Friday, October 19, 2007

Fort Worth Police Department's John TV

"The Purpose of this website is to provide public awareness of prostitution-related offenses and indecent exposure-public lewdness.
The City of Fort Worth strives to combat crime and protect neighborhoods. Our goal is to provide public awareness of criminal activity to deter criminals and to alert the public.
Individuals pictured on this site were arrested in the City of Fort Worth for prostitution-related charges and/or for indecent exposure-public lewdness.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law. The final disposition of the individual cases is not displayed. Please contact the local District Attorney's office to inquire about the disposition."

Wow! I would imagine, for some odd reason, that these guys are pretty pissed that their pictures are plastered for all the world to see. Shouldn't be dipping your stick where it doesn't belong.

Shorty's Birthday

Tomorrow is Shorty's 2nd birthday party. I've been cleaning this house like a mad woman. Today, I have to get stitches out of my mouth - lovely. Then we will be picking up my mother and driving to my seester's house in Weatherford. Then we're going to go get Shorty's pictures made. It's a tradition my seester started last year for Shorty's birthday.

I washed the curtains in the living room this week and totally ruined them. That's probably the reason why I had only washed them, like, once before in my life (for fear that I might ruin them.) No, I think it was just laziness on my part. Hey, at least I'm honest.

I went to Penney's to buy some new curtains and the lady that worked there tried her best to help me. I told her I didn't take measurements of the width of the curtains because I didn't know where to measure them - at the top, in the middle, or at the bottom because each of those measurements would be different. So she tells me, you measure them in the middle. I call Papa Rooster and tell him to measure the curtains in the middle. He does and says the measurement is 4 feet. The JCP lady says, there's no way. You must measure them from the top then. Papa Rooster has to call me back for that measurement because Shorty had done something that required his immediate and undivided attention (I think she opened a drawer in her bedroom or something - which, of course, to me is not the end of the world, but Papa Rooster has a hard time dealing with watching Shorty and doing any other kind of task at the same time!) He calls back and gives me the measurement and the JCP lady says, there's no way.

I proceed to tell her that I had counted the number of pleats at the top of the curtain, and could she figure out what size I needed by that. She says, sure. I tell her how many I counted and she goes in the back and brings me two packages of curtains (for the two windows that needed them). I say, Thank God, and pay for them and then get the hell out of there.

I get home, open them up and they would fit on a window in Barbie's Dream House. What the hell was this lady thinking? Anyway, I've got to take them back and get something else and I hope like hell the salesperson knows a little bit more about curtains than the last one did. This time I'm measuring the freakin curtain rods before I go. I'll try not to get cheeky with them.
(Can you tell I've been watching "How Clean Is Your House"? It's been giving me motivation to get up off my bo-bo.)

Designer Pet - A Hairless Guinea Pig

A bizarre breed of guinea pig that was created for laboratory testing more than 30 years ago has become the latest designer pet. The skinny-pig has no hair on its body except for tufts on its face and feet.

They eat three times the amount of a normal hairy pig and their dry skin requires moisturising. But animal lovers are willing to pay up to $300 for a Hairless Guinea Pig.

The Presurfer: Designer Pet - A Hairless Guinea Pig

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Why Guy & Background Man

I absolutely love the Why Guy and Background Man. I never really cared for Why Guy when I watched the news, but for some reason or another, his video blog cracks me the hell up. I could sit and watch them all day. Here's a link to his blog: Mike Castellucci |

And here's a link to one of his posts:

Mirror Prank

A restroom, a mirror, and a young woman putting on make-up. Only the mirror is not a real mirror, but a sheet of glass.

The restroom on the other side is exactly the same but build in reflection. And the young lady is not alone, on the other side of the sheet of glass is her twin sister.

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I just wanted to take a second and say a big, ol' huge THANK YOU to everyone who makes a comment on my posts. It really makes me smile.

I started this blog really because I got tired of forwarding emails and stories I find interesting to everyone I know practically. I'm sure they were tired of getting tons of emails from me too.

Someone actually voted for my blog as the Best Parenting Blog in the Blogger's Choice Awards. I have a feeling it was my mother-in-law. You're too sweet, Martha, if it was you.'re too sweet anyway even if it wasn't you.

I get close to 100 page loads a day, which amazes me. Neatorama or Lifehacker probably gets 100,000 a day or more, but that doesn't matter a hill of beans to me. I'm just glad people enjoy reading what I have to offer.

Dance Shoes for Father and Daughter

Absolutely precious. These shoes bring a tear to my eyes. I'm such a bawl-bag.

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My Little Buttercup...

Towards the end of the golf course, Larry hit his ball into the woods and found it in a patch of pretty yellow buttercups. Trying to get his ball back in play, he ended up thrashing just about every buttercup in the patch. All of a sudden ... POOF!! In a flash and puff of smoke, a little old woman appeared.

She said, "I'm Mother Nature! Do you know how long it took me to make those buttercups? Just for doing what you have done, you won't have any butter for your popcorn for the rest of your life.

"Better still, you won't have any butter for your toast for the rest of your life....

