet another advancement in that field of communication.

Apple, Inc. has the iPhone. It now has new technology that allows the user to touch the screen. It's called "touch-sensitive". The new deal is that they can react to a swipe, a flick or tap. That sounds great as long as the cat doesn't have control of it. If so, then tabby is putting in things you never wanted to see. The improvement to the system is that it is more sensitive and intuitive. Don't ask me how.

It's called the new breed in touch screens. Apparently, it relies on electrical currents not pressure points. So, you can slide your finger down the screen and scroll through the menu. Or you could tap and flick. It works. And while it is the first, it will not be the only one. Look forward to flicking, tapping and sliding from now on.

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Buying Gold For The Future

Throughout history, the idea has been to have gold as a means of measuring wealth and security. It has also been the one of a very few things in history that does not seem to change as a means of security. And in these days and times, everyone needs some form of security for a financial future whether it comes in the form of stocks, bonds or gold. But the question has always been...where do I find gold?

Monex Deposit Company has been one of the places to go for buying gold. They also have other precious metals that you can buy, have delivered or the company has safe storage for your precious metals or gold. They have been in business for 30 years to help people buy the precious metals they desire for that financial future that everyone dreams about.

As a unique investment, gold can be purchased in either coin or ingot form. Ingots are forms in a convenient size and shape of pure gold bullion. The coins have a currency value or they will be defined as gold ingots.

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I Am Tired Of People Saying Some Slur Then Needing THERAPY

I am so tired of people who get mad, say some ethnic, sexual orientation or other type of slur and then are relegated to therapy to smooth somebody's ruffled feathers. The first thing I will say here is that I oppose people saying things of that nature. BUT, it does happen and especially in the heat of an argument. However, when a person or a group gets all up-in-arms or so hostile that someone gets fired or made to go to therapy, there is something truly wrong with this picture.

I do realize that people have foot-in-mouth disease. All sorts of people have it including those in the news and entertainment fields. I have watched a politician have to do a silly dance just to back off from some insensitive boobish remark. I have watched prominent personalities get fired from their jobs because they said something wrong at the wrong time.

For instance, Don Imus got fired for saying some that I do consider trashy but THAT was what the man was hired to do and he had done that same thing for a multitude of years. Only because the SPONSOR got big britches and decided to drop the show did the man get fired. What kind of crap is that?

Another for instance, Isaiah Washington got fired by ABC from Grey's Anatomy for saying a gay slur and the resident gay guy (T.R. Knight) got offended. Has no one else EVER said these things to him or anyone that's gay or black or Latino or white or green striped with dots????? Has no one ever said anything nasty to anyone before???? HELLO!!!!!!!!!

People are nasty. They say incredibly nasty things to each other. Want to know where it starts? AT HOME!!!! Kids take the nasty they hear at home and drag it to school where they say the nastiest things possible to their classmates. Then, when the little darlings grow up they become biggotted, nasty, foulmouthed beings that spread their good cheer some more.

However, there are some nice folks out there that can get into situations and say something not nice. Do they have to then end up in THERAPY? The answer is NO, they don't. But because of small minded people like those who insist on this action, folks who might otherwise be very social and happy people end up spending lots of cash to "cure" themselves of the "hate in their hearts".

I can give you an easier way to do all of this. It's really quite simple. It's so simple that many folks do not think of it at all. Just ask the Lord Jesus into your heart. When a person does that, while everything may not change right then, God changes the heart. The person does not need therapy, they need the Lord.

For more information on this subject, please visit Lura's Bookcase and A Peculiar Place.

Make Money Online Selling Replica Sunglasses

I have seen some really great sunglasses coming out these days. They are much more designer than ever before. Lots of people want that sophisticated look in sunglasses. CTS Wholesale has the Wholesale Sunglasses that you would love to own that can be compared to the huge designers in the world. How about Adidas, Ray-Ban, Christian Dior, Nike, Calvin Klein, Dragon, Prada, Gucci, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren. The list is awesome. The sunglasses these folks sell are replicas of those incredible designer glasses. And you can buy them for a little as $10 a dozen and up.

You can buy the replica of your favorite designer for wholesale prices. Not bad. If you want to start a business of your own or add to the existing business with a new line of products, this is the place for you. CTS Wholesale can set you up with your own wholesale replica sunglasses business. Compare the styles, prices and quality of the product they provide. They give volume discounts of 10%, 15% and 20%.

There is one thing. This website is not associated with the real design items. They are very good replicas that will give you a boost in sales for slashed prices. Why not sell Wholesale Sunglasses for a fraction of the price of the original design.

 

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

I Want A Laptop But I Need Suggestions

At the moment, I am dreaming of owning a laptop, something that is going to take a bit of time to find and saving up to buy. What I really need are some suggestions for what kind to buy, what extras to add without costing an arm and a leg. It will be my first laptop so I want it tricked out but affordable.

Have you ever gone to the websites that help you build one? I did that tonight. It's crazy. For one thing, you get all these fantastic options at only this much a month extra or this many dollars total added on. It gives you a list of things I've never heard of so I click on them. Who knows what is lurking in the hearts of those laptops. Of course, some of it is obviously optional so I didn't click on that. For instance, do you need a monitor with your laptop? Um, doesn't it COME with a monitor? Thought so. Didn't take that.

The one thing that it does not do is tell you how much you're racking up while you add this thing and that thing. Ah HA! Knew there was a rub in there somewhere. At the end of my little quest for the so-called perfect machine, I ended up with a pretty impressive laptop. Of course, the thing would cost me almost $2,400 but it sure would be good for a long time. How the heck did that happen???? It started out as a $800 laptop computer. It turned into Godzilla meets Mothra and eats Manhattan!!! Who can afford this stuff????? Oh well. Someday, there will be an affordable laptop in my possession. It's a quest.

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Build A Sandcastle eCard

Okay, I am not a good sandcastle builder by any means. Usually, my castles fall apart and melt into the surroundings as soon as I say I'm finished. It ain't pretty. Of course, I hadn't built Sandcastles for years until today. The proof is there that I really am not good at the building thing but it turned out looking not too bad.

This website, Beaches, is great because they have this incredibly easy sandcastle building tool that gives you bunches of options. It is so fun and easy to use that it took me a while to build the castle below. I know. It isn't all that but there are some really impressive ones on the site. They show you a large number of previous castles, unfortunately, including my lame attempt at construction. I am absolutely certain that most folks out there are much more talented at this than I am.

You can color the castle parts and move them to whereever you want them. They all fit together. You even get the sound effects of the beach while you're at the building. They have accessories too. I put birds, a beachball, a pail and shovel and a couple of local residents into the picture. And flags. All you have to do is click on what you want. It appears with a wheel that has several options. One of them is the ability to color the item. Click on that. Crayons appear. Choose the one you like. On the accessory menu on the right, you click on the one you want and you are totally in business.

Below my poor example of the fun things you can do with this tool. Then, when you get finished with your castle, you can email it to yourself or friends and family. After that, you can get a quote for a fantastic vacation to the place you picked for your sandcastle. Great, isn't it.

 

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Middle East Problems Bring Diplomats Together

Because of the problems that Hamas is causing, three top ranking diplomats are being invited to a peace summit by Egypt's president. Israelis, Palestinians and Jordan leaders are being given invitations to this summit to join together in unity, standing with President Mahmoud Abbas, against the Hamas.

Those attending will include Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who has invited Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan's King Abdullah II. Abbas believes that only through the peace process will they be able to have a buffer against the Hamas extremists.

Abbas will be asking Israel to unfreeze hundreds of millions in funds that have been unavailable to Palestinian leaders since Hamas came into power. He will also request that Israel remove the checkpoints at the West Bank because they disrupt daily life and commerce.

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Top Ten College Majors

For those getting ready for college, the question of what your major is going to be is high on the list since most colleges these days want you to declare the major right away. It's pretty tough when you have to sit down and forecast what the popular jobs are going to be when you get finished with your education. However, there are some majors that are constantly at the top of the list with few exceptions.

Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Elementary Education, Biology, Nursin, Education, English, Communications, Computer Science, Political Science.

What do all of these majors have in common? College or University educations. Each requires you to go through a set of courses designed to help you along the way. I know this sounds really simple. It isn't. You need to get there by having good high school grades and good to great scores on one or more of several tests that tell the schools some of what you know already. That score or scores will help them evaluate your likelihood of making it through their particular school.

One of the prime tests that you need for many colleges are the SATs. ePrep, a new website, is there to help you with all sorts of things for college-bound students and parents who have to finance the trip. They also help with getting through the dreaded SATs with tips on how to ace the thing. They have the information you need to complete with Expert SAT Test Prep & College Planning Advice. . Not only do they help with the tests but also your planning. Parents will love this part.

This site can give you ways to get through the test on a small budget. It can help you get past those really difficult subjects like math or the test jitters. Having trouble with the reading sections? They can help.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Herman Munster's Identity Has Been Stolen!

This is really one for the stupid thieves tricks. Some truly unenlightened thief was peddling the personal details of one Herman Munster of 1313 Mocking Bird Lane. They also included his MasterCard number. The thief even gave the birthdate as Aug. 15, 1964 which is less than a month before the series started. It is rather obvious that the thief, known only as "Supra", did not know that the person's identity that they were selling was a fictional character in the 1960's television series "The Munsters". I used to watch that show.

CardCops Inc., an internet security company, decided that the thief, who was from overseas, could not have known about the television series and that the information had been supplied by a diehard Munsters fan. It was also obvious that the thief believed the identity information was accurate and good.

ROFL! Strike one for the good guys. Maybe this will catch that particular thief and shut down at least one more id theft.

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Haven't Heard The Last About Rosie Yet

Bob Barker, after leaving his signature role as game show host on "The Price Is Right", spoke to reporters at the Daytime Emmys that he thought Rosie O'Donnell would make a good replacement for him. However, it seems that somebody took that as an endorsement. Now, he is backpedalling as fast as possible saying that he does not have any input on who is going to be chosen as his replacement.

Barker told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he wasn't endorsing anyone and no one should take it that way. He said that he hadn't been asked for his opinion and wasn't going to give it. Several people are up for the job as game show host for "The Price Is Right" so it is still up in the air. No one will be announced for a while. The Price Is Right" is on hiatus until the new season starts in the fall.

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Interesting New Development At The White House

Now that Tony Blair is stepping down from his role as British Prime Minister on Wednesday, President Bush has expressed an interest in Mr. Blair being a peace envoy to the Middle East. There is nothing to actually announce as yet.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, the top diplomat for the Middle East, has apparently had talks with Mr. Blair on the idea of him working with the Israelis and Palestinians concerning a possible peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is very supportive of Mr. Blair taking on this role as well.

James Wolfensohn stepped down a couple of months ago as international Mideast envoy for four peace negotiators - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia. The position Mr. Bush wants for Mr. Blair would be an enhanced version of that role.

The four are expected to meet in Paris next week although one member, the Russian Foreign Minister has a prior committment so it may possibly be postponed for a while.

And, of course, when you read about this, there is the tapdance from the U.S. about the fact that they haven't ACTUALLY offered the job to him but they like him a lot and they have been talking about talking to him about talking about taking the job if they offer it. Uh huh. I thought so.

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Just A Personal Note On The News

Every once in a while, the news just gets to me. Who doesn't remember Sept.11th? Who doesn't remember the pain of watching the Katrina and Rita tragedies? Don't you, once in a while, want to see something on the news that's good? Oh, the network news anchors all do a "feel good" piece every now and then but what I want to see is non-stop good news. Okay, that is probably fantasy island stuff, isn't it.

