Tuesday, June 30, 2009




Today is Second Half of the New Year Day, a checkpoint for those who made New Year's resolutions

Today is National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day.

July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month, a time to remind the 180-million U.S. cell phone users to hush once in a while.

This is National Dog House Repairs Month.

July is National Hot Dog Month, National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, Family Reunion Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Blueberries Month, With all of that maybe it should also be National Maalox Month!

Today is National Postal Worker Day

1963: The U.S. Postal Service introduced the 5-digit zip code.

1979: Sony introduced the Soundabout, a Walkman that sold for $200..

1980: McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, debuted as an advertising symbol to take a bite out of crime.

1983: After 120 hours, the Rev. Ronald Gallagher finally stopped preaching at the Baptist Temple in Appomattox, Virginia. It was history's longest sermon.

1984: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" became the first PG-13 rated movie.


People magazine says FARRAH FAWCETT's 24-year-old son, REDMOND O'NEAL, was allowed to leave the jail where he's currently serving a time sentence for violating his probation on drug charges, to attend his mother's memorial service yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Today's Michael Jackson update:
“Andrae and Sandra did in fact visit with Michael Jackson two times, once at the recording studio, and once at his home in the last two months, as recently as three weeks ago, asking for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and how he could make his music more ‘spiritual,’” noted Crouch’s Facebook administrator.
“So Andrae and Sandra explained to him about the anointing and about Jesus. He wanted to know what makes your hands go up, and makes you ‘come out of yourself,’ and what gives a ‘spirituality’ to the music? He then requested to hear his favorite song that he loves and wanted then to sing to him, so they...joined hands and sang together, and he said, ‘it was beautiful.’ He first heard it in New York, and loved it and wanted it on tape. He had the engineer tape the song sang to him by Andrae and Sandra. He definitely had an encounter with them.”

As to whether or not the legendary singer had prayed to receive Christ, through his spokesman Crouch responded: “He did NOT reject Jesus or the prayer when (we) prayed, and gladly joined in prayer.”

“He usually doesn’t touch anybody, but he touched them, and held their hands in a circle as they sang and prayed,” continued Andrae Crouch’s spokesman. “There was NO actual ‘sinners prayer’ however, but they did talk and pray about Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They also told him, ‘Michael, we consider you as our son,’ and he said, “yes, yes, yes” and gave him his latest music on a CD, and he told him, ‘Andrae I trust you with this,’ and gave him CD’s of 2 songs...unpublished, beautiful music.”

In the story, the Crouch’s reported one peculiarity about Jackson’s rented home: forbidden as a child from celebrating Christmas because of his Jehovah’s Witness faith which precludes such celebration, Jackson was still celebrating Christmas in June: “He still had his Christmas decorations up at home,” noted Crouch’s spokesman.

Did MICHAEL JACKSON nearly die five years ago under the exact same circumstances? A source close to the late singer tells Fox News' Pop Tarts gossip column that his brother, RANDY, found him unconscious back in 2004 and called a life-saving friend who happened to be a paramedic. Obviously, they were able to revive him but a doctor who normally didn't treat Michael was "absolutely shocked" by the amount of prescription medication in the home. The same insider claims the Jackson family had a meeting over the situation in 2001 when he was getting ready for a concert series in New York City. Apparently Michael's mom, KATHERINE, started asking a lot of questions about how ELVIS PRESLEY died and was worried about her son's health.
So with all the continual agonizing over MICHAEL JACKSON, somebody turned up Michael's former best friend, Bubbles the Chimp. Turns out the chimp isn't dead and gone, like many thought — in fact, People magazine says Bubbles is now 26 and living out his middle age in a private, Florida primate sanctuary called the Center For Great Apes.

There's 42 chimpanzees and orangutans which live at the Center, which is in Wauchula, FL, and Bubbles has been there since 2005, hanging out with a group of six chimps. And the primate center says he could live to 60 or so, given the right care.
FYI: The Center is a non-profit organization and supported by donations. To see a picture of Bubbles (their featured primate), head over to centerforgreatapes.org. They're using Michael's death as a fund-raiser for the "Bubbles and Friends Fund."
We haven't heard the last of MICHAEL JACKSON. The Times of London says the late entertainer has more than a hundred finished recordings that he left as a personal legacy to his children. Michael didn't want them to ever be released, but seeing as how his estate is in the minus column for more than 400-million dollars. These tracks could help clear up, or even eliminate that debt.

Billy Mays update:
Doctors told reporters yesterday after the autopsy that Billy had an enlarged heart and likely died of a pulmonary embolism, or blocked artery. There was no sign of head trauma (he was hit on the head when a tire blew out as his plane landed Saturday night and speculation was that it might have caused his death). The autopsy also revealed no indication of drug abuse, prescription or otherwise.

This morning's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that Media Enterprises, the local company which syndicates BILLY MAYS' infomercials, will pull his pitches for its Mighty Putty and Mighty Mendit products until Jul 06, after he's buried, in agreement with family wishes.

The funeral for television product pitchman Billy Mays will be held Friday in the Pittsburgh suburb where he was born and raised.

The funeral Mass for Mays will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Church in McKees Rocks.

Madoff Sentence
Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison, making him the only man in America who knows he'll still have health care coverage for more than the next 3 years.

Amish Hurting
The weak economy is even taking a toll on the Amish. Farm income is down, building material costs are up, and the horse union won't budge until it gets a $25 billion dollar federal bailout for the buggy industry.

A Florida school board is considering a ban on the "zero" as a grade. Instead, students would get a grade of 40% even if they miss a test completely or fail to turn in an assignment.

The lowest score that a student could get, even for poor work or miserable performance on a test, is a 49.

Officials of the Hernando County School District tell the St Petersburg Times, that the goal "is to give kids a statistical fighting chance to turn around their overall grade — something tough to do even with a couple of zeros or a few very low marks on the books."

Critics argue that "kids are getting more coddled every day, and a policy that lessens the consequences of failure only makes things worse."

The school board will vote on the proposal next month.

A 40 percent grade even if they miss a test completely? That would imply that kids did at least 40 percent of the work which they did not do. That's called a social promotion. How does getting a grade you didn't earn send the right message?

Businesses do not give you half pay for zero effort. They will, however, show you the door. Zero work deserves a zero grade. Sitting down for a test doesn't deserve a minimum grade. Simply attending class doesn't deserve a minimum grade. If you want a fighting chance at a good grade then do your assigned work.

A New Generation Gap
From cell phones and texting to religion and manners, younger and older Americans see the world differently, creating the largest generation gap since the tumultuous years of the 1960s. A new study released by the Pew Research Center found Americans of different ages increasingly at odds over a range of social and technological issues....including marriage.

Regardless of your age and how you feel about marriage, take this advise from Ogden Nash:

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the marriage cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
Whenever you're right, shut up.

Church Kids Break Legos Record

ELGIN - According to the Bible, God instructed Noah to build an ark 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall.

Not sure how big a cubit is? Well, if a cubit were a LEGO piece, that would equal about 34,900 LEGOs.

More than 150 grade school-aged children found that out this week when they built an expected record-setting 1:37 scale model of Noah's ark made of LEGOs at Harvest Bible Chapel's "High 5" summer day camp.

the LEGO model features the ark as well as a five-color rainbow overhead, surrounded by the words of Genesis 6:8: "But Noah found favor with the Lord." It measures 12 feet long, 2 feet wide and 18 inches tall and includes a 3-foot wide exposed side revealing its three inner decks.

That should find favor with LEGO World Records.

The model will set the record for the largest LEGO model of Noah's ark both "by dimension and brick," according to Pastor Craig Steiner of the Elgin church's Adult Ministries Department.

It will be on display during worship services at Harvest Bible Chapel through July 11. Services are at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays.


5. Your garbage pail
4. Your loofah, wash cloth or sponge
3. Your vacuum cleaner bag
2. Your toilet seat

1. YOU!
At the end of the day, YOU are pretty disgusting. Your body is home to a wide array of microbes, from bacteria and viruses to (perhaps even) bugs and parasites. There are 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the ecosystem that is your body -- and as many as 182 different species of bacteria live on your skin alone. Yep, if you're looking for the biggest source of grossness in your home, you need look no further than your own fingers, feet and belly button, not to mention those disease-carrying mucous membranes. Much of your own cohabitants are harmless to you, but can potentially cause problems for other humans. So, if you wanted to be supersafe, you could simply avoid all human contact. Sounds like a plan.


American Christians across the nation will band together the day after Independence Day to repent and pray for God to heal the country.

The newly launched initiative Call2Fall, organized by the conservative Christian group Family Research Council, will focus on the spiritual and moral problems growing in the nation.

"America is a nation in moral crisis,” says FRC President Tony Perkins. “Four out of every ten children are born out of wedlock, and every day roughly 3,000 unborn children are aborted in our county. From homosexual 'marriage' to proposed curbs on religious speech, there are serious matters for the church to address, humbly and with great earnestness, before God.”

Held a day after Americans celebrate their “independence,” Call2Fall will be a day when Christians declare their “dependence” on God, Perkins explains. The name of the initiative means call to fall on our knees.

With July 5 being a Sunday, churches are being called to have their entire congregation pray for at least three to five minutes for the spiritual health of their church and for America. Some churches, according to FRC, are holding a prayer event the entire day.

With July 5 being a Sunday, churches are being called to have their entire congregation pray for at least three to five minutes for the spiritual health of their church and for America. Some churches, according to FRC, are holding a prayer event the entire day.

Call2Fall organizers hope to have eight million Christians participate in the prayer event and declare their dependence on God.

President Interrupted By Annoying Ringtone

We've all been there - deeply embarrassed after our mobile phone has gone off unexpectedly during meetings, conferences, films, and so on.

So this poor journalist's mortification is understandable - though she gets no extra sympathy for her choice of ringtone.

Barack Obama was giving a speech yesterday when - to a reporter's horror - her mobile phone went off, interrupting the U.S. President.

To make matters worse, for some unimaginable reason the unidentified journalist had picked the sound of a duck quacking for her ringtone.

