Friday, July 31, 2009

Car Jack?

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Do we always have to fall to the lowest common denominator?

Two friends of mine independently told me about a carjacking in the area where I live. Its the first time I've heard of a carjacking anywhere in the city, and my connections in the Police force agree that it is very unusual.

It wasn't a Lamborghini or a Ferrari but a Honda Civic that was carjacked.

I drive a Honda Civic.

Both of my friends mentioned that now, whenever they get into their cars they lock all the doors. And I think I'll be doing the same.

So due to one incident, which seems to be exceptionally unusual, a whole group of the population are not only going to lock their doors whenever they get into their vehicles, but they'll also have that little adrenaline rush and thought about danger in the backs of their minds.

So why do we always have to fall to the lowest common denominator?

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Who says older isn't better?

Back in 1919, when most of our parents were just a sparkle in the corner of their ancestors' eyes, some fantabulous photography was being created.

Englishman Arthur S Mole and his American colleague John D Thomas took these incredible pictures of thousands of soldiers forming icons of American history. Arthur's great nephew Joseph Mole, 70, says: "In the picture of the Statue of Liberty there are 18,000 men: 12,000 of them in the torch alone, but just 17 at the base. The men at the top of the picture are actually half a mile away from the men at the bottom"

They took the photographs in camps across the US using soldiers returning to America after World War I

Mole and Thomas: The Living Uncle Sam: 19,000 officers and men at Camp Lee, Virginia, January 13, 1919

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Woodstock reality

This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here wrote a very interesting introduction to a highly poignant article yesterday; 'Panel 19 West, Line 43-64'

Its about a certain section of the Vietnam War Memorial and the 109 American soldiers who died between August 15 and August 18, 1969. That date? Woodstock.

WASHINGTON - JULY 08:  Vietnam War veterans (L...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

For something interesting, and even meaningful, to go with your coffee, go over and read it.

And by the by, its a great blog to read on a daily basis too.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash

Allow me to introduce to you "Folsom Prison Blues" performed by Wesley, 5 years old, at the 2009 Spring Coffee Shop Jam, at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA.

(And this post is a kind of 'test,test' as Scribefire does not allow Mozilla to display Flash in an editor. Who'd a thunk it?)

So the vid is as cute as a button.

5-year-old boy plays "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash


Sunday, July 26, 2009

They're in my pants

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Whilst making a bottle for His Highness the Baby I noticed a few mini-ants running around the surface. It was 3 am so I didn't want to pay much attention to them.

At 8 am when I made Her Holiness's coffee I noticed them again, this time around the sugar bowl.

Normally I'd just call the exterminator and have them chemically removed but we're moving house in less than a month and I don't want to spend the money.

So my question to you, dear reader, is;

Short of hiring an anteater from the local menagerie, do you have any cheap and easy ways to abate the flow of ants into an apartment?

Answers in the Comments please.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women

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Britain's last World War I veteran, and the World's oldest man, Henry Allingham, passed away recently at the ripe old age of 113. And what did he say was the key to his longevity?

"cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women."

But all jokes aside, he was a modest man who served as Britain's conscience, reminding young people time and time again about the true cost of war.

More at the link

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Kelly hearts Kelly - and we're cool with that

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A young Meg Ryanesque Florida gal named Kelly Hildebrandt discovers a shirtless, Matthew McConaughey-type Texan with the exact same first and last name on Facebook.

Kelly girl sends a cyber shout-out to Kelly boy, and he answers back. Three weeks of viral flirting leads Kelly boy to head east to Florida to meet girl Kelly. A couple of months later, he’s relocating — and come October, just eight months after their first connection, Kelly Hildebrandt will marry Kelly Hildebrandt.

More at the link

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Using a blog to your advantage

A Day In The Life Of An Ambulance Driver: Dear Cycles & More... is a post that began a revolution!

AD took his motorbike to be repaired after a nasty bump (which he blogged about) and was so insulted by the shop that he decided to share his experience with his loyal readers. The side effect of him blogging about Cycles & More in Louisiana is that he has reached the number 1 slot on Google for Cycles & More, just one spot above their own website!!

"What you have failed to do in three weeks, a pair of semi-literate high school shop students could have done in four days"

Go and read it for yourself. Actually, the more people read it the longer it'll stay high on Google, hopefully teaching Cycles & More to be nicer to their customers.

Have a nice day now y'all!


Friday, July 17, 2009

The Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances

A childhood friend of mine is a medic in the UK and his blog is very witty and pithy. Last night's entry actually had me on the floor laughing;

The Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances

Ambulance Service
Hope you enjoy it.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The reality of it all

Epijunky is the blog mistress over at Pink Warm and Dry where she blogs about her job as an EMT. I've been reading her blog for quite a few months now and she never fails to deliver.

Her reality check about MJ's death, as opposed to other things happening in the world, were a wake up call for some people out there.

Click on the link - and have a tissue ready, as like myself you might find that you 'get something in your eye'  at the end of the story.


Jerusalem Terrorist Attack First Hand

Doubletapper is a blog I read regularly. Normally lighthearted and always interesting today he blew me out of the water with his blog;

It was seven years ago. On 9 of the Fourth Month (Tammuz)/June 19, at around 7:00 pm, a Yishma'eli (Arab) blew himself up at the trempiada (Bus Stop). Seven Jews were murdered as a result. Many Jews were injured. I was one of them.

Read the rest here

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What happened to the news today?

Yes, dear reader, not 'what happened in the news' but 'what happened to the news today?'.