So, I do try to put some feel good posts on this blog. Look down a couple of posts and you will see my post called "Cat-astrophy In The Sewers". Not the most original title I realize but it does have a zing and there is a really nice ending to the story. I loved that one.

If you cannot find something good to write about from the news, just enjoy my little kitty story.

Are You A DIY?

Personally, I do not do a whole lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) but when I need to do something that usually costs lots of cash (like diet or make a small item of furniture), I go after anyplace I can find the "how to" of whatever it is. This is where you save the big bucks.

UKTV Style has what you need for the DIY in you. They have recipes and helpful hints for all sorts of projects. One of the things that I am concerned about is what to feed the kids so that they have a nutritional diet. Too many kids are getting fat on things that aren't good for them because they don't like the "good food". UKTV Style has tips and hints to help you deal with that. They help in an article called "Fruitful Endeavour".

Check out the Body and Health section. There are a load of tips and you can "Ask The Expert". I could certainly use that one!

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Cat-astrophy In The Sewers

What do you do when a kitten is in a sewer drain? Why, you get out the whole shootin' match. In Parkersburg, W.Va., a small kitten was in a storm drain and would not come back out. But the big story is what it took to get the tabby out. Ready? Two fire trucks, five firefighters, several animal rescue folks and roughly 250 gallons of water.

Apparently, they had been trying to coax the little kitten out with good words and food but tabby wasn't buying. Took about an hour and a half before they figured out what the cat knew in the beginning. She ain't comin' out, no how, no way!

So, firefighters got really creative....banged on the end of the pipe and flashed lights. Didn't work. But what did work was about 250 gallons of water flushed through the 10 inch pipe, just enough to get kitty's feet wet. Now yer talkin'. Kitten ran out of the pipe into the arms of a rescuer. And after that, tabby was resting comfortably at the local Humane Society.

But, that isn't the end of the story. No siree. Tuesday, a warm hearted person signed adoption papers. Tabby will have a home! Oh yeah!

Reno 911: The Movie-Review

Have you seen Reno 911: Miami yet? It gives the flavor of a Police Academy style show with a load of laughs. The men and women of the Reno PD are heading to the annual police convention but, of course, can't get in. Big administrative mess up, naturally. Despite the fact that they are now at loose ends, they find that the Reno PD crew are needed in Miami. An emergency arises and all of the police forces in the country are quarantined. There's been a biological warfare attack on the convention center! So, they go to the local police station where they find themselves completely out of their league. It's a high-tech station with gizmos they never saw before. Mustangs with more high-tech gadgets are too much. They do muddle through anyway to save the day.

You can go to Reno 911! Miami The Movie website from Fox and play some games there too. I picked my favorite posters to show off the Most Wanted game. I liked those immediately. They reminded me of people I know. That's a big laugh here.

Did you like them? If you want to find your own posters, you can pick from several on the Most Wanted game. Check out Reno 911! Miami The Movie website to play several other games too. Great fun.

Oh hey, don't forget to get the new Reno 911! Miami unrated DVD.

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Stem Cell Bill Veto'd

Lately, things haven't exactly been right in this country. But today, though you may disagree with me, I find that Mr. Bush putting a veto on that stem cell bill has to be one of the most right things done. I do know this is a hot topic. I know that lots of people believe that their lives will be better with stem cell research going forward. I might agree with that as long as the research includes the several ways that this can be accomplished without using an unborn fetus or an embryo grown specifically to do research.

For instance, researchers have found that the fluid from the umbilical cord is fertile with stem cells able to be used for all sorts of research. Why is it necessary to use unborn children? Why must we murder more children in the name of science? Frankly, I think those people who are so up in arms about using puppies and kittens ought to see that using children is far more devastating than using an animal. Don't get me wrong here. I do not believe in using the animals for frivolous reasons in research. You don't really need animals to do research on makeup.

Embryonic stem cell research is not ethical in any sense of the word when the embryo is raised specifically for research. That is a distruction of life. And I am certain I will step on toes here when I say that it works that way with killing the unborn children in an abortion. I am pro-life. I am always going to be pro-life. And by the way, the label is NOT **anti-abortion**. It's PRO-LIFE!!!!

What's A Toad House?

I just love it when spring comes. That's when my thoughts turn to gardens. I love gardens. The beautiful flowers and the wonderful veggies that pop out sometime in the spring or early summer. And with all that, it is so much fun to decorate the garden with cute characters and buildings.

Online Discount Mart has some really great items that they have new this season for your yards and gardens. I really love the toad houses. They are absolutely adorable. They come in so many types. You can even get a spaceship toad house! But that's not all. They have all sorts of garden and yard accessories like garden gnomes, stones, bird feeders. There is just too much to mention here. Go check out the toad houses. I love 'em.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Russians Might Have Something There...But

Way up north, not in Alaska, but in the oil fields in the Arctic, they have a resource that some Russian minister wants to tap into. He might actually have something there. The oil fields produce the usual and a byproduct called "associated gas" which needs to be burned off called "flaring".

But if there could be another use for it, then it could help make other products. The Russian minister wants to use the associated gas piped down south to greenhouses for using to grow cucumbers. Sounds like a great idea....except they really do not have a pipeline for this stuff. Ah, but you could then build the greenhouses on the spot and grow cucumbers right there.

Guess it sounds like a good idea until you realize that while cucumbers are a major staple of the Russian diet, it is also true that they are plentiful in the south. Ah...well it worked for a couple of seconds anyway.

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Judge Says Feds Overstepped Their Authority

Feds like to search emails of people they are wanting to prosecute. Unfortunately, they got a little ahead of themselves one too many times. They had no warrant. It's sort of like when they want to tap your phone line. Technically they are supposed to have a signed warrant from a judge before they can proceed. Guess the feds didn't think it was necessary for emails.

A Federal Appeals court ruled against the government today (Monday) in a fraud case where the the investigators overstepped their bounds and illegally searched the stored private emails. The case is being watched very closely by civil-liberties advocates because of the newly emerging internet privacy issues. A panel of three judges ruled that a citizen has the expectation of privacy in their stored email.

The government, of course, disagreed believing that though the transit emails are covered under wiretap laws, the same cannot be said for email that has been stored by the server. The court contends that this is a Fourth Amendment right.

Finally, judges that are standing up for OUR rights. Thank you!

The CIA Just Fired My Brother!

My brother, Michael, works for a government agency or at least he did until yesterday. I can't tell you everything but it was not pretty. Actually, I shouldn't be saying anything either since Michael doesn't know yet. I have to find a way to make contact with him before it's too late.

Michael's job was really hush hush even when he started it some years ago. His main job then was to be on the team that helps search for and arrest high end drug pushers. You know the kind I'm talking about, those high up guys that make all the money from selling. These people are your neighbors with squeaky clean records until we find them, that is.

After he had been with "the company" for a while, they realized that he was perfectly suited for going undercover and getting inside drug operations. He was responsible for bringing down several big time sellers.

In all the time he was working for "the company" he never once did anything that embarrassed them....until recently. It was a tiny thing. Really. Unfortunately, it was my fault. See, I work for "the company" too. In fact, I work at Langley where it all begins and ends.

Michael was undercover trying to bring down this big jerk that owns several well known companies. You would know the names if I told you. A few days ago, I couldn't contact him to warn him about a leak in the office since I wasn't sure exactly who it was. The thing is, a leak is dangerous to all of the agents in the field including Michael. So, I sort of stepped outside the line to get a hold of him. I originally contacted Michael to have him come back to Langley through an informant, a young lady. I was unable to tell him all that was going on due to the sensitive nature of the information. The problem was that she was part of the leak but I didn't know it. She put him into a very compromising position. They took pictures and splashed them on the front page of the Miami Herald. Michael's cover is totally blown and he is in serious danger.

Because of me, the big leak in our office found Michael. Do you know what a burn notice is? That's when the agency sends out a notification that a particular agent is unreliable or untouchable, meaning he isn't to be trusted. Several of the top people in our office now believe that Michael turned on us. They sent out a burn notice on him. In fact, they are hunting for him. I have to contact him because Michael is due in soon and doesn't know about any of this. I hope I can find him and soon.

The story that you just read is something I dreamed up about the new show coming to television. The new show is USA Network's Burn Notice an exciting drama. If you want to know the real story, head for USA Network to Burn Notice premiering June 28th at 10/9 central.

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Refineries To Cut Expansion

Are you kidding me??? In a time when the United States needs, desparately, to get more fuels available to the public at an affordable price, refineries are seeking ways to cut back on expansions and it's all due to the congress and the White House or so they say. What a surprise.

Doing something like that is going to keep gasoline prices through the roof for a long time. Also, what a surprise. The money hungry oil companies do not want to bow down to what they KNOW they should do, build new refineries which would give some relief to the increasingly higher prices for gasoline.

The White House and congress are pushing for ethanol production which would help with prices but, as I posted the other day, it would not help in the least if you can't find a station to fill up. So, it's up to the oil companies all the way around. Somehow, I get the feeling that isn't going to happen.

This is yet another SHAME OF AMERICA. Oil companies, when the consumer has had all they can take, you won't like the outcome.

Insurance Companies Cancel Policies Retroactively

Ever heard of rescission? Insurance companies certainly have. Those who can only buy insurance themselves, not through a group policy, are going to be dealing with that term if they try to use the policy. One lady did that. She is a young person in her twenties who has never been sick in her life. She believed that the policy she bought as a student would take care of anything she needed it for. After all, she had never been sick before.

Recently, she found out that she has a rare optical disorder that, if not taken care of through surgery, she will go blind. She has already lost part of her vision. She sent in a claim so that the surgery could happen. What came from the insurance company was a series of letters detailing her account being investigated for fraud. They were threatening rescission, which is actually a retro-canceling of her policy so that they do not have to pay out anything.

ABC news got involved when they heard about her. They contacted the company involved, Blue Cross of California. They said that they were not intending to cancel her and that they had sent out only one letter that told her they might investigate. This, of course, is not true. Since then, the company has stated to ABC news that they stopped the investigation and are going ahead with paying for her surgery. At the time of the story, the lady in question had no contact from the company saying this.

Isn't it time that the insurance companies wake up to the fact that the public are their bread and butter and if the public chooses not to have a policy with them, they will go down like so many other companies have in the past? I can't be the only one who remembers how insurance companies dropped the ball during the Katrina crisis and are still doing so as long as they do not pay out on policies owned by people with needs from that storm. WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! This is a shame we cannot ignore.

Emergency Cash Funds Are Always Needed

If you are anything like me, financial problems are always there. Doesn't matter what the situation. But I am not the most knowledgable person when it comes to financial accounts for savings. So, I need to turn to a place that gives me more information before I can decide what to do. I especially need help with a way to save for emergency cash funds.

eMoneyCentral can show you high rate savings and CD accounts for that emergency in the future when you simply do not have any other means to deal with it. We never know when we will need funds. So, what do you do? Put your cash into a high rate savings or CD account. Because, as long as you do not need the cash, your money is earning the highest rate that it can. Then, when it is needed, it has grown. It's as easy as that. Check out eMoneyCentral for the guidance you need to find that "just right for you" account.