'Whose - whose duck is back there?' asked a confused Mr Obama, who had just been delivering a solemn address on homosexuality and civil rights.

'It's a duck,' First Lady Michelle Obama confirmed, breaking down into giggles.
'Where do you guys get these ringtones, by the way?' the president asked to laughter. 'I'm just curious.'

The President and the First Lady were hosting a reception for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House
And, as the quacking - and the laughter - fell silent, Mr Obama launched straight back in to his speech on fairness and equality.


Monday, June 29, 2009




Today is Leap Second Day, when the official world clocks are pushed ahead one second. I hate it when they do that. It screws up my sleeping pattern

On this date in 1971: The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave 18 year old Americans the right to vote. One small step for democracy -- one giant leap for political candidates with cool hair.

On this date in 1892: It rained frogs in Birmingham, England. The frog shower was a complete surprise. The forecast called for cats and dogs.


Billy Mays
Mays' family is busy making funeral plans, they say he'll be buried as soon as they can dig him a grave with the Awesome Auger.

MJ – You knew it was going to happen.
The Internet rumors have started already. Bloggers are saying Michael Jackson is still alive -- he faked his death to avoid paying massive debts. Michael Jackson memorabilia is selling like crazy. Celebrity stuff is always worth more after the celebrity dies. I will get rich if I can figure out a way to do this show after I'm dead.

Michael Jackson:
A celebrity death usually means some folks will be making a lot of money. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says Julien's auction house thought a signed copy of a JACKSON 5album would bring in about 400-bucks. It sold for 33,750-dollars over the weekend. And, a painting MICHAEL JACKSON did as a child of Mickey Mouse and Pluto was valued at 1,000-dollars. It went for 25,000-bucks.

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate will be controlled by his sister, JANET. The New York Post says she has been named executor, which means she has a very tough and time consuming job ahead of her. Michael is said to have been in debt for as much as 500-million dollars. Janet was spotted Saturday at the rented house in Los Angeles where Michael died on Thursday. Movers were carrying his stuff out and putting the boxes into a number of trucks.

The Neverland Ranch, once the home of MICHAEL JACKSON will become a museum, much like ELVIS PRESLEY's Graceland. The New York Post says the huge property is being restored and is set to re-open as a place where fans can visit and pay their respects to the late entertainer. The San Jose Mercury News says JERMAINE, JACKIE and TITO JACKSON were at the ranch in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday with investor THOMAS BARRACK who set up the joing venture that allowed Michael to keep the ranch which was headed into foreclosure. Michael bought the property in 1988 and turned it into his personal amusement park and zoo.

FARRAH FAWCETT's death may be overshadowed by the jarring news that MICHAEL JACKSON is no longer with us, but the stunningly beautiful star is still on the hearts and minds of Hollywood. CNN reports that Farrah's funeral service will be conducted tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The service will be private.

President Obama has already spent more money than any other
President in U.S. history. And if you think that's impressive --imagine what he could do with a few credit cards.

President Obama says he's 95% cured of smoking. See, "95% cured" proves Obama is not a typical"over the top" politician. A typical over-the-top politician would have said"I'm 99% cured".

The new Transformers movie is a huge hit.
Sources say that 65 General Motors cars were provided for the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” General Motors said they will be providing even more of their cars for next one, “Transforms III: Revenge of the Lemons.”

"Transformers II" has made more than $145 million worldwide. It's on track to be the biggest box office opening of all time. It's incredible — somebody has finally found a way to make money using American cars.

Last month President Obama invited Iranian diplomats to attend 4th of July celebrations at the White House. He has now withdrawn the invitation. The Iranians are saying -- "Now what will we do with 200 tubs of camel salad we made for the party?"

Phone companies may stop printing directories. You'll have to look up the number using the Internet. That's a shame. I like to "personalize" my phone book by crossing out the names of all the people I don't know.

England is sweating through a heatwave, with temperatures in the 90s. That's very hot for Britain. How hot is it in London? Queen Elizabeth was seen wearing a crown with a built-in sprinkler.

NASA announced it will no longer service the Hubble Telescope.
They will let it disintegrate, break down and conk out. It's a plan they stole from the management of the KC Royals.

Yesterday a music industry executive predicted the CD will be totally dead within five years. Gee, maybe if they'd made them easier to open. (I have CDs I bought in 1998 I haven't been able to open yet)

An expert says North Korea and Iran are the two biggest threats to world peace. Which is the biggest threat of all? Nobody's sure. Hey -- maybe they should compete in a TV reality show called -- "Lesser of Two Evils".

Yesterday in New York: It was sentencing day for multi billion dollar fraudster Bernie Madoff. The judge said "You are hereby sentenced to rot in jail for the rest of your life with no possibility of parole. Have a nice day".

A parenting expert says turning off the computer is the biggest favor you can do for your kids. Hey kids, drag yourself away from the computer. Go outside. Take a look at the real world. The graphics are great!

A study shows two things bring back strong memories: Music and smells. So -- if the old song you're listening to stinks – I guess you feel extra nostalgic.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report on shoplifting.
Last year in the U.S., shoplifters stole 37 (b) billion dollars in merchandise. And yet -- not one Jessica Simpson CD was stolen. Interesting.

Praying Nightly in the Oval Office
Each night for 24 years, Emma Daniel Gray would diligently clean the White House. When she came to the president's chair, she would pause, cleaning materials in hand, and say a quick prayer.

The prayers asked for blessings, wisdom and safety for each of the six presidents she served.

It's a "Backstairs at the White House" moment, a story that could have come from the 1979 Emmy Award-winning miniseries about the professional household staff to the presidential families. Like the characters in that television show, Mrs. Gray took great pride in her work, traveling each day by public transportation from her Northeast Washington home to the residence of one of the most powerful men in the world.

She worked nights, in the executive offices. Her official title was charwoman, from the time she started with the government in 1943 until her retirement in 1979. The first decade or so, she was assigned to what is now called the Government

Accountability Office and a handful of other agencies. In 1955, she was transferred to the White House "because of her working habits, because of her excellent work," said one of her daughters, Lillie Collins of Forestville. "It wasn't just her work, it was her character."

That nightly pause for prayer was in keeping with her habits of a lifetime.
A member of Holy Trinity Worship Center International in Washington, she "loved President Carter because she felt he prayed a lot," her daughter said, and she treasured a photograph of her shaking hands with him, as well as an autographed picture of her with Rosalynn Carter. President John F. Kennedy may have been her next favorite, because of the Christmas parties his administration threw for workers and their families, occasions that her children remember for Mrs. Gray's insistence that they dress up and behave properly.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Today is Friday - June 19, 2009

The Morning Show with Jim & Karen


Steven Curtis Chapman Father's Day Video
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Nibble on one of these 10 high-carb calmers an hour before bedtime. You'll be yawning in no time.

1. Half of a whole-wheat English muffin or raisin bagel drizzled with honey
2. Two cups of air-popped popcorn
3. A small slice of angel food cake topped with berries
4. A frozen whole-wheat waffle, toasted, with maple syrup
5. Half a cup of pretzels
6. Fresh strawberries dunked in a little fat-free chocolate syrup
7. Half a cup of pasta topped with marinara sauce
8. A 4-ounce baked potato topped with salsa
9. A handful of oyster crackers and a piece of fruit
10. Canned mandarin oranges sprinkled with crystallized ginger

The benefits of sleep go well beyond good moods and lots of energy. Getting six to eight hours of sleep a night can make your Real Age as much as three years younger.


On Friday (Jun. 12) Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that will extend benefits for unemployed Missourians. An estimated 35,000 Missourians could benefit from this extension. Approximately 15,000 Missourians will exhaust their current unemployment benefits between April and June of 2009 alone.

Missouri workers currently qualify for a maximum of fifty-nine weeks of unemployment compensation drawn from combined state and federal Unemployment Insurance funds. Due to the recession, many workers have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, but have still been unable to find employment.

The new law allows workers to collect extended benefits in states with high unemployment levels. It provides thirteen more weeks when the state unemployment rate exceeds 6.5 percent and an additional seven weeks when unemployment exceeds 8 percent. Missouri’s unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April, the most recent data available.

The bill passed by the Missouri Legislature and signed by Governor Nixon allows the state to take advantage of federal funds to provide benefits to Missouri’s unemployed workers. It could bring as much as sixty-five million dollars in federal support.

Persons currently unemployed, or those whose benefits have expired since February 22, are eligible for extended benefits and will receive a letter from the Missouri Department of Labor. For assistance in filing their claims, Missourians can contact the Department’s regional claim center in their area.

Contact information for the Regional Claim Centers (RCC) is below, and can also be found at: http://www.dolir.mo.gov/es/ui-benefits/faq.htm#return1.

Jefferson City RCC

Local Calling Area: 573-751-9040

Outside Local Calling Area: 800-320-2519

Kansas City RCC

The latest iPhone is released today.

(FRI) This new iPhone comes with an app that points at the nearest person who owns and old iPhone -- and makes laughing noises. I’m beginning to think my bag phone is out of style.

By now you heard: Hillary Clinton broke her elbow. She was on her way to the White House when she slipped. This is not the first time things have worked out bad for Hillary while she was trying to elbow her way into the White House.

Experts say unrest in Iran could spread throughout the entire Middle East. That would be a shame -- if a calm, peaceful region like the Middle East ends up being restless and jittery.

In Ohio, a woman robbed three banks in 30 minutes. That's very impressive. And it proves American productivity is still right up there with the best.

A Chinese tobacco company has a new line of cigarettes with
added caffeine. That's right, they put caffeine in cigarettes. They say it helps you stay awake while you're coughing.

Texting the Ten Commandments

1. no1 b4 me. srsly.

2. dnt wrshp pix/idols

3. no omg's

4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)

5. pos ok - ur m&d r cool

6. dnt kill ppl

7. :-X only w/ m8

8. dnt steal

9. dnt lie re: bf

10. dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.

