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Events this weekend, and asking for votes at links provided

Before I give my thoughts on this week, please take a moment to help a great group who fights to assist families who cannot afford legal services. I am NOT ASKING FOR MONEY, I am asking for your vote. Please take a minute to go to the link to help an organization I believe in!

Please vote for Cathy Harper Lee (and The Justice League) go to http://inside.dvf.com/awards to help out a person bettering the lives of our youth!

Catherine Harper Lee, Founder of The Justice League has been nominated by Diane VonFurstenberg for the People’s Voice Award. Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation will donate $50,000 to the non-profit organization associated with the winner. To vote for Cathy Catherine Harper Lee, http://inside.dvf.com/awards

These funds are critical to the survival of this organization.

The DVF Awards “People’s Voice” Award has been created to recognize and support women who are using their vision, resources and commitment to transform lives. These are women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire

With the click of a mouse you can help The Justice League provide free legal services to children and families victimized by crime to ensure their rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.

Click here to help http://inside.dvf.com/awards

Please see how & why The Justice League was created: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jljf0Uhcan0

Cathy is one of five women throughout the country to be honored as a nominee for this generous award. The Justice League is a small, but mighty, organization who has helped over 750 victims of crime receive access to justice. But as of today The Justice League has to turn away over half of the children and families in need of assistance due to limited staffing. Please help The Justice League help more children and families by casting your VOTE TODAY!

To find out more about The Justice League, the children and families they helped, and to cast your vote please visit:

Www.TheJusticeLeagueOhio.org
or
http://inside.dvf.com/awards

Voting ends February 28, 2010.

As you read this I am in Nashville Tennessee. As many of you know I love the music scene and for the past 10-15 years have been fighting to be part of it. I go one step closer this weekend. I will be with Moxy Records (check ’em out at moxyrecords.com) and be with the management group for Chelsea Field.

This weekend I will be part of a showcase with some of the “Big Boys” at Cadillac Ranch. I am not only looking forward to being part of a night entertainment of people I listen to and have looked up to. I WANT TO ROCK A STAGE WITH THESE GUYS!!!

I am excited about this opportunity, and look forward to helping someone make it, and in turn, hopefully continue my upward push. Speakin’ of that, wanna thank the kids from Downplay, Introspect, and Noise Auction for giving me the chance to rock a stage in front of a SOLD OUT NEWPORT MUSIC HALL. I enjoyed this opportunity, and wanna wish Downplay the best as they travel to LA to persue their dreams with Epic Records, just don’t forget about me when you go on tour!

My current problem is…I am sicker THAN A DOG! I ate some bad chicken last night and lets just say, I had to sleep in The Bathtub. Was not a pretty sight. So today I am resting up, and will go to the gym later (AND VERY LIGHT), after a full day of eating Saltines, and 7-Up of course. I guess the good thing is, my abs are looking decent this am LOL

Have a great week and I have some things in the works that I will share next week. NEXT WEEK MY DREADED B-DAY MAILER. Yep…I am getting old and sleeping in a bathtub made me realize one of my biggest fears.

O-H-I-O?
At least we have The Buckeyes
America’s Most Miserable Cities 2010
Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes.com

Cleveland leads a slew of Midwestern towns on our annual list, but thanks to high taxes New York and Chicago make it too.

The city of Cleveland has had a colorful history. The Cuyahoga River, which runs through the city, famously caught fire in 1969 thanks to rampant pollution, and it wasn’t the first time. In 1978 it became the first U.S. city to default on its debts since the Great Depression. Cleveland sports fans have had to endure more anguish than those in any other city. The city has been dubbed with a less than endearing nickname: the Mistake by the Lake.

This year Cleveland takes the top spot in our third annual ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities. Cleveland secured the position thanks to its high unemployment, high taxes, lousy weather, corruption by public officials and crummy sports teams (Cavaliers of the NBA excepted).

Misery was on the rise around the country last year. Sure the stock market was up big, but so were unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy filings. Meanwhile housing prices, the U.S. dollar and approval ratings for Congress continued their downward spiral.

The widely tracked Misery Index initiated by economist Arthur Okun, which combines unemployment and inflation rates started 2009 at 7.3 and rose to 12.7 by the end of the year thanks to soaring joblessness. That is the highest level since 1983.