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One More Company Possibly On The Block After The Owner Dies

For a lot of years, Dave Thomas was the man that you saw on the commercials for Wendy's Hamburger establishments. He was the owner who had named his company after his wonderful daughter. For years, the way Wendy's was operated had to do with honesty and integrity because of the boss. Then he died. And with this company as with other well known companies, thinking of Walmart here, things are changing, something the original owners never really wanted to happen.

Today, the top management of Wendy's is talking about selling the company. They have had problems with profits this year. The hamburger enterprise is the third biggest in the country. Management does say that this is only a possibility not a certainty as yet. Seems they are under pressure from shareholders like the biggest one, Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners. These wonderful people believe that they need to make changes.

Isn't it just like some corporate muscle-bulger that owns too much stock in the company to come along and change everything that Wendy's has been. The outfit already owns Arby's. Isn't that enough for them? Obviously not. Wendy's operates 6,600 stores worldwide.

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Acne Problems? Here's A Solution For You

When I was a teen, acne was a big problem. No matter what I did, it did not help. These days, a lot of information exists that did not all those years ago. Now you can get help. But you need to know what you are up against.

Acne.com has the information you need to help you with those problem blemishes that want to take over your life. Acne actually affects everyone to some degree. Teens have more problems with it than anyone else, 90% in fact. The very best way to deal with acne is to prevent it in the first place. That is why a person needs the treatments that will help best to keep the developing blemishes away. It is vitally important that treatment begin as soon as possible to keep from having permanent damage to the skin.

But what causes acne? The top part of the skin is dead. That sheds each day although the person may not see that happening. Mostly, it sheds at an even rate. However, when it doesn't do that, clumps of skin occur. As that happens, the oil under the skin gets trapped in and under the clump of dead skin turning into a plug. But the skin doesn't stop producing oil and it gets more and more swelled up. The body sees the plug as an enemy and attacks with white blood cells. The end result is a pimple. None of this is the fault of the person with the problem. Nothing they eat or do causes this. So, chocolate is not a pimple maker no matter what your mother said about it. Moms are just trying to help the child eat better.

So, what does a person do? There are a whole raft of treatments available now. First, the person needs to find out what type of problem they have and how severe it is. There are many types of acne so it is important to know as much information about this as possible.

One of the many treatments available right now is proactiv solution which helps in three easy steps. When you go to the website and buy the package of Proactiv Solution 3-step treatment, you save $20. Not bad. You can handle your acne problem and save money at the same time.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Honesty In News Reporting

I have to admit that there are not too many really good things left in this world, not compared to what it was like when I was a kid, some 42 years ago and more. It was simply an easier life. However, now it is not easy nor is it cheap. Yes, I do know the old joke.

When I find someone who is showing that he or she is honest in reporting and in their lives, that's the person I am more likely to watch on the news. There is such a person. His name is Charles Gibson. From what I have seen of him on Good Morning America and on the World News Tonight, he gets all 5 stars from me for honesty in reporting, at least as far as I can tell.

Now, he has gone even higher in my opinion. He spoke at the Union College graduation in Schenectady, N.Y. During the speech, he urged grads to practice honesty and fairness all through their lives. He has established a scholarship fund in his father's name to be awarded each year for a student in need.

He stated that "It sounds old-fashioned, but I will tell you there are ethical imperatives in this life. Compassion. Honesty. Fairness. Trustworthiness. Respect for others. If those things are not the bedrocks of your life, you will suffer for their absence in time. And I would wager you won't much like yourself."

So, kudos to Charles Gibson!!! Thank you for reminding us that these are important values in our lives, much lacking in the country and world.

Ethanol Cheaper But You Can't Find It

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am truly angry at the price of gasoline in this country. I do realize that other countries have had this problem for years and they pretty much tell us "Waaaa". If we had already had that situation, I would feel the same.

Nevertheless, we did not have that situation for all these years so I am angry at the companies who put out the product but hold back until the price is through the roof. Then, if that were not enough, they post huge profits from our dollars and thumb their noses at the buying public since we appear to not be able to effect change in any way. I do think that is wrong. If only enough people would have the courage to say no to those companies for a day or two, it would surely effect a change.

Now, about today's post, the same oil companies that have been thumbing their noses at us with those horrifying prices are doing so in another area. Some of the new cars coming out now have the ability to run on a mix which is called "E85" and is a blend of ethanol and gasoline at 85%. Those who do produce this type of fuel say that it is an alternative to the higher priced gasoline.

There is, however, a hitch in the gitalong. Seems that there are few stations selling the mix. There are many more cars out there that are capable of using the stuff but there are very few stations able to sell it. The vehicles able to use this mix are called "flexible fuel vehicles" and there are about 5 million of them on the road right now. On the other hand, in all of this country there are only 1,145 service stations available to the public for those same cars. Believe me when I tell you, that usually does not include many rural areas. At least, it does not include where we live in a rural area.

The real kicker here is that by the year 2010, the automakers have promised at least double their current production of the flexible fuel vehicles. In fact, of those who have that type of vehicle now, not all of them are aware that they have such a vehicle. Weird, huh?

Now, the problem lies in the hands of the gas station owners who are steadfast against spending a load of money on this addition to their stores. 167,000 retail gas stations exist in this country and almost all are extremely slow to work this out. The problem there seems to be that they have a load of trouble trying to get the pumps certified. Plus, the market is so new they do not want to take the risk.

There is this other thing about the ethanol mix. It is not as fuel efficient. While the current price of the mix (IF you can find it) is around $2.59 rather than the national average of $3.14, it drops the fuel economy about 10-15 percent. Not so hot either. At this point in time, it appears to be a toss up.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Is It Too Much To Ask That The Credit Cards Work For Buying Gas?

You go into the gas station, credit card in hand, swipe the thing to pay for a fill-up. The pump is putting gas merrily into your tank and then.......all stop. What happened? Ah, this is where it gets sticky. The credit card companies have for years had a limit on the amount of gas you are allowed to purchase at one time. When the gas was pretty cheap, you didn't notice it because no one needs over a hundred gallons in their subcompact, right? However, now the gas prices are through the roof. People are at the pump and think that the station is limiting their gas purchase because they have a short supply. It ain't true! No, what is happening is that the credit card shuts the purchase down when it reaches the maximum limit. And the usual limit appears to be around $50. How nice.

By the way, this doesn't seem to be a problem when you walk the card into the station and pay that way. It only works this way when you swipe it at the pump. There are people that have to use two and three credit cards just to finish a purchase of a full tank. What is this all about?

Fraud. The credit card companies should be commended for keeping a sharp eye on the fraud potential. Ah, but now they need to get a clue and adjust their limits since most folks are now having to purchase a whole lot more gas for their cars to get to work. How about it? Credit card companies, are you listening to your customers? They need your assistance. Change the spending limits asap!!

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Referral Services For Those Who Have Substance Abuse Problems

We know that it cannot be easy to deal with a substance abuse problem. I have known folks who had such problems and each time it required help from someone else. People like to believe that they can handle the situations themselves but it does not work out. That's when it's time to find the right people to help out.

1-800-No-Drugs has the goal to have relationships with their clients, to find them the drug treatment center that works for the person and for the family. They are specialists in drug rehab program referral. This website offers an international database on treatment centers for all sorts of substance abuse such as drug addiction, alcoholism, chronic relapse and much more. 1-800-No-Drugs will find you the treatment center that is right for your situation. The best part is that it is at no cost to you!

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Naked Guy Runs Through School Setting Off Fire Extinguisher

What do you do on weekends? I know I have time to read, work on the computer and rest a bit. What do other people do? Well, one guy decided to run naked through a school. I can't actually say that happened on a weekend. It was really Thursday morning. We know that no students were in the building at the time.

Apparently, some guy who appears to be a former student, was seen by the Central Tech custodian in Erie, Pa. It was actually in the wee hours of the morning at 6am. He just happened to have clothing in his hands as he ran away. The police have him on surveilance cameras as he broke into the school through a window and wandered around for about 15 minutes.

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PayPerPost Has Raised $7 Million--What To Do With It?

What do companies like PayPerPost do with that much money? The obvious answer most people would put in is "Give it to ME!!". While I love that idea (and you can still do that!), the better thing is to invest in the company's current needs. In order to have a better, more smoothly, running company the money needs to go in several directions.

PayPerPost, having established themselves as a top advertiser, should put more money into that advertising by paying larger amounts to the bloggers for the opportunities that become available. While there will always be those who will write the advertising for small amounts of money, there are not always those who write especially well. Drawing the better writers in with larger opportunity amounts would bring more advertisers to the company for more opportunities.

The next thing I would suggest goes right along with what I just said. The company needs to get to the advertisers to draw them in. Spend some of the money bringing in new advertisers because when that's happening, everyone wins.

Perhaps it would be wise to invest in more employees who would be available to check the postings, answer questions and help the newbies since it apparently takes some time to respond to the submitted posts and help those having troubles.

It would be a good idea to buy more bandwidth so that the pages would load faster. I do realize that many people have slower modems but the company that has a large bandwidth can be superior to a smaller company that cannot handle that type of expense.

Just a note about blog ethics, this particular type of posting is not spam although bloggers can do that. It is never a good idea to spam. And we need to keep it honest. Putting more money toward the people writing the posts helps them to believe that what they write is important to PayPerPost and to the advertisers.

Now, the press release:

The PayPerPost Revolution Accelerates, Sponsored Blogging Marketplace Secures $7 Million Series B

Draper Fisher Jurvetson leads round and joins Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL – (June 12, 2007) – PayPerPost, the leading marketplace for advertisers to reach bloggers and other consumer content creators, today announced it has completed a $7 million second round investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an investor in the company's Series A and one of the world’s leading high-technology venture capital firms. The financing brings the total amount of capital raised by PayPerPost to over $10 million, giving the company considerable resources for further development as the industry’s leading Consumer Generated Advertising marketplace. Additional participants in the round include existing investors Inflexion Partners and Village Ventures as well as new investor DFJ Gotham. With this investment, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein also joins PayPerPost’s Board of Directors.

“PayPerPost created this exciting new advertising space and has established itself as the industry leader,” said Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost. “Although we’ve only used a portion of our first round capital, this added support from investors unlocks significant growth potential. Our content creator and advertiser ROI metrics clearly demonstrate the upside for PayPerPost’s model. We intend to use this capital to build the infrastructure, visibility and professional expertise necessary to reach and retain a greater network of advertisers and content creators than ever before.”

Since its founding in June of 2006, PayPerPost has signed more than 6,500 advertisers to its groundbreaking service, which has enabled Consumer Content Creators to be compensated for their efforts discussing specific companies, products or services via blogs, videos or other media. The content creators are required to disclose relationships with advertisers on their blog, providing transparency for the end reader. Over 125,000 Internet postings, most in the form of blogs, have already earned money for their creators through PayPerPost’s innovative marketplace. PayPerPost recently released PayPerPost Direct, a disruptive new service that allows advertisers to contract and negotiate directly with individual bloggers they identify through a safe, managed system.

“PayPerPost has laid a strong foundation for the future,” noted Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “It continues to attract a critical mass of participants from both the advertising and blogging communities. Analogous to Overture’s sponsored search model, we believe PayPerPost’s business model holds disruptive potential and will enable the company to thrive in the evolving paid-content arena.”

To mark the $7 million dollar funding, PayPerPost has launched a new website detailing the company’s service offering at http://www.payperpost.com. Bloggers and advertisers can easily sign up at the site and begin leveraging the self service marketplace.