As a matter of fact, you'll never have any butter for anything for the rest of your life!!!!!" Then POOF! .. she was gone!

After Larry recovered from the shock, he hollered for his friend, "Henry, where are you?"

Henry yells back "I'm over here in the pussy willows."


Thanks, Sheri


This looks like my frontal lobe is full of poop. Then we've got some serious psychotic episodes (bipolar type) with some kind of severe nervousness disorder, followed by what only can be described as some very angry bitches, but as you can see, deep down, way back in the back of my brain, I'm really a nice person. Wow! I'm glad I didn't spend money on that MRI!! What does your noggin look like?

And look at my alter ego Half-Redneck - peace, man. Someone get me a tissue. No wonder I'm always on this damn computer.


Lows in the 40s expected next week

Wow! This is crazy!

"It may be gloomy and gray here in North Texas, but at least we don't have sandstorms like they do on the West Coast.

The AP reported Wednesday that a blinding sandstorm in L.A. caused a huge traffic pileup that left at least two people dead and 16 injured. Two of those people who were hurt are in critical condition. (Here's a video.)

In other bad West Coast weather, Tropical Storm Kiko reformed early today off Mexico's west coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move north in the next few days.

Around Tarrant County, it's supposed to be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms until late afternoon, and then it will be mostly sunny, breezy and warm. The rest of the week looks clear and pleasant on into the weekend, although rain may come back Monday, along with lows in the upper 40s Monday night."

Storm troopers: Lows in the 40s expected next week

Fort Worth's Hangman's House of Horrors on TV

"Hangman's House of Horrors hacks at Fort Worth hearts with a bloody ice pick of fear each Halloween season.

Starting Friday night, its terror spreads nationwide on the Travel Channel's America's Scariest Halloween Attractions. The program, which makes its debut at 7 p.m. and will air several times the rest of the month, features eight horrendous haunts, including two from Texas: Hangman's and Thrillvania in Terrell.

Interested in checking out Hangman's?

The attraction, at Forest Park Boulevard and Interstate 30 near downtown, is open from 7 p.m. until midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. After that, it's open nightly through Nov. 3. Sunday through Thursday hours will be 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to

Here's a fright-free bonus: Over the past 19 years, Hangman's has donated $1.4 million to local charities." | 10/18/2007 | Horror house on TV

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The World’s (Un)Luckiest Man

Is he lucky … or unlucky? You decide.


On a cold January day in 1962, a Croatian music teacher named Frane Selak was traveling from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik by train. Well, that’s where he thought he was going. Little did he know what he was actually about to embark upon a strange 40-year odyssey marked by freak accidents and near-death experiences.

The train carrying Selak in 1962 inexplicably jumped the tracks and plunged into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. Selak managed to swim back to shore, suffering hypothermia, shock, bruises, and a broken arm, but very happy to be alive.

One year later, Selak was on a plane traveling from Zagreb to Rijeka when a door blew off the plane and he was sucked out of the aircraft. A few minutes later the plane crashed; 19 people were killed. But Selak woke up in a hospital - he’d been found in a haystack and had only minor injuries.

In 1966 he was riding on a bus that went off the road and into a river. Four people were killed - but not Selak. He suffered only cuts and bruises.

In 1970 he was driving along when his car suddenly caught fire. He managed to stop and get out just before the fuel tank exploded and engulfed the car in flames.

In 1973 a faulty fuel pump sprayed gas all over the engine of another of Selak’s car while he was driving it, blowing flames through the air vents. His only injury: he lost most of his hair. His friends started calling him "Lucky."

In 1995 he was hit by a city bus in Zagreb but received only minor injuries.

In 1996 he was driving on a mountain road when he turned a corner and saw a truck coming straight at him. He drove the car through a guardrail, jumped out, landed in a tree - and watched his car explode 300 feet below.


By this time he was starting to get an international reputation for his amazing knack for survival. "You could look at it two ways," Selak said. "I am either the world’s unluckiest man or the luckiest. I prefer to believe the latter."

How does the story of Frane Selak end?

Luckily, of course. In June 2003, at the age of 74, Selak bought his first lottery ticket in 40 years … and won more than $1 million. "I am going to enjoy my life now," he said. "I feel like I have been reborn. I know God was watching over me all these years." He told reporters that he planned to buy a house, a car, and a speedboat, and to marry his girlfriend. (He’d been married four times before and reflected, "My marriages were disasters, too.")
Update: In 2004 Selak was hired to star in an Australian TV commercial for Doritos. At first he accepted the job, but then changed his mind and refused to fly to Sydney for the filming. Reason: He said he didn’t want to test his luck.

(Excerpt from Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader, a fantastic book by the Bathroom Readers’ Institute.

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How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light bulb?

Q: How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light bulb?

Woman's Answer: One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the #&%!* light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE FREAKING LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BECAUSE NO ONE EVER PICKS UP OR CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS PLACE! AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHO CHANGES

I'm sorry. What was the question?

Two Young Boys...

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?"

"Eight," the boy replied.

The man continued, "Do you know what these are used for?"

The boy replied, "Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do either one."