M, pls rite on tabs & giv 2 ppl.

ttyl, JHWH.

ps. wwjd?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

THURSDAY - JUNE 18, 2009



Today is Wild Den Dancing Day, a day to play all your favorite old songs and dance wildly in the family room while your children roll their eyes.

Today is Recess at Work Day. Sounds like fun.

Today is National Splurge Day, a day to have fun

Today is International Picnic Day. And for those who always put too much onion in the potato salad, it's also International Rolaids Day.

On this date in 1812 the U.S. declared war on Great Britain. And from force of habit, France surrendered.

On this day in 1983 astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in outer space. The mission was nearly perfect, with the only problem occurring on landing when Sally could re-fold the map.

Napoleon met his Waterloo on this day in 1815, and the history of the world was changed because of one simple little problem -- hemorrhoids.
Sitting on a horse caused Napoleon so much pain that he delayed his attack at Waterloo for two hours, enough time for enemy reinforcements to arrive. Now think about it: Why do you suppose they haven't made that story into a Prep-H commercial? Just think, the entire history of the world could have been changed by little fast, temporary relief.


IOWA TEENAGER WINS TEXT TITLE 15 year old Kate Moor of Des Moines, Iowa, landed the $50,000 first prize just eight months after getting her first cell phone! Kate beat out 20 other finalists from around the country over two days of challenges including texting while blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course. In the final showdown Kate had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on the required abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation. She squeaked through by a few seconds on the tiebreaking text, getting the best out of three.

Kate says she sends about 400-470 texts per day. Approximately 14,000 per month. She is a great student, performs in school plays and socializes with friends –in person – on the weekends!

The event is sponsored by LG Electronics and all the finalists were 22 years old or younger, with over 250,000 people trying to get a spot in the competition.

If you are a KC Royal fan you will be interested in knowing that pitcher Kyle Farnsworth injured his left, non-pitching hand when one of his pet American bulldogs bit him as he tried to break up a fight between the two canines he owns. He suffered cuts to his index finger and the bites went deep enough to reach bu not cut a tendon. Farnsworth taped the finger and tucked it under his glove and shagged balss during batting practice telling the manager he was fine and still able to pitch.

A study shows employees who are afraid losing their jobs in
these tough times do not report accidents in the workplace. By the way, here's a safety reminder: I am not responsible for injuries you may receive while rolling around on the floor laughing at my jokes.

IRELAND: When you visit Ireland, think twice before you kiss the Blarney Stone. In a survey by Trip Advisor dot com, the Blarney Stone was named "World's Germiest Tourist Attraction".

The stone attracts 400,000 kissers each year. Other attractions
that round out the germy list:

#2: Seattle's Wall of Gum. People waiting to get into the Market
Theater have left their chewed gum since the 1990s.

#3: Oscar Wilde's Tomb in Paris. It's a tradition for visitors
to leave lipstick prints by kissing the tombstone.

#4: St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Home to thousands of
filthy pigeons.

#5: The celebrity handprints and footprints outside Grauman's
Chinese Theater in Hollywood.


John McCain said on his Twitter feed that he's buying a new Ford Fusion hybrid. A year ago, McCain didn't use a computer; now he's on Twitter and buying a hybrid. I think he's like Benjamin Button.

Did you see the video of President Obama killing a fly? During a TV interview a fly started bugging him, so he killed it. There will be a Congressional enquiry into why the Secret Service guys were not there with Swatter One.

Use of Facebook has increased by more than 600% since last year. The latest trend? Owning TWO laptops - so you can be on Facebook twice at the same time.

MySpace will lay off 30% of its staff. In case you didn't know, Facebook is cool -- MySpace is uncool. MySpace is so uncool --some users are on MySpace only three hours a day.

Apparently we can't believe what we saw on TV. An Iranian
government spokesperson denied -- this is true -- he denied
there were thousands of protesters on the streets. He also
denied Iran's religious leaders all have long beards and look kinda scary.

The Statue of Liberty's crown will re-open to the public on July 4th. They say being inside Lady Liberty's head is a unique experience. Gee, I wonder if there's a side tour that includes her sinuses.

This week's big science story: Trapped in a block of ice in Greenland, scientists found a tiny microbe that was sleeping for 120,000 years, and successfully woke it up. So far their studies show the microbe is cranky and has very bad breath.

Excitement in the world of comic book heroes: Marvel Comics will bring back Captain America. This time Captain America will be assisted by his new sidekick -- Sergeant Bailout.

Some airlines are planning to charge extra for meals. OK, here's what I don't like about eating a meal on a plane: The drinks are in sealed containers. The knives and forks are all sealed in plastic bags. But the food just sits there on a shelf next to the toilet. That bothers me!

The Cloud Appreciation Society is asking meteorologists to
recognize a new type of cloud they discovered. (TRUE) I think I speak for everybody when I say -- "There's a Cloud Appreciation Society"....?? Yes, there is. There's also a Fog Fan Club. And a Precipitation Admiration Association.

Doctors predict a return of Mad Cow Disease and Bird Flu you catch
from chickens. There's a simple explanation. Cows and chickens
are jealous of all the publicity pigs are getting from Swine Flu.

A doctor says swine flu can be passed from humans to dogs. My dog, Buddy, is very health conscious. He always makes me wash my hands before
I scratch behind his ears.

Remember a few years ago -- a Japanese company came out with a "Dog Translator". It told you what your dog is saying when he barks. The same company now has a "Cat Translator", it translatesa cat's meows. If you connect the two gadgets -- your dog and cat can talk to each other. They don't need you anymore.



In an internet survey: The # 1 place for single people to meet other singles: The pet store. I guess it's very romantic--standing around discussing the correct way to worm a dog. Interesting. Where did you meet your significant someone

Frances Ray at 7:04am June 17
I was working at a dairy bar. I still like ice cream.

Karen Dye at 7:09am June 17
I met Brad at his wireless phone store when I went in to sell him advertising for my radio station. Best sales appointment I ever went on...I got the sale and the greatest husband on the planet!

Sherry Rhodes Carroll at 7:10am June 17
"Single Christian Network" moved from Ohio to Missouri
I love it here

Ann Cousins Mason at 7:15am June 17
I met my hubby at CCCB. I had actually came to see my boyfriend off. I was going to go to another college. But, I saw Dave and just knew he was the one. I can remember thinking how great of a dad he would be. I quickly enrolled at Central. Less than a year later we were hitched. 14 years and 7 kids later we are still as happy as ever. :)

Karen Dye at 7:17am June 17
Ann that is a great story!!!! :) Christie Stockton at 7:18am June 17
The grocery store. I visited there with my Aunt. Someone else was checking and he was bagging the groceries. He picked up the check for the groceries and put it in the bag instead of the checker putting in the register. He was watching me instead!

Eric Allison at 7:21am June 17
I had just moved to jeff city from sedalia and started working at ryans here in jeff city thats were i had met mine

Annie Chartrand at 7:22am June 17
Met mine on Yahoo personals. Tracy Hayworth Garrison at 7:23am June 17
I prayed and told God the kind of man I wanted to marry. I met my husband on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. When I saw him, I knew he was the man I was meant to marry. Six weeks later, we were engaged. We have been married over 24 years and more in love than ever. My husband is truly an answered prayer.

Cindy Lolley at 7:24am June 17
Worked with my husband at Cracker Barrel in Columbia. He was the cook and I was a hostess.

Rhonda Phillips at 7:38am June 17
Met my husband at Wal-Mart in the garden dept! He sold me my Christmas tree! See, you really can find everything at Wal-Mart!

Sandy Schmid at 7:38am June 17
I met my husband, Ken, at work at UMR (now MO S&T), where we worked in the same department.

Mary Stubbs Kinnamore at 7:39am June 17
I met Jon in the McDonalds parking lot in Rolla. :O) Our kids have heard this story so many times, they just roll their eyes everytime we pass there and bring it up again!

Jeff Wallace at 7:42am June 17
Friends from the church I attended in St. Louis introduced me to one of their cousins who lived in Rolla on Aug 27, 2002. Today, I am married to her, with two sons, and we live in Rolla.

Jessica Brown at 7:48am June 17
We met at my house. He was friends with my aunts boyfriend. I ignored him the first few times until my stepmom told me to date him. I only went out with him to get her off my back! Now I am stuck with him forever. LOL He is a great guy and very loving and devoted father. Ten years and loving it!

Cassie Mathis at 7:49am June 17
My husband was my neighbor! Had a crush on him for a long time before he ever noticed me! I love him so much I still have a crush on him!

Craig Gene Hart at 7:50am June 17
I met my wife at a rollerskating rink.I thought she had the biggest most beautiful brown eyes!35 years of marriage,6 children,13 granchildren(1 more on the way),and we both accepted Christ into our hearts in the last 2 years!Our God is so great!!!!

Cherryl Nash Jones at 7:58am June 17
met my husband in junior high school when he was trying to cozy up to my friend. we met again in high school and he and i became the best of friends. we started dating a few days before he joined the military. got engaged a year later and married in April of 79 before he went to Germany for the first time. we have been married for 30years, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. he is still my best friend.

Shawn Malaney at 8:16am June 17
the time that counted... we met on the internet

Karen Hance at 8:26am June 17
I met my husband at his church. I hadn't been going to church at that time. I was 14 and not really interested in him. He was too nice for me! Things change right? We've been married 9 and a half years and have two children! He was one of my best decisions ever!

Debe Mackley at 8:37am June 17
I met my husband of 37 years in kindergarten. Bea Bonebrake at 8:40am June 17
Dairy Queen in Rolla--Went to hang out with the youth after church on a Weds night--10 years ago!

Amie DeFord at 8:44am June 17
I met my husband in a Christian music chat room online. We'll be married 10 years in August and have 3 children.

Dawn Leuchtmann at 8:46am June 17
We met at a friends 4th of July BBQ and had an amazing day together with food, a lake and then fireworks in St. Louis! I always tell my kids that when I met their dad I saw shooting stars! They just roll their eyes.

Corby Cochenour at 10:04am June 17
my friends beauty shop!!!! Nicole Jackson at 10:23am June 17
Moved to Macomb to go to school. Got a job at Hardee's. He worked there too. I never moved back home.

