Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Here is more evidence that network news is mostly style rather than substance. Or perhaps it's just Katie's way of staying in shape. Either way, the question remains: Can we really take her seriously? I don't think I can.

I'm really beginning to think you should have to pass a basic IQ test to serve on a jury. Twelve idiots awarded a 21-year-old college student $179,001 when he sued a mattress manufacturer for not warning him that falling out of bed could be dangerous. He put a mattress up on a six-foot platform, and when he fell out of bed he dislocated his shoulder. I'm surprised he didn't try to sue Isaac Newton for discovering the law of gravity. At least the New Jersey Appellate Court reversed the decision, proving that not everyone in Jersey is mentally deficient.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I've gotta say, if Boulder doesn't replace their DA next time she's up for re-election, they deserve everything they've gotten so far. I may be way off, but it seems to me, in a high profile murder case you should hold back some of the details in order to sort out the false confessions from the viable suspects. But not Mary Lacy.
The prosecutor in the JonBenet Ramsey case Tuesday defended her decision to bring John Mark Karr halfway around the world to Colorado for investigation, saying it was difficult to separate fact from fantasy in his lurid account because every detail of the slaying is public knowledge.
I don't think they'll ever convict anyone in this case.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Well, now, isn't this interesting:
Prosecutors decided not to charge John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, his lawyers said Monday after a TV station reported that the schoolteacher's DNA failed to match genetic material on the 6-year-old girl's body.
Can you believe it? After all the fuss and pomp & circumstance surrounding his arrest, flying him back from Thailand, all the press tied up on this non-story. Don't get me wrong; I don't like Karr. He gives me the creeps. But this is an outrage. He should sue the maniac district attorney who's been shooting her mouth off for the past week for false arrest. They apparently had no case to begin with. She should be run out of town on a rail.

It's nice to know that Americans don't have a lock on crazy. This woman makes us all look relatively sane.
The woman, identified only be her surname, Li, said her dog "was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive," according to Xinhua.

"She thought she would let the dog 'have a try' while she operated the accelerator and brake," the report said. "They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car."
Thank God nobody was injured.

If you're gonna be near Branson, Missouri between August 31 and September 10, check out the annual Silver Dollar City Southern Gospel Picnic Festival.
Presenting gospel music 7 days a week for 11 straight days, performers range from the traditional to the contemporary including Grammy nominees and Dove Award winners The Crabb Family, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The McKameys, The Kingsmen and The Perrys.

Southern Gospel Nights literally envelop a star-studded stage with an outdoor presentation each evening in Echo Hollow Amphitheater. Performers include The Florida Boys of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Grammy nominees Dixie Melody Boys and Dove Award winners Gold City.
And if that wasn't good enough (it would be for me), there's gonna be some great food as well.
In honor of another southern tradition, the festival presents The House of Chicken & Fixin’s featuring Applewood Smoked Chicken with all the picnic-style fixings such as fried green tomatoes, fried apples and au gratin potatoes. An array of desserts will complete the picnic with a variety of pies and cakes that are long-time favorites at church socials and family reunions.
My mouth's watering now. I may have to cook dinner early tonight.

This week's Carnival of Recipes hosted by The Common Room. Go. Cook. Eat.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

That's it for tonight, boys and girls. It's been an eventful day, and I'm kinda beat. The younger granddaughter had to go to the hospital today, because she swallowed half a marble (!) and it didn't go all the way down. About half way to the hospital the marble dislodged and she finished swallowing it. Now we're all waiting for the grand opening, when the marble completes its journey. Nothing like an adrenaline rush to get you through the day.

You know you've been touring with your rock band far too long when you have to keep an oxygen tank in the wings to get you through the set.

If you want a good laugh, here's the list of what soft drink you should want according to your horoscope. Silly, of course, but it did hit the mark in a couple of cases for my family. I'm sure my younger sister would go for the "smart water", since she's into that healthy junk. In my case, everybody knows I'm a Coke addict. The liquid, not the powder. But it was definitely wrong on Sir Mugley; no way is he a Yoo Hoo lover.

Here's the latest accessory for the woman who has more money than she needs: The Puppy Purse.

Friday, August 25, 2006

You may have noticed I've added a PayPal Donation button to my blog. If you like what you read, and have won the lottery recently, toss a couple of bucks in there, please. If you don't want to, that's fine, too. It's there strictly for your convenience, and my pleasure. Follow your heart.