Our Misery Measure takes into account unemployment, as well as eight other issues that cause people anguish. The metrics include taxes (both sales and income), commute times, violent crime and how its pro sports teams have fared over the past two years. We also factored in two indexes put together by Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling that gauge weather and Superfund pollution sites. Lastly we considered corruption based on convictions of public officials in each area as tracked by the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

We expanded the list of cities under consideration this year to include the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas (in years past we’ve examined 150), which led to a shuffling in the ranks. Any area with a population of more than 245,000 was eligible.

Cleveland nabbed the top spot as a result of poor ratings across the board. It was the only city that fell in the bottom half of the rankings in all nine categories. Many residents are heading for greener pastures. There has been a net migration out of the Cleveland metro area of 71,000 people over the past five years. Population for the city itself has been on a steady decline and is now less than half of it what it was 50 years ago.

Cleveland ranked near the bottom when looking at corruption. Northern Ohio has seen 309 public officials convicted of crimes over the past 10 years according to the Justice Department. A current FBI investigation of public officials in Cuyahoga County (where Cleveland is located) has ensnared more than two dozen government employees and businessmen on charges including bribery, fraud and tax evasion.

On the housing front Cleveland is dealing with thousands of abandoned homes. The city contributed to its foreclosure problem by providing down payments to many people that could not afford homes through the federally funded Afford-A-Home program. Cleveland led by Mayor Frank Jackson sued 21 large investment banks in 2008 who he felt were complicit in the subprime and foreclosure crisis that hit Cleveland hard. A federal judge dismissed the suit last year, but the city is appealing the ruling.

A 19% decline in foreclosures last year is possibly a glimmer of hope that the housing situation is starting to improve, although Cleveland still ranks in the top third of all metros for foreclosure rates according to RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed property. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County were awarded $41 million last month from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This money will go towards demolition of homes, foreclosure prevention and the rehabilitation of homes.

There are certainly bright spots in Cleveland. Downtown has experienced a revival over the past 15 years helped in part by the construction of three new sports venues for the city’s NFL, NBA and baseball teams. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the top medical centers in the U.S. and the largest employer in northeast Ohio.

Mayor Jackson’s chief of staff Ken Silliman calls 2010 a very exciting year for Cleveland. He points to three projects in development for the city. The first is the Cleveland Medical Mart which is a convention center that targets the medical and health care industries. Next is a casino plan. In November Ohio voters approved casinos in four cities, and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is leading a group that hopes to have a Cleveland casino up and running in three years. Lastly is the Flats East Bank project, which ran into funding issues during the financial crisis. The waterfront development will include an office tower, hotel and space for retail and dining.

“Clevelanders over the years have developed a tenacity to deal with these kinds of situations, and we are very aggressive in attempting to solve our problems rather than awaiting someone else’s solutions,” says Silliman.

Other cities on the list include Memphis, which came in third thanks to the second-worst rate of violent crime in the U.S. and an alarming rate of convicted public officials. Detroit, ravaged by the ailing auto industry was forth. Flint, Mich., was fifth. Also on the list? Chicago (No. 10) and New York City (No. 16). Torturous commute times and nosebleed-inducing taxes are the high prices locals pay for the cultural opportunities and corporate headquarters located there.

Our most miserable city last year, Stockton, Calif., nabbed the second spot on this year’s list. Unemployment and crime continue to be major issues. Stockton ranked seventh worst in both of these areas. Stockton residents have average commutes that are among the highest in the country and, like all Californians, they suffer from onerous sales and income taxes.

Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston says the city is working to fix its problems. It has seen a reduction in crime in recent months as it targets troubled areas with an increased police presence. On the economic front, the city recently expanded the Port of Stockton, which it hopes will attract new companies. Stockton is an agricultural community, but the Mayor says the city is working to diversify its economic base and echoes Silliman’s comments about Cleveland. “We’re an All-American city,” says Mayor Johnston. “And it’s not because we sit on our hands and do nothing. It’s because we recognize our problems and work to solve them.”

Cantan, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown also make the top 20

THIS IS A MUST WATCH:
Take an hour and 17 minutes to watch this. This is the famous ‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch. Randy was diagnosed with Cancer and passed away last year. As I get a year closer to my dirt nap this guy reminds me of what is really important.

FUN INFO:
100 Years of Boy Scouts’ Life Lessons

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts!

The Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Since 1910, more than 83 million American boys have worn the khaki, recited the Scout Oath, learned to “Be Prepared,” and scoured the countryside searching in vain for left-handed smoke shifters.

Three-fingered salute?
Watermelon cheer?
Taut-line hitches and square knots?

Remember?

If not, here’s a refresher: how to eat a pine tree and do other neat stuff you learned in the Boy Scouts, then forgot as soon as you noticed girls.

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts!

The Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Since 1910, more than 83 million American boys have worn the khaki, recited the Scout Oath, learned to “Be Prepared,” and scoured the countryside searching in vain for left-handed smoke shifters.

Three-fingered salute?
Watermelon cheer?
Taut-line hitches and square knots?

Remember?

If not, here’s a refresher: how to eat a pine tree and do other neat stuff you learned in the Boy Scouts, then forgot as soon as you noticed girls.

Start a Fire with a Flashlight
No matches? No Bic? If you have a fresh flashlight battery and some very fine steel wool, you’re in business. Roll the wool between your hands into a cigarette shape. Then pull the ends apart gently so there is only a fine mesh of steel wool in the center. Now touch one end to the battery’s top, the other to the battery’s bottom. The current will make the wool in the center spark and burn. Touch some tinder to it and you’re cookin’.

Sharpen a Knife
A sharp knife is a safer knife, since a dull knife is more likely to slip off what you’re cutting and cut you. To hone a keen edge, first get yourself an Arkansas whetstone (it’s the best). Coat the top of the stone with some vegetable oil. The oil picks up the steel filings and floats them away as you sharpen. Lay the blade on the stone so its back edge is tilted about one-third of an inch above the stone. Stroke forward lightly but firmly, in an arc, as if slicing into the stone. Then turn the blade over and draw it toward you the same way. Repeat until you can easily slice a piece of paper.

Hide from Bugs
When the mosquitoes are dining, switch to light-colored clothing. Wearing dark colors, especially navy blue and black, is like ringing the dinner bell. To repel no-see-ums, try applying Avon’s “Skin-So-Soft,” a moisturizing lotion that for unknown reasons keeps the little devils away. It’s a lot more pleasant to wear than those greasy deet-based repellents.

Avoid Being Struck by Lightning
If you’re caught out in an electrical storm and you feel your hair standing on end, immediately squat down low and draw your legs to your chest so that only the balls of your feet are touching the ground. Lightning usually strikes the highest objects in its path, so low spots are safer places.

Make KP a Breeze
Rub a bar of soap or liquid detergent on the bottoms and sides of pots and pans before putting them on the fire. The soot will be easier to wash off.

Flip Flapjacks
To turn a pancake over in the air with a flourish, sweep the frying pan forward, up and around in a smooth looping-the-loop motion.

Avoid Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
Remember this mnemonic: “Leaflets three, let it be; berries white, poisonous sight.” And stay away from anything that matches that description.

Make a Solar Still for Water
You can get about a quart of water a day by this method. Dig a cone-shaped hole about 3 feet deep and 3 feet in diameter and line it with fresh-cut green plants. Place a cup in the bottom of the hole and cover the hole with a sheet of plastic. Secure the plastic with rocks placed around its edges and put a small stone in the center of the plastic to create a valley above the cup. When the sun warms the still, plant moisture will condense on the plastic and drip into the cup.

Fillet a Fish
This technique works best for trout, bass, bluefish, flounder, and panfish.

First, sharpen your fillet knife. You’ll mangle the meat if it’s dull.

1. Place the fish on its side and your hand firmly on its head.
2. Make an angled cut just behind the gill cover down to, but not severing, the backbone.
3. Turn the knife blade flat and push it along the backbone toward the tail without cutting the rib cage. Pull the meat back and cut the rest away from the rib cage. You’ll be slicing through the stomach skin to free the fillet. Then, fillet the other side of the fish.
4. Skinning: Lay the fillet skin-side down on a board. Hold the tail down with your hand. Starting at that end, work the knife between skin and meat using a slicing motion.

Build a Fire with One Match
The key to building any fire is to start small and let it “breathe.”

1. Make a ball of tinder (brown pine needles, dry grasses and white birch bark, which contains an oil that helps it burn even when wet).
2. Lean about six pencil-sized sticks on the tinder in teepee fashion.
3. Light the base of the tinder. As the flames rise, add more pencil-sized sticks one at a time so you won’t smother the fire. Blowing at the base of the tinder helps. Add larger sticks as the fire grows stronger.