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Bob Barker Gone From Show But Still In The News

Bob Barker announced that he thinks the CBS execs are talking to Rosie O'Donnell to take over the show that he has been anchoring for so many years. He is fine with this. Are you kidding me???

This woman was on the View for about a year. In that time, her controversial attitude was so anti-so many people that the buzz went against her as much as it went with her. Her zingers at Donald Trump, for instance. Her feud with another host on the View. Her constant mouth going off at the slightest thought that someone could dare to disagree with her. Is this an appropriate host for the game show that has been so squeeky clean all these years?

Frankly, if the producers of "The Price Is Right" find it necessary to boost their ratings this way, then the show should die a natural death anyway. What are they thinking? Are they serious? Hopefully not.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Privacy Laws Hamper Virginia Tech From Stopping Attack

It seems that our wonderful privacy laws, that are good in some respects...not so good in others, hampered officials from sharing the information needed to stop the attack that occurred when a student was on a killing spree in April at Virginia Tech. Apparently, because of the U.S. privacy laws, the police, the school and doctors don't share the information needed. The laws are too complicated and they overlap so those who have information about someone in need of help do not tell other agencies or officials.

President Bush ordered a report from a federal agency because of the killing spree by Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho.

The problem here is that his roommates noticed he was having problems. The professors were concerned about his disturbing and often violent stories and essays. Even a judge ordered him to go into treatment because he believed the guy to be a danger to others and himself. However, because the court ordered treatment information did not get entered into the federal database, it was not known about whether he received the treatment he needed. Due to the fact that the info from the court never got into the federal database, he was able to purchase two handguns legally. There was no question.

The report, released Wednesday, came out right after the House passed the first major federal gun control law in many years. The bill will help states in reporting to a federal database. That will enable the states to block gun purchases by buyers who would not be eligible.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Spam King Hasn't Left Yet

The man accused of creating and sending out millions of spam emails to millions of people who was arrested May 30th appeared in a Seattle court yesterday and asked for bail. Are you kidding me? What? So he could get out and email more spam? HA! The judge saw through that ploy and denied him bail. He is to stay in jail until his court date Aug 6th. The reason for denial was because he had few ties in Washington state and many in Sweden where he is from originally.

The judge in the case, US. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue stated "These are allegations of cyber crimes that have no geographical borders. It's just as easy to continue these actions in Sweden as it is in the United States." Way to go, Judge!

Robert Soloway, nicknamed the "Spam King", has been charged with 35 counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. He could actually get up to 20 years in prison for all of this. Thing is, this is more or less a test case since no one has ever gotten caught doing this much cyber-theft and cyber-spamming.

This guy is bad news all right. In court yesterday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Warma said that Soloway told his customers who tried to get refunds that he would take them to a collection agency and ruin their credit. Nice guy. Ah but that's not all. He made it so that people were unable to opt-out of his spam list, costing them a lot of time and money. Nice guys like that need to have some time in prison. One more thing. Apparently the Judge could see though this guy's plans since he said that Soloway seemed to have no interest in abiding by the court's rulings. Oh, I get it. Soloway doesn't play well with others. Got it.

Greek Frat And Sorority Tees

Two college roomies decided to start up a t-shirt business in their apartment in 1991. Since then, the business has grown into a huge place where they have customers from the east coast to the west coast and lot's of spots in between. The company gives you top of the line, custom greek shirts for your sorority or fraternity. This is the "go-to" place for custom greek shirts.

BlueCotton has shown itself to put out a quality product that exceeds the expectations of the students who wear the Tees. Sororities and Fraternities enjoy the custom designs that only BlueCotton can produce for you. They have, of course, outgrown their operation in the apartment and now have what they call "a printing and design heaven".

Now, you have access 24 hrs. a day to the website. You can find out prices, design possibilities and ordering all at your fingertips with ease. They have printed t-shirts, custom embroidery or sewn-on letters. It's entirely up to your tastes in t-shirts. Don't forget to check out the sale page. Just choose your Frat or Sorority and get started.

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Is The Leadership In This Country Getting Too Much Money?

Okay, I believe that people should be paid for what they do. I believe that the American worker, in many cases, is not receiving what they should for what they do. That would be because the private sector believes in profits for themselves and not for their employees. Now, that is not true of all companies but it is true for many of them.

On the other hand, it seems that the country's top lawmakers, who by the way, decide their own salaries (that is the way to go, don't you think? Oh yes, I do need another raise. Do you? No, of course not. Why do you ask?). What a great deal. They can choose a number and are paid that number.

For instance, our top Dems are getting paid handsomely though they do not need it in any way. In 2006, Pelosi and Reid got salaries of $183,500 as the minority leaders in the House and Senate. Not too bad there. Ah but then.....Pelosi married a millionaire who is that many times. Reid has gold mine claims in Nevada.

Then, the Republicans are not destitute either. Minority leader in the senate, Mitch McConnell holds property in D.C. of $1-$5 million. Of course, a large portion of the family assets come from our Labor Sec., his wife, Elaine Chao who holds investments that total $850,000-$1.9 million as well. Nice family plan. The House Republican leader, John Boehner, shows assets of $1 million to $5 million in the retirement plan of a plastics company he ran.

My question then becomes WHY DO THEY TAKE A SALARY AT ALL? Do they actually think we believe they need this? The jobs they have do are not for the purpose of gaining wealth, that's for sure. It's all about the politics so why take the money?

How about this. All of those who are currently in the congress that do not have to have the salary donate it to whatever charity that gives them the most satisfaction...that is, outside of themselves. They seem to be the rich getting richer while the rest of us have to scrape along. No, I am not jealous of their money. I am unhappy that they choose to take money when they obviously do not need it when the country could use all the money it can get to back the troops and other dire needs.

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Russian Women Looking For Love

I went to page called "Lovers Planet" and found a place for Russian women to find foreign men for marriage. Apparently, most of the women looking for men are truly looking for marriage instead of a fling.

I must say that I find that, most of the time, this type of place is not suitable for anyone to find the true love of their lives. There is a slight chance for it, I have no doubt, but I am thinking of the majority of the ladies who are honestly looking for good, solid, honest men and I cannot actually believe that they will find that on sites like this.

Having said that, Russian ladies wanting to be russian brides do come to this place to find the guy of their dreams. Most are looking for a life partner, not someone to just have fun with or just date for a while. These ladies are serious enough to want to get to know the individual much better. I totally agree with that. No one can get married and stay that way without some knowledge of the other person.

So, if you like the idea of that type of hookup with someone, then go to the site and sign up. Then post an ad and you're in business. Lovers Planet offers pictures and profiles of the single Russian and Ukraine brides. They say that the Russian Dating gets results. That's because the ladies are only interested in long term relationships and ulitmately marriage, unlike many other countries like the U.S., where the women are often interested in a good time and maybe something later.

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Spielberg Endorses Clinton In Bid For White House

This is going to be a personal rant. Sorry in advance but I have strong feelings about Ms. Clinton and they are not good. I live in the state where that woman and her husband were in the Governor's House. Those of us who have the sense to see it, do not like the way she operates. A case in point is the story yesterday of John McCain opposing her in her atttempt to put "pork barrel" spending into an already bloated package for the troops in the war on terror in Iraq. Yes, there should be a lot of spending for that but not the bloat that usually comes with the favorite parts of a bill that get railroaded through the congress because of a pet project.

And now, a man I have admired for years, Mr. Steven Spielberg, is putting his endorsement on this Clinton woman. I can no longer say that I admire him. No one could possibly be this blind yet they are. So many are.

You know, it has never been proved one way or another about that White Water thing in Arkansas some years ago. The questions died and nothing was settled. It is crazy but people who used to be associated with that particular situation and the results seem to be disappearing and dying. Does this not bother anyone? Does it not bother anyone that she was the voice behind the man in the White House and that did not turn out too great? If anyone has a question at all about who was doing the decisions, they only need to read what went on in those years. Hello????? Does no one notice anything here? That woman was wanting the White House for herself when she and her husband were IN the White House. Does no one see this?

It is time for America to wake up! It is time for the U.S. to get the idea that we are not all that and a bag of chips anymore. We are not respected abroad anymore. We are not the only country with the capabilities of nuclear power (that's "nu-clee-ar", Mr. President....not "nu-cue-lar") anymore and some day soon, one of those others is going to flex their nuclear muscles and we will be in deep doo doo.

Time to wake up, America. Stop the Shame of America with this. Do NOT allow Ms. Clinton another voice in the White House. It is already too bad she has a voice in the senate via New York. Does no one think it strange that she did not bother to try to get elected in her HOME STATE? Guess why? She wouldn't get elected to dog catcher here, that's why. Think about it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Men's Underwear At DUGG

I just checked out a website called "DUGG". That's "Down Under Guys Gear". They say on the site that they are the leader online for men's underwear. I can believe that. This site is full of great buys for the guy who wants that Australian type of feel.

mens underwear at DUGG includes some very classy looking boxers and briefs in the top brand names on the web and in the stores. Names like Calvin Kline, Oroton, HisWear, Van Heusen, JAG, Ian Thorpe and many others. There is a very long list of great names PLUS they have the best looking styles and colors I have seen in a long time.

Guys, this is a fantastic place to find unique briefs that fit you like a glove. You can find that G-String or jock that you have wanted for years. They have swimwear and sleepwear to wow the ladies. If you can't find it there, it's going to be hard to find. Check out DUGG online for your men's underwear needs.

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Woman Left To Die In The Emergency Room While Nurses Watch

Can you be shocked? I didn't think that I could with this country going to the dogs the way it is but I am shocked at what people are capable of putting other people through.

Seems a woman who went to the emergency room to get help was ignored for 45 minutes while she lay on the floor and vomited blood. The doctors say that if she had gotten help in time, she would not have died. Take a look at the bigger picture here.

The husband sees that his wife is not receiving care for her obvious distress. Why not? The nurses are just watching her distress without helping her at all. So, he calls 911. The dispatcher blows him off telling him that it's not really a crime to let his wife die on the floor of the hospital. The dispatchers, there was more than one dispatcher called by the bystanders in the emergency room who could see that she was dying on the floor with no care whatsoever, told each caller that it was not an emergency and that they could not help the quality of the care received. They did refuse to dispatch paramedics who, they say, would not have responded to a hospital when it was obvious that the person was already under medical care.

Want the kicker? The police arrive to do something about all the calls...there were several people who called dispatch. When the police take the woman out on a gurney, it isn't to go to another hospital...they are ARRESTING HER FOR A PAROLE VIOLATION.

HELLO????? What kind of idiots are actually in that city? What kind of idiots are on the police force? What kind of idiots are in that emergency room? The name of the hospital, just in case you want to avoid it like the plague, is King-Harbor in Los Angeles. They have had many, many problems before this. Can you say LAWSUIT? I would.

Oh yes, one more in case you haven't had enough. The coroner called it an ACCIDENTAL DEATH!!!!! Is he getting a kickback from the hospital or something?

WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS ARE RUNNING LOS ANGELES?????? Remind me to NEVER ever go to that place again. Yes, I have been there before. The place did not impress me then. It certainly does not impress me now. And apparently never will.

Walmart Getting Hit With Shoplifting Problems

It seems that Walmart is having problems with shoplifters and it's getting way out of hand. The cost of this problem is radically rising, meaning the cost of everything else will be too. It is too bad that those who do this don't get it that they have to pay more the next time they shop, assuming they pay then instead of lifting the items. We all pay more for those who do this.

