Monday, February 2, 2009

JIM & Karen

Have you ever heard the tale of the two plates?

Imagine two different plats. One plate has been caarefully washed and though it is not new, it shines with a simple beauty. The second plate has bot been cleaned lately, and though it is new, it looks dull and lifeless. Home-baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven are placed on each plate. If you have the choice, which plate would you take your cookie from?

On too many days, it is tough for us to manage an attractive appearance. It is much easier to pull on a pair of sweats and a baggy sweatshirt. But in the same way that we would choose a cookie from the well-kept plate, human nature gravitates toward a well-groomed appearance.
In our society physcial appearance counts a great deal. And although we can go overboard with fret and worry about the way we look, we should understand that a well cared for exterior is important. To be effective in sharing God’s Word and love with the world, we don’t want our exterior appearance to obscure the simple beauty of his love shining from within.

She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns…She is clothed with strength and dignity. Proverbs 31:22-25


Winter is officially half over today.

Today is National Carrot Cake Day.

The first paper money in America was issued on this date in 1690. Collecting money as a hobby is called "numistmatism." Unless you're a divorcee, then it's called "alimony."

Two great American traditions began on this day in 1913: the income tax -- and the loophole.The 16th Amendment, which became law on this very day, provided that every American would be taxed according to his income -- except the poor and the wealthy. Thus, the income tax became sort of a penalty for being average.

Only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and every time you turn on the weather channel, a commercial is on.

P.T. Barnum bought Jumbo the elephant on this day in 1882. Jumbo wasn't too expensive. In fact, Barnum got him for peanuts


Tough times at Disney. They had to lay off 400 employees and make some changes…The title to “Finding Nemo” has been changed to “Avoiding Repo.”

And Wall-E renting is renting himself out as a toaster.

In case you missed it yesterday….

Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole this morning and did see his shadow... which means six more weeks before Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle pay their taxes.

Problem with Grounhogs in Your Yard????

Here are some suggestions if you have ground hog problems in your yard. Frightening groundhogs away from the garden with motion devices.

Discouraging groundhogs with repellent smells or tastes.

Fencing groundhogs out of the garden

Or you can do it General Jim’s way…….
Bringing out the heavy artillery: tossing gas cartridges into the groundhogs' burrows, etc.
If that does not work, then try high explosives like in the movie Caddyshack

Super Bowl Ratings
More than 90 million Americans watched the Super Bowl Sunday night... not because the game was exciting, but because everyone wanted to see who could afford to spend $1,300 on a football ticket in this economy.
Are You A Fan of the TV Show “LOST”?

People are getting together for "Lost" discussion groups. They watch that weird TV show "Lost", then they discuss it. And if you find something in the show that makes sense -- they kick you out of the group.

Things overheard at President Barack Obama’s Meeting with the Republicans:

Hey what was the deal with Aretha Franklin’s hat? Anybody know?

You fellas need to take it easy on the Old Spice! Whew.

Smoke break!

Hey about that taxing the rich were joking, right?

US Seamen Being Trained to Fend Off Pirates

With an alarming number of tankers and cargo ships getting hijacked on the high seas, the nation's maritime academies are offering more training to merchant seamen in how to fend off attacks from pirates armed not with cutlasses and flintlocks but automatic weapons and grenade launchers.
By the way, have you ever wondered where pirates find their birds? Answer: Parrots Without
Partners.Another question: Who's the pirate's favorite actress? Answer: Diane Cannon.

Tom Daschle is Apologizing for Overlooking Some of His Due Taxes

Fighting to salvage his Cabinet nomination, Tom Daschle apologized for failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes and appealed to former Senate colleagues to approve him all the same.Mr. Daschle had neglected to realize, when making out your income-tax report, be sure you don't overlook your most expensive dependent — the government.Speaking of taxes, my financial consultant told me to put all my money into taxes. He said they're the only thing that's sure to go up.
Consumer Spending Falls for Sixth Straight Month

Consumer spending fell for a record sixth straight month in December as recession-battered households, worried about surging layoffs, boosted their savings rates to the highest level since May. The economy is even affecting churches. Just last Sunday a preacher in Kansas City, Missouri got up and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."

12 Surprising Household Cleaners! (Cleaning items that you probably already have in your house so you won’t have to buy expensive cleaners!)

