Monday, March 2, 2009


The Morning Show
Jim and Karen
Spirit FM



During the month of March our Spirit FM listening family is invited to help make a difference in the lives of our United States Troops serving their country in various locations around the world.

Please write a card or letter of thanks and encouragement to a US soldier. Your card can be homemade or store-bought, it doesn’t matter, just send it with love and appreciation. You can send in one card or hundred cards, get your family involved, your co-workers, your Bible study or church group, even your school, and once you have your cards and letters ready send them to Spirit FM P.O. Box 800 Camdenton, Missouri 65020. We’ll see that all of these cards and letters of appreciation and encouragement will be sent to our troops “with love” from the Spirit FM listeners!
If you want to do something a little bit extra, include a long distance phone card for the soldier as well!Spirit FM is also working with our record companies and will be sending lots of Christian music CDs along with your cards and letters!!

So get busy and start writing and then send those best wishes for our troops to Spirit FM P.O. Box 800 Camdenton, Mo. 65020. More information is also available on our website at
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FOR OUR SOLDIERS

It’s time for March For Our Troops and that means if you are serving in the US Military Spirit FM wants to especially bless and recognize you throughout the next few weeks!

Be listening throughout the month of March for a series of interviews with Dr. David Stoop of New Life Ministries. Dr Stoop is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of California. He also has his Masters in Theology and is the founder and director of The Center for Family Therapy in Newport Beach, California, where he has his counseling practice. Dr. Stoop has written over 25 books, including his latest book, Ten Minutes Together with God: A Devotional for Couples.

Dr. Stoop will be sharing with us information for military families including how to maintain a loving and faithful marriage while serving your country. Recognizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. How to forgive and move on, as well as, a variety of other topics of interest to soldiers and their families.

These interviews will also be posted on our webpage for listening to later or downloading to your MP3 player! Plus, New Life Ministries has been kind enough to send us three gifts to give away this month, including Every Soldier’s Battle Kit which includes Every Man's Battle, Every Man's Battle Workbook, Every Man's Bible, Every Day for Every Man Devotional, and Being God's Man facing Tough Times Bible Study. So if you are a member of our military, thank you, and stay tuned, this month is all about you and helping you discover the love the Lord Jesus has for you, as well as the love your Spirit FM listening family feels for you as well!


Faith Deployed is not a guide to long-distance relationships or a how-to on navigating through the military culture. It does not offer "ten easy steps" for an easier, painless life. Instead, through squarely addressing the challenges you face, Faith Deployed will equip you to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear you down.

Love promotes intimacy

He who covers an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

Nothing rivals the closeness between a husband and a wife. Marriage is the most intimate of all human relationships. The prospect of sharing our home with another person who knows us down to the most intimate details is part of the deep pleasure of marriage. Yet this great blessings is also the site of its greatest danger. Someone who knows us this intimately can either love us at depths we never imagines, or canwound us in ways we never fully recover from.

Are the secrets your spouse knows about you reasons for shame, or reasons fro drawing you closer? If your spouse were to answer thi squestion, would they say you make them feel safe, or scared?

TODAY’S DARE: Determine to guard your mate’s secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: How much of an effort is it for you to hold back from saying something critical, or otherwise? Whathave you learned about your spouse today, simply from listening?


Today is I Want You to Be Happy Day, a day to be thoughtful to others

Today is Unique Names Day, a time to honor anyone who has an unusual name.

Today is National Anthem Day. The "Star Spangled Banner" became the U.S. National Anthem on May 3, 1931

1988: Singer Luciano Pavarotti set a record with 165 curtain calls at a West Berlin opera. The standing ovation lasted 67 minutes.

In The News…..

Winter Storm
A major winter storm has slammed the East Coast. The Obama Administration is preparing a $17 trillion spending bill to bail out the people who didn't bother to buy a shovel.

Freddie CEO Stepping Down
The head of mortgage giant Freddie Mac is resigning as CEO David Moffett says he wants to return to the financial services sector. For the last few years he's only been in the financial losses sector.

HSBC Capital Raise
HSBC bank says it will raise $17.8 billion in new capital this month... and it's going to do that by selling unicorn rides and fairy wings.

More Money for AIG
The U.S. government will provide troubled insurance giant AIG another $30 billion. AIG executives are promising to spend this money much more wisely by making less risky investments and using discountspas and resorts.

THE DOW INDUSTRIAL FALLS BELOW 7,000 – Lowest it has ever been since 97
"The Dow Jones industrial average plunged below 7,000 Monday for the first time in more than 11 years as investors grow even more pessimistic about the health of banks, and in turn the economy."
As an investor you may be losing money but keep everything in perspective.
Money can buy a House............But not a Home
Money can buy a Bed..............But not Sleep
Money can buy a Clock............But not Time
Money can buy you a Book.........But not Knowledge
Money can buy you Medicine.......But not Health
So you see money isn't everything. And it often causes pain and suffering. I tell you all this because I am your friend, and as your friend I want to take away your pain and suffering.