Walmart used to have a better handle on things but that was some years ago when Sam Walton owned the stores. People were polite, courteous, helpful. Today, it appears that most Walmart employees...pardon me, associates....are there for the usual. The dollar and a few stocks.

Thing is, they are looking at about $3 billion in stolen property. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? We are going to be asked to bail this outfit out when the numbers really hit. And guess why they are getting hit with all this theft? You bet. They announced last year that they were no longer going to prosecute the minor cases of shoplifting. Hello??? Is that an invitation? Yes, I think it is. But their reason for this...it's such a good idea.....is that they would rather prosecute the bigger shoplifting rings. Then, after having said that, they drop the number of employees so that the security is not as tight. Oh yes, this is definitely an invitation. DUH!!! Can you say stupid? What are they going to do next? Put it all out on the sidewalk and leave it out all night with aa sign that says TAKE ME...THEY WON'T CARE!

Maybe they should just rearrange another store so we can all be confused and leave it at that.

Girls! Time To Pick Out Your Car!

Ladies, I have to tell you that I have had problems finding a car because there is always some guy that wants to give me advice. That ever happen to you? It isn't fun since they often don't know anymore than I do about finding the right ride. They just think it's "manly" to go along and kick the tires, I guess. You ever ask any of them why they kick the tires? Nobody knows this. They don't know either.

So, if you really want good advice do not go to a guy. Go to Ask Patty! This place is set up for us ladies to Find Your Dream Car on Ask Patty!. We can get tips on purchasing a car, maintaining it and chroming it up. What can be better than that?!! Just head over to the site and start figuring out what type of ride you are looking for. Check what year, what model and price and your zip code. The rest is done for you. Ask Patty is there for you to Find Your Dream Car.

One more thing. When you head for the website "Ask Patty" check out the thing called "Second Life". You'll see.

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Grats To Congress On Shooting Down The No Confidence Vote

I have to say grats to the congress for shooting down the "no confidence" vote against Gonzales. Let me tell you why. I thought that they were gunning for him. When the lawyers were fired, my first, and now only, impression was that the reason they were canned was because they were targeting a specific type of politician, in this case Republicans only.

Let's get serious here. If those people were targeting only Republican wrong doing, then they should have been fired, not praised. They were not doing their jobs. Come on, folks. Be realistic. There is wrong doing on both sides of the aisle in congress, both houses. Haven't we seen enough of that already to know this?

We need to get our priorities straight, just like the politicians do. They cannot keep up the illegal actions and still claim to be "lawmakers". It is really time for a "no confidence" vote for most of the politicians who think that they cannot be removed even when they do those wrong things, illegal things. Vote "no confidence" against the bad guys in congress!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Financial Job Opportunities Opening Up

According to the CEO of A.E. Feldman Associates, an executive placement and management consultant firm, asset-backed securities are bringing in a greater share of profits for banks and non-bank financial institutions. Therefore, a huge surge in job opportunities is happening.

With A.E. Feldman Associates, recruiters are all successful in the fields they represent. They bring a depth of experience to the table. These folks believe in top quality clients who lead their industries. A.E.Feldman Associates has a reputation for a consistent record of successful placements so that the candidates can be sure of going into the field and position that they desire. Take a few moments and go to the Executive Search Firm Blog to find out more about this company.

The firm fills positions nationally from middle executive to the top level management. Analysts and managing directors can be secure in the knowledge that these people will do their best to place each of the candidates in their chosen fields.

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eBay Being Sued Over "Buy It Now"

The first thing I have to say about this is...are you kidding me? Someone is suing eBay over the "Buy It Now" button on their auctions. Personally, I have used those buttons a bunch of times and, frankly, I would be less likely to even be on eBay if they did not have them. I just cannot stand to lose to some person who waits til the last few seconds and then grabs what I waited to win for a week. I don't think so.

Apparently, a place called MercExchange had the idea, supposedly, for the "Buy It Now" buttons and has tried to actually patent the words and button. Are you kidding me? It is, apparently, an auction site that no one has ever heard of....at least in our neck of the woods. Appears to me to be an eBay wannabe. Hey, I am not altogether a fan of eBay either. I do not like the way they have upped the fees, separated out the eBay express items, made it nearly impossible for the little seller to make a buck now. They have allowed their fame to go to their collective heads. That's trashy.

The buttons on the website I just visited, MercExchange, are solid red with white letters and in a rectangle box. The buttons on eBay are not in a box, first two words are gray and the last word only is red. The words are in italics. What is the problem here? Are we now patenting common WORDS???? Maybe Mr. Clinton should patent the word "IS". Whatcha think?

What the heck is wrong with this picture?

Vacation Time--Check Out The Available Rentals

I have actually been all over the country, having visited 46 of the continental states. This country is amazing. A friend and I decided to take a trip from Missouri to another state. We weren't sure where to go at first but decided to visit some friends of mine who live in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

What a trip! We had so much fun. The beaches are fantastic. The people are great. We even found the tourist traps and loved them! If you want to find a great place to go, I suggest Myrtle Beach, S.C. simply because it is incredibly beautiful there. Golfers love Myrtle Beach. Golf widows do too. They can shop! It's a great tradeoff.

When you head to Mrytle Beach, I suggest that you book your vacation rentals in advance. They have so many possibilities there but they also fill up fast in season. Don't wait. VLBO Vacation Rentals might just have what you are looking for. I checked out their site and they have some really classy places in North Myrtle Beach. So, why wait?

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An Icon For Boomers Is Gone

Boomers, do you remember Mr. Wizard? I do. He was terrific. Had a science project on each television show he did. It wasn't the big overblown type things. The experiment was something that each kid could do in their own home. None were so hard that they couldn't understand the concept. He kept it simple because that was the way he did Mr. Wizard. He taught kids to think for themselves instead of taking someone's word for the science.

Don Herbert, who was Mr. Wizard, died at age 89 after having been on television with his show, encouraging many students to go on to be scientists and researchers. "Watch Mr. Wizard" was on from 1951-1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954.

He reprised his role in the 80's when the show "Mr. Wizard's World" aired on the Nickelodeon channel.

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Payday Loans Available To You

Lot's of people have the time honored problem...too much month at the end of the money! So, what do you do about this awful state? Well, first I have to say that I do not really believe in loans given to a person based on their paycheck since that is part of what needs to go home for the family. But, I do understand there are times when things get a little difficult and emergency cash can be a blessing.

While I do not go along with this type of loan, it is there to help those who need it. At times like that, payday advance loans would help so much to deal with that serious problem.

When you choose to get payday loans of this type, you go on the website and find your state like I found my state. Then check out the city that you live in. We live in the sticks so we would have to go to a bigger city. In your state there will likely be a fast payday loans place near you.

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Dan Rather Accused Of Sexist Comments

Seems that the head guy at CBS thinks that comments made by former anchor, Dan Rather, are sexist and aimed at Katie Couric, Rather's successor. Rather stated that CBS was taking the Evening News and "dumbing it down, tarting it up" because they appear to be bringing on celeb topics instead of coverage on the war. His accusations include that the whole thing is to bring in a younger audience.

The problem that I see here is that Dan Rather is more than likely right. If CBS is trying for a younger audience, which it definitely sounds like it is, it does not matter that Katie Couric is the anchor. What does matter is that this particular news agency seems to believe that it is necessary to "dumb it down, tart it up" in order to attract the age group in question. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

If this is the tactic it takes to bring in the younger crowd then there is something wrong with the younger crowd in the first place. The "dumbing down of America" is a Shame of America and should not be encouraged or allowed. People should be aiming higher than a 7th grade educational level in reporting the news or in any other type of reporting, like magazines and documentaries.

So, is Dan Rather guilty of sexist remarks or is CBS guilty of more "dumbing down America"? Don't we have enough of this in our school systems? This is definitely another Shame of America in motion.

Coloring Pages On The Net!

Sometimes you just wonder what the kids can do online that is safe and fun at the same time. I realize that there are lots of pages out there but are they safe? Are they fun? How about coloring in pictures? I do not believe that a person gets too old to color, do you? These pages are full of cartoon pictures that can be colored in appropriately called "Coloring Pages" at The Doll Palace.

With the advent of computers and the internet, we can have so much fun online. Coloring Pages give you a chance to color in existing pictures with any colors you like from the palette. You are able to pick any color and click on the spot you would like to be that color. Very easy and lots of fun because you can change your mind and choose another color to compare.

If you would rather have your own ink and pen picture to color, you can upload your own creations. The pictures must have a closed outline. If you don't, the color will not fill in properly. Upload your own pictures to show your friends. Share the URL with them and have contests to see who can have the best creation. When you're finished, just save it if you want to. If not, try again with a new picture.

One of the best parts about this is that the account is free. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

No Confidence Vote On Gonzales

I put this into the Shame Of America for one reason. If they must have a no confidence vote on Gonzales over the firing of lawyers who are only willing to prosecute Republicans and not look at ALL wrongdoing, then I say that we must, MUST have a no confidence vote on the congress since I have little to no confidence in them working for our benefit. We, the people, are not getting what we voted for in our congresspeople, no matter what the general public may think.

The problem here is that there is little wrongdoing being uncovered in the congress. We do know that people in the congress are doing wrong things, illegal things. However, there seems to be some unwritten rule that states that unless it is going to be found out anyway, we do not tell all. We do not blow the whistle on that person because we can use them for favors that we may need in the future.

What is totally unacceptable are lawmakers who circumvent the law in order to get what they want. We have far too much of that going on, no matter what party affiliation they might belong to. It is totally unacceptable unless you happen to be in the congress. Then it is definitely acceptable as long as it does not go public and even then, it can be public with a nice spin to it. The spin doctors are ready, willing and certainly able to give it a different slant so that the guilty party can go free.

And we wonder why only certain people have to actually serve time in jail for wrongdoing. Guess why? Influence, power, money. Well, Paris Hilton found out it isn't just about money when an outraged judge gets ahold of it. However, in the congress, it is a different story, isn't it? Will we ever know what really goes on in that closed society? Doubtful. Nevertheless, it is a Shame Of America.

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Dumb And Dumber

I usually do not want to post anything concerning people like Paris Hilton but this is really too much. Paris Hilton is confined to a....ready?...medical ward in a MAXIMUM security detention center due to an outraged judge who didn't like it that she got out of jail to go home for medical reasons.

Okay, this is a jumble of stupid to start with. The girl needed to be confined due to reckless driving charges. She had been in jail only three days when she was released by an officer because of an undisclosed medical condition and was expected to spend her time at home. Yeah right. Only the rich. She should never have been released at all.

So, this judge gets wind of it and goes ballistic. Understandable. What is not, is that this woman is now in a maximum security place on a 45 day jail sentence. Is there something wrong with this picture? Uh, that ain't all. Seems her Mom was talking to Barbara Walters when she called. Everyone hung up and Paris called Barbara collect to talk. And what was the conversation about? Paris wants people to be focused on something besides her 45 day stay in the graybar hotel. Understandable. Ah, but there was one more thing. She also states that she will no longer "act dumb".

""I used to act dumb. ... That act is no longer cute," ABC quoted Hilton as saying."

So, she was playing into the stereotypical idea of blonds by "playing dumb". All the blonds of the world ought to stand up and cheer and say "Thanks alot Paris Hilton!!" Are you serious?