Julie Young at 10:25am June 17
I loved reading all these! So sweet & mushy.
I met Fred when for some reason God kept prompting me and opening doors for me to leave my friends/family and move 8 hrs away to a new job in Ark...I couldnt figure out why! But I moved, started working in radio and met the most amazing dj :)

Dan Mayo at 10:46am June 17
I met Karen at at my best friends house. His girlfriend was best friends with my wife.

Jason Sullivan at 11:09am June 17
I met my wife at church while doing VBS the first time we met I had a pink hippo puppet named Hippopartymus on my hand she was dating one of my friends at the time but not for long I guess she liked the hippo. 10 years and 2 boys later we still love each other

Joann Hart at 11:15am June 17
So there is hope for us single girls, that there are still good guys out there for Husbands? .......many of these look like at least 10 years ago..... wonder if that is the cut off? :o)

Monday, June 15, 2009




June is National Be Silly Month, a special time when adults can feel young again by imitating the antics of children. Here are a couple of ideas you can try tonight at home:

Unzip your beanbag and dump 33-jillion teeny tiny Styrofoam beans onto the carpet.

Then try to get the dog to eat them.

Sponsor a neighborhood burping contest

Today is National Fudge Day.

Today is Horsey Parents Day, a time to honor parents who play horsey - again and again and again.

1891: The George A. Hormel & Company was founded in Austin, Minnesota. In 1937 it introduced Spam, now the world’s biggest selling canned meat product.

1978: The electronic game "Space Invaders" was first demonstrated by Taito Corporation in Tokyo.

The U.S. Army School of Nursing graduated its first class on this date in 1921. You know, of course, the most important lesson any Army nurse can learn -- always put the bedpan down before saluting.



The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt.

Mark Shapiro, the New York-based company's chief executive officer, says the move won't affect the operation of its 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Six Flags says it actually had a great year in 2008. It saw 25 million visitors and posted record revenues. But executives are trying to lighten a $2.4 billion debt load that they say is unsustainable.

Apparently they got tired of the roller-coaster ride..financially speaking, of course.

Ways Six Flags is cutting back:
• Now down to four flags
• Log Flume ride now bring-your-own-log
• New theme park hours: 9 am to 9:15 am
• Bumper cars are cheerfully-colored supermarket carts
• "Free Fall" ride is just some guy pushing people in a ditch


Iranians are unhappy with their election. They're rioting on the streets. One Iranian said it was a pleasant change of pace to be in a riot that does not involve burning American flags.

Every TV station made the switch to digital. If you don't understand what's happening, you're not alone. It's like trying to understand "Lost" or Paula Abdul.

The Cloud Appreciation Society is asking meteorologists to
recognize a new type of cloud they discovered. (TRUE) I think I speak for everybody when I say -- "There's a Cloud Appreciation Society"....?? Yes, there is. There's also a Fog Fan Club. And a Precipitation Admiration Association.

In North Korea: That little dictator guy has bestowed an official title on his youngest son, he will take over when his dad dies. He will now be known as -- "Brilliant Comrade". (TRUE) The son is disappointed. He wanted the official title -- "Radical Dude".

RJ Reynolds is test marketing tobacco candy. It's an exciting new
product. Tobacco candy combines all the benefits of bad breath
and lung disease with the added bonus of dental cavities.

Medical researchers are developing a pill that gives people the
urge to exercise. (TRUE) I think I speak for all couch potatoes
when I say -- what we need is a pill for medical researchers that
gives them the urge to mind their own business.

The nasty little president of Iran claims he won in a landslide.
Actually -- it's Iran -- so -- what he meant to say was -- "I won
by a sandslide".

Doctors predict a return of Mad Cow Disease and Bird Flu you catch
from chickens. There's a simple explanation. Cows and chickens
are jealous of all the publicity pigs are getting from Swine Flu.

A doctor says swine flu can be passed from humans to dogs. My dog, Buddy, is very health conscious. He always makes me wash my hands before
I scratch behind his ears.

Remember a few years ago -- a Japanese company came out with a "Dog Translator". It told you what your dog is saying when he barks. The same company now has a "Cat Translator", it translatesa cat's meows. If you connect the two gadgets -- your dog and cat can talk to each other. They don't need you anymore.

Soda Tax
Several cash-strapped state are considering a soda pop tax as a way to pay for health reforms... and to cut down on runaway burping

Girls in Sports
The city of Boston is leading a movement to encourage more girls to play sports. Of course, the Bruins have been playing like girls for 15 years.

A study shows stress can help a person live longer. Terrific.
Now I have to worry that I'm not stressed enough....?

According to a study by the University of North Carolina --
marriage can make you fat. Married people are twice as likely to become obese than people who live alone. Let's do a survey: All you married people - if you've put on weight since the wedding --try to raise your fat flabby hand.

A report says the obesity epidemic is actually worse than
previously thought. The headline read -- "Obesity Is Widespread".

LONDON – A one week old cocker spaniel puppy had a lucky escape after a four-year-old boy accidentally flushed it down the toilet.

The dog's young owner, Daniel Blair, thought the puppy needed a wash after it got muddy, so he put it in the toilet and flushed it. The puppy was swept away and became trapped in a waste pipe for almost four hours. Daniel's mother called a plumber, who found the dog lying upside down in a pipe. Plumber Will Craig said "We couldn't believe he was still alive."

Thursday, June 11, 2009




Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Today is National Buy Yourself a Toy Day

Actor Jim Nabors was born on this day in 1933. Gaw-lee!

On this day in 1952 a 17-year-old Bonham, Texas, house cat named Dusty set a Guinness record by giving birth to her 420th kitten. Golleee! That's enough to put Bob Barker in a home.

George Bush is 84 today. Former President George H.W. Bush will celebrate his 85th birthday by once again going skydiving. His son, George W. Bush will celebrate his father’s birthday the way he always does: giving him a World’s Greatest Dad mug


Cops in France are searching for a thief who stole a notebook full of Picasso’s sketches. The thief should be easy to find—he has just one eye and his foot is on his forehead.

Free School Lunch Peak
An all-time high of 20 million U.S. children are now getting free school lunches. The spike is sending the worldwide tater tot market into chaos.

As you all know, two US reporters have been imprisoned in North Korea and now President Obama is considering sending Al Gore to negotiate their release. After hearing the Al Gore threat, North Korea gave up the reporters and their nuclear program.

That little dictator guy in North Korea announced his son will take over. His son will ease slowly into the job. He'll start by being insane on Monday and Friday. Then he'll be insane Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If that works out OK -- he'll try being insane all week.

If there's actually anybody out there planning to shell out for a car for their high school graduate, Forbes magazine crunched the marketing data and finds American teens want reputable brands with cool styling, great gas mileage and ample passenger and luggage space. The teen top 10 car picks:
10. Nissan Altima
9. Ford F-150 truck
8. Ford Focus
7. Toyota Prius
6. Toyota Camry
5. Toyota Corolla
4. Volkswagen Beetle
3. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
1. Ford Mustang

American soldiers can now tweet, send friend requests and share photos and personal news just like the rest of the World Wide Web.

The U.S. Army is reversing a years-long policy of blocking the Web hotspots on military networks, ordering its network managers to allow access to social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

"The Army has recently made access to several social media Web sites available from the Army home page within the .mil domain," reads an Army order issued to Directors of Information Management and labeled "for official use only."

First reported on Wired.com's Danger Room, the order explains it is "the intent of senior Army leaders to leverage social media as a medium to allow soldiers to 'tell the Army story' and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information, the social media sites available from the Army homepage http://www.army.mil, will be made accessible from all campus area networks."

JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress she said had almost $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites on Wednesday. The woman told The Associated Press that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present on Monday — and threw out the old one.

The next day, she said, she remembered that she had hidden her life savings inside the old mattress. "I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened," said the Tel Aviv woman, who asked not to be identified.

She went to look for the mattress, but it had already been hauled away by garbage collectors, she said. Searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.
She said the money was in U.S. dollars and Israeli shekels. She refused to say how she acquired such a large sum. "It was all my money in the world," she said. There was no way to verify her claims, and she refused to disclose key details.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he was not familiar with the case and no report had been filed.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman searching through garbage at a dump in southern Israel. The picture shows the woman, dressed in a white top and black pants with her back to the camera, picking through a huge pile of trash that fills the frame about 10 feet (3 meters) in all directions.

Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told Army Radio that his staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared "totally desperate." He said the mattress was hard to find among the 2,500 tons of garbage that arrives at the site every day.

He said he increased security at the site to keep would-be treasure hunters away.
The woman said the money had been stashed in a mattress because she had had "traumatic experiences with banks" in the past. She would not elaborate.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009




Today is National Feed the Ducks Day

Today is National Nursing Assistants Day and the beginning of National Nursing Assistants Week.

Today is National German Chocolate Cake Day.

Today is American Idol Day. The TV show debuted on Fox on this date in 2002. First American Idol was Kelly Clarkson.

The annual 4-day Superman Celebration begins today in Metropolis, Illinois

The late French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was born on this date in 1910. Tonight my family will honor his memory at the local supermarket—and release everything in the lobster tank. Do you think Jacques first childhood game love was “Go Fish”?

Philosopher Roger Bacon died on this day in 1292. He was cremated. And when his ashes were scattered to the wind, some of them landed on a farmer's lunch. And this farmer ate the very first tomato, lettuce, and Bacon sandwich.

The Trojan War ended on this day in 1184 B.C. Helen of Troy was immortalized as the "face that launched a thousand ships." The Greeks were able to launch so many ships because, in those days, there weren't any liberals cutting the military budget.

1982: Director Steven Spielberg introduced his classic science-fiction film, "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial." The knee-high creature won the hearts of Americans with his one-syllable speech patterns. Although it didn't work for Ross Perot.

1993: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premiered.

2004: The nation said goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a televised funeral service in Washington, D.C., followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in California.