#1 Song on This Date in History

Find the #1 song on the day you were born, and it will make you feel really, really old.

The #1 song on my birthday was "Black & White" by Three Dog Night.
Papa Rooster: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye.
Shorty Rooster: "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx.

#1 Song on This Date in History

New Rules

I'm glad somebody came up with some new rules. These are great.

New Rule: Stop giving me that pop-up ad for! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days--mowing my lawn.

New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain?? Trout?

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.

New Rule: Stop screwing with old people. Target is introducing a redesigned pill bottle that's square, with a bigger label. And the top is now the bottom. And by the time grandpa figures out how to open it, his ass will be in the morgue. Congratulations, Target, you just solved the Social Security crisis.

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbuck's and order a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low, and one Nutra Sweet," ooh, you're a huge asshole.

New Rule: I'm not the cashier! By the time I look up from sliding my card, entering my PIN number, pressing "Enter," verifying the amount, deciding no, I don't want cash back, and pressing "Enter" again, the kid who is supposed to be ringing me up is standing there eating my Almond Joy.

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.

New Rule: Competitive eating isn't a sport. It's one of the seven deadly sins. ESPN recently televised the U.S. Open of Competitive Eating, because watching those athletes at the poker table was just too damned exciting. What's next, competitive farting??? Oh wait! They're already doing that. It's called "The Howard Stern Show."

New Rule: I don't need a bigger mega M&Ms. If I'm extra hungry for M&Ms, I'll go nuts and eat two.

New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting.

New Rule: and this one is long overdue: No more bathroom attendants. After I zip up, some guy is offering me a towel and a mint like I just had sex with George Michael. I can't even tell if he's supposed to be there, or just some freak with a fetish. I don't want to be on your web cam, dude. I just want to wash my hands.

New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to know in months. "27 Months." "He's two," will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't really care in the first place.
(I had to comment on this one. I wish I had known about this one about a year ago. I'm no math whiz and it was hard for me to add up how many months Shorty was whenever anybody would ask. I always just said, She'll be 2 in do the math.)

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Words To Live By

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change. Kiss slowly, play hard, love deeply, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything, and have no regrets. Life is too short to be anything but HAPPY.

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My Resignation as an Adult

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 5 year old again.

  • I want to go to McDonald's and think that it is a four star restaurant.
  • I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples in a pond with rocks.
  • I want to think M&M's are better than money because you can eat them.
  • I want to lie under a big oak tree and watch the ants march up its trunk.
  • I want to run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.
  • I want to go fishing and care more about catching the minnows along the shore than the big bass in the lake.
  • I want to think the world is fair.
  • I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all I knew about were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes. When I didn't know what I know now. When all I knew was to be happy because I was blissfully unaware of all the things that should make me worried.
  • I want to think that a quarter is worth more than a dollar bill because it is prettier and weighs more.
  • I want to think that everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.
  • I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things in life again.
  • I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, dreams, the imagination, the Tooth Fairy, a kiss that makes a boo-boo go away, making angels in the snow, and that my dad and G-d are the strongest people in the world.'s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and the bills, my 401K statements, my stocks and bonds, my collections, my insurance premiums, my job, my house and the payments, my e-mail address, pager, cell phone, computer, and watch. I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this with me further, you'll have to catch me
tag! You're it!

My Resignation as an Adult

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1.  Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later how to use it.

2. Just because you can drive on snow and ice does not mean we can. Just stay home the two days of the year it snows.

3. If you do run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain
will be along shortly. Don't try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

4. Don't be surprised to find movie rentals & bait in the same store.

5. Remember: "Y'all" is singular. "All y'all" is plural. "All y'all's" is plural possessive.

6. Get used to hearing, "You ain't from around here, are you?"

7. If you are yelling at the person driving 15 mph in a 55 mph zone, directly in the middle of the road, remember, many folks
learned to drive on a model of vehicle known as John Deere, and this is the proper speed and lane position for that vehicle.

8. If you hear a redneck exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this!" Stay out of his way. These are likely the last words he will ever say.

9. Get used to the phrase "It's not the heat, it's the humidity". And the collateral phrase "You call this hot? Wait'll August."

10. There are no delis. Don't ask.

11. In conversation, never put your hand on a man's shoulder when making a point, especially in a bar.

12. Chili does NOT have beans in it.

13. Brisket is not 'cooked' in an oven.

14. Don't tell us how you did it up there. Nobody cares.

15. If you think it's too hot, don't worry. It'll cool down in December.

16. We do TOO have 4 Seasons: December, January, February, and Summer!

17. A Mercedes-Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F-150 is.

18. If someone tells you "Don't worry, those peppers aren't hot" you can be certain they are.

19. If you fail to heed my warning in #18 above, be sure to have a bowl of guacamole handy. Water won't do it.

20. Rocky Mountain oysters are NOT oysters. Don't ask.

21. If someone says they're "fixin" to do something, that doesn't mean anything's broken.

22. Don't even think of ordering a strawberry daiquiri. What you really mean to say is 'Margarita.'

23. If you don't understand our passion for college and high school football, just keep your mouth shut.

24. The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but the availability of shade.

25. If you see a slower moving vehicle on a two lane road pull onto the shoulder that is called "courtesy".

26. BBQ is a food group. It does NOT mean grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors.

27. No matter what you've seen on TV, line dancing is not a popular weekend pastime.

28. "Tea" = Iced Tea. There is no other kind.