Spacewalk On The Station

This is a subject that really does not get much buzz these days since it's more or less routine unless there's a disaster of some type. Isn't that sad? Today, there will be a spacewalk on the international space station now that Atlantis and it's crew have made it.

When I was a whole lot younger, I recall being really excited over the idea of someone actually entering space, a place "no man has gone before". Yes, I am a trekkie. We did not get to see the first man in space because he was Russian and they were so secretive that we only knew about it afterwards. Yuri Gagarin beat our first man in space by 23 days.

But we were looking forward to the first American in space, Alan Shepard. On May 5th, 1961 he was sent into space on a Redstone rocket for a 15 minute flight that sent him into history. My friends and I couldn't wait to see the television coverage on it. (We were in school at the time.) It took hours for the actual space flight. The recovery of the astronaut was also as exciting because you had to be sure he survived the experience for yourself. On a side note, Alan Shepard also walked on the Moon. He died in 1998. Those were exciting times.

And now, we have an international space station orbiting earth. Astronauts James Reilly and Danny Olivas are taking that walk today in order to connect a new, 35,000-pound segment to the space station. They will be removing restraints and bolts that are holding a solar array in place so that this part of the segment can be unfurled later in the mission. Those on the station will have an additional 14 kilowatts of power-generating capability added to the station when the solar array is operational. It will be a huge energy boost since one 100 watt bulb burning for 10 hours uses 1 kilowatt hour.

What is so sad is that despite the fact that this mission is ongoing, there is little coverage of it since it isn't as newsworthy as many other happenings. We used to love the endless coverage of the space shots because they were history making events. Somewhere around the time of the Apollo 13 flight, interest faded and they were not given coverage even when there was immediate danger to the astronauts. And now, our family was able to watch the shuttle launch only because we have cable tv and happened to tune into a news network that was showing the launch. There were many others that had "better" things to talk about.

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Best Buy Is The Best Buy!

I have been on the website for Coupon Chief before and the place is great for finding a fantastic deal on your favorite places to buy. For instance, I've been to the Best Buy store before. They have incredible deals on selected items so it was with a great deal of interest that I checked their current coupon offers today.

Today, they have put up 26 different and varied coupon codes for savings on things from Best Buy. How can you lose anything here? With Maytag appliances, you get from $50-$400 instant savings! This is a brand new offer that went up today. Do not wait!

If you choose to buy IPod MP3 players, you get a $15-$30 free gift card. But do not wait. This offer is only good until June 16th.

Okay, you are looking for a notebook, right? How about a $150-$250 discount on selected notebooks. Again, you will need to act fast. The offer expires on June 16th.

On the page for the Best Buy discounts and coupons, you will find a video that can help you through the coupon acceptance process.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Make Up Your Mind! The Government Says No, Then Yes! What Next?

The Bush administration is once again saying one thing, then another. I am not here to bash the President. Too much of that going on now. However, we do need to get a handle on what is going on though. On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever. Since then, we have had many changes in our country and how we operate abroad.

One of the most dramatic changes noticed was the increased security at the airports. There was a time, when I was young, that you could go to the airport simply to watch the planes come in and go out. Okay, that sounds pretty small town but I loved it. Then the horrifying happened. After that, you cannot get near an airplane or a window to look out unless you are going on one of the planes. You have to pass through security checkpoints. Hopefully, you will not need to be stopped and searched. They check your shoes. It can be embarrassing and humiliating. It can save your life.

Now, Americans need passports to go to Canada, Mexico. Again, I remember pre-Sept. 11th. I used to drive an over-the-road truck. A few times, the load on the truck went into Canada. Yes, I had a hassle at the border because the manifest has to be checked out completely. However, it was simply time. I had to wait. When I was okay'd to go through, I drove from Windsor to Montreal. It was beautiful and friendly. The people are awesome. I love it in Canada. To visit.

When I left the truck, I was in a ministry that served at a truckstop in Missouri. We also preached at local churches and retirement homes. Our ministry raised enough money, clothing, toys and meds to take them to a small village in Mexico. It was fantastic. The village was a bit behind but wonderful. The people were amazing. We left and went into the mountains where it was truly rustic. Time went backwards about a hundred years. It was then that I understood why people choose to come to the U.S. to work. The pay is incredibly better and the housing, even the poorest, cannot compare to what I saw in Mexico. Of course, there were very nice homes too. I am not talking about cardboard boxes to live in.

The point is that I had the freedom, with approval from the respective governments, to go into those countries without a passport. Now, it is important that you have one. Where do we go from here? Passports for going from state to state now? Must we carry our "papers" whereever we go so that we can prove who we are and what our business is? Excuse me, but we do that now. Every time a police officer stops us while we are driving, we must show our license and registration. Someday, it will be the universal license that we will all have to have. Then, it will be the mark on the forehead or right hand.

So, you think I'm nuts? Okay, we have to have more and more forms of ID than ever before. In Florida, for one, there have been and are still people who are testing a form of identification that will change how the medical community will handle patients....with a medical implanted ID chip. Remember how the vets want you to put a chip in your doggy or cat for identification in case of the animal disappearing? Same thing with humans. They are thinking about having people mark their children in a like manner so that in case child is missing, rather than just an "Amber alert" there can be a GPS tracking device in the child, either the shoe or actually in the form of a chip imbedded under the skin.

Is this the Twilight Zone? No this, folks, is reality.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

It's A Sweepstakes And It's Free!

There is a website where a huge list of prizes is available to anyone who wants to enter. What's the trick? Nothing. Contests are open to anyone who joins for free. Prizes include items ranging from $10-$600. The items will be displayed with each contest. But you have to join since only those who are members can be winners. Once you become a member, you can enter each of the contests on the website.

Whogets.com is not a spammer and you will get no spam emails. They will have hundreds of contests. Join free! Here is the way it works. The contests take place in two parts. The first part is the semi-final round. Each whogets.com member is able to enter each contest. The prizes are displayed with the contest the member enters. This part takes from 7-14 days. The second part is the final round. At the end of the semi-final round, seven members will be randomly selected to compete in the final round. Each member is given the opportunity to write up to a 100 words about why they should win the prize or it can be left blank. This round takes 7-14 days. The Whogets members will then be able to vote for the contestant they want to win. Highest votes win.

It's free. It's great. It's online at Whogets.com right now!

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Is Standard Issue Army Body Armor Good?

Today, the House of Representatives looked into the question of whether the army body armor was going to stand up against a private company's own brand of body armor. Depends on who you ask. Confusing? Yes, even to the congresspeople. So, they requested additional independent tests of the standard issue armor.

The problem is that there are conflicting test results. One was done a year ago by the army and only a month ago were the results released. The other was done in May by NBC news and was broadcast when the tests were over. The NBC tests were conducted on May 3rd in Germany at a ballistics test grounds. They were reviewed by a retired general and found that in a simulated combat condition, the Dragon Skin, a product of Pinnacle Armor Inc. performed much better than Interceptor, the army standard issue body armor.

The army contradicts the claims by NBC news and are confident of their own unbiased test results. Yeah right. Not sure I believe that. In fact, it is really hard to believe much coming from that quarter these days.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Back Up That Harddrive!

I am not ashamed to say that I am definitely a technically challenged person. Anything that needs work, like a computer, my husband takes care of it. It is simply a total mystery to me. So, when I tell you about this site called Spyshakers, I may be stumbling through it for you but I do have some idea of what this does.

One of the examples I can give about this is that if you have gone to a friend's house or are on a trip of some kind and do not have access to your home computer files, you can retrieve your passwords through an online company that specializes in securing your data for you. Or how about the nightmare of every computer owner, the horrifying CRASH that wipes out everything you had on the machine. And since you, like most other people who work or play on computers, you didn't back up your harddrive, it's all gone.

Not with Spyshakers, promoting the latest product from Grant City Ventures! They manage your favorite sites and passwords along with that valuable info that you have to have. It is easy to use, safe with security, private and have spyware counteractions. No longer do you have to put up with ID theft, screen capturing or others that are stopped with the Spyshakers system.

I know what you're thinking. So did my husband. Is it really secure? They encrypt all private data with a key that only the user knows and is totally unknown to the administrators of Spyshakers. That means that only you know the key and the data it secures. Did I mention that the accounts are free to join?

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Teen Finds Big Diamond On A Walk In The Park

At Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro, Ark., today a 13 year old girl, walking with her parents and other family members came across a rather unusual find, even for that park....a tea-colored, 2.93-carat diamond. She picked it up on a path through the park. The girl calls the spectacular find "Pathfinder Diamond" because when she found it, she picked up what she called a broken pyramid.

According to the teen, not only did the parents and family get excited but so did two of the park rangers. So far this year, visitors have found 332 diamonds, three on Tuesday. Previously, a 4 carat diamond had been found and was appraised at between $15,000 to $60,000. One of the rangers did say that there were imperfections and chips in the girl's diamond.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site which is open to the public. Visitors who find diamonds are allowed to keep them. On average, two diamonds are found each day.

Want to know how big the largest diamond found there was? A 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight white diamond in 1975 by a visitor from Texas.

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Stem Cell Research A Constant Ethical Debate May Now Change

In what could easily be a historic move, three independent teams of scientists worked with skin cells that mimic the equivalent of embryonic stem cells, doing experiments with lab mice. This would be without the ethical and controversial destruction of embryos. The experts were extremely impressed with the tests. However, they caution that many more tests will have to be done to prove that this will work.

If this works, it is a giant step in the right direction sure to tame down the constant barrage of protests and arguments for and against stem cell research.....but it is a big if. They must now be able to do the same with human skin cells that they did with the mice. Big difference.

There are still many nay-sayers even among the scientific community which is very typical. They still feel that embryonic stem cells are the best option. I suspect they would not if it was their own child they were sacrificing...or maybe not. It is a cold world.

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Lights In The Sky Can Be Seen By The Kids!

There are a million products out on the internet these days. Most of them are okay or goofy. This particular product has me saying "I WANT ONE!"

The newest gadget from OpticsPlanet and Meade is the MySky. What a great thing for the kids...and me, of course. This product, meade my sky, is a handheld astronomy instrument that is simply pointed at the sky and the person learns a great deal about what he is looking at. It has a full-color LCD screen, is really simple to operate with a video menu. That makes it possible for me and anyone else that's techno challenged to be able to use it! This is great fun for the entire family. Great for a child who is studying astronomy. Of course, the techno people out there will want the latest gadget too.

Thing is, this and all the other wonderful products are at OpticsPlanet.com where you can also find more of the latest techno stuff like night vision optics, binoculars, telescopes and some of the best brand names like Meade, Nikon, Bushnell, Celestron, Simmons and many others. Check them out today.

One last thing. they have the lowest prices, free shipping on orders over $29.95 via UPS, customer service that knows all about the product and the big one, secure online shopping.

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Disney Gets Mr. Spiderman Creator

In what is likely to be a great move, Disney has signed Stan Lee to the dotted line. For the six or so uninitiated, Stan Lee, orginially the editor of Marvel Comics, is creator of Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Hulk among other superheroes.

As would certainly be typical of Mr. Lee, he says that he has millions of ideas which are in his filing cabinets just waiting to be TV shows, movies, games. Stan Lee is extremely happy to be part of the Disney company.

One of his characters that we will not see at Disney is the superhero stripper "Stripperella" someone he developed for a place called POW! Entertainment. We are grateful not to see that particular character in our futures.