They've got a really good police dog in Oxnard, California. But he might need some lessons in telling the good guys from the bad guys:
Police Chief Pat Miller learned first hand that the law has teeth: Oxnard police dog Beemer thought he was taking a bite out of crime when he chomped down on the chief's leg.

How many adults reading this have ever fooled around in the back seat of a car? Most, I imagine. Even married couples do it, sometimes just to be different. But if you live in Oregon, Heaven help you if you get caught.
Couple number one has been married for five years. He is 35 and she is 30/ Couple number two has been married for two years. He is 21 and she is 23. Couple number three have been married for seven years. He is 40 and she is 37.

They were all caught in a public parking area of Bush Park having sex.
You're thinking, no big deal, right? Give them a ticket, and send them home, right? Wrong.
In each case, both the men and women have to attend and complete a sex offender treatment program, take polygraphs, and are not to consume alcohol or do drugs.

However, only the men have to register as sex offenders, the women do not.
Did you get that? These husbands are now considered sex offenders for having sex with their wives. If the punishment already listed above wasn't enough, Oregon takes it way over the line with this:
One of the women has the couple's two kids, her husband cannot have contact with the kids until the treatment provider determines his past and current sexual history.
This is just ridiculous. You people who live in Oregon better get with your lawmakers and get this fixed. Either that, or just have everyone sign up as a sex offender and be done with it. I'm glad they don't do that here. That particular activity gave us our son. Of course, we didn't get caught by the police; just by my mother. But that's a whole other story.

How about this as a reminder of the bad old days?
Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.
This was outrageous, to say the least. I don't blame the parents for being upset. In my opinion the bus driver should be fired, and steps taken to make sure someone with her attitude is never hired again. That should be the end of it. But it isn't.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is considering filing a formal charge with the U.S. Department of Justice. NAACP District Vice President James Panell, of Shreveport, said he would apprise Justice attorneys of the situation this week. He's considering asking for an investigation into the bus incident and other aspects of the school system's operations, including pupil-teacher ratio as it relates to the numbers of white and black children, along with a breakdown of the numbers of black and white teachers employed.

"If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else," Panell said in a phone interview from New Orleans. "At this point, it is extremely alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?"
To me, this is way over-reacting to the situation. One racist idiot does not merit a Justice Department investigation. It looks like the NAACP is just trying to get some headlines here. Perhaps they're feeling forgotten and have to get their name out there in the limelight. But they should stay out of it. The families of the students involved and the school will work things out just fine without them, I'm sure.

This story absolutely cracked me up:
Cows have regional accents, a group of British farmers claims, and phonetics experts say the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds.
If this is true, then I guess cows in the South say, "Moo, y'all", cows in the northern dairy states would say, "Moo, eh?", and cows in Texas would say, "Moo, pilgrim." I don't think so.

You Are 16% Healthy

Your diet is freakishly unhealthy. It's amazing you're still alive! Stop subsisting on white bread and candy - and consider eating a vegetable once in a while.
How Healthy Is Your Diet?

Here is a quick poll to take regarding who you think would be acceptable or unacceptable for President in 2008, as well as who your first choice would be. Please participate, because it's open to everyone, from ultraconservatives to "lefty trolls".

Thursday, August 24, 2006

You Are 70% Psychic

You are pretty psychic. While you aren't Miss Cleo, you've got a little ESP going on. And although you're sometimes off on your predictions... You're more often right than wrong So go with your instincts - you know more than you think
Are You Psychic?

I knew that.

I should have posted this on my birthday:
Your Birthdate: August 19

You are resilient, and no doubt your resilience has already been tested. You've had some difficult experiences in your life, but you are wise from them. Having had to grow up quickly, you tend to discount the advice of others. You tend to be a loner, having learned that the only person you can depend on is yourself.

Your strength: Well developed stability and confidence
Your weakness: Suspicion of others
Your power color: Eggplant
Your power symbol: Spade
Your power month: October
What Does Your Birth Date Mean?
I'm not so sure about the eggplant, but it's pretty close.