29. Everything goes better with Ranch dressing.

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Build Your Wild Self

The Bronx Zoo and Deutsch New York have launched an interactive Web site for kids called Build Your Wild Self, in which children are encouraged to create avatars of themselves, and then adding various animal parts.

I created this Ibex-rab-mon-ger-li-peacock image of myself. Kind of favors me, doesn't it?

The Presurfer: Build Your Wild Self

Bubba the mortician...

A man who just died is delivered to a Kentucky mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit. Bubba the mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. He points out that the man does look very good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives Bubba a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the viewing. To her delight she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly. She says to Bubba, 'Whatever the cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you spend?' To her astonishment, Bubba presents her with the blank check.

'Dere's no charge,' he says.

'No, really, I must pay you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am, Bubba says, 'it didn't cost me a thing'.

You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his missus if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'

'So, I just switched the heads.'


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Treat Any Soldier Care Packages

Wow! This is wonderful. What a great way to say thanks for defending our freedom!

Check this out and send these guys and girls something:
Treat Any Soldier Care Packages . . . . . .

Best Armor for Troops - What Is Dragon Skin?

What is Dragon Skin?

Dragon Skin is a revolutionary armor that currently is the best available armor. There are many sites that describe this armor in detail. It has been available since 1996 and has been constantly improved by then and currently exceeds NIJ Level IV certification, which is classified. Please check our Multimedia Section that has links to some amazing video that I would ask everyone who visits this site to watch. They show how well the Dragon Skin vest performs and how it better protects our troops.

What is the purpose of this website?

This site is to bring to light the ineffective armor that is being worn by the troops and to describe the best available armor that should be given to the troops.

For whatever reason the troops are being issued or required to purchase Interceptor OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) body armor or for the Marine Corps. this is called Modular Tactical Vest (MTV). The MTV is a marginal improvement on the OTV design and is still not the best armor available.

The US Army in Directive SOUM (Safety of Use Message) 06-017 entitled "Discontinue Use of Unauthorized Body Armor, Dragon Skin", is a directive that denies troops who have even bought this armor themselves the ability to wear it.

While the US Marine Corps. does not have a directive like this it is up to the local Marine Commander on whether their troops can wear commercially available armor, such as Dragon Skin. To the best of my knowledge there are very few commanders who have allowed the use of this revolutionary new armor.

What can you do?

After reading this information and viewing all this site has to offer I'm sure you're asking yourself "What can I do?" This is an issue that transcends Democrat, Republican, or Independent. This isn't an issue about whether you support the war or not. This is about our troops and protecting them until they come home.

We are asking that all individuals that go through this site send a link to their friends and family. Please write your Congressman or Congresswoman, your Senator, and members of the media.

We need to come together in this time of need for our troops. Will you help? I hope so. Please review this information and let's get the word our so our troops have everything they need to come home safe and sound.

Best Armor for Troops

Casual Living - Holiday 2007 Catalog - My Picks

The tradition of Santa's helper, who keeps watch for "naughty or nice" children, comes to life with this charming book set. Illustrated book comes with a 14"L plush elf to act out the story. Age 3 and up. - $29.95

Heartfelt words capture the essence of family on this decorative ceramic gift plate. 11"dia. Comes with stand. - $18.95

Charming handcrafted and painted ceramic frame holds a 5" x 7" photo. Easel back. 7 3/4"W x 5 3/4"H. - $18.95

Fabulous antique shaped mirrors are etched with lighthearted exclamations. Choose Oooh Baby; 10"W x 8"H, Fabulous or Wear That; 8"W x 10"H. Each hangs on satin ribbon hanger. Available November 15, 2007. - $19.95. I personally like the top one.

A borrowed phrase from the Land of Oz playfully makes a point on this screen printed, preshrunk cotton T-shirt. Unisex M, L, XL, XXL. USA/imported. - $17.95

Bold linen hand towels are handmade and accented with appliqued trim and a grosgrain ribbon bow. 7" x 11 1/2". Machine wash. USA. - $9.95 "We're adults. How did that happen and how do we make it stop?" "I'm like freakin' Cinderella whose Fairy Godmother never showed up!"

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Top Ten Truly Terrible Halloween Treats

10. Peanuts: Nuts are one of the most common and severe allergies kids get. Halloween’s for the sugar rush, not the Emergency Room. M&M peanuts, as much as we love them, fall into this category.

9. Mini-Lollipops: They look like candy but really they’re not. Remember it’s Halloween, not a hotel lobby or the Principals office. Dum-dums are just that. Pass them by. If you want to give lollipops, try Blow-Pops.

8. Unwrapped candy: When I was a kid some people would just drop in a handful of candy corns or something like that. Don’t be that idiot. First of all, candy corn sucks! Second, passing out unwrapped candy will only get you a visit from the Neighborhood Watch.