Thought for the Day. If a family has no teenager, how do they ever know when they're doing something wrong? Our son is home from college and it amazes me that we have survived for the past nine months without him being around!

This is what we are suppose tobe doing during the month of June around the house. How many of these things have you done? I actually have done a few of them..but not all!

• Clean and seal decks. Ideally, you'll need three consecutive warm, sunny days. On day one, dry out the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck on the second day and let it dry 24 hours. On the third day, apply deck sealer.
• Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean chimneys. Doing this task now instead of the fall allows plenty of time for repairs before the next heating season. It's also easier to schedule a sweep. Learn more...
• Wash the exterior of your house, using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Beware of the pressure washers -- they are powerful enough to force water under the siding where it may encourage mildew and rot.
• Caulk exterior joints around window and doors. Learn more about caulking and weatherstripping here.
• Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap.
• Inspect and repair or repaint all patio and deck furniture.
• Check operation of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents.


Vick Bankruptcy
A federal judge in Virginia has told Michael Vick that he has less than a month to draft a new plan for getting out of bankruptcy. The judge also told Vick he needs to come up with something other than a proposed dog-walking business.

New iPhone
Apple has unveiled a new iPhone that the company says is a perfect fit for this economy. Not only is it half the price of the old iPhone, it has a special application that shows you where you can cash your unemployment check.

Late Night Teens
A new study shows teens whose parents let them stay up after midnight have a much higher chance of being depressed or suicidal... especially those who watch Jimmy Kimmel.

Dunkin Donuts has announced a new donut flavor called, “Toffee for your Coffee.”

British singing sensation Susan Boyle will visit America next month. Have you seen this lady? When she flies into the U.S. -- it's gonna take airport security guards two hours to frisk her eyebrows.

NORMAN BRINKER has died. Few know who this man is but he changed the meaning of casual dining out.

Brinker started out as a busboy in a restaurant and eventually got involved in fast food, but decide to branch out. In 1966, with just $15-thousand, he opened the Steak & Ale, which grew into 109 restaurants, and became the model for all chain restaurants to follow, from Sizzler's to Chili's. In fact, Brinker transformed Chili's from 21 hamburger joints into a publicly traded restaurant behemoth we know today. When he retired in 2000, he had built over a thousand casual-dining restaurants. Today, his company has 17-hundred restaurants in 27 countries.

Another of his inventions: The salad bar. Brinker was 78.

June is still the big month for weddings. Some current stats, courtesy of Marie Claire magazine:

• The average age of marriage for American women — currently 27 — has been rising steadily since the 1950s. And the average American engagement has stretched to 16 months (up from 11 months in 1990.)
• Some 2.3 million marriage licenses are issued every year in the US. And there's been a 300 percent increase in the number of marriage licenses issued annually in Las Vegas since 1970.
• 44-thousand weddings are held every weekend in the US.
• 75 percent of women in the US are married by the age of 30.
• While 27 is the average age of marriage for women in the US, for women in the UK, it's 33, and in India it's 20.

Casting continues without letup on the movie remake of the 1980s series, "The A-Team."
BRADLEY COOPER will likely be Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck and today we find out LIAM NEESON may head up the team as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith. Still no word on who'll be cast as "Howling Mad" Murdock and "B.A." ("Bad Attitude") Baracus.

Are you part of the latest rage — Twitter quitters! Thousands of people have called it quits on “tweets” because they say it takes up too much of their time and it is senseless and people are mean! I did hear yesterday that YouTube is thinking about combining efforts with Facebook and Twitter. What will they call the site: You guessed it: YOU TWIT FACE!

Survey says: American s Are Not Getting Enough Sleep
Terrific — another study says we're not getting enough sleep. This one also says we might be getting too much sleep.

Researchers at a big sleep conference in Illinois say less than seven hours is bad for you but more than nine is also bad. Why would you sleep that much? It might be that it's a red flag for some other underlying condition — physical, like sleep apnea; or mental, like depression; or you might be taking too many medications.

Why are you sleeping less? The study blames late night TV watching.

Signs you're not getting enough sleep):
• You're so fatigued, you get winded chewing gum
• Your typical lunch: coffee grounds on whole wheat
• A certain morning radio program is starting to sound entertaining

R2-D2 In the Kitchen!

TOKYO (Reuters) - They've got ones that clean, and others that pour drinks, so it was only a matter of time before Japanese inventors came up with robots that can cook.

Various prototype robo-chefs showed off their cooking skills at the International Food Machinery and Technology Expo in Tokyo this week, flipping "okonomiyaki" Japanese pancakes, serving sushi and slicing vegetables.

"We all know that robots can be very useful. We want to take that utility out of the factory so that they can be used elsewhere," said Narito Hosomi, president of Toyo Riki, manufacturers of the pancake-cooking robot.

Japan has one of the world's fastest aging societies and experts say robots can help care for the growing number of elderly, and fill in for the lack of young people willing to take on jobs as chefs, cleaners or caretakers.

Masanori Hirano of Kyoto-based robot lab Squse, which came up with an android sushi waiter, said robots could help manage the stress associated with fine dining establishments.

"If a human does this job, it can be stressful. And if so, they can leave the work to the robot," he said.

Japan is home to almost half the world's 800,000 industrial robots and expects the industry to expand to $10 billion.

Tomio Sugiura, president of Sugiura Kikai Sekkei, which manufactured the vegetable-slicing robot, saw a robot in every home in the near future.

"Nowadays, almost every family has a car. In the near future, every family would be having a humanoid robot that can help out various things at home," he said.

Monday, June 8, 2009




Don't forget, June is Dairy Month

Today is Donald Duck Day, marking the cartoon duck’s debut on this day in 1934 as a bit player in the Walt Disney cartoon "The Little Wise Hen." Donald's girlfriend Daisy Duck has been waiting since 1935 for Donald to propose marriage. Daisy is a very loyal, patient, dumb duck.

In 1938 Donald's sister Dumbella gave him custody of her three sons: Huey, Louie, and Dewey.

Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.

Today is National Cuddle Up Day.

Today is Profess Your Love Day.

On this day in 1877, writer Samuel Clemens confessed he stole the name "Mark Twain" from a New Orleans Picayune reporter who had been dead 14 years. Clemens said, "Since has had no further use for the name, I laid violent hands upon it without asking permission of the remains."


Stimulus Success

The White House now says that 600,000 jobs have already been created by the economic stimulus plan... most of thos jobs are going to people who are working to shut down GM and Chrysler's factories and dealerships. But hey, a job is a job, right?

Space travel makes you ugly.

A scientist in the UK believes that long-distance space travel will leave us short, fat and bald. Astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartness says that living without gravity would cause space travellers' bones and muscles not to develop properly, leaving them stunted and weak. Meanwhile, the lack of effort needed to move around in low gravity and a temperature-controlled environment would mean that "future spacemen and women are likely to become pretty chubby."

Apparently, there have been a lot of Americans traveling to space secretly,. Hmmm

100 Year Old Woman Gets A McDonald’s Birthday Party!

A Michigan woman has celebrated her 100th birthday at the same eatery she's visited regularly for the past 15 years -- McDonald's.

Georgia Boynton stopped last week at the restaurant in Brighton for her customary hamburger and coffee. Instead, she got a surprise party with cake and balloons.
Restaurant manager Irene Burelle said that when staffers realized last year that Boynton was 99 they decided to do something special for her next birthday.

They made sure family members would bring her in for her birthday last Wednesday.
Boynton told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus that she doesn't feel 100 years old. She said her longevity secret is loving her family and being happy.

Brighton is about 35 miles northwest of Detroit.

Ten Used Cars That Seem To Last Forever

With the economy in the tank and more folks looking for these used diamonds in the rough, we compiled the following list of 'forever cars' from research, reviews from places like Edmunds and Consumer Reports, fun little anecdotes, and even our own personal experience. It's far from scientific, but neither is picking a used car. In fact it's still relatively a crap shoot, and no model carries an absolute guarantee of everlasting life, but here's a few that seem to beat the odds more than others.

1. Subaru Wagon
2. Ford F150
3. Volvos and Saab
4. Lexus
5. Toyota Four Runner and Tacoma
6. Honda Accord
7. Mitsubishi Endeavor
8. Toyota Corrola and Camry
9. BMW – 3 series
10. Prius

Women Thought Captain Crunch “Crunchberries” were Real Fruit. Now She’s Mad they aren’t!

SACRAMENTO, CA - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a California woman who claimed she was deceived into buying Cap'n Crunch cereal during a four-year period because she thought "Crunch Berries" were real fruit.

Janine Sugawara filed a class-action suit last June against Quaker's parent company PepsiCo, seeking full restitution of all money gained through misleading labelling and a court order forcing Quaker to provide public notice of the true composition of Crunch Berries.

In his order dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Morrison England, Jr. said "a reasonable consumer would have understood the product packaging to expressly warrant only that the product contained sweetened corn and oat cereal, which it did."

"As far as this court has been been made aware, there is no such fruit (Crunch Berries) growing in the wild or occurring naturally in any part of the world," England wrote.

In his dismissal order dated May 20, England pointed out San Diego lawyer Harold Hewell, who represents Sugawara, filed a similar suit against Fruit Loops cereal, which was also thrown out of court.

Hewell filed a new motion this week seeking an August hearing for the judge to reconsider the dismissal. Apparently, they want to consult with the Keebler Elves first.

Pastor T D Jakes’ Home Has A Natural Gas Explosion

FORT WORTH, Texas — Authorities say they are investigating a natural gas explosion at the Fort Worth, Texas, home of megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes.

Fort Worth fire spokesman Lt. Kent Worley says the blast Sunday in the sunroom of the home appears to have been an accident. Authorities say no one was injured and there was no fire. The sunroom was heavily damaged.

Jakes is pastor of The Potter's House, a Dallas megachurch.

Stronger, Faster iPhone To Hit Stores June 19th

Apple announces new version that it says is faster than current 3G
New phone will be sold starting June 19 for $199 and $299, with contract
The announcement comes at a developers conference in California
Apple exec Steve Jobs was reportedly not in attendance at the event

The 3GS has a new camera that shoots video and zooms. A touch-screen feature also lets iPhone photographers tap the area of the photo they would like to put into focus.