This really just irritates the life out of me. Hillary Clinton has decided to hold up renewal of the Ryan White Act, which provided funds for HIV/AIDS, because her state didn't get as much as she thought it should. So screw everybody else, right? But that doesn't seem to be the only factor floating here. Some other states lost a little funding as well, and those states could be crucial to her gaining the nomination for President. Here's hoping she angered enough people with this stunt to cost her any hope for the Presidency. You don't play with people's lives just to get elected. That's just wrong. And she should be punished for it.

You know, when I went to sleep last night, we had nine planets in our solar system. Who gave this group of astronomers the right to demote Pluto? Besides Earth, Pluto was my favorite planet. But just like Pluto at Disneyland, the planet Pluto (and it will remain a planet to me) gets no respect. I say we keep Pluto as a planet, and demote Mercury. After all, nobody's ever gonna go there.

A man named Ben Cort must be in need of some new guardian angels.
Cort, from Westminster, was climbing an area called Lamb's Slide, which is known for its icy and rocky terrain.

When Cort was at the top, he lost his footing and fell some 800 feet.
Reaching speeds of up to 40 mph, he remained conscious the entire time. I'm sure he needed new britches when he finished falling. He really wasn't hurt as bad as you'd think he would have been.

This guy must have a really, really scary mom:
Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn't want her to know he'd packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said.
Law enforcement officials were not amused.

This is confusing. Right after all the hype for Stargate SG-1's 200th episode, Sci-Fi Channel decides to cancel the program. But all hope is not lost. MGM is looking for a new home for the 10-year-old series, which is great by the way. I'm looking forward to that 200th show (out here in the sticks we only get it in syndication). So one of you networks out there needs to grab this show. It still has a lot of life left in it.

And while we're on television, so to speak, "24" has added yet another cast member to the upcoming season. His name is Michael Angarano, who played Jack's son on Will and Grace.

As much television as I watch, and that's a lot, you'd think I'd have heard of the controversy surrounding the upcoming season of Survivor. Well, I hadn't, but it should prove interesting. The groups are going to be divided by race. I wonder if they're trying to start a minor war here. Personally, I don't think they'll succeed. Here is a brief look at this season's cast.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Have you ever wondered how our current President compares with some of the Presidents of yesteryear? Well, I hadn't until I saw this on AOL. Here are the highest ratings of the past nine Presidents:
9. Nixon 67%
8. Reagan 68%
7. Ford 71%
6. Clinton 73%
5. Carter 75%
4. Johnson 79%
3. Kennedy 83%
2. George H.W. Bush 89%
1. George W. Bush 90%
Of course, this won't change anyone's opinion of President Bush, but I thought it was interesting.

It's no secret that Albert Pujols is one of the stars of the Saint Louis Cardinals. But how good is he really? Washington University students wanted to find out, so they gave him the same scientific tests given to Babe Ruth when he was 26 to see how they compared. The results were surprising.
For one test, White put a piece of paper in front of Pujols. Capital letters were strewn about the page. White told Pujols to locate and cross out all of the As.

White realized she'd never seen anyone scan the page the way Pujols did. Most people scan a page left to right, the way they do when they read. Pujols visually divided the page into sectors and searched each one briefly for the letters before moving on to the next sector. When he'd searched all sectors, he returned to the first and started over. It took him four rounds and a minute to complete the task.

"I've never seen anyone scan that way, but it would be important on the baseball field," White said, noting the skill would allow Pujols to scan the field and know where everyone is without missing any action.

In another test, Pujols replicated 133 symbols in a minute - a testament to Pujols' hand-eye coordination. The test makers don't even list a score that high.

In a test of finger-tapping speed, Pujols tapped at 2.4 standard deviations faster than average - placing him in the 99th percentile.

"It just doesn't get any better than that," White said.

In fact, Pujols popped the screw right out of the finger tapper. He was contrite, even fixed the machine, tightening the screw with a fingernail.
What a guy! I think we'll keep him around for a while.

The Chicago city council has banned foie gras, a pate made from goose or duck liver, claiming the birds are force-fed to make their livers larger. So let me get this straight. They are going to save the birds by stopping the enlargement of their livers, so the people who produce the pate are going to have to kill more and more birds to get the same amount of liver. Yeah, that'll help.

Some idiot thought it would be funny to release two diamondback rattlesnakes at a theater showing the movie "Snakes on a Plane". The article calls it a prank. I call it reckless endangerment which should be prosecuted.

It's not enough to have to worry about gangs of young males or females roaming the streets of our country, now you have to worry about psycho killer raccoons. I love that headline.