7. Loose Change: Look neighbor, if my little ones wanted your pennies and nickels, I’d send them by next week collecting for UNICEF or something. Spare the change and hand out some mini Kit-Kats.

6. Old People Candy: A good rule - If it looks like it belongs in a candy dish, don’t hand it out. Chocolate mints, peppermint suckers, gum drops, yeah those types of things.

5. School Supplies: Apparently there are people who give out pencils, erasers, colored markers, post it notes and the like. Shame on them. Halloween candy is found at the supermarket, not the office supply closet.

4: Religious literature: Yeah, yeah, we know Halloween has a pagan roots and such but take one day off from spreading the gospel will yeah Flanders.

3: Healthy crap: Apples. Raisins. Juice boxes. Carrots. Granola bars. Etc. I’m all for eating healthy but these are for the other 364 days of the year. Halloween is for candy. Got it. Hold your slim-good-body preaching for November 1st.

2. Sugar-free candy: Just don’t go there.
(Note: If your kids diabetic then limit him to a piece or 2 or real candy a day.)

1: A toothbrush: Nothing says “I’m an asshole" more than handing out a toothbrush. Especially if you’re the neighborhood dentist.

Oh yeah, Happy Halloween!

YesButNoButYes: Top Ten Truly Terrible Halloween Treats

Phil Harvey Riddle

Here is a pretty neat little thing from Paul Harvey. See if you can guess
the riddle at the end.

Paul Harvey Writes:

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.

I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.

We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them.

Paul Harvey RIDDLE:

When asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors.

What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you'll die?

Absolutely nothing!

Dogs In Danger believes in the power of compassion, and that Americans would do more to help and adopt shelter dogs, if only they knew how many dogs shelters were forced to euthanize. We also believe that shelters don't really want to euthanize dogs, if they had any other option. Simply put, we have chosen a path of technology as a means of connecting these scared, abandoned shelter dogs with the loving homes they deserve. As a nonprofit organization, we seek no other gain except for the happiness we see in the face of a dog as he faithfully walks out through the shelter doors, in perfect step with his loving new family.

It may be uncomfortable for some to see lists of names and photos of dogs scheduled to be euthanized, but, the truth is uncomfortable. By making it personal, we believe more people will be compelled to help these dogs. Thus refuses to present a sanitized version of the truth. Our ultimate goal is to see a day where healthy and treatable animals are no longer killed by their most trusted friends.

Dogs In Danger

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NFL Heroes

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Four Seasons In Each Picture

Absolutely gorgeous pictures here.

Linkinn - Four Seasons In Each Picture

Via: The Presurfer

Visual Aid & Audio Test

A study conducted at Bly University has indicated a direct correlation between visual/audio recognition and general intelligence in adult males and females. The theory concludes that the better a person sees and hears, the more intelligent that person is - due to the fact that information enters the brain for comprehension quicker, if only by microseconds.

The study compared adult male and female college graduates and found that males processed the information faster 63% of the time. A subsequent intellingence test revealed that the males had an average IQ approximately 11 points higher than the females tested.

Don't be scared to take the Visual and Audio Test.

Via: The Presurfer

The Office Collar

Does this have anything to do with HIPAA?

The Presurfer: The Office Collar

Candid Camera Court Reporters

The World's Best Kept Auto Secret

All I have to say is, Wow! I had no idea.

"If you look at your gas guage, you will see a small icon of a gas pump. The handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo above). It is that simple!"
CamelTap...Tapping the Internet to get you over the hump.


Daft Hands

This gets better as it goes along.

Via: Miss Cellania

Dentist claims breast rubs appropriate

Let me get on my soap box for just a minute. What the hell is this guy thinking? He cannot be serious. First of all, if massaging somebody's boob is an actual treatment for TMJ, you might want to give them a head's up that, yeah, I'm going to be massaging your that okay with you?

The dentist I went to for years who just recently retired used to brush up against mine all the time. Of course they're big...okay...they're very, very big (not by choice, people) and they're kind of in the way, but the new preppy dentist who took over his practice has never once brushed up against them, and he's done massive dental work on me. Did the brushing of my boobs offend me in any way? Obviously not. Why do you think he was my dentist for so long? That is completely, 100% a joke. If he had crossed the line at all, I would have done a lot of damage to his family jewels with the drill he had in his hand.

Let me just say this about boobs: When you've got big ones, you want little ones. And when you got little ones, you want big ones. Does this have anything to do with this story? I have no idea, but I just feel like I needed to say it.

Dentist claims breast rubs appropriate | Latest News |

Pregnancy myths uncovered

Does life as one knows it have to end when a woman becomes pregnant? With one in 33 babies born with a birth defect in the U.S., paranoia is understandable.

However, moms-to-be can take lifestyle restrictions too far.

Remember the scene in Gone with the Wind when Prissy cries, “I don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies”? Well, things have come along way since Scarlett O’Hara sent Prissy running for twine and towels.

People can now know the sex of their babies before they are born, plan their delivery dates and get up-to-date checkups on what's happening inside the womb.