The 3GS features a similar look to the current iPhone, complete with a sleek rectangular shape and a large touch screen.

Something else getting a lot of buzz was the Find My iPhone feature, which will be available only for customers of Mobile Me, an Apple service that lets users sync e-mail and other data between computers and iPhones.

If you lose your phone, Mobile Me will display a Google Map that shows where your iPhone is, as long as it's turned on. You can then send a message to the phone, and it will sound an alarm, alerting nearby people to save it for you. If you think you've lost the phone permanently, you can remotely wipe all your data; if you find your missing phone later, you can plug it into iTunes and restore all your data.

New Website: www.HowIGotLaidOff.com

You got laid off and now you're unemployed -- so are 14.5 million other people.

Several of Greg McGunagle's family and friends were among these laid-off workers. He started hearing horror stories about how they were let go and began to notice a trend: Few companies are good at executing layoffs.

"So many companies are just awful at [the actual execution of] the layoff.

Businesses are trying to survive, so there are also a lot of terrible stories surrounding severance and benefits," McGunagle says. "I thought people likely [had] a very difficult story to tell. Wouldn't it be great to create a forum for people to tell their layoff story?"

And so the idea of HowIGotLaidOff.com was born. The site joins the ranks of many other unemployment blogs as a place where people can go to cope with being jobless and share their woes with others in the same position.

"[It] gives people a place to vent and share their story about being laid off. It also lets people know that there are others out there going through the same thing [or] in some cases, much worse," McGunagle says.

Sunday, June 7, 2009




Today is Upsy Daisy Day, a time to get up gloriously, gratefully, and gleefully, today and every day. In other words, wake up today and say “Good morning Lord” and not “Good Lord, it’s morning.”

Today is National Best Friends Day. So happy best friends day to Angie, Vickie, Tracy and Diane!

And for you food lovers:

Today is National Jelly Doughnut Day.
Today is National Taco Day.

On this day in 1869 Ives McGaffey of Chicago patented the vacuum cleaner, which became America's most popular dirt collector until the first supermarket tabloids were published.

The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough weekend with three losses to the Colorado Rockies this past weekend. The will try again tonight.

Celebrate this Father's Day with a game of catch at Busch Stadium!

On Sunday, June 21st, fans of all ages have the opportunity to treat their Dad to the ultimate BIG LEAGUE experience - playing catch on the field at Busch Stadium with a ballpark lunch in the Cardinals Club.

Tickets are just $150/person and include:
50 minutes of catch-time in the outfield of Busch Stadium
Photo opportunity in the Cardinals Dugout
Chance to run the bases (weather permitting)
An official Major League baseball
A commemorative t-shirt
Lunch in the Cardinals Club immediately following catch time


The IRS says that John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign owes over $800,000 in back taxes. I guess that explains the long face.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is celebrating a birthday today. She was born on this day in 1925. I feel sorry for first ladies. I know they get to live at the White House, but they miss out on life's greatest pleasures, like browsing at Wal-Mart and saving 20% on Tres Semme Shampoo.

It’s being reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is in the process of deciding who’s going to be his successor, and the most likely person is his youngest son Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un says he’s excited, but he realizes he’s got some awfully big women’s sunglasses to fill.

It's NBA Finals President Obama is said to be monitoring the situation . . . He said he hopes both sides will act with restraint and, of course, work towards peace.

A 23-year-old rancher whose family has fallen behind in their taxes and recently had a mobile home repossessed claimed a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot on Friday, one of the largest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history. Neal Wanless, who lives on his family's 320-acre ranch near Mission, S.D., bought the winning ticket in the nearby town of Winner late last month during a trip to buy livestock feed. He will take home $88.5 million in a lump sum payment after taxes are deducted.

I want you to know that if I ever win the Powerball that I will continue to come into the radio station to do my radio show. Because I am committed to being here for you. I call this my "vow of commitment." My friends calls it "stupid."

Father's Day:

Suck it up, Pop: just like Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day will be bringing fewer bucks to retailers than last year. The National Retail Federation reports people who are buying gifts will spend an average of $90.89 this year, down from $94.54 last June.

"Gift givers will be looking into items that dad can enjoy with the whole family," the NRF predicts in Marketing Daily. "Retailers will offer specials on new grill sets, sporting and gardening equipment and even electronics as the holiday rolls around."

Clinic in Virginia Offering Free Botox Injections to the Unemployed

Botox, which paralyzes facial muscles to make lines fade, is the No. 1 minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 5 million treatments were done last year.

Shannon Ginnan, a doctor at the clinic, said his patients are primarily women, but include people of various ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. He said it's important for anyone seeking a Botox treatment to have realistic expectations.

Deep skin wrinkles, for instance, will not disappear completely. Some people also experience slight bruising after receiving injections. The cost of a single treatment can vary from $300 to $500, according to Reveal. Results typically last four to six months.

Job recruiter Laura Baker said doing well on a job interview, regardless of age, is all about exuding confidence.

"It's important when you're feeling down to treat yourself, to get a pick-me-up," said Baker, who works with the headhunting company Friends & Company.

"Whether it's Botox or something else, it's that fresh approach you need."

Wal-Mart Will Create 22,000 Jobs in 2009..No Botox Treatment Required!

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opens about 150 new or expanded stores in the U.S. in 2009, the company expects to hire about 22,000 people for new positions.

Those positions include plenty of cashiers and stock clerks, but the world's largest retailer will also be adding store managers, pharmacists and personnel workers
"During this difficult economic time, we're proud to be able to create quality jobs for thousands of Americans this year," Castro-Wright said.

Earlier this year, the company shared more than $2 billion with its workers through bonuses, profit sharing and payments into the company 401(k) plan.

Wal-Mart has more than 2.1 million employees in the U.S. and abroad. The company had sales last fiscal year of $401 billion.

Or if you would like a job somewhere else….check out Hired! On Facebook

Music is A Vitamin for the Brain!

"All neurological conditions affect the throat because it has so many muscles," says Sarah Benton, another choir member with multiple sclerosis. "So singing, which makes you lift up your body and expand your lungs, is perfect for neurological diseases."

Music therapy has provided obvious social, mental and physical benefits for its members, there is a growing body of clinical evidence suggesting that music can play a key role in aiding recovery or helping sufferers cope with a broad range of brain-based conditions.

The power of music to enhance moods and emotions has long been harnessed by psychologists, but, as Dr. Lauren Stewart, director of a recently established course in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths University of London told CNN, "recent advances in neuroscience and brain imaging technology are now radically transforming conventional music therapy into a more rigorous and research-based clinical

“UP” No. 1 At the Box Office Again This Weekend!

Two live-action comedies have been unable to bring down the animated adventure "Up."
According to studio estimates Sunday, Disney and Pixar Animation's "Up" reeled in $44.2 million in ticket sales to remain on top of the box office for the second weekend in a row.

The Warner Bros. bachelor-bash comedy "The Hangover" came in a close second with a $43.3 million debut.

Will Ferrell's action comedy for Universal, "Land of the Lost," had to settle for a distant third with a $19.5 million opening.

"Up" is the first movie of Hollywood's busy summer season to take the No. 1 spot at the box office for two straight weekends.

The Amazing new “GREEN” Pizza Box!

Incorporated is marketing its first product, the Green Box, a pizza box manufactured from 100% recycled material. The top of the Green Box breaks down into convenient serving plates, eliminating the need for disposable plates. The bottom of the Green Box converts easily into a handy storage container, eliminating the need for plastic wrap, tin foil, or plastic bags.

Watch a demonstration video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQBjJjpkjl0

Thursday, June 4, 2009




Today is Frost Your Hair Day, a day for people who have never frosted their hair either to do it or to proclaim yourself a hair chicken.

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Today is National Cheese Day. Roquefort cheese was discovered near Roquefort, France, on this day in the year 1070. Roquefort residents were delighted to find out it wasn't their feet that smelled so bad.

Two years ago today The #1 Christian Hit was "Praise You in This Storm" by Casting Crowns.

On this date in 1783 the first untethered flight of a hot-air balloon was demonstrated. To picture this, just try to imagine (Rush Limbaugh) hang-gliding.

On this day in 1937 the world's first grocery carts appeared in Oklahoma City. Humpty Dumpty owner Sylvan Goldman made the carts by adding wheels and baskets to folding chairs. Today, over 50 million shopping carts are in use, most of them stalled in the express line. And the rest rolling toward your car in the parking lot.


President Obama is set to give a major address in Cairo, assuring the world's Muslims that they have more in common with Americans than they realize.

President Obama says his address will seek to repair a "damaged U.S. image" in the Muslim world. But it's not clear if the U.S. image was damaged before or after 9/11, the USS Cole attack, the Khobar Towers bombing, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, the Beirut Marine base attack, the Berlin disco bombing...

President Obama says his address will seek to repair a "damaged U.S. image" in the Muslim world. He specifically wants to apologize for all the money we've spent on their oil, making their leaders too rich over the last 60 years.

Here's some news: Despite opposition from the public, President Obama says he’s determined to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. To make sure Guantanamo Bay closes, Obama said the new warden will be the CEO of General Motors.

GM is looking for more bailout money. I think I speak for all Americans when I say, "You want more money? Wait here — let me talk to my manager."

Cavs Chinese Sale
The Cleveland Cavaliers are selling a 15% stake in the team to China... unfortunately Lebron James owes the other 85% of the team that actually makes any money.

Tiger Stadium Demolition
The city of Detroit has decided to demolish the last remaining sections of Tiger Stadium... but since the stadium was part of the UAW, it will still have to pay its retirement benefits and healthcare insurance.

Last night was the third ”Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” The good news is, anything that runs this long on NBC is considered a smash hit.

The Dalai Lama gave $100,000 to a college in Florida. How come he has that kind of money? Well -- not many people know this -- the Dalai Lama makes a million dollars a year as a sheet model.