Can You Hear Me Now?????
A businessman in the UK who lost his cell phone on a beach was amazed when it turned up - in the belly of a giant cod. Andrew Cheatle thought it had been swept out to sea after it slipped from his pocket. But a week later his girlfriend's cell phone rang and it was fisherman Glen Kerley saying he'd found the phone in a 25lb fish.

Mom Shows Up For Duty With Kids In Tow
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- A woman who was called back to the Army has braved a winter storm to report for duty -- with her children in tow.

Lisa Pagan drove from North Carolina to Georgia's Fort Benning and arrived Sunday night. She said bad weather made the drive "a little scary." She and her children were staying in a motel.

Pagan was honorably discharged four years ago, but she has been on "individual ready reserve" status -- eligible to be recalled at any time.

She has filed several appeals, arguing that because her husband travels for business, no one else can take care of her kids. The appeals have been rejected.
An Army spokesman said the commander of Fort Benning will decide how to handle the situation. Pagan said her goal is another honorable discharge.

Pagan is among thousands of former service members who have left active duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, only to be recalled to service.

Toyota Has Had To Charter A Ship To Store Unsold Cars
The global auto sales slump has hit Toyota so hard it has had to charter a ship to store some of its unsold cars.

The Japanese automaker announced last week it had chartered a 2,500-capacity vessel which will simply stand idle in port in Malmo, Sweden, reported Lloyd's List, a maritime and transport news Web site.

The vessel became necessary because Toyota ran out of room to store cars at its import site in Malmo, a company spokesman said

"We have space for 12,500 cars in Malmo, which acts as a distribution center for all the Nordic countries," Toyota spokesman Etienne Plas told Lloyd's List. "But we have run out of space. We need the ship to store cars while they are waiting to be delivered."

Plas said the company hopes it won't have to use the cargo ship for long.
Toyota reported that its exports fell by 60 percent in January alone, like many auto exporters. Photos of cars parked at race tracks and stacked rows deep at ports are circulating around the Internet as all automakers try to deal with the fall-off in demand.

A Brand New Car For Just $2,000…But Unfortunately You Can’t Buy It!
The cheapest car in the world is expected to begin rolling off assembly lines March 23, seven months behind schedule.

India's tiny Tata Nano, priced at 100,000 rupees, or about $2,000 at current exchange rates, will not be sold in the United States. Cars will reach dealerships across India in April, and production for the first year is expected to reach 250,000 vehicles.

The Nano's unveiling in January 2008 caused a stir worldwide and especially in India, where there are fewer than 10 cars for every thousand people, compared with 40 per thousand in China and 450 in the U.S.

Indians bought about 1 million cars in 2007. Far more middle-class Indians buy and transport their entire families on scooters.

The Nano -- its working name was the "People's Car" -- is just half the price of the next-cheapest car in the world, a Chery Automobiles QQ3 sold only in its domestic market of China. The $5,200 Suzuki Maruti is the current least
expensive option for Indians, where per capita incomes are nearing $1,000 after years of explosive economic growth. In the U.S., the cheapest option is the Nissan Versa, which, at $9,990, is about five times the price of Nano.

With a snub nose and a sloping roof, the world's cheapest car can hold five people --if they squeeze. And the basic version is spare: There's no radio, no air bags, no passenger-side mirror and only one windshield wiper. If you want air conditioning to cope with India's brutal summers, you need to get the deluxe version. Analysts estimate taxes, delivery and extras will add 30% or so to the car's cost.
At 10 feet long, the Nano is about 2 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper. Its 623-cubic-centimeter, two-cylinder engine is estimated to produce about 35 horsepower, good for a top speed of 75 mph.

One Third of Us Are Losing Sleep Over the Economy
Worries about money keep one-third of people in the U.S. from sleeping properly, according to a survey by the national Sleep Foundation.

The group said that the number of people who say they get less than six hours of sleep a night rose 13 percent since 2001

"It's easy to understand why so many people are concerned over the economy and jobs, but sacrificing sleep is the wrong solution," National Sleep Foundation CEO David Cloud said. "Sleep is essential for productivity and alertness and is a vital sign for one's overall health."

"With the economy worsening, we are seeing patients in our clinic who have told us that they would not be returning for treatment because they or other family members have lost their jobs, and they are concerned about costs," said Dr. Meir Kryger of Gaylord Sleep Services. "Some patients have elected not to be treated for sleep apnea because they could not afford the co-pay for the equipment. These patients may wind up far sicker."

