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Saturday, June 30, 2007

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?

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:19 PM
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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!!

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:30 PM
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Monday, June 25, 2007

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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:28 PM
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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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 9:37 PM
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:02 PM
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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!

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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:28 PM
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Saturday, June 16, 2007

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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 8:02 PM
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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.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

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.

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:22 PM
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

TB Carrier In Treatment

The guy who had TB and traveled on an airplane is now in treatment in Denver where they specialize in this type or resistant TB. The man, who ironically is a personal injury lawyer, knew that he had TB when he boarded a plane for Europe from Atlanta in mid May. The tragedy is that he was headed there for his wedding and honeymoon and could have infected many people in the process. He says that he did NOT know that the particular extremely dangerous strain was drug resistant until he got to Rome.

Unfortunately, this is a person who does not listen to advice well since he was told not to board another long flight by federal health officials but he did that anyway on his way home for the treatment of the TB. Federal officials then quarantined in the first action of it's kind since 1963.

Also ironic is the fact that his new father-in-law is a CDC microbiologist specializing in the spread of TB. He says that he gave the young man of 31 some "fatherly" advice. Apparently since then, the man sought treatment.

Officials at the Denver hospital believe that he is in the early stages of the disease and appears to be healthy. They are optimistic that he can be cured. They have quarantined him in a room he will not be able to leave for several weeks.

In the meanwhile, health officials in Europe and North America are trying to track down some 80 or so passengers who traveled on the same flights with him as well as the short flights he took while in Europe.

Posted by From Arkansas at 2:14 PM
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Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Together And Nice! WOW!

Huge rivals, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who have been at war with each other for years, have come together in one place to talk nicey nice about each other. Have I landed in the twilight zone? No, they showed up to have a 90 minute chat with Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg and technology reporter Kara Swisher at the newspaper's "D: All Things Digital" conference.

Both guys were going back over the things they have accomplished over the last years. One of the people, Swisher, asked about the misunderstanding that has been in the way for years, the reply was "We've kept our marriage secret for over a decade now." joked Steve Jobs.

"Neither of us have anything to complain about, in general. It's been fun to work together." said Bill Gates.

Microsoft and Apple worked together for some time in the 1970's but they are still big rivals.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Frogs Gone, Now What?

While this may sound a tad funny, it is anything but funny. In San Jose, Costa Rica, the frogs are becoming extinct. They are only one of several populations including reptile and monkey that are disappearing from the area. The culprit appears to be global warming or so say the usual range of experts who, I have decided, generally know about as much as we do about it, which is likely to be little and none at all.

17 amphibian species are gone without a trace, 5 of which are indigenous to Costa Rica only. Scientists are now saying that this is only a taste of what is to come. It is likely to be devastating to the world. Yes, that would be true. With these creatures disappearing, a time will come when other, certainly more familiar species will be extinct as well. Why? Because of man's intrusion so say the scientists. Global warming is the big culprit. The lush jungles of Costa Rica are only a few of several areas in the world that have the same problems.

In La Selva, a biological station run by Duke University, scientists discovered that a 75 percent decline in amphibian population has happened over the last 35 years or so. Scientists do suspect a higher temperature which is inhibiting plant growth. Reptiles and insect populations are on the decline as well around the biological station. They are not the only ones affected. The monkey population diminishing too.

Is it a scare tactic for these statistics to come out? No. It is now time to see that the last days are upon us and that we need to make up our minds to deal with it by seeking the Lord Jesus. The time is so short.

For more information on this and other subjects like it, please visit Lura's Bookcase.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pizza Hut Order - Year 2010

Operator: "Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your national ID number?"

Customer: "Hi, I'd like to place an order."

Operator: "May I have your NIDN first, sir?"

Customer: "My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610."

Operator: "Thank you, Mr. Sheehan. I see you live at 1742 Meadowland Drive, and the phone number's 494-2366. Your office number over at Lincoln Insurance is 745-2302 and your cell number's 266-2566. Which number are you calling from, sir?"

Customer: "Huh? I'm at home. Where d'ya get all this information?"

Operator: "We're wired into the system, sir."

Customer: (Sighs) "Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of your All-Meat Special pizzas."

Operator: "I don't think that's a good idea, sir."

Customer: "Whaddya mean?"

Operator: "Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. Your National Health Care provider won't allow such an unhealthy choice."

Customer: "Damn. What do you recommend, then?"

Operator: "You might try our low-fat Soybean Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it."

Customer: "What makes you think I'd like something ! like that?"

Operator: "Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion."

Customer: "All right, all right. Give me two family-sized ones,then."

Operator: "That should be plenty for you, your wife and your your kids, sir. Your total is $49.99."

Customer: "Lemme give you my credit card number."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over its limit."

Customer: "I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here."

Operator: "That won't work either, sir. Your checking account's overdrawn."

Customer: "Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take?"

Operator: "We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes, sir. If you're in a hurry you might want to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward."

Customer: "How the hell do you know I'm riding a bike?"

Operator: "It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repo'ed. But your Harley's paid up.

Customer: "@#%/$@&?#!"

Operator: "I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a July 2006 conviction for cussing out a cop."

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: "Will there be anything else, sir?"

Customer: "Yes, I have a coupon for a free 2 liter of Coke".

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause prevents us from offering free soda to diabetics."

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A few years ago, I read this and thought it was sort of funny. Today I believe that we are all too close to this and now it horrifies me. The Real ID Act is about to come upon us in May of 2008. When it happens, you will be recycled into an ID card that carries all of the necessary info for your driver's license, credit card, atm card, debit card and all other reasons for an ID.

Not many seem to be hollering about it. So, I will holler about it until people wake up. AMERICA!! WAKE UP!!! This is a liberty buster. This is going to result in something far more terrible than it looks. Where is your interest in privacy? In Fairness? In the liberty we once actually knew in this country? Frankly, I am certain that the reason this is happening is because you do not know what real liberty is if you were born less than 40 years ago, possibly longer. WAKE UP!!! YOUR LIBERTY, YOUR PEACE, YOUR RIGHTS ARE GOING DOWN THE TUBES AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT!!!! WAKE UP!!!

Posted by From Arkansas at 12:39 PM
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Invasion-But It's Okay. Happened Before

Hey guys, let's invade our neighbor. Well, we can't actually do that but we can sorta do it. EEEEK! Mistake! We didn't mean to. We're sorry. Next time I'm bringing a compass!

170 Swiss soldiers (Didn't know Switzerland had soldiers) were on some type of training mission and trekked into their neighbor's yard....well, the road into Liechtenstein. Guess they didn't know they were in foreign territory for a while. When they figured it out, somebody must have yelled the Swiss version of "OOPS!" Anyway, I should tell you that the guys were in the rain. It was really hard to see and they were inside the borders before they knew it. Of course, Liechtenstein is about the size of Washington, DC, so it was just as likely that, if they had kept going, they would have invaded another country, while they were at it.

But, the neighbors are okay with this. Nobody thinks that the Swiss army is a danger to them in that region anyway. Now, that is a great day. By the way, there was an official apology given. All is well.

Invasion-But It's Okay. Happened Before

March 3, 2007 — Talk about a surprise invasion.

Switzerland's army marched into neighboring Liechtenstein this week. But easy-going Liechtenstein seemed to take it in stride. "It has happened before," Liechtenstein government spokeswoman Gerlinde Manz-Christ told ABC News. "Nobody really realized it."

Early Thursday, 170 Swiss soldiers on a training mission got lost in the rain and wandered over the unmarked border. They were a mile into Liechtenstein before they realized their mistake.

Posted by From Arkansas at 9:54 PM
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