Stay Warm in a Sleeping Bag
Common sense might lead you to believe that bundling up with every piece of warm clothing you have will keep you warm in your sleeping bag. But you would be better off stripping to the skin or wearing only long underwear. That will give your body heat a chance to warm the air inside your sleeping bag, which will keep you comfortable. In the morning, change out of whatever you slept in. Those clothes will be damp from perspiration and will chill you as soon as you step outside.

Remove a Fishhook from a Finger
If you or someone else is snagged by a fishhook, get to a doctor for removal. If you are in the backcountry and can’t reach medical help, here’s what to do:

Snip the line off the hook. If the barb is embedded, push the hook farther in until the barb comes through the skin. Snip off the barb with pliers or nail clippers. Work the hook shank back out through the point of entry.

Wash and bandage the wound.

Cook a Caveman Steak Without Utensils
Flatten a bed of hot coals with a stick. Then place a steak directly on the coals. Turn after three to five minutes. Wait another five minutes, then brush off the ashes and dine. Mmmm.

Bake Bread on a Leaf
Mold some biscuit dough into the shape of a potato. Wrap the dough in two large, green leaves. Push aside the coals and place the bundle on the hot ground. Cover with hot ashes and bake for about 10 minutes. Test with a stick.

Roast Corn Without Utensils
Peel down the husks just enough to remove the silk, then close up the husks again. Soak the corn in water, then place it directly on hot coals. Roast for about seven minutes per side.

Keep from Drowning
You’re in the middle of a lake, the boat sinks and you don’t have a life preserver. No problem. Make one out of your trousers. While treading water, slip off your pants and tie a knot in the end of each leg. Hold the waist of the pants in one hand under water. Inflate them by cupping air in your other hand, pushing it under water and releasing it into the pants. When the pants are inflated, hold the waist closed and lean across the crotch.

Sing to Bears
When hiking in bear country, yodel, talk loudly, or sing. Making noise allows the animal to move away before you get there.

If a black bear enters your camp, bang on a pot to scare it away.

If a black bear noses you awake at night, don’t make any sudden moves, but don’t play dead, either. Talk to the bear in a calm, deep voice to let it know you are not a road kill.

If you encounter a grizzly bear, stay calm and try to back away slowly while speaking to the bear. Never turn your back. And never run. You won’t win the race.

If a grizzly charges, stand your ground. They often make mock charges. Climb a tree only if you can climb at least 10 feet before the bear reaches you. As a last resort, curl into a ball, covering your neck and head with your arms. Leave your backpack on for protection. Many people have survived bear attacks this way.

Tie a Square Knot
Good for tying cord around a package or bundle of newspapers, and also for tying first-aid bandages. Hold a rope end in each hand. Twist the left-hand rope end over, behind and under the right-hand rope. Then twist the same end as before over, behind and under the other rope end. Pull tight. Remember, “left over right and under, right over left and under.”

Tie a Double Half-Hitch Knot
An easy knot for tying up a boat to a pole or tying a clothesline between two trees. Pass the end of the rope around the pole. Bring the end over the rope, under and through the loop you just formed. That’s a half hitch. Then do the same in front of the first half hitch you created.

Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot
This knot is tied on a line that is tight, such as a tent guy line. It’s also good for tying down luggage on top of a car, because it won’t slip as long as the rope is tight. Pass the rope around a tent stake or roof rack. Bring the end under and over the tight line and twice through the loop you just made. Then, again, bring the end of the rope under, over and through the new loop you formed, and tighten the hitch. You can tighten or loosen the line by pushing the hitch up and down the line.

Tie a Bowline Knot
An important mountain-climbing knot that’s also useful for lowering someone from a burning building. It forms a loop that won’t slip under strain. Make an overhand loop in the rope about 20 inches from its end. Push the end of the rope up through the loop, around the standing part of the rope and back down through the loop. Then tighten. Practice while chanting this famous Scout saying: “The rabbit comes out of the hole, hops around the tree and goes back down the hole.”