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My Take On Credit Cards

When I was young, a credit card was my goal. At the time, it was because I couldn't get one no matter what. Everybody was getting the cards in the mail. Now, you get the promos that state you are preapproved.

Frankly, I do not believe that credit cards are a good thing. When someone who is not doing the right thing with finances, gets a hold of a credit card they tend to not treat them right. They max the things out and then can't pay for them. In my case, years ago, I believed that the card I had was one of those monthly payment things but it was not. The company came back at me hard. I did not have the money and it was not long before they sent my account to a credit reporting agency. Having not learned a thing, another company gave me a credit card. It was maxed out and I was unable to pay it either. Same story. I have grown up since then but I still find them to be a danger to those who are not knowledgable about them, especially the interest rates at which they are set.

On the other hand, when someone does know what they are doing, it can be a blessing in an emergency. Credit cards are not the devil. They can be useful tools for those who are willing to have control of their lives and the finances.

Is it too easy to get credit which can cause debt? Most assuredly. It requires someone who will watch how they use the credit cards that they have aquired. No one needs more than a card or two. I have heard of families and couples who have 10-20 cards, all maxed out and they are in trouble financially. That does not work.

Now, if you must have a credit card, there are several out there that work really well. Some companies like you so much that they will give you a credit cards with cash back . Not bad. What they do is calculate how much you spent and use that amount to deduct a portion from your next month's balance. Of course, it does depend on how much you use the card but it can be a good deal if you are careful. In this case, you must pay the whole bill on the card each month so that charges do not eat up your savings.This type of card, the cash back credit card, is not suitable for those who owe money on credit cards or are in debt.

When you do try for a card or two, there is a site that will really be helpful because they compare the cards out there for you. This particular site is in the UK. Card Guide helps you through the sometimes confusing search for the best card out there suited to you. They are not all suited for everyone. Each has it's own good points and others that are not so hot. For those who have bad credit, do not despair, they have some for you. Use caution.

You need to look at what the interest rate is and how it is calculated. If it's calculated daily, then you need to see what it will cost you for that. By the way, the interest rates are different if you are transferring a balance from another card. They are for best customers and established ones. If you are getting a new card, the interest rates are much higher. If you are a first time customer and your credit is questionable, watch out! Those interest rates will be really high, probably at the maximum level possible which can be rather impressive. So watch for that. Do NOT go getting a credit card if you only want it to spend and max out the card. You will be in trouble by the first bill.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Saying Farewell To A TV Icon

Fans have been gathering for days to say goodbye to the television legend, Bob Barker, who is retiring after 35 years on "The Price Is Right". They have come from all over to wait at CBS Television City in Los Angeles to see him do his finale taping on Wednesday. The diehard fans come from as far away as Canada and Florida and have camped out as early as Saturday.

The tickets were available months ago and gone as fast as they were available. CBS sends out tickets in the mail for the 325 seat studio but they allow for "no shows" and send out more than are actually available. So, if a fan wants to be in that studio, they must be there early. The people are in sleeping bags and blankets hoping to find a seat.

Naturally, those who are seated will also be eligible to play the game "The Price Is Right". Strategies and options are discussed over and over to find the one thing that will be a sure win.

The last show is already a winner since the rumors are flying about the possibility of a rare million dollar prize. Others say that there will be a car given to each member of the audience.

Without a doubt, the 83 year old Barker will be missed. Thank you, Bob, for all the fun. Have a great retirement.

Bloggers, This Is For You!!

In the time I have been blogging, especially when I am trying for a deadline of one sort or another, there are times when it is just tough to get something posted no matter what I do. It's the blank screen writer's block thing. So, what do you do about that? In my case, the this blog sometimes has the latest news and my take on that. But I could use a little help. What do I do? GOT IT!!

I went to this great website called The News Room. They have all these current news stories that have videos attached. Now, I thought, that's great but what does that do for me? They allow you to use the video on your own blog or website. Hey, that's relevant, timely news in a video on your own blog! It sure is a breeze to embed the video and it's FREE. Thing is, you have so many choices of content, there is no way you are going home empty handed. If that is not enough, you can earn money putting those videos on your website or blog. You get a share of the advertising money.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of news stories that they have access to so there is no way you run out of possibilities. If you want to earn money with the content of your blog or website, just join The News Room and start earning that extra cash. I have an embeded video right here. I am NOT an html expert. It's just so easy to do. Anyone who can follow directions can do this!

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Mr. Obama Strikes The Administration With "Quiet Riots"

Ever hopeful of the Democratic nomination for President, Mr. Obama strikes out at the administration again and again. Although I do believe he has some valid points, it is becoming more and more obvious that his plan of attack is to heat up the black community in a silent revolt of one kind or another. He refers to it as a "quiet riot" which seems harmless on the surface but I suspect will turn into anything but quiet in the coming hot summer months if he does not begin to get a clue of how dangerous it is to incite a riot that is not the "quiet" kind. He suggests that a riot is close and much like the one in 1992 in Los Angeles.

The problem is....what part is Obama playing in the inciting of that same riot? Much more than he is willing to admit. I realize that the administration has much to answer for but is this really the way to get that accomplished without bloodshed? Not likely. Certainly the black people from New Orleans and the Gulf coast are still displaced and unhappy from the time of Katrina. However, and this tidbit does not seem to wander into his condemnation, there are a great number of white people who are also displaced and waiting for the government to do their part. That, however, appears not to be mentioned simply because that would not serve Mr. Obama in his quest to be the first black man in the White House.

While I do believe that he has some good points, there are others that are simply ways to incite people to get more angry than they already are. What he is doing is stirring up the feelings of many people, mostly black, to serve his own agenda. He uses a preacher-like style of speaking which works well with black people especially in the New Orleans area. Then he leaves. Thing is, he only needs one riot in one area and his point is made.

When the riots do occur, it will not, of course, be HIS fault but the fault of the administration. He will take no responsibility for any of it. Yes, the administration dropped the ball on the disaster situations in New Orleans and the Gulf coast towns after the hurricanes. The government DID need to respond faster, help more and do their part to calm the situation that is still threatening. However, some of the current unrest is due to the constant striking by Mr.Obama at the heart of black feelings toward the administration. People can only take so much and he is fully aware of it. He is, from the look of it, seeking a revolt of some type. It would certainly prove his point, wouldn't it.

The fact that it is working among the black community in the south does not say that it is appropriate for him to continue this. That it is working, is a fact because when he speaks, he receives ovation after ovation from black people in the audience while he is tearing down the office he so desperately wants. That he is inciting people to riot is also true. He does know where to push the buttons on people's feelings. But that in no way makes a good President. In fact, that would prove how unsuitable he truly is for that office. However, no one appears to choose to stop him from doing this while he campaigns. The key word here is "campaign". Some politicians will do nearly anything to get elected.

This is a prediction from me. When it gets incredibly hot this summer and the tempers get that way as well because of what Mr. Obama is pounding into people's heads, there will, indeed, be a huge riot in New Orleans and other cities in the U.S. and when it does, perhaps Mr. Obama will be as glad to claim the responsibility for the deaths that will occur because of his interest in inciting such riots.

For the record, I am totally against a person who is, in my opinion, unable to take the leadership of this country if he cannot serve ALL the people. Right now, he serves himself and the black vote but mostly his own ambitions of being in the history books. If this is not true then perhaps he will start to think about the riot he is definitely trying to incite. The deaths will be on your hands, Mr. Obama.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Have You Been Clocked Today?

There is always that one person in your life that is impossible to buy for, isn't there? In my family, there are actually a few people like that. You know the type, has everything under the sun or possibly they don't want anything that "gathers dust". Heard that one myself recently. So, of course, the goofy lamps with a leg and the lifesized dog sitting in the corner are probably out. What do you get that one person who is so hard to buy for?

This is an unusual site to say the least but I love it. At I Got Clocked!, you can find an array of clocks made just for that special person. You need a really Personal gift for them. Order a custom made clock that shows your face! Or if they like looking at themselves, put a face on it! Take the photos of your choice, order the clock with the specific photo you like. In 36 hrs. they will send you an animated gif of what you bought. Then, in three weeks, the clock is at your door. The sky is the limit and they do not tell you what you can and cannot have on your clock. Time to order.

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Let's Have Ham Today!

Once in a while you can find a recipe that you simply have to share. My turn to do just that. This is a great casserole that you can use for whatever time of day you please. It is great for supper or for breakfast. Doesn't this sound great to wake up to or come home to after a busy day? The kids will love it. Serve with a side dish of broccoli or green beans.

Ham Casserole

2 cups cooked ham, cubed

3 eggs, beaten

black pepper to taste

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

16 oz. sour cream

2 lb.frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

1 onion, chopped

3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2. Season beaten eggs with pepper; pour into baking dish. In a large bowl, combine ham, soup, sour cream, hash browns, onion and cheese. Mix thoroughly and pour over eggs.

3. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove and pour butter over top of mixture. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden.

Get Your Car Out Of The Weather The Easy Way

I have owned a few cars in my life. Most of them, it did not matter if it was out in the rain or not, did not matter if the trees dropped nasty little sticky stuff on them. Just wait for a rainstorm. Everything is great. However, when you have that one car, that one you call your baby, the one that you vow nothing will touch the finish on her except that soft cloth or the lovingly applied wax, you do not want anything to deter from what you have done to her. She needs some protection. The answer is a click away.

Car Cover World has that cover to lovingly protect that one car in your life. Maybe it's a brand new Mercedes. Possibly it is that classic that you always wanted. Perhaps it is that beautiful SUV that you just parked in your drive. Whatever your needs, they have the Covercraft Custom Cover to keep that one special set of wheels under wraps. These are custom covers made to exactly fit the car of your dreams. If it's a motorcycle that is your dream machine, they custom cover that too. They have a full line of covers for whatever machine you have.

Of course, they also have Coverking car seat covers to take care of the times when the kids need an ice cream cone or the dog wants to hang his head out the window. These are made of a washable canvas-like material that saves your seats in that special auto. No matter what the cover need is, Car Cover World can do it.

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New Drug Gives Hope To Cancer Sufferers

It is such a joy to find something to blog about that is a positive note and I have it this time. One of the worst cancers to treat, very hard for a half million people each year, is liver cancer. Now, there is a pill that is going to be able to treat this particularly difficult cancer. With the pill, it gives hope to those who have not had much hope before.

There was a study concerning this drug with 602 patients who had advanced liver cancer. The doctors called the results impressive and this is likely to change the way this disease is treated. Those who were treated with the drug survived much longer in this particular study than ever before. The study group had never had these results before. That makes it exciting. This drug showed that the cancer cells did not grow unlike other tests in the past.

The drug, Nexavar, has been approved for advanced kidney cancer. Now, they are seeking the approval for treating liver cancer patients as well.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Is It Just A Mailbox? No Way!

There is this website that sells mailboxes. You would think "yeah, it's a mailbox. So what." Not at this website. There are so many to choose from. What really is great is the variety and number of choices and the imagination in what you can have. I never really thought about Custom Mailboxes before but they have the real deal.

With the website called Mailboxixchange.com, the word is "customized". They have a full line of Whitehall Mailboxes! You can have the text on the mailboxes that you want. The product is rust free recycled aluminum. The finish is a protective powder coat. They are durable. They have very satisfied customers. The variety just jumps out at you. They do not just have standard mailboxes but also those high end beauties that anyone would want in front of a high end home. I was impressed with the elegance of the designs in the Whitehall Mailboxes and the uniqueness completely stands out in a crowd. You could be proud of the Personalized Mailboxes that will sit at curbside announcing your home.