Many expectant moms think they know what's best when it comes to the dos and don'ts of pregnancy, including Dorina Thomas and Valeria Conshafter.

Thomas said she is trying to make the best choices for her baby, but they're very different from when her mother was pregnant.

“My mom's a lot older," she said. "So, she's in that time where for everything, you stayed in bed. You’re pregnant, you're bedridden."

Both women said they don’t take pills for allergies, didn’t work out for months and don't drink wine or coffee.

“Women just stop living their lives, and they need to go forward and be normal,” said Dr. Frances Crites, ObGyn at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Dr. Crites has delivered a lot of babies and said what women who stop living life can actually harm their pregnancies.

“There's almost no activity that a woman cannot continue once she gets pregnant," she said. "Keep active and stay active. If they don’t, they sit around and get fat.”

That, she said, can lead to gestational diabetes and high blood pressure—and can also endanger the baby. In fact, the old adage "eating for two” requires only 300 extra calories a day for a baby.

However, many soon-to-be moms are unsure what exactly they can or cannot eat.

“It's hard to know,” Thomas said. “Can I eat this fish, can I not? I've heard salmon is good. So, I eat that.”

Some experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, even say pregnant women can eat salmon raw, suggesting the benefits outweigh the risk of e-coli and salmonella poisoning.

There is new evidence that EPA and DHA, which is the omega 3 fatty acids, actually may help in brain and eye and fetal development,” Dr. Crites said.

So, what's bad? Dr. Crites said anything over 12 ounces a week, and large, predatory fish like shark, albacore tuna and swordfish, which may harbor large amounts of mercury. Raw shellfish should also be avoided.

As long as they're pasteurized, soft cheeses can be eaten as well.

Pregnant women also face the X-ray concern.

“I don't know what I would do if I broke a bone," Taylor said. "I would maybe tough it out.”

However Dr. Crites said it can be safe.

Those pose virtually no risk at all; and the risk is the problem they're X-raying may go unattended,” she said.

So, avoiding trips to the dentist or trying to ignore pain can do more harm than good.

And while taking every precaution to take care of one's unborn child is the right idea, taking care of oneself is also very important. Experts say a woman should always ask her doctor before making a decision that -- while designed to protect her child -- could end up hurting the mom-to-be.

Caffeine is still one of the most debated topics related to pregnancy. The March of Dimes suggests one to two 8-ounce cups of coffee a day can be okay, but said no amount of alcohol has been proven safe.

Pregnancy myths uncovered | Latest News |

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The Real Stars

Ben Stein: Speaker of the truth. Buy this book.

Thanks, Tim

Original Homeland Security

Since Papa Rooster is a very proud, card-carrying Choctaw, I think he would agree with this. This is very true:

"Ask the American Indians what happens when you don't control immigration"

Thanks, Tim

Little Tikes Toys MADE IN THE USA

I thought it was cool that Little Tikes sent out an email advertising their made-in-the-USA products.


Check out this Tire Toy Box. It's $49.99 - but it's MADE IN THE USA.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Zilopop - The Stainless Steel Breath Freshening Lollipop

Bad breath? That's where the zilopop can help; the new innovative lollipop that removes all bad odors from your mouth.

Are you afraid to open your mouth after you’ve eaten garlic etc? No problem: the handy zilopop eliminates bad breath within minutes. The zilopop comes with a key band and a carabiner clip.

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VIDEOS: His Name is Matt Foley. I Think You Know Where He Lives.

I love Matt Foley. Wish he was still around.

VIDEOS: His Name is Matt Foley. I Think You Know Where He Lives. » Cool Videos at Brohans Video Blog

Men In Coats

Found at Funny Stuff Central, the Home of Funny Video Clips

Photo Booth

Found at Funny Stuff Central, the Home of Funny Video Clips

Wedding Day Honesty

Little Michael Jackson

For some reason, this video freaks me out just a little - no pun intended.

Foghorn Leghorn In Love?

I absolutely adore Foghorn Leghorn.

I Want One Of Those

This is a store in the UK. They do sell to the US.

Shipping info: "We charge a flat rate of £9.95 to the USA to ensure that you receive your goods as fast as possible and in perfect condition, we ship your orders by Air to our New York hub linking directly into the US Postal Service, and its partners.

Orders are usually despatched the same working day that we receive them, and delivery takes 3-8 days.

Unfortunately some of our products are not suitable for shipping to the U.S. Where this is the case, the product is marked with this symbol:Not for sale to the USANot for USA

This can be for one of several reasons, but is most commonly due to patent/copyright concerns, courier restrictions or compatibility issues (e.g. 110V / 240V power supplies)."

Approx USD: $44.98
Horsey Hoppers - I Want One Of Those

Approx USD: $21.51
Tape Tape Dispenser - I Want One Of Those

At human services, they need humans to answer phones

Pat Dapeer said that if The Watchdog didn't believe what she was saying, he should try for himself.

Make phone calls to the state offices that handle the food stamp program. See if anyone answers the telephone. She almost dared me.

The 66-year-old disabled Watauga woman says it's a tossup which is worse: going hungry or dealing with the food stamp bureaucracy.