Last month scientists announced they created a glow-in-the-dark dog. This week, scientists in Japan announced they have created luminous monkeys. Friends, if this trend continues, I predict it will become almost impossible to find a dark room to sit in.

The nightly competition show originates from the Costa Rican jungle, with semi-famous people competing for food, supplies and money for their favorite charities. But most of the action is bickering and eating bugs. Actor Stephen Baldwin, pro wrestler Torrie Wilson and former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) are among the show's 11 rivals. "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" continues for the next four weeks.

The Hidden Secrets of Those On-Line Quizzes
You can have a ball taking online quizzes on Facebook and other sites, but here are some things you should know before you do.

These quizzes are about far more than providing users with enlightening or entertaining information.

While Web quizzes may be fun to take, they're also a powerful tool for companies to collect your data and even your money -- and often in ways you might not notice.

We'll get to the spooky stuff in a moment, but let's start with the simplest method of quiz-based marketing: advertising. The very nature of a typical online quiz requires you to divulge all sorts of details about yourself. Those tidbits of info are like nuggets of gold for advertisers craving a way to connect with you.

"The big trend is about engagement," says Debra Aho Williamson, a senior analyst with eMarketer. "These quizzes are getting people to pay attention to ads."

Paying attention, it seems, is almost a requirement: Aside from being carefully targeted at your interests, the ads are often in-your-face and impossible to avoid
Some online quizzes will surprise you with required payments or purchases before you can access your results. While the requirement may be in the fine print somewhere, it's often not in a place you'd easily notice before beginning the process.

That's exactly the scenario I found at Test-IQ.com, a quiz advertised on Facebook. The site's home page makes no mention of a fee -- you'd have to click to the privacy policy and read to the bottom to discover the $7 charge. Other sites, such as IQ-Test-Results.com, slip in recurring monthly fees for registered users.

Message sent Up In Balloon Answered By God…sort of!
When Bailey Pinto tied a letter to God to a helium balloon and sent it flying into the sky, he hoped but never dreamed the Almighty would write him back.

Bailey, 11, of Brantford, Ont., asked God in the letter what it was like in heaven and whether miracles happen. Bailey's father, Paul, has served in Kosovo and Bosnia with the Canadian Forces and the boy is worried because his father is expected to join a unit in Afghanistan next March.

While God never replied, a Brampton criminal lawyer did, and their unlikely paths have created an experience neither will forget.

It was actually Gary Batasar's wife who found the mysterious letter inside a zip-lock bag on the driveway of their Brampton home earlier this month.

"It was such a touching letter that I knew I had to try to give him a reply that he deserved," said Batasar, who has defended drug dealers and killers.

It has been three weeks since the students sent their letters into the air but Bailey is the only one to receive a reply.

In his return letter, Batasar told Bailey he wasn't an authority on God but tried to answer him the way he thought God would reply.

He said heaven was a "wonderful place" filled with love, life and laughter, where children play, families reunite and adults love each other regardless of religion, ethnic origin, class or skin colour.

He also said it was unfortunate people don't always get along on earth, where wars are fuelled by hate, greed and differences.

"It makes no sense," Batasar wrote, suggesting things could be different if people could read Bailey's letter. "They would feel ashamed of themselves that a child of your tender age has more sense than they do."

Pinto, 38, has been with the army for 14 years and is a reservist posted in Cambridge. He had been based in Petawawa but moved back to his hometown last August to take some time to be a full-time single father.

Bailey's teacher, Andy O'Brien, has been having his students send letters into the sky for more than a decade, although most have been hellos, not questions to God. Once, when he was teaching in Oshawa, a reply came back from an international school in Panama.

"Nothing like this," O'Brien said. "I know everybody, the entire staff, was touched."

Oprah Is DeThroned
Angelina Jolie has been named the most powerful celebrity in the world, forcing Oprah Winfrey off the top spot and into second.

Women took the top four places on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List, with pop stars Madonna and Beyonce coming close behind Jolie and Winfrey.

The top place male, US golfer Tiger Woods, came in fifth.

Americans know their Bible. Yes, about 71.8 million people in the U.S. read the sacred text every week, according to a national survey. The poll, conducted by the Barna Group, found that 47% of Americans delve weekly into the Good Book for inspiration, insight or education. Furthermore, 91% of American homes own a Bible while the average household boasts a library of four Bibles, researchers say. Nearly 2000 years after Jesus walked the earth, Americans still buy about 25 million Bibles a year more than a best selling Harry Potter book. What are some Bible bloopers you’ve encountered? My son came home once from Sunday school asking me about the “fairy darts” and what they were. Turned out they were reading from the book of James about how our shield of faith quenches FIERY darts…not fairy darts. He was happy to know that.

Monday, June 1, 2009




To help us celebrate this special day here are a few jokes!

Q: What do you get if you cross a pig with a dinosaur?
A: Jurassic Pork!

Q: What kind of dinosaur can you ride in a rodeo?
A: A Bronco-saurus!

Q: What kind of materials do dinosaurs use for the floor of their homes?
A: Rep Tiles

Q: What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with fireworks?



Today is National Rocky Road Day.

Today is National Dinosaur Day.

The P.T. Barnum Circus began its first U.S. tour on this day in 1835.

Actor Jerry Mathers, television’s Beaver Cleaver, was born on this day in 1948. The Beaver now a geezer the AARP.

On this day in 1896 Guglielmo Marconi received the first patent for broadcasting by means of electro-magnetic waves. I tried that once, but every time I waved I almost fell off the tower. Guglielmo Marconi, made it possible for us radio people to made big money and live high on the pig. Heck, thanks to radio, I'm rich -- My DVD player is paid off and I can afford all the Beanie Weenies I want.

On this date in 1933 a heated swimming pool was installed in the White House. President Obama asked that the swimming pool be swapped out for a basketball court. I think, to suit my style, if I wqere the president I would ask that it be a HUGE deep fryer!

Today is National Leave the Office Earlier Day, a day for pros to work harder, finish quicker, and get home early to spend more time with their families.

June is Fireworks Safety Month, the time to decide if you’d rather lose your fingers, your sight, or your hearing.

June is Fight the Filthy Fly Month. Flies are filthy because they have filthy little feet, with a constant supply of sticky stuff oozing out between their toes. The sticky stuff allows the filthy fly to walk on your ceiling, and lets him pick up every filthy germ he steps on -- just before he jogs through your strawberry shortcake.


Congratulations to all of the graduates of 2009.m Lots of graduations in Missouri over this past weekend. The trouble with most commencement ceremonies is that they seem almost as long as your senior year.

I'll never forget the thrill of accepting my diploma and looking out at the faces of those who made it all possible: my mother, my brother and sister ... my truant officer....

Father Watches Three Sons Graduate From His Post in Iraq

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Kyle, Corey and Sean Cooke, brothers and triplets, graduated from Whitewater High School in Fayette County Friday night, and like the other graduates there, their parents were watching with beaming pride.

The big difference is that their father was watching from nearly 7,000 miles away at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

Air Force Captain William Cooke is stationed in Iraq, and asked the faculty at Whitewater High if there was any way he could see the ceremonies so that he could watch his boys graduate. Staff at Whitewater contacted 11Alive.

Staffers from 11Alive News huddled with NBC News and came up with a unique way for Capt. Cooke to be able to watch the graduation ceremony. 11Alive streamed the ceremony live on 11Alive.com, and carried a live stream of Capt. Cooke watching from Baghdad.

The logistical challenges were not only a matter of technology, but also of time.
"It's 7:00 for you, it's 3:00 in the morning for them; so this is a bit of an all-nighter for them," said NBC Southern Regional Director Danny Noa.

Noa, based in Atlanta, worked with the NBC News bureau in Baghdad to arrange for live images of Capt. Cooke watching the ceremony live to be sent back to the United States.

"They're going to where he is, and then you guys have the task of making sure the video is getting streamed back to him," Noa said.

11Alive.com was the staging area for the entire production. One side of the front page of 11Alive.com carried the ceremony live from Fayette County, while the other side carried live images of Capt. Cooke at Camp Victory.

"I grew up watching WXIA. They're simply fantastic," Capt. Cooke said while watching the video feed on 11Alive.com.

Capt. Cooke stood up when the National Anthem was played at the outdoor ceremony on the Whitewater football field, with the stands packed with family and friends. Cooke simply beamed when the Anthem was concluded with an Air Force flyover of the football field.

Hundreds of 11Alive viewers watched on 11Alive.com as the boys walked across the stage to get their diplomas, and as a beaming Capt. Cooke watched from Iraq.

Corey, Kyle and Sean knew their dad was watching from Camp Victory, but the big surprise for the boys was that once they walked across the stage to get their diplomas, they were able to come over to 11Alive's camera position and along with 11Alive's Chris Sweigart and Matt Pearl, actually talk with Capt. Cooke in Baghdad.

"I'm so proud of you boys," Capt. Cooke said, while wiping his eyes, a huge smile of pride on his face.

"We love you, Dad," the boys said, while watching their father on the screen.

"How bout these 11Alive guys putting this together? They're great," Capt. Cooke said to the boys.

After all of the Whitewater graduates passed across the stage, an image of Capt. Cooke watching the ceremony via satellite was displayed on the large screen facing the assembled masses. The appreciative crowd responded with a standing ovation.

As the graduation ceremony came to a close, the new graduates tossed their caps high into the air as fireworks boomed across the football field overhead.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, not only for Kyle, Corey and Sean, but for their father, who despite being away in service to the nation, was able to be there for his boys.


Conan Officially Takes Over the Tonight Show People have been askin gJay Leno, “What are you gonna do after your last show? Are you going on vacation?” Jay said, he was going to a secluded spot where no one could find him…NBC prime time.

Climate Killers II
A new report by an environmental group claims that global warming is killing 300,000 people each year... most of them were crazed environmentalists who scared themselves to death.

More Red Ink
Because of all the stimulus packages and bailouts, U.S. taxpayers are now on the hook for an extra $55,000 in federal debt per household. The government hopes to pay us back by making the average price of a new Chrysler $55,000.