POLL: How Religious Is Your State?

WASHINGTON — Want to be almost certain you'll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi. Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont.

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people — 85% — say yes when asked "Is religion an important part of your daily life?"

Less than half of Vermonters, meanwhile — 42% — answered that same question in the affirmative.

Overall, Gallup researchers found that 65% of all Americans said religion was important in their daily lives. The total sample of 355,334 U.S. adults, including respondents with land-line telephones and cellular phones, had a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. Some states had margins of error as high as plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Following is Gallup's entire list of states, in order of what percentage of respondents said religion is "an important part" of their daily lives:

• Mississippi: 85%• Alabama: 82%• South Carolina: 80%• Tennessee: 79%• Louisiana: 78%• Arkansas: 78%• Georgia: 76%• North Carolina: 76%• Oklahoma: 75%• Kentucky: 74%• Texas: 74%• West Virginia: 71%• Kansas: 70%• Utah: 69%• Missouri: 68%• Virginia: 68%• South Dakota: 68%• North Dakota: 68%• Indiana: 68%• Nebraska: 67%• New Mexico: 66%• Pennsylvania: 65%• Florida: 65%• Maryland: 65%• Ohio: 65%• Iowa: 64%• Minnesota: 64%• Illinois: 64%• Michigan: 64%• Delaware: 61%• Wisconsin: 61%• District of Columbia: 61%• Idaho: 61%• Arizona: 61%• New Jersey: 60%• Wyoming: 58%• Colorado: 57%• Hawaii: 57%• California: 57%• Montana: 56%• New York: 56%• Connecticut: 55%• Nevada: 54%• Rhode Island: 53%• Oregon: 53%• Washington: 52%• Alaska: 51%• Massachusetts: 48%• Maine: 48%• New Hampshire: 46%• Vermont: 42%

The World’s Weirdest Hotels:

So What Are You Willing To Give Up InThis Tough Economy?

People forced to tighten their belts still can’t bare to part with the Internet, cell phone service and cable T.V., but they can live without satellite radio, maid service and facials, according to the National Retail Federation.

The survey conducted by BIGresearch found that nearly 81 percent of those surveyed could not give up their Internet service, followed by 64 percent who couldn’t give up cell phone service and 60.5 percent who couldn’t cut cable. Also on the list of must-haves were discount shopping for apparel, hair cuts and colors, eating at fast-food restaurants and new shoes.

Consumers are much more willing to give up luxury handbags, satellite radio, specialty shopping for apparel, high-end cosmetics, maid service and facials, however.

“Today’s economy has had an impact on every American, and retailers are dealing with very different shoppers than they were one year ago,” said Phil Rist, executive vice president of Strategic Initiatives at BIGresearch.

The survey conducted from Dec. 16-18 also found that more women found cell phone service an essential item than men - 70 to 57.8 percent - and more adults ages 18-34 found hair cuts and colors more expendable than adults age 35-54.

Can Too Much TV Make A Child Mentally Ill? The Answer in This Research is YES!

Excessive exposure makes a child materialistic, which in turn affects their relationship with their parents and their health.

That is one of the conclusions of a new wide-ranging survey into British childhood, produced for the Children's Society.

It says that children are part of a new form of consumerism, with under 16 year-olds spending £3 billion of their own money each year on clothes, snacks, music, video games and magazines.
The report claims that some advertisers "explicitly exploit the mechanism of peer pressure, while painting parents as buffoons" and that in its most extreme form, advertising persuades children that "you are what you own".

In addition the "constant exposure" to celebrities through, TV soaps, dramas and chat shows is having a detrimental effect.
It says: "Children today know in intimate detail the lives of celebrities who are richer than they will ever be, and mostly better-looking. This exposure inevitably raises aspirations and reduces self-esteem."

It adds the way celebrities are portrayed "automatically encourages the excessive pursuit of wealth and beauty."

This "media-driven consumerism" is having a negative effect on a child's wellbeing, the report says.

It highlights a study into the effect of consumerism on the psychological wellbeing of 10-13 year-olds.
That study found: "Other things being equal, the more a child is exposed to the media (television and Internet), the more materialistic she becomes, the worse she relates to her parents and the worse her mental health."

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