Let me summarize how my telephone testing of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices went.

Ring ... ring ... ring. No answering machine of any kind on calls to a local food stamp office. Just ring ... ring ... ring.

On some other phone lines I tested, an automated voice machine answered the phone and led me through prompts. But the voice system doesn't let you go backward. If you hit a wrong button, it tells you to call again before saying, "Goodbye." On another customer-assistance line, I called a half-dozen times to hear all the choices, which usually led me to more automated voice systems or the dreaded ring ... ring ... ring.

Twice, I found human beings on the other end of an HHS phone. But these people I spoke to from HHS didn't argue when I told them of Dapeer's frustrations. They know.

"A huge problem," HHS spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said. "For years, we had high caseloads and antiquated technology and phone systems in our offices. We've been trying to undergo an effort to modernize."

The ringing phones are fallout from a major experiment in state government that nearly everyone involved calls a disaster. Texas tried to become the first state to outsource to private companies the administration of its top assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance for needy families.

The state hired a group of companies, led by technology consulting firm Accenture, for $899 million for five years to run call centers, update the department's technology systems and perform other duties. But the company's debut in several Central Texas call centers was such a disaster that state officials called the project off. By then, though, many longtime state employees had left, thinking their jobs were gone.

The results are skimpy front lines of state workers helping those needing assistance. Those who need to call these phone numbers for assistance include applicants who are denied benefits and wish to appeal, disabled people who can't travel and people like Dapeer who have questions about existing benefits.

Governing magazine published a September report on "The Struggle to Streamline" that said Texas' venture into privatization "turned into a dark comedy of bungled work; unanswered and dropped calls; applications lost, ignored and misdirected." | 10/14/2007 | At human services, they need humans to answer phones

Turn some appliances into 'going green' machines

Nowadays, we want our appliances to perform well and conserve resources. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for, and using, these new workhorses:

In most homes, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy user in the kitchen, if not the entire house.

The most efficiently designed fridges have a freezer on the bottom or top rather than on the side.

Forgoing conveniences such as through-the-door cold water and automatic ice dispensers can reduce energy usage by up to 55 percent and save you money on the purchase price as well.

Reduce the amount of power your fridge uses by positioning it away from heat sources such as ovens or dishwashers.

Most dishwashers' electricity goes to heat the water they use.

Optimize savings by running the dishwasher only when it's full.

Use the air-dry instead of the heat-dry feature.

Avoid the rinse-hold and pre-rinse options.

Choose a light or energy-saving wash cycle for dishes that are only slightly soiled.

Clothes washers
On average, your dirty duds require a staggering 40 gallons of water per load.

Front-loading units similar to those found in self-service laundries are the biggest savers.

Look for a low Water Factor and low number of kilowatt hours of electricity.

Choose a model with a high Modified Energy Factor.

Always operate machines with full loads.

Wash clothes in cold water.

If your washer has a spin option, choose high-speed or extended modes to eliminate more water from the clothes, reducing drying time. | 10/13/2007 | Turn some appliances into 'going green' machines

Momma Bear

Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table, he looks into his small bowl. It is empty. "Who's been eating my porridge?" he squeaks.

Papa Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl, and it is also empty. "Who's been eating my Porridge?" he roars.

Momma Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and yells, "For Christ's sake, how many times do we have to go through this with you idiots?

It was Momma Bear who got up first,

it was Momma Bear who woke everyone in the house,

It was Momma Bear who made the coffee,

It was Momma Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night, and put everything away,

It was Momma Bear who went out in the cold early
morning air to fetch the newspaper,

It was Momma Bear who set the damn table,

It was Momma Bear who put the friggin cat out, cleaned the litter box, and filled the cat's water and food dish, and, now that you've decided to drag your sorry bear-asses downstairs, and grace Momma Bear's kitchen with your grumpy presence, listen good, cause I'm only going to say this one more time:


Rare Bird Finds Holiday Gift Guide - AWESOME!


World’s Weirdest Moths

I took these two pictures in Texarkana because this moth freaked me out. Anyway, I think it's a Poplar Hawk Moth.

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A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel.

She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

Via: Miss Cellania

Female Heart Attacks

My mother sent me this email. I had read something the other day about female heart attacks and one of the symptoms I read that shocked me was jaw pain.

I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read:
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)

Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

I had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly &warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking,"A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

"After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.

"AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening--we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself "If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else . But, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment.

"I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in "I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like "Have you taken any medications?") but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and in to my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery "I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents "Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail?

Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand:

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one, and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation, and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false alarm" visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be.

2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS crucial!! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER or phone a friend --you're a hazard to others on the road, and so is your panicked husband or friend, who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.

3. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

4. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood pressure.) MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

To promote renewable energy, pilot flies high with ethanol

FORT WORTH -- At air shows across the country, the small red plane tumbles nose over tail, once, twice, three times, as it plummets toward the ground

Uppermost in the mind of its pilot, Greg Poe, is not how to best pull out of the maneuver he calls Newton's Folly, nor how hard the ground would feel if he crashed -- but how the exhaust no longer smells foul.