Firefox has a very useful gadget called Morning Coffee where at the click of a button your preloaded websites come popping up together. Every morning I make a coffee, press the Morning Coffee icon, take a few sips and start to read the morning news from around the world.

After weeks of monotonous news about white/black pop stars popping off this mortal coil, and politicians being crooked (who'd a thunk it?) this morning I was flabbergasted to see the following ASTOUNDING headlines;
  • Southwest Inspects Planes After Hole in Fuselage
  • Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
  • New Jersey Woman Struck by Ambulance While Sitting on Porch
  • Father Dies Trying to Save Son From Irate Driver in Chuck E. Cheese Parking Lot
  • Motorist Plunges to His Death After Driving Over Edge of Grand Canyon
I mean each of these headlines can be discussed over the water cooler in their own right, but all of them together? What a start to the day!

And to cap it all off my sister just told me that my 13 year old nephew at stay away camp has come down with the swine flu.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Multifaceted post

In my language, calling someone "multifaceted" translates into them being two faced... but here is what I wanted to draw your attention to;

Passenger fixes faulty airliner over at Throw The Ball Already

A discussion about (German) honor and glory over at This Ain't Hell

A series of funnier and funnier jokes proving that Some things shouldn’t be said… edited (heavily probably) by Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated

MJ in Candied Story - again from Throw The Ball Already

And to finish off, an obituary of a gallant and heroic WWII secret agent, Peter Lake.

Have a good week.


Friday, July 10, 2009

July 4th reminder

I found this video to be quite humorous. Adding the now forgotten Baywatch star at the beginning was a stroke of genius, from a twisted mind!

Hope you had a good 4th of July.

Not sure where I found this - if you know, just drop me a line in the comments and I'll make amends.


America’s Place In The World

Stephen Fry is a world class actor, writer, author and comedian. As the presenter of QI (Quite Interesting) in the UK he has, yet again, propelled himself to the forefront of imaginitive television. He has appeared in comedies and dramas on both sides of the Atlantic and is generally perceived as the star of his generation. Recently Fry has become known to American audiences for his recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the Fox crime series Bones. You might also know him as the voice that reads the Harry Potter books on tape, cds and pirated MP3 downloads.

Anyway, I digress. Mr Fry recently gave a very interesting talk to the Royal Geographical Society in London, which he posted on his website on July 4th. And yes, it is a very eye-opening, non-diluted view of America and one which I think you'll appreciate.

He explains the roots for his love of nature, his love affair with America and his beliefs as to what will tear the USA asunder in years to come.

Enjoy the speech, I definitely did.


Summer Classes for Women

Brazenly copied / stolen from Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated

by Tuesday July 30, 2009


Class 1
Up in Winter, Down in Summer – How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 wks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM..

Class 2
Which Takes More Energy – Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Bitching About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
How to go to the powder room by your self without taking anyone with you for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 7 Days a week 12:00 for 3 hours.

Class 4
Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?–Group Debate.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 5
Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase–Pictures and
Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 6
Curling Irons–Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM

Class 7
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 8
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos? Open Forum.
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 9
Health Watch–They Make Medicine for PMS – USE IT!
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 10
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!–Real Life Testimonials..
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 11
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim. Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday’s noon, 2 hours.

Class 12
Learning to Live–How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 13
How to Shop by Yourself.
Meets 4 wks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 14
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy–Remembering To Take a List To The Store,
Avoiding Separate Trips for Each Item Needed.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 15
The Stove/Oven–What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.
Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

And there is a great reply in his comments section, go check it out.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Disco tune saves man's life

Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless
Debra Bader was prompted to perform CRP on her husband, Christopher, after recalling a public service ad.

"I looked at him and said, 'He's dead,' because he wasn't moving or making any sounds at all," Bader remembers. "But I pulled the cell phone out of his pocket and called 911, and then a public service announcement I'd heard on the radio popped into my head."

The one-minute PSA from the American Heart Association instructed listeners, in the event of cardiac arrest, to perform chest compressions very hard to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song "Staying Alive.

Bader says doctors at the hospital where her husband was treated have an alternative song. "They told me they do CPR to 'Another One Bites the Dust,' which also has about 100 beats per minute," Bader says. "Doctors have kind of a dark sense of humor."

So does Bader like the song "Stayin' Alive"?
"I do now," she says
Hat tip to totwtytr

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The Good, The Bad and the 'OMG!'

MJ is no longer (still) but there are some great leaches that have sprung up since his demise.

Some bloggers are arguing that MJ was passed his prime and that there shouldn't be such an outcry about his untimely death. CNN having an MJ watch 24/7 is a bit much but then again, I haven't trusted their 'reportage' in years.

True talent must never be overlooked.

Tina Fey truly is a genius. If you don't know who she is then spank yourself and then Google her. Trust me, she's worth it.

And just when you thought things were settling down in the Universe, Bob over at The Drawn Cutlass directs us to shocking video proof of new life in the Solar System. Where else but in the sewer system of North Carolina!! The footage is somewhat stomach churning so don't watch it during, or directly after eating.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

George W was a no BS guy

Wirecutter over at Knuckledraggin My Life Away has a great 2nd Amendment 'motivator' that i thought I'd share with you.


Lest we forget

So MJ is no more. Shame. As can be seen by the graph below, some people still understand the reality of the world;

And lest we forget, others who passed on this week are Mollie Sugden aka Mrs Slocombe of 'Are You Being Served' fame as well as Karl Malden who not only acted opposite Marlon Brando in 'On The Waterfront' but won an Oscar for his role in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.


 An unlikely pairing I must admit!


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