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. GM stock is pretty low now. How low is it? Lets just say if you have GM stock you have a good fire starter for your Summer barbeques.

The president of Iran is denying he tried to ban Facebook in his country. In Iran, there's a nasty punishment if you misbehave on the Internet. They chop off your mouse clicking finger.

Donald Trump has closed his magazine. It was called -- surprise -- "Trump". It was a magazine for men who want to be like Donald. At its peak it had seven subscribers.

Hurricane season officially begins today. Forecasters agree this season will be an average year for storm development. Weather experts call for anywhere from between four and seven hurricanes to form over the next six months.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA recently talked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about the country's storm-readiness. Obama has urged those living in hurricane-prone areas to take personal responsibility by stocking up on canned food and water, rather than rely on government assistance after a disaster strikes.

Hurricanes are extremely concerned this season that they be subject to government take-over.

Missouri Church Revival Service Gets Preacher a Ticket
Goodman, Mo. -

A tent revival is causing controversy just outside the city limits.

Word & Spirit Family Outreach, located on Highway C west of Highway 59, started setting up for revival services on May 16 and that’s when the McDonald County Sheriff’s Department started getting complaints.

During the last Tuesday’s evening service, Pastor Duane Barnett was issued a ticket for disturbing the peace.

McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson said the ticket was unfortunate, but his deputies had four consecutive nights with calls about the noise.

“I had two signed complaints so the deputies had to do what they had to do,” Evenson said. “Nobody wants to write a preacher a ticket.”

Barnett said the church has held large events before. An October festival held last fall had attendance of 200 people and went past the 9:30 p.m. close for the revival service.

Barnett said the services will go on regardless.

“I might have a pile of tickets when it is over, but we’re going to have revival,” Barnett said.
Jim Shelton, evangelist for the services, said he feels the conflict is that some folks just don’t want to hear the gospel.

“That is what it’s all about is getting people saved and delivered, covered by the blood of Christ and the enemy just don’t like it,” Shelton said.

During Tuesday evening’s service Shelton was on the stage when the sheriff’s department showed up.

“I was in the process of closing the service when the sheriff came on our side of the street and then several of the other people from the other side of the street came out hollering,” Shelton said.

The neighbors from across the street shouted that they were ready to sign a petition to shut the church down, according to Shelton. He says he is doing his best to keep his focus on the spiritual realm.

They have decided to extend the revival services “until God says stop.”

What Does The GM Bankruptcy Mean for Us?

General Motors' potential bankruptcy filing is sure to prompt questions for the millions of consumers who own GM vehicles or for folks who are thinking about buying a new GM car or truck. Here are some questions and answers about how the filing could affect you:

Q: Will my car's warranty still be honored?
A: Yes, and extended warranties as well, says Steve Harris, General Motors' vice president of global communications. In addition to the company's backing, they have the federal government standing behind them. The government's Warranty Commitment Plan was announced in March to reassure buyers of General Motors and Chrysler vehicles that warranty claims would be honored during the companies' restructuring.

Q: What about my GMAC car loan?
A: Keep paying it. Nothing changes.

Q: Does a GM bankruptcy mean it now will be harder to obtain a loan on a car through GMAC?
A: The government invested $7.5 billion in financing arm GMAC about two weeks ago, in part to help it keep making loans on GM vehicles as well as on Chrysler vehicles.
As a result, says Harris, GMAC loans should be as available as ever. GMAC spokeswoman Gina Proia declined to comment until after the GM filing.

Q: Will I get a better deal buying a GM car after GM's bankruptcy filing?
A: You should wait a little. The deals will sweeten as the year wears on, advises Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com. That's because GM is seeking to cut 1,550 dealers, and the process will become easier with a bankruptcy filing.

Dealers GM wants to cut now have franchise agreements that run through October 2010, giving them plenty of time to unwind inventory (compared with the 789 Chrysler dealers facing the ax by June 9).

But federal bankruptcy judges have wide latitude to override state dealer franchise protections if the company wants to shed the dealers sooner.

"It would be good to wait several weeks before you buy," Reed says.

Even at dealers scheduled to close, as shown by Chrysler's example, don't expect fire-sale deals on the most popular models, such as the GMC Acadia crossover.

The better deals to come will be on 2009 leftovers, not-so-hot stock and discontinued models.

Q: Will I still be able to find dealer service for my current or new GM vehicle?
A: Yes, but you may have to drive a little farther to get it as the dealer network is consolidated. Harris was quick to point out, however, that even with the reduction in dealers, GM still will be in more towns and have more than twice the total dealers than Toyota has.

Q: If GM discontinues my car or truck model, will I still be able get parts for it?
A: This is not a much greater worry than for most vehicles from most makers — and it would be years down the road in any case.

The federal government requires that stocks of parts be maintained on models at least during their warranty period. Some states also have specific laws requiring product parts inventories for a set number of years.

GM models that will be discontinued also share a lot of parts with models scheduled to roll on, particularly the powertrain and electronics components that would be most critical.

The federal government has been bailing out major parts suppliers to GM and Chrysler, which will help ensure availability.

And since GM was the world's biggest automaker until last year, the sheer size of its production means aftermarket parts suppliers would have much incentive to fill in any gaps for many years to come.

Q: Will my car's resale value plunge because of bankruptcy or closing of the brand?
A: It'll fall some, but it is questionable by how much.

ALG, or Auto Lease Guide, recently subtracted another 6 percentage points from the predicted residual values of 3-year-old Chrysler vehicles because of its bankruptcy filing.

But ALG's major competitor, Kelley Blue Book, doesn't see a major impact.

"Despite the common perception that the resale will fall off a cliff if GM files for bankruptcy, the reality is that it won't have a catastrophic effect on resale values," says KBB analyst Jack Nerad. "Our experience with the cancellation of the Oldsmobile and Plymouth brands demonstrated that the resale value might take a small hit but nothing very dramatic."

New Swimsuit Fabric Eleimnates Tan Lines
LONDON, May 30 (UPI) -- A new swimsuit material that lets 80 percent of the sun penetrate to the skin could contribute to deadly forms of skin cancer, British health experts said.

The material, meant to eliminate tan-lines, has thousands of microscopic holes in the fabric that make it transparent, said John Walker, who owns Kiniki, the maker of the Tan Through fabric.

When looked at, the material appears solid because of abstract patterns and prints that confuse the eye, Walker said.

Walker's company warns wearers of Tan Through to be vigilant in applying sunscreen under the material. Health experts, however, said many wearers likely will be less than judicious in protecting tender skin, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

"We recommend UV protected clothing and this is the very opposite," said Richard Clifford, a spokesman for the Karen Clifford Skin cancer charity.

“Up” Does Well At The Box Office On It’s Opening Weekend
Hollywood planned a 2nd straight weekend friendly for family filmgoers who have pent-up demand, and it was a wild success with the two top family films placing #1 and #2 With 20% of K-through-12 kids out of school Friday, Pixar/Disney's 10th pic and first 3-D movie, Up, was able to get a jump on the domestic box office with busy matinees from 1,534 3-D theaters -- a record -- and a total of 3,766 theatres total.


You Knew It Was Coming…Looks Like It’s Really Going To Happen
Octomom Realtiy Show and Book Deal
Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets born Jan. 26, has inked a deal with the British production company Eyeworks, which plans to begin filming a reality TV series based on the controversial single mother and her 14 children.

"I'm really excited about moving forward with this," Suleman tells PEOPLE.

Suleman's attorney Jeff Czech calls the series a "quasi-reality" show, explaining that instead of having a dozen cameramen tromping around her house 24 hours a day, film crews will only document select milestones, such as birthdays and other special events.

"Nadya knows she has to do something," says Czech. "But she doesn't want the constant filming because she feels that would be taking advantage of her kids. She's trying to find the middle ground and feels this approach will work best."

At this time, Eyeworks has yet to sell Suleman's proposed shows to any TV networks in the U.S., and is currently planning on airing her programs on British TV, then bringing the shows to America. Czech also insists that his client doesn't want her series to resemble Jon and Kate Gosselin's show.

"She's been watching them a bit lately and thinks it's boring," says Czech.

This week Suleman also finalized a deal with ghostwriter Wendy Leigh – who recently wrote Life with My Sister Madonna with Christopher Ciccone – to pen her autobiography.

"Of all her projects, this is the one she's most excited about," says Czech. "She's really looking forward to telling her story and speaking out about how she was raised, how her children are feeling, what they are asking about and things about the donor dad."

Top 10 Things You Don't Want to Hear during VBS

10. There’s a minor problem with the air conditioning. We should get it fixed by Friday.
9. We’re running low on refreshments, so we fed the kids chocolate candy and Mountain Dew.
8. Can you come and talk to the first graders? They've been crying ever since this morning’s lesson on the lake of fire.
7. Using a hammer is too difficult for our fourth graders, so they're using a nail gun to build their bird houses.
6. What time were the children supposed to be back from the field trip to the maximum security prison?
5. Can you help for a few minutes with the four-year-olds? A couple of the teachers left the room screaming.
4. No one told us they were permanent markers.
3. We thought paper towels would be okay since we were out of toilet paper.
2. Our substitute pianist doesn’t know the sit down or stand up chords, but he’s memorized a lot of Broadway show tunes.
1. My teachers and I thought this would be a good time to tell the kids that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy are really messengers of Satan.
Source: Gerry Peak (Lifeway.com)


Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my sanity to keep.
For if some peace I do not find,
I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind.
I pray I find a little quiet
Far from the daily family riot
May I lie back--not have to think
about what they're stuffing down the sink,
or who they're with, or where they're at
and what they're doing to the cat.
I pray for time all to myself
(did something just fall off a shelf?)
To cuddle in my nice, soft bed
(Oh no, another goldfish--dead!)
Some silent moments for goodness sake
(Did I just hear a window break?)
And that I need not cook or clean--
(well heck, I've got the right to dream)
Yes now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my wits about me keep,
But as I look around I know--
I must have lost them long ago!
Posted by Ken Sapp on June 6