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Greetings from Matt’s Home of Happy Hounds

Even if not a “dart thrower” Lord Knows I am not! Please come out and show support for a great organization, The BRAVE Men & Women of our Armed Forces, as well as their family and Friends THIS SATURDAY.

Come out and join the Operation HomeFront 2-Man, Steel-tip, Blind draw, Dart tournament with Double eliminations to help raise funds for Operation HomeFront Ohio. Featured games are 501 and Cricket. Entry fee is $10 per player. Pre-printed personalized team t-shirts an additional $5 per person. Please pre-register by July 30th in order to have your team name printed on your shirt. Please arrive early enough to be registered by 2:30.

DJ Matt Sexton as the Emcee. Hooters will also be catering!

Click this link to pre-register.

So greetings from the Home Office, or as this weekend will look, the Dog Pen, as I am dog sitting for a friends Boston Terrier. This lil guy is cool, but freaks me out. I know it is not that hard…but I SWEAR he is smarter than me!

ANYWAYS…Looking forward to the Operation HomeFront event, and even more so volunteering at a National Guard event on Saturday during day (after a 10 mile run-thanx Coach). I guess I have found that the GREATEST part of doing what I do, is not the demand to be at an event, not meeting some great people, not living my “rock star moments” even if for a minute…but the chance to give back and pay it forward.

I have said that I am “blessed” to have the opportunities I have had chances to gig, but I was wrong.

I am “BLESSED” to have the chances to give back to a great community and do something for someone else.

Aim for service and success will follow.
~ Albert Schweitzer

But it does not stop there. I have a challenge for anyone reading this. He** ANYONE IN GENERAL! Find the good in things-EVERY MOMENT, no matter how bad life is you can have a moment of goodness. No matter if it is a chance to learn from a mistake, be thankful for a “near miss,” or even just thankful something tragic did not happen to you.

This is not always easy. TRUST ME, I was the eternal pessimist. Now I am not a tree hugging love everybody bubbles are perty kinda guy, but, I try to find the small everyday “I saw God today” moments. I enjoy something as simple as a smell when out and about, a sunset, even something as simple as deer on a hill.

These small things, if you make a conscious effort to appreciate, can allow you to build on other moments in more difficult times. Maybe even make the bad times not so bad.

I have had a recent run of some bad luck in finances and those life “X” factors that can sometimes sneak up on us…I HAVE A BUNCH TOGETHER. I felt like I could not get ahead, but learned how to be better pre-paired, and more important to do something I DON’T DO, ask for help. But also to make sure I work even harder after fact to do the same for others. Even while originally typing this, I had to jet to bank and a client to get a check that was returned-through no fault of my own!

Another example, I have been fighting for what I want on some personal levels. I enjoy the company of someone, and don’t get many chances for that…I make sure I just enjoy these moments without demanding more. While I want more, I am finding happiness in a great friendship. I also continue to do without any request for wants in return. I, do and give, to this person and others because I enjoy it. I do get shut down in some attempts, but, continue. Not ONLY for the reason that I believe I can break through some pretty thick walls (some of which I may have helped build?), but also because I just want to make life easier for this person, because I love and care…unconditionally. MAYBE it will work out, maybe it won’t…BUT I am not going to miss out on enjoying in this life, nor am I gonna give up without a fight. This outlook is not only allowing me to truly enjoy any time spent, but also, to put faith in the Big Guy above to believe he knows a he** of a lot more than me.

SO FIND GOOD, even in the bad…even if you MAY have to look VERY HARD, maybe just finding something NOT BAD is the good. Start small…you will go big!

If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. ~Oscar Wilde

Some have asked me why I support the Military so much. I have many reasons a couple are…due to a wrist injury I cannot serve-no matter how hard I have tried, the other? Just watch this video, it IS THE BEST 10 MINUTES OF YOUR WEEKEND!

Seriously…I have not had ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS of this video, yet!

Yes I am a “softy,” a “hopeless romantic” but if you make fun of me for posting this video…I have a size 9 1/2 Doc Martin to plant in yer hind quarters!

Yes I do, with most. And the other…I miss, the most

Posted this one on facebook earlier in week. It is good to remind myself sometimes. BETTER yet good to remind ANYONE to keep on keepin on. We all can be somebody. AND maybe inspire someone else to do the same…

Pandora is an AMAZING App, especially since I finally figured out how to get more than JUST Christmas Music!!!

Anyone know a good app to find your car? How about the one that stores your “key chain tag” discount codes to places like Kroger’s etc?

I have a friend who is need of an inexpensive car to buy, or a short term lease. In addition to her car taking a royal s**t, she also had her place broken into and most items stolen. EVEN MORE? She had just used a Friday paycheck to pay down a debt the day before place broken into. Life has kinda flooded her…can any of us help throw her a life vest?

Also as I have been stating, I have friends who are organizing a dart tournament for Operation HomeFront, others who are attempting to better themselves by accomplishing some physical goals (in the Nike Woman’s Race)-while raising monies for kids/villages in Africa, and OUR ARMY/NAVY game group is starting to organize for this year’s event on December 11th. Wherever your interests, heart, and wallet guide you, please consider assisting some of the groups that need YOUR assistance, even if it is someone NOT associated with my groups-JUST DO SOMETHIING FOR SOMEONE!!!

The death of smooth jazz

Fritz Peerenboom felt a little stir-crazy rattling around in his Upper Arlington-area home watching July cede to August. That entire weekend had seemed…uncomfortable, this nagging feeling constantly tugging at him like he was a man trying to quit smoking. The idle moments seemed to need filling.

For the previous 19 years—nearly 1,000 consecutive weekends—Peerenboom, better known to Central Ohio TV and radio audiences as Fritz the Nite Owl, had devoted his weekends to Nite Owl Jazz. The radio show had aired live Sunday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight since 2002 on WJZA, Columbus’s Smooth Jazz 103.5, and for a decade before that on CD101.

The weekend routine had become as much a part of him as his trademark oversized Nite Owl glasses or his velvety-smooth, jazz-cat-cool “Greetings, good groovers” delivery.

Every Saturday, he’d sequester himself in a cluttered downstairs corner of his home and devote four hours, give or take a few minutes, to some intense jazz listening: playing the 10 or so new CDs he’d received in the mail that week, making little notes about this track or that, reading the PR bios of the new artists that accompanied the discs, and rifling through the piles of CDs he’d received in weeks past looking for songs he hadn’t yet played. All the while, he’d be systematically organizing the songs into a show.

“I never wanted to have two saxophone players back to back, or two piano players,” Peerenboom said. “And I never wanted to have two songs with similar tempos back to back.”

Once the basic structure of a show was in place, he’d let it rest for a while, diving back in on Sunday mornings to make a little tweak here or there if needed and type up a final playlist. Then he’d nap, like clockwork, from 4 to 7, to be sharp for his 9-to-midnight gig.

“I had complete creative control,” he said. “I had the same number of breaks, the same number of commercials. I was one of the last deejays on the planet to walk into the studio with my case full of CDs under my arm.”

But last weekend, there was no gig. Nor the weekend before that. On Friday, July 30, at about 4:30 p.m., WKZA switched formats virtually without warning, becoming WNND. As the “new Rewind 103.5,” it began playing an upbeat, if not memorable, mix of Top 40 pop hits from the 1980s.

Fritz said he got the phone call at about “5 ’till 5” that afternoon from program director Dan Trapp, “basically telling me that I didn’t have to come in that Sunday, or any Sunday after that.”

“It was just so surprising,” said Peerenboom. “There wasn’t any indication of any change coming. Things seemed to be running smoothly. There was no dark cloud on the horizon that I could see. I figured, ‘I’ll be doing this until I get hit by a truck.’”

That truck came. It was called business.

“We tried, we really did,” said Alan Goodman, president of the Columbus Radio Group, which managed Columbus’s Smooth Jazz 103.5, as well as Sunny 95 and Mix 107.9.

“We were one of the last smooth jazz stations to bail on the format. But it’s been in trouble for a while. There’s been a shift in the industry, where the quantity of listeners became more important than the quality of listeners. The radio stations that have lots of listeners, regardless of how long they listen, will be rewarded, and the stations whose listeners listen passionately aren’t rewarded. The ’JZA listeners weren’t button-pushers.”

And by Arbitron standards, getting programmed into the button-pushers’ car-radio rotation is the golden ticket. “Have I gone to a format that will perform better (by Arbitron standards)? Damn, I hope so,” said Goodman.

And just like that, Columbus lost its only commercial jazz radio station, and Fritz the Nite Owl—whose career has spanned more than 50 years and included radio and television, with the iconic Nite Owl Theatre—was out of work.

“It just would have been nice to get a little warning,” Peerenboom said. “It was just so sudden. Every Saturday and Sunday for the last 19 years revolved around putting that (radio) show together. And then, it wasn’t there. That weekend, it was like when you’ve driven a manual-shift car for years and you switch to an automatic. There’s just extra shit you feel like you should be doing.”

Admittedly, the death of one smooth jazz station may not spell the death of jazz in Columbus. Many of top local jazz players in town admit they didn’t even listen to the station. To them, smooth jazz is kind of the bastard child of straight jazz.

Straight jazz is Gordon Ramsay. Smooth jazz is Rachel Ray.

The history of jazz radio in Columbus is relatively easy to chart. There was WBBY, a more traditional jazz station that began broadcasting oldies in 1969, becoming the second station in Central Ohio to broadcast in stereo a year later.

It switched to a jazz format in 1978, and lasted another 10 years or so before a family rift among the station’s owners finally spelled its doom. But even in its final days in the late 1980s, WBBY began moving away from the Blue Note and Prestige jazz of the 1950s and ’60s toward a more contemporary format. It, too, caught flak for it.

A story about the station’s troubles in a 1986 edition of Columbus Monthly magazine included a prophetic quote from Tim Hodges, the station’s former program manager. “Attempts to homogenize” jazz programming, he said, will “defeat their purpose in the first place” and alienate the jazz listeners who make up the station’s reason for existence.

After WBBY’s death, a number of other stations picked up jazz segments, including Mike Eiland’s jazz show on QFM-96, as well as Fritz the Nite Owl’s show on CD101.

Columbus regained a fulltime commercial jazz station when WJZA adopted its smooth jazz format in 1998, under former owner George Scantland. Saga Communications, doing business as the Columbus Radio Group, bought the station in 2003 for $13 million.

From the beginning, many an old-guard jazz fan turned up a nose at the seemingly manufactured smooth jazz sounds. But if the station didn’t grab WBBY’s former listeners, it found some new ones. After all, Rachel Ray has plenty of fans, and so does smooth jazz. Some of its primary practitioners are among the most popular acts in all of popular music, including Kenny G, Dave Koz, Yanni and even acts like Michael Buble or Sade—which blur the line between jazz and adult contemporary. Which may be part of smooth jazz’s problem—its dependence on the tried and true.

“Everybody comes (to the music) for (its) tempo and texture,” said Bill Harman, a Columbus resident whose smooth jazz show, Harmonic Lounge, played on WJZA as well as on stations in Florida, California and Pennsylvania. “But you have two types of listeners—let’s call them P1s and P2s. The P1s really support the music. They want to hear new music, different music, things from artists that they haven’t heard before. Then there are the P2s, who can’t tell one artist from another.”

The mainstream is where the P2s hang out and, by nature, there are more of them—and a bigger potential audience means greater potential success. But by mainstreaming the playlist, said Harman, “you kill the golden goose—your P1 listeners.”

Smooth jazz became popular because it made so-called straight jazz more accessible to the masses. By further whittling away the edges in an attempt to make smooth jazz even more accessible, it’s lost all semblance of its roots. Thus, the Sades and the Steely Dans, even John Mayer, became smooth jazz staples.

“When you lose your art form, you lose your way,” Harman said.

Goodman, however, argues that the change from WJZA to WNND wasn’t prompted by listeners losing interest, but more by how the industry measures success.

“We just couldn’t make this thing go,” he said. “We were never able to get beyond about a 1.2 share.”

Goodman said he believed he actually had more listeners than that, but “we appeal to an upper-income, educated clientele. They just don’t participate in (Arbitron) surveys, so our 1.2 market share didn’t change. And in this industry, if you can’t prove it, it doesn’t exist.”

Further evidence of the smooth jazz loyalty, he said, was the reaction to the format change. He said he received about 1,500 e-mails of complaint within days of the switch.

“I’ve been in the business a long time and experienced many format changes,” Goodman said. “But I’d have to describe this response as very aggressive.”

Goodman said he shopped the smooth jazz format around before making the format