Eat Like a Bear I
If you ever get lost in the woods, rescuers will probably find you before the buzzards do. Still, it’s wise to know what you can—and can’t—eat out there. No good Scout would dream of eating anything he couldn’t positively identify, and neither should you. Before you try any of the ideas below, remember these rules of foraging:

1. Go by the description, not just the name. While you’d call that cone-bearing tree a pine, how do you know it’s not a hemlock? To be sure, consult an edible-plants guidebook, such as Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias and Peter A. Dykeman, or A Field Guide to Eastern Edible Wild Plants, by Lee A. Peterson.
2. Eat only the safe part of the plant. In some cases, the seeds may be fine while the leaves are toxic, and vice versa.
3. Test first. Eat a small amount (about one teaspoon) of any plant you’re considering for dinner. Wait about three to four hours. If you’re feeling fine, go ahead and harvest a meal-sized portion.

Now that you know the rules, here are some plants to try:

Greens: Watercress is ideal for a salad. But don’t bypass dandelion, young goldenrod, black mustard or chicory leaves. By summertime, some greens turn bitter. Boiling them will help cut the bitterness. Also, clip the new shoots off the common milkweed plant and boil them until they are tender. Eat them as you would eat asparagus.

Cattail on the cob: Boil the young green flower spikes of cattail plants and eat them like corn on the cob. The white parts of the stalk can be eaten raw or cooked. Also, the thick root of this plant can be roasted.

Sumac punch: Cut the red flower clusters off a staghorn sumac plant (shown at left) and soak them in a cup of cold water. Add a little sugar, and you have a drink that looks and tastes like pink lemonade, if you use your imagination.

Pine-needle tea: Chop up a handful of lodgepole pine needles and steep in some hot water for a fragrant tea. Also, you can eat the inner white bark of certain pine trees, such as lodgepole and Scotch pine, raw or boiled. Strip the brown bark from the tree and scrape out the inner white pithy bark. Some pine seeds can be eaten, too. Pinon pine nuts are especially good.

Find North Without a Compass
With a stick: Press a stick into the ground and angle it directly toward the sun so it doesn’t cast a shadow. After a while, the sun will create a shadow of the stick that will point toward the east. Drawing a perpendicular line across the shadow will give you north and south.

With a watch: Holding an analog watch flat, place a twig upright against the dial at the point of the hour hand. Now turn the watch until the twig’s shadow covers the hour hand. A line halfway between the hour hand and 12 points south.

By the North Star: Search the night sky for the Big Dipper, then locate the two stars farthest from the dipper’s handle. An imaginary line through them points almost straight at Polaris, the North Star, which is not as bright as you’d expect with a name like that, but pretty easy to find nonetheless. Polaris is also the last star in the handle of the Little Dipper.

Forecast the Weather
Here are some old sayings that’ll help you read the sky for signs of fair or foul weather:

“Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.” Dry, dusty air often creates a glow at sunset.

“Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” Dry air is being pushed east by moist air coming from the west.

“If smoke goes high, no rain comes by.” High air pressure, a fair-weather sign, allows smoke to go straight up.

“If smoke hangs low, watch out for a blow.” Low air pressure will keep smoke from rising very high.

“Mackerel scales and mares’ tails make lofty ships carry low sails.” Cloud formations that look like fish scales and wispy tails warn of a change in the weather.

Dry Your Wet Boots
Never put your boots close to a campfire to dry them. The heat can crack the leather or melt synthetic uppers and rubber soles. Instead, speed drying by stuffing the boots with small, fire-warmed rocks placed inside socks.

Tighten a Loose Ax Head
If your ax handle is made of wood, soak the head in a bucket of water for a few hours. The wood will swell and tighten the ax head temporarily. For a more permanent remedy, drive a wedge into the wood in the ax head.

HEALTH:
I would like to point out I have dropped 20 pounds since February 10th. I am weighing in at just under 180 pounds. My runs are getting longer (and pace is increasing).

Currently I am halfway to my goal of a half marathon this year. The good thing for me, I am leaning out and have not lost much of my size, and NONE OF MY STRENGTH! While I am being conscious of what I eat, I basically eat whatever I want. MY SECRET?

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WHY?
I am sick and tired of these school shootings. Columbine is the reason I started studying Social Behaviors of Youth (with a focus in schools). When can we put armed guards in the schools, or at the very least…utilize the lock downs that are SUPPOSED to be implemented?!?!?