A year ago, the Boise, Idaho, native began using a new fuel for his plane: ethanol, 200-proof alcohol made from corn. Now he says his plane is running cooler, cleaner and stronger. And the exhaust smells sweet.

Poe will demonstrate his ethanol-powered plane in a 12-minute show of spinning and twisting acrobatics at the Alliance Air Show, Oct. 20-21 at Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth.

"We want to promote ethanol," Poe said. "It burns cleaner, and it's a renewable source of energy grown here. If we use it, we lessen our dependence on foreign oil." | 10/09/2007 | To promote renewable energy, pilot flies high with ethanol

Disposal details unknown for many lead-tainted products

What has happened to the millions of toys, lunchboxes and other products recently recalled because they contain hazardous levels of lead or lead paint?

No one is exactly sure.

That worries some consumer activists, environmentalists and others who caution about weak oversight of the disposal process.

Lead-laced products, they warn, could contaminate landfills or groundwater. Even worse, they say, is that some recalled toys and other goods get resold -- both in the U.S. and abroad.

"There are so many recalls right now and nobody is saying, 'What's next?'" said Charlie Pizarro, associate director for the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, Calif. "There is no answer for how to dispose of them."

There is no single, nationally accepted procedure for dealing with such items from the time of recall to final, safe disposal. | 10/09/2007 | Disposal details unknown for many lead-tainted products

More Than Half Of Texas Waterways Unsafe

(AP) More than half of the state's waterways are not fishable or swimmable 35 years after the original version of the Clean Water Act was enacted in the U.S., according to an environmental advocacy group's report released Thursday.

Austin-based Environment Texas said the state was the fourth worst violator of Clean Water Act pollution permit limits in 2005. The group said 318 "facilities" in Texas -- such as sewage and water treatment plants and oil refineries -- exceeded pollution discharge limits at least once for a total of 1,348 violations. Texas was behind Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, according to the group's "Troubled Waters" analysis. - Group: More Than Half Of Texas Waterways Unsafe

Cookie Tin Banjo Part 4: Bed Post Banjo - Instructables -

Here's a great sounding banjo you can build in a few hours.

Cookie Tin Banjo Part 4: Bed Post Banjo - Instructables - The World's Biggest Show & Tell - art, craft, diy, food, games, home, life, offbeat, ride, tech [category: craft

Bamboo Clothes Hangers

By Jessie Milligan
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Star-Telegram/Ralph Lauer

Ready to switch out the closet for fall and winter?

New products made from the quickly renewable bamboo plant continue to show up in stores. This set of six bamboo shirt hangers by Merrick is sold at Target stores. Cost, $12. | 10/06/2007 | Shopping bag

Garlic Grounds

Start by planting organic cloves, and you'll have a garden full of this seasoning by spring
Special to the Star-Telegram

One of the rewards of backyard veggie gardening is that you get to have a better understanding of how the food in your neighborhood grocery store relates to you.

It was a sad understanding I gained recently of garlic. We grow onions most summers, but it had been many years since we'd thought about growing garlic in our back yard. The last time we contemplated it, the would-be grower simply purchased a garlic bulb at the grocery store, broke it into cloves and planted the cloves. It doesn't work like that these days, says bulb supplier Bob Anderson of Gourmet Garlic Gardens, west of Brownwood. It used to be that most of the garlic in grocery stores came from Gilroy, Calif., but today most of it comes from China, and the garlic grown in China is treated with radiation to inhibit sprouting and extend the shelflife, Anderson says. Sprout is, of course, exactly what you want it to do when you plant it. | 10/06/2007 | Garlic grounds

Ceramic Compost Crock

I'm not a treehugger at all, which I guess is a bad thing. This little deal sits by your sink and you put stuff in it. Then you're supposed to carry it out to your compost thing outside - which I don't have. But anyway, I guess this would be a good way to start being a semi-treehugger. You can fill it up with leftovers or egg shells or whatever and then sprinkle the stuff out on your lawn or whatever you want to do. Maybe put it in a brown paper sack and set it on fire on your neighbor's doorstep, whatever. Either way, it's a step towards saving the environment.

Ceramic Compost Crock

Blog Action Day

I totally forgot that today was Blog Action Day. I'm losing it I guess. So for the rest of the day, all my posts will have to do with the environment in some way or another.

Blog Action Day - On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

When Pet Owners Go Too Far - Part 1 - Life in the Fast Lane

Since man domesticated dogs centuries ago, scientists have been trying to explain the intense love we feel for our animals. We care deeply for our pets, spending a wad every year on luxuries such as expensive pet condos, manicures, hair / fur appointments, sitters, strollers, health care, pet psychiatry, antidepressants, personal pet attendants, perfume, cosmetic surgery and, for the neutered-conflicted, testicular implants.

When Pet Owners Go Too Far - Part 1 - Life in the Fast Lane

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Rise & Shine

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The LITTLE Things

As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.

One of them missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One's car wouldn't start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn't get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone...all the little things that annoy me...I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment,

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; it may be just that God is at work watching over you.

May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.

Thanks, Mom & Tim