The National Sleep Foundation said in a news release it encourages people to maintain good sleep, exercise and diet routines to help combat anxiety and improve health and productivity.

The Secret Of Belly Button Lint Is Finally Revealed
After three years of research, Georg Steinhauser, a chemist, has discovered a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them into the navel.
Dr Steinhauser made his discovery after studying 503 pieces of fluff from his own belly button.

Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not made up of only cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust.
Dr Steinhauser's observations showed that 'small pieces of fluff first form in the hair and then end up in the navel at the end of the day'.

Writing in the journal Medical Hypotheses, he said the scaly structure of the hair enhances the 'abrasion of minuscule fibres from the shirt' and directs the lint towards the belly button.

"The hair's scales act like a kind of barbed hooks," he said. "Abdominal hair often seems to grow in concentric circles around the navel."

The researcher, from Vienna University of Technology also asked friends, family and workmates about their own belly button fluff.

Dr Steinhauser established that shaving one's belly will result in a fluff-free navel - but only until the hairs grow back.

Other suggestions for keeping the navel fluff-free include wearing old clothes, as they tend to shed less lint than newer garments, which can lose up to one thousandth of their weight to the belly button over the course of a year.

A body piercing can also be used, with belly button rings particularly effective at sweeping away fibres before they lodge.

Dr Steinhauser, whose other projects have included monitoring the erosion of his wedding ring, said: "The question of the nature of navel fluff seems to concern more people than one would think at first glance.

"We hope we have been able to provide information for doctors when they are next confronted with the simple question of 'why some belly buttons collect so much lint and others do not'."

An earlier, Australian study of samples from 5,000 people concluded the typical carrier of navel fluff to be 'a slightly overweight middle-aged male with a hairy abdomen'.

Researcher Karl Kruszelnicki said: "The reason it is usually blue is that we mostly wear blue or grey trousers, often jeans, and when these rub against the body, the fibres often end up finding their way to the navel."

Not all belly button fluff is blue however. In the curious case of Australian hospital worker Graham Barker much of his fluff is red, even though he rarely wears the colour.

Mr Barker has been collecting his own navel fluff in jars every day since 1984. The achievement has won him a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest collection of navel lint.

Marine One Info Found on Computer in Iran – That’s Right…The President’s Helicopter. Blue prints and all. So much for security.
A Pennsylvania company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Obama's helicopter, Marine One, WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh reported.

Sensitive information about Marine One was reportedly found by Tiversa employees at an IP address in Tehran.

Tiversa CEO Bob Boback said a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., had a file sharing program on one of their systems that contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One and financial information about the cost of the helicopter.

"We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One," Boback said.

Boback said the issue most likely stemmed from someone downloading the file-sharing program without realizing the problems that could result.

"When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive," Boback told WPXI.

"We found where this information came from. We know exactly what computer it came from. I'm sure that person is embarrassed and may even lose their job, but we know where it came from and we know where it went," Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, an adviser to Tiversa, told WPXI.

A Classroom With No Chairs
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Talk about a teacher's dream: No more slouching, no more wiggly little boys and no more snoozing at desks.

All teachers have to do is ditch the classroom chair. A growing number are replacing them with exercise stability balls more associated with pilates classes than schoolroom lectures as an innovative way to improve student posture and attention.
"They're awesome," gushed 10-year-old James Howell, a fourth grader at Bauder Elementary School whose class switched to purple stability balls in January. "They help you focus, they help you keep your structure. And sometimes you get to bounce on them, get the wiggles out."

The kids in Tiffany Miller's class sound like little pilates teachers when they talk about their new chairs, dropping phrases like "strengthen your core" and "engage your center." They don't roll around wildly or play games with them except in gym class. Instead, they've taken to their rubbery seats as naturally as older office workers who sit on stability balls to alleviate back pain.

"The whole theory with the brain is that when your body's engaged, your brain's engaged," Miller said. "I call it actively sitting. They're maybe moving their legs a little, wiggling some. But their upper body, they're focused on writing, on the teacher. It really works."

Research is starting to back up that theory. John Kilbourne, a professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., switched to stability balls in his college courses last semester and surveyed 52 students on the change.

Nearly all said they preferred sitting on the balls. Students mentioned improvement in their ability to pay attention, concentrate, take notes, engage in classroom discussions and take exams.

Some scientists warn the balls aren't a miracle cure for bad posture. When people sit on them for long periods of time, bad habits can reappear. And because they don't have backs, the balls don't allow sitters to lean back and take pressure off the tailbone, said Fabio Camana, an exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise.

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