But the Math Teacher who tackled the gunman is a hero. If on facebook I encourage you to add him.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=10150101813755503&ref=ts

Teacher tackles gunman supected in school shooting
By P. SOLOMON BANDA and CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press Writers P. Solomon Banda And Catherine Tsai, Associated Press Writers
LITTLETON, Colo.

The math teacher who has become a national hero after breaking up a potentially deadly school shooting near the site of the Columbine massacre said Wednesday that he was simply doing his job to protect his students from danger during his now-famous scuffle with the gunman.

Schools in Littleton have gone through extensive emergency drills after the Columbine tragedy, and David Benke said he always thought about what he’d do if a school shooting broke out.

“If something happens and there’s something that I can do about it, I want to try and do something about it,” Benke said at a news conference with other staff members from Deer Creek Middle School, at times choking up with emotion. “I said, ‘I hope that I’m capable of doing something about it.'”

School officials praised the quick actions by Benke and his colleagues as further proof that preparations put in place after Columbine have paid off. But authorities are still investigating to better understand what happened, including why and for how long the gunman, 32-year-old Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, was inside the school building before the shooting.

Assistant principal Becky Brown said the suspect had signed in at the main office about noon Tuesday — some three hours before the shooting. Investigators were interviewing school staff members in attempt to reconstruct the day’s events, and they have found live rounds from the hunting rifle at several places on school grounds.

Eastwood said nothing during a brief hearing Wednesday in which a judge set bail at $1 million cash. The unemployed ranch hand appeared by video hookup from the jail, wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit with his dark, shoulder-length hair hanging loose. He faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Eastwood has an arrest record in Colorado dating back to 1996 for menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence, and he is believed to have a history of mental issues. The sheriff’s department said Eastwood is a former student of the school who has been attending community college off and on in pursuit of his GED.

Authorities said he opened fire in the parking lot with the bolt-action rifle at the end of the school day as terrified teenagers ran for their lives. He had allegedly just wounded two students and seemed ready to unleash more violence when Benke sprung into action.

Benke confronted the gunman, tackled him and pinned him to the ground with the help of another teacher, stopping what could have been a much more violent encounter in a city all too familiar with tragic school shootings. The shooting occurred less than three miles from where the Columbine High School massacre happened nearly 11 years ago.

“Unfortunately he got another round off before I could grab him,” Benke said. “He figured out that he wasn’t going to be able to get another round chambered before I got to him so he dropped the gun and then we were kind of struggling around trying to get him subdued.”

The two students survived Tuesday’s shooting and one remained hospitalized. The student in the hospital is one of Benke’s students, and the principal said he is “progressing well.”

Meanwhile, Benke became a hero. A Facebook page called “Dr. David Benke Is A Hero!!!!” quickly grew to more than 17,000 members, and his actions were discussed on the floor of the state Senate.

“Sometimes that’s just what we need. We need someone to be a hero for us,” said state Sen. Mike Kopp of Littleton, who lives in Benke’s neighborhood.

Benke, a father of 7-year-old twins and a 13-year-old girl, fought back tears after Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink thanked him Tuesday.

“Believe me when I say, I think he stopped what could have been a more tragic event than it was this afternoon,” Mink said.

The victims, students Reagan Webber and Matt Thieu, were both treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital, where spokeswoman Christine Alexander said Webber was treated and released to her home.

Benke, a 6-foot-5 former college basketball player who oversees the school’s track team, was monitoring the parking lot in the afternoon when he heard what he thought was a firecracker and began walking toward the noise.

“At first when I was walking over there, it was kind of what a teacher does,” Benke said, still shaken hours after the shooting. “`Hey kid, what are you doing,’ you know that kind of thing.”

“I grabbed him from the front and we were dancing around pushing and shoving,” he said.

In 2005, Eastwood participated in a NASA-funded medical study in which he spent 10 days in a hospital bed so scientists could study muscle wasting, an affliction experienced by astronauts during long flights, according to a story in the Rocky Mountain News at the time.

He told the newspaper that he had a lifelong dream of being an astronaut and described his occupation to the newspaper as horse trainer working at his father’s ranch. He pocketed $2,200 from the study and was able to spend a week and a half watching DVDs and playing video games during the bed experiment.

A man who answered the phone Tuesday night at a number listed for Eastwood identified himself only as “Mr. Eastwood” and said he was Bruco Eastwood’s father. He was at a loss for words.