Multi-Unit mailboxes are also uniquely decorative and, of course, an asset to the beauty of the home or duplex. Ultimate Whitehall Mailboxes are also available in commercial units called Cluster box units. If your need is security, they offer High Security mailboxes for office buildings. They have a wide selection of each type and each are functional.

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Taking The Cake-One Hustle Too Many

Does anyone remember Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine owner who has blown the whistle on high government officials in the recent past? He is back in the news, this time offering $1 million for anyone providing proof of a illicit sexual affair with a high-ranking government official, Congressperson or Senator. Apparently, he is wanting the "skinny" on said government official for a hot issue of Hustler.

It is really too bad this man hasn't retired. The sleazy magazine is in bad taste already. I do realize that we need to have somebody uncover these things but must it be him? On the other hand, sleaze is his profession. He must be desperate to give up to a million dollars for such a thing. Of course, the way this country is going it is not a surprise that this type of publication would step up to do the dirty work.

The first story that comes to mind, of course, is the one he did about the Monica Lewinsky thing with Bill Clinton. Now, of course, he's out there building houses and doing fundraisers. The next one was Bob Livingston who was considered the guy headed to be speaker of the house. He resigned just days before that due to illicit affairs with the whistle being blown by Hustler mag.

Apparently, the hunt is on again. You know, there is this one way not to have one's story in that awful magazine. Do not do the crime and you don't have to do the time. It's that simple.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Google Page Rank-Important?

The first time I heard about a Google page rank it was from my husband after he started working on getting our websites more popular. However, it wasn't until he started getting me interested in blogging that I came face to face with the actual need for Google page rank (PR) and the incoming links that help make this rank possible in the first place. Does it matter? I started my blogs just about the time that Google was redoing their ranks. I found out I had to wait 3 months to get a rank above zero. You bet it matters!

If you would like to learn the ins and outs of how to optimize your website for the highest possible PR, James Martell's Backlinks Workshop is certainly one of the ways to go. He teaches you about work in affiliate marketing in his inbound link building workshop. One of the questions answered is "how do I get my site to have more traffic than the other guy?"

The key to any good website is mass exposure through the search engines. He has the strategies that have been working for him since 1999. At this time, he has nearly 100 sales sites online. If you are interested in taking your website to another level, James Martell's 389 page e-book will work for you. There has also been a video added recently.

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Update On The Terror Plot At JFK

Today, I wrote about the terror plot at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. In that, I asked if the suspects were just thinking about doing this and we have the "thought police" or is this something more? Well, I did get an answer to that. Seems that the FBI and several other agencies have been in on this since January 2006 and had them under surveilance.

Apparently, they were seeking a way to blow up a 40 mile piece of pipeline for jet fuel that stretched far beyond the airport to at least Allentown, Pa. It went much farther than that though into upper New York state. Officials at the airport state that the suspects could not have blown up the entire pipeline, if that was their agenda, because there are stops and safeguards along the way. However, what they did say was that, if successful, that particular plot would have made the September 11th terrorist attacks small in comparison. The areas affected would include the airport, all of Queens, Allentown and other towns and cities where the pipeline touched assuming that the effect was like they were trying for.

This is beyond scary terrorism and is probably the effect they are looking for even if the plotters all get caught. The ringleader is in custody as are two others. A fourth person is at large in Guyana. All are muslim but the officials are unclear as to what group they are associated with.

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Baltimore-A Nice Place To Be

Have you ever wanted to find a great place to live on the east coast? I have been to many cities on the east coast and Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs are not bad. There are some truly pretty spots.

If you are wanting to find a single family home, a condo, apartment, even commercial buildings then Gebhart Properties is where you want to start. They are the "go to" place for Baltimore Real Estate.

For instance, Briarcliff Apartments in Cockeysville, MD has what you need in apartments. There are one, two and three bedrooms and selected apartments even have a den. Of course, if you work in Baltimore, you need an easy commute. This is where you can find that. Briarcliff Apartments are only a few minutes to the north of Baltimore.

The beauty of these apartments are the features and goodies like spacious floor plans and washers and dryers in each apartment. Now THAT would be a selling point for me. Huge. It gets better. They have a valet trash service too.

The community services are incredible too. There is an Olympic-size pool with two diving boards. They have a gymnasium with a standard size basketball court. The fitness center has cardio and universal machines and free weights. Recently resurfaced tennis courts are included in the package. If that were not enough, the apartments themselves are constructed so well that they are virtually soundproof and fireproof due to the eight inches of concrete and masonry to eliminate the sounds going from one neighbor to another. I have never liked the idea of the neighbors knowing any of my business.

The Briarcliff Apartments are privately owned. Managed by Gebhart Properties, they have a maintenance staff on 24/7 to help serve you should you need the help to give you hassle-free living in comfortable, quiet surroundings. Sound good?

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Terror Plot Stopped--We Need More Reporting Like This

Today in New York, 3 people were arrested and one is still at large who were plotting to blow up some area of the J.F.K. International Airport. It is not known at this time as to what the target was or how they would be able to carry this off. What is known is that it was in the planning stages.

At this point, I am thrilled to see that we are being told about those terror plots and that they are being broken up prior to the execution. It is a blessing to see that the government and police are on the job taking care of this problem.

However, I also have a difficulty with the idea that someone can be arrested for intention. The question I have is...how far had this planning stage gone? Are we talking about major proof that they were actually going to carry out the plan or what? The reason I have this problem is that if it was not that far along then we are dealing with "thought police".

When you were a kid, did you ever plan things you knew you were never going to do? We did. It was part of the imagination thing with us. All we wanted to do was go there in our minds. There was never any intention of actually doing those things. But it was fun to plan it. I know that there have been times as an adult that I have planned things I was never going to accomplish. For instance, as a writer, which I am not really as yet, I have planned things that are illegal in order to find out if it works for a story line. Is this what they were doing or was it much farther along than that? It's possible we will never know.

Please understand that I am not attempting to endorse anything these people were going to do because I will not do this. Terror plots are horrifying to those of us in the U.S. who remember September 11th. In other countries it may not be a single date but a way of life. I will not agree with anything or anyone who chooses that path. Terror is never right.

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Land Of The Free, Home Of The Brave--Unless You Don't Agree

Imagine this. The soldier spends far more time in Iraq than was thought possible a few years ago. He risks his life for his country and Iraqi citizens as well. He is honorably discharged from active duty having served his country in time of war. Unlike the Vietnam vets, he comes home to those who actually are grateful that he served in the military for those who could not.

Then one day, the government steps back into his life by putting him under investigation for marching in a protest of the current war in Iraq. Apparently, he was wearing military fatigues, without insignias, during a mock patrol exercise while protesting the war. This is obviously a NO NO to the marines that he served under.

Now there is to be a military panel in Kansas City, Mo. to determine if they should discharge him from the marines and what type of discharge if they do that. He is apparently under review because he wore a uniform to a political event. Bet the politicians NEVER do that, right? HA!

By the way, there was another marine involved in this but when he was called on the carpet about it, he denyed knowing about the rules concerning wearing uniforms to such events, told them he would never do that again. They let him go. Because the first marine chose to tell them no, they are pursuing the matter.

The ironic part of this is that this marine and the others that do this, have been to Iraq, served their country, tried to help give freedom to the Iraqis and comes home to find out he is NOT FREE in his own country to protest a war, be it the same one or some other war. He can fight for us and get paid but he can't fight against the government or he gets punished. Wow! Can anyone see anything wrong with this???

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Living In Virginia--Now That's The Life

I have been to Virginia. It is absolutely beautiful, pleasant weather most of the time, lovely scenes of the mountians and hills, ocean views as well. The mix is great. Mountains and ocean. The state has wonderful gardens and vistas, fantastic scenery.

Fairfax County Real Estate would like to invite you to their fine city. They have something to offer everyone. The fairfax real estate is ready to show you what they have to offer. Not far from this city is the Capitol, Washington, D.C. where many folks work with about a 30 minute commute. Since the real estate market has been somewhat suppressed for several years, this is the best time to find that dream home that you have always wanted or that piece of land that you can't say no to. The market is rebounding now so you might want to check quickly. The fine condos and homes are an investment in the future as well as a fantastic place to live.

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More From The Twilight Zone

Remember that story about the Big Donor Show in the Netherlands? You know, the one where there was a woman dying of a brain tumor and she wanted to make sure her parts were going to be doing some good? She signed up to do this TV show in the Netherlands where contestants vie for the first place and the prize is this woman's kidney. Remember that?

Ah, well we are now told it was all a hoax to get the government aware of the problems with the organ donor program they have in that country. Apparently, the government is not putting new laws in effect that would help the people who are dying. 200 die every year from lack of donor kidneys vital to them.

Right before the show was to air on television, it was announced that the whole thing was a hoax, that the woman was not dying of a brain tumor. The three contestants were real enough. They all do need a kidney but they were aware of the hoax and approved it. In fact, the whole thing was geared to put pressure on the government to get legislation in place.

Many people, including myself, considered the show extremely tasteless and immoral. Thing is, under Dutch rules, the donors of a kidney must be friends or relatives. It would not be according to the rules to obtain a kidney via a television contest.

As they were "trying people out" for the show, the 25 people who applied made moving pleas to win the contest. In my opinion, that alone is tasteless and horribly unfair to those who were so hopeful of winning and receiving the probably lifesaving kidney.

One last thing. The Cabinet chose not to ban the show even though lawmakers urged them to do so. The members stated that it would be censorship.

I really do not think I need to say anything else besides tasteless, immoral, unethical. That about covers it.

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Categories: Beyond Bizarre

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Backlash From My Harry Potter Comments And Disclaimer

Are you serious? That's the words I have for anyone who is going to comment on my blog with offensive language. I respect that people do not agree with what I have to say about the Harry Potter craze. Personally, I think that it is undermining the authority that parents have over the children. It is teaching children how to cast spells which is completely unhealthy because they get ideas from that sort of thing that ends up in tragedy.

One comment was that I have a problem with one magical franchise over another. No, I actually do have some objections to Disney as well as Potter. The difference seems to be that with Disney, the children have a clue and KNOW that it is a cartoon and fantasy. The problem with Harry Potter is that it is presented as real life. Yes, it could be fantasy as long as you KNOW that. Children do not alway know this.

The second comment refered to my messed up (not his word) children as if he already knew who I am. Actually, I'm fairly certain the nasty mouthed individual knows only about his own messed up upbringing and he has a real problem with my Christian writing. I'm NOT sorry I am a Christian, I am proud of that fact. I am NOT sorry I do not like Harry Potter. In fact, I am glad I do not like it. What is really insulting is that the person who wrote that particular comment (now deleted for the nasty term in it) decided that I not only had children but that they were messed up. Excuse me, but buddy if you do know me, I do not know that. You even wanted to know if I was an adult. I assume that you are not from the infantile response I have received in the comments section.

I am also being hit because he does not like my Christianity. I am certain that if I went to someone's page and railed out at them for their beliefs I would be flamed for it.

At this time I will say this and then it will become part of my disclaimer....At no time will I allow obscene or nasty language, no cuss words of any kind, no words that tear a person down or belittle on my blog. This is determined at my discretion. If you do not like that fact, too bad. It IS my blog.

Posted by From Arkansas at 2:19 PM
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