Mark at WitNit has written a novel, and posted it online for your edification. Give it a read and let him know how much you liked it. You know you'll like it, right? Of course you do. It's called The Satan Maneuver.

Here is a little something to help those of you who miss having "24" on every week.

Monday, August 21, 2006

If you are a blogger, or know one, check out this posting and get involved in the 2,996 Project for 9/11. I'm going to.

The man in this story is a real moron. He calls in a report of a tree on fire, just to get the firemen to come get his stupid cat out of a tree. He knew they wouldn't come otherwise. So when they declined his request, he got mad and started shooting at them. Let's hope he gets the therapy he's apparently needed for some time now.

This week we have the "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" edition of the Carnival of Recipes. Enjoy!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Hi, gang. I'm taking a few days off in honor of my "golden" birthday (see previous post), so I'm counting on you all to come back on Monday to see if I survived. I'm actually not doing anything special, it's too blasted hot to go out. I'm planning on working on my family genealogy this weekend. So while I'm gone, check out the ads on the sidebar and visit the great folks on the blogroll. If I can do it, so can you. Besides, every time you click on the ads, that's a penny or two for me. I've almost got enough for a cupcake now.

To help you pass the time while I'm gone, here are a few stories to keep you going:

A study by the Pew Hispanic Center claims that the influx of immigrants doesn't hurt the U.S. job market. Click here.

A woman is suing 20th Century Fox for royalties from the 1960's TV series Batman. Click here.

A woman is suing JC Penney after she lost a fight with a mannequin. Click here.

Finally, a man was trapped for hours in a waist deep vat of chocolate, and didn't enjoy it. Go figure. Click here.

See ya Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

This is just pathetic:
Kevin Holder's rap sheet is 43 pages long, dating back to 1980, and he just got another entry — his 226th arrest. Police say they caught him Sunday morning after a brief chase and found burglar tools in his possession.
There's no excuse for this man not being in prison. Have the Nebraska authorities never heard the term "career criminal"? After about the 100th arrest, you think they'd get the idea this guy is not gonna change.

I was glad to hear they finally made an arrest in the JonBenet Ramsey case. It's too bad they couldn't have done it before Patsy died. I think it would be great if the authorities publicly apologized to JonBenet's family for the pain and suffering they went through at the hands of the police and district attorney. I'm not holding my breath for that one, though.

You'd never catch a dog being this pretentious:
This cool cat has traded in his catnip for some bling. Sebastian, a one-year-old Persian with long black hair, sports gold crowns on his two bottom canines, which grew sticking out from his lips in an underbite similar to a bulldog's.
I can't begin to express my feelings regarding the owner.

On Saturday I will be 50 years old. Some people might think that's old. I don't really. 50 years is considered "golden" when you're talking about anniversaries. I think we should have "golden birthdays" as well, don't you? So on Saturday I'll be golden. Yeah, that sounds better.

I found out this morning that the principal I had in high school passed away. That will also make you feel old. He was 89 years old; I would have thought he'd be older. He seemed old when I was attending that school.

This coming week is National Mental Health Care week. You can do your part
by remembering to contact at least one unstable person to show you care.
Well, my job is done...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

And now for some relatively local news:
A leisurely Sunday morning turned frightening for one southwest Missouri man when a giant sinkhole opened up and swallowed a portion of his home, including his garage and a car parked inside.
This happens occasionally in this part of the country, where a lot of mining has taken place, or in drought conditions like now, the water tables are depleted. This particular sinkhole is about 75 feet deep. As of this morning, the house is about half gone.

Katie Couric is really kinda full of herself, isn't she?
During nearly every stop of her six-city "listening tour" this summer, Katie Couric said viewers told her they wanted the network evening news to be an hour instead of just 30 minutes.
Why would you give them twice as much time to tell you nothing? I quit watching the Today show because of her "skills" as an interviewer; I'd be hard pressed to watch her as a "newsperson".

In The Headlights brings us this week's edition of Carnival of Recipes, featuring (drumroll, please)... BBQ!! My mouth's watering already.

How's this for wacky?
As a mortgage broker in Arizona, Francesca Cisneros is used to working with big numbers. It's the double-digit speed limits she has trouble with.

Cisneros racked up 70 speeding tickets in the last five months, a record for the Scottsdale Police Department, police said on Friday.
Oh, but it gets better:
Police said Cisneros said she threw her speeding tickets away because she thought nothing could happen to her if she didn't pay them.

Clark said Cisneros faces some $11,000 in fines and could have her license suspended.
She shouldn't even be allowed to own a car, let alone drive one. Suspended, indeed.

Wouldn't this be considered cheating?
New Orleans quarterback Adrian McPherson went to the locker room early in the third quarter after a golf cart ridden by the Titans' mascot hit him at the end of halftime Saturday night.
New Orleans went on to win 19-16, so I guess it didn't do any good. Someone ought to talk to that mascot, though.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I hope you all noticed that the Terror Alert on the right side of the page has changed. It's not just Bert anymore; here's the breakdown:
1. Red - Elmo: pertains to flights from the UK
2. Orange - Ernie: pertains to all other commercial flights
3. Yellow - Bert: pertains to everything else.
It's too bad we can't get back to the blue and green levels from before 9/11, but some factions in this world just aren't happy unless they're at war. Amazingly enough, almost all of them are Muslim fascists.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A good example of doing the right thing, even if it takes a few years:
William Fogarty doesn't understand the fuss. He just forgot to pay a parking ticket. When he finally realized it, the 86-year-old retiree made good and mailed in a money order, to pay a $1 ticket he got 60 years ago.
He may be slow, but he always pays his debts.

Say what you want about our airlines in this country, but this doesn't usually happen here:
A jet owned by leading Brazilian airline TAM landed safely on Tuesday after one of its doors fell off and crashed to earth next to a supermarket shortly after departure from Sao Paulo.
Perhaps they should issue parachutes upon entering the planes.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

This guy reallly went out with a bang:
A Brazilian man died Tuesday when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer in a mechanical workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Some people really are too stupid to live.

I guess when it's your time to go, nothing is gonna prevent it. This story is a prime example:
A father of two beat cancer only to catch the deadly Legionnaires' disease from a dirty hospital shower head, an inquest heard yesterday.

Daryl Eyles, 37, died the day he was due to be discharged from hospital after months of treatment for leukaemia.

I've got a birthday coming up later this month, and sometimes it's hard not to think about getting old. You watch celebrities from television and the movies dying off almost weekly, people you've seen all your life, such as Mike Douglas, who died Friday on his 81st birthday. If that wasn't enough, you hear stories of people you've always thought of as a child experiencing events that mean they're getting old, too. For example, little Opie Taylor, also known as Ron Howard, will always be a child. And yet, in a few short months, little Opie is going to become a grandfather. Makes you want to get your cane and hearing aid ready.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Looks like it's gonna be Jim Talent vs. Claire McCaskill for Missouri Senator this fall. Talent took 88% of the vote against four competitors, while McCaskill received 79% against one other campaigner. It's gonna be interesting. They will be debating on Meet the Press in October.

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Every year they have a wonderful selection of Broadway performances for those of us who can't travel to New York. This coming season will be no exception. We'll be treated to the following:
The Rock and The Rabbi - October 5-8, 2006
A lively musical about the lives of Peter and Jesus.

Hairspray - January 19-21, 2007
Musical that won 8 Tony Awards with wonderful songs and dance numbers.

I Can't Stop Loving You - March 9-11, 2007
The always fabulous music of the legendary Ray Charles.

The Producers - May 18-20, 2007
Winner of 12 Tony Awards. Probably one of the best productions in Broadway history.
All in all, a great lineup this year. And that's just the Broadway series of programs. They also have many other performances. So, if anybody wants to buy me any tickets to these performances, I'd be happy to accept them. And if any of my family wants to go see these performances, I'd be happy to accompany them. This public service announcement has been brought to you by my greed.

This story hasn't made a big splash in the news, for some reason:
Eleven Egyptian students who were supposed to travel to a Montana university after flying to JFK airport late last month disappeared in New York, spurring federal authorities to issue a nationwide alert, officials said yesterday.
The students - who were traveling with six classmates from Mansoura University in Egypt - had their student visas revoked for failing to show up at Montana State University in Bozeman, the officials said.

The other six students made it to the college.
There may very well be a good reason for these eleven students disappearing into the fabric of our lives, but for the life of me I can't think of one. Anyway, all police departments have been put on alert to find these people. If you see them, give the cops a call. I'm sure they'll appreciate the help.

There's a man in New York named in this story who is a fool. Now I'm sure he's not the only fool in New York, but this one decided to keep a 450-pound tiger in his apartment. This tiger mauled said fool, naturally. Then he doubled his fool quotient by suing the city for going into his apartment and collecting the tiger without his permission. Of course, the judge threw it out of court.

If you get a phone call from a company offering you an EMT Alert card in case you're unable to communicate with emergency responders, you should know that the authorities in Texas and here in Missouri consider this a scam designed to prey on the fears of the elderly. To get the card, you're required to fork over $300. You could probably accomplish the same thing if you keep your health information on your person at all times. Then you could use the $300 to pay for other things, like medicine to keep you healthy.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's nice to know our nation isn't the only one that loses important stuff:
Russian criminal police are trying to track down two huge safes containing classified documents that had been removed from its offices by mistake as scrap metal, Kommersant daily newspaper reported Monday.

A scientist in Germany is working on an "anti-stupidity" pill, according to Bild newspaper.
It said Hans-Hilger Ropers, director at Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, has tested a pill thwarting hyperactivity in certain brain nerve cells, helping stabilize short-term memory and improve attentiveness.
So far he's eliminated short-term memory loss in mice and fruit flies. What I want to know is why? Do we really need smarter mice and fruit flies? Test the pills on liberals; they need them more than mice and fruit flies.

A massage therapist in Minnesota could lose her license for having sex with her husband.
Her husband, Kirk Fjellman, is a former client. He saw her professionally from October 2000 to May 2002, and the two say they started dating in July 2002. But when they consumated the relationship a few months later, they ran afoul of a Minnesota law that bans massage therapists from having sexual relations with former clients for two years.
I'm sorry, but two years seems a bit excessive to me. It doesn't always take that long to find your soulmate. I know it didn't for Sir Mugley and me. We dated for two months, were engaged for two months then married, and that has lasted a good long while. As a matter of fact, in September we'll be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. That's one decision I'll never regret.

Okay, time to break out all the old jokes about cops and doughnuts. Here we go again:
A stolen truck full of doughnuts? Better believe Tri-Cities police were on that in a hurry. Moments after the theft of the Viera's Bakery van was reported early Friday in Kennewick, police issued an all-points bulletin.

A Benton County sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the truck. After a chase at 30 to 35 mph, Richland police got it to stop and arrested the driver, Steve Swoboda, 19, for investigation of auto theft and felony escape.

Still intact was the entire load of glazed, sugar and cream doughnuts, as well as apple fritters, bear claws.
What could I possibly add to that?

From Chaos to Serendipity is this week's host for a special back-to-school edition of the Carnival of Recipes.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Since it's kind of a slow "news" day here at casa de grandma, I thought I'd share a few of today's Bonehead of the Day Awards:

1. A kid in Brooklyn sends white powder to the police with a note, saying "Catch me if you can." This moron put his return address on the envelope. Click here.

2. Reuters released a photo of great damage done in Beirut by Israel. But something about the photo was amiss. The same burning building appears twice in the picture and the smoke swirls are identical in several sections, something that is physically
impossible. Reuters now admits the photo was fake.Click here to read the story. Click here to see the photo.
There are many more to be found at the Bonehead of the Day website.

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like to buy some cyanide." The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?" The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband." The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not!You CANNOT have any cyanide!" The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife. The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now. That's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."


1.The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
2.The trees are whistling for the dogs.
3.The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
4.Hot water now comes out of both taps.
5.You can make sun tea instantly.
6.You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron!
7.The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
8.You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
9.You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
10.You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
11.You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a..m.
12.Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
13.You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
14.The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
15.Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs
16.The cows are giving evaporated milk.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The website Divester is having their very first photo contest. They narrowed the entries from 1200 to 10. Now it's up to you to choose. It won't be easy, though; there are some great photos there.

Now this is the kind of granny I wanna be when I get old:
Not even triple-bypass surgery has kept Rita Roherty from the shotgun shooting that has been her life's passion. The 82-year-old great-grandmother underwent surgery last year, and then recovered to win a bronze medal in the women's shooting division of the Badger State Games in June.

She hit 91 of 100 clay pigeons to take third place in the competition, three years after winning the gold.
Go, granny, go!

I've had a bad birthday or two in my time, but never anything like this:
Enjoying a relaxing 54th birthday in the yard, Mike Colwell went to move the sprinkler, backing up momentarily to avoid the spray, toward a horseshoe pit with a 1-inch-thick rusty steel stake.

"My two heels hit the back wall of the pit. The next thing I know, this thing just tore through me," Colwell said.

As he fell on the stake, it pierced into his buttocks, fractured his pelvis, and came within a millimeter of his iliac artery, which carries blood to the body's lower extremities.
When the guy said he wanted a steak for dinner, I don't think this is what he had in mind, do you?

This poor little guy. Once a proud guard dog, now he ain't nothin' but a hound dog:
A guard dog has ripped apart a collection of rare teddy bears, including one once owned by Elvis Presley, during a rampage at a children's museum.
I guess he'll have to move into Heartbreak Hotel. Sorry. I'm kinda tired.

I have a few quick prayer requests for those of you who pray:

1. Marine Corporal Phillip Baucus, nephew of Senator Max Baucus, was killed in action in Iraq. Please remember this family, as well as all the families who have lost loved ones in this battle for our freedom.

2. Remember all who are suffering during this heat wave. Many don't have air conditioning. If you have a neighbor without air conditioning, please check on them. Especially the elderly. Perhaps offer to take them somewhere so they can cool off for a while. Too many have died already.

3. A personal request. My son has an opportunity to gain custody of his eldest son, whom he hasn't seen for seven years, since he was one. The child's mother has had a run-in with Child Protective Services. Please pray that things go smoothly for them all, not only the father and child, but the other children who would be gaining a brother, as well as my daughter-in-law, who would be tasked with blending the family into a cohesive unit.

Thanks to you all for these prayers. I can't tell you how much they mean to me.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Don't you just love webcams? National Geographic has set up webcams at McNeil River Falls so you can watch grizzly bears fishing for salmon. How wonderful is that?

The 103rd edition of Carnival of Recipes is brought to you this week by Men in Aprons.

I only wish this had been me:
Electrician Michael Hoskins is not averse to browsing when he drops off trash at the Route 41 dump bin, and a recent visit rewarded his curiosity. Hoskins said he discovered a 188-year-old King James Bible. Now he's fending off offers approaching $1,000 for the find.
Mr. Hoskins, don't sell the Bible. In my opinion, that would just be wrong. You're not supposed to make a profit from something like that. It belongs in a museum. There's a lovely Bible Museum in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I'm sure they'd love to add it to their collection. However, you should have taken the rest of the books as well:
His discovery early in July was found amid boxes of literary works on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. He returned the next day to retrieve them.

"All of the books were gone, and the containers had already been sent to the landfill. So that's where the Bible would have ended up had it not been saved," Hoskins said.
Truly sad that those books are lost forever.

I'm gonna make these posts short, cause I'm still getting well. I just didn't want to leave you guys hanging any longer.

But first, I'm gonna get something off my mind. I'm really getting cheesed about this Mel Gibson crap. C'mon, people. This is such a petty story that's getting blown all out of proportion. Now ABC has dropped the miniseries about the Holocaust that he was developing with them. They claim it was because they hadn't received the script. I call BS on that. It was strictly due to the arrest.

First off, we don't know what happened. Not really. We do know he was drunk as a skunk and said some very stupid things. We don't know why or what prompted him to do that. He has apologized, and begun treatment for his alcoholism. But apparently that's not good enough.

I actually heard someone say on the radio that since he was drunk he was probably saying what he really meant. Really? If that's the case, there's a lot of men who've been drunk and said some really stupid things that they should have to own up to. If drunks are so freakin' reliable, why are they such bad witnesses at trials?

As I said, he has apologized. Repeatedly. But he's still getting slammed. This story was actually the lead story on several network news programs, even though Fidel Castro had loosened his grip on Cuba, if only temporarily. There's a war going on in several nations at this moment in time. But Mel's drunken statements were more important. Give me a break!

Let's let it go, people. It's over. Let it die as it should have. You're not raggin' on that guy in Seattle who actually shot six Jewish women, killing some of them. But if he's said something nasty to them, it would have incurred your wrath??

Don't even think I'm anti-Semitic. I'm not. I'm very Pro-Israel. But right now, these tirades again Gibson are hurting the cause more than helping. You're over-reacting. Just let it go.

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