“There’s nothing you can say about it. What can you say?” the man told The Associated Press. “Pretty dumb thing to do. I feel bad for the people involved.” He wouldn’t comment further.

As for Benke, he said he still wishes he could have done: “It bugs me that he got another round off” before Benke tackled him to the ground.

PASSING:
Inventor of Easy Bake Oven dies at the age of 83
Ronald Howes Sr., the inventor of the Easy Bake Oven that millions of young girls used to bake their first cookies, cupcakes and brownies, has died at the age of 83.

Howes, who also created defense weapons and printers, developed the Easy Bake Oven while working at Kenner toys in the early 1960s.

It was triggered by a comment from a salesman asking if the company should develop a toy version of the chestnut roasters seen on many New York City Street corners.

In the end, he created the Easy Bake Oven using a light bulb to heat the oven.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
It takes acceptance when things don’t go OUR way, it takes courage to be happy for others when things go THEIR way..

“Matt…the night would have sucked way more without you”-David Massina (I helped make it suck, just suck less?)

“thinks it’s funny that it’s “shocking” news that a killer whale killed someone. Did someone miss that it’s a KILLER whale? Not a cuddly whale or a huggy whale, a killer whale. Don’t think they named it that because it likes to eat seaweed.”-Lucy Danko Gobble

YOU DA MAN: (in this case Woman)
Cathy Harper Lee with The Justice League of Ohio. Below is a link to a great opportunity for the Justice League of Ohio to get an award of $50,000 from the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Cathy Harper Lee has been nominated as one of five individuals for this award. Please take a couple of minutes and vote for Cathy harper Lee and please forward this message to as many people on your e-mail list. The selfless acts and service that Cathy and her group provides is outstanding and she needs our help. Thank you.

VOTE AT : http://inside.dvf.com/awards/

FUNNIES:
I am scared to death of birds-but this is kinda funny (as long as it happens to someone else)

Lindsey Vonn was stripped of her downhill Gold medal…….apparently they decided to give it to Obama as he is going downhill much faster than she did!!!!

NBC=Nothing But Curling

TO DO THIS WEEKEND:

FRIENDS IN NASHVEGAS SHOOT ME A TEXT I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHERE I WILL BE

THURSDAY:
Join SOS AUDIO’s DJ Nohbody at Yogi’s for Ladies Night 9pm-1am (off Frantz Road, in Karrick Place Shopping Center). Bacardi Specials

FRIDAY:

My Buddies, “LoveSick Radio” return to ROCK to Captain Jack’s. This is a National Act THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!

SATURDAY:

The Reagonomics bring 80’s “sing-a-longs” to Captain Jack’s

FUNNIES:

FRIDAY:
Brian Regan brings his dry humor to The Palace Theatre. For more info, http://www.ticketmaster.com

SATURDAY:
Jim Gaffigan is another dry “wait did he just say that?” kind of comedian. Gaggigan plays the Ohio Theater. For more info http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004356ECC5A2C9?artistid=863832&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=51
Get Tickets

ALL WEEKEND:

Voted as Rolling Stone Magazine #1 “Party Animal” in America, Bert Kreischer, plays The Funny Bone at Easton Town Center all weekend

MORE TO DO:
SATURDAY:

Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. Reservations needed http://www.thewilds.org

ALL WEEKEND:

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at Nationwide Arena. Put on your ears and get “Goofey!” For more info, http://www.nationwidearena.com

IN THEATERS:
Tracy Morgan, and Bruce Willis team up for the hilarious ‘Cop Out,’ rated “R.”

An entire town turns into an Insane Asylum in ‘THE CRAZIES;’ a great horror/suspense thriller, rated “R.”

DVD:

Matt Damon stars in ‘The Informant,’ rated “PG-13.”

‘Everybody’s Fine’ staring Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, and Drew Barrymore. Great movie for adults with families…not good if having family issues or just lost someone, unless you just want to laugh at other peoples misery. “Everybody” is rated “PG-13.”

NEW MUSIC:
Sarah Buxton releases her self titles debut “Sarah Buxton” (I saw her last Sunday Night at Nationwide-GET THIS CD!!!

My buddy Josh Thompson puts beer on the table with “Way Out Here”

Christian Pop-Punk rockers, Alkaline Trio, release “This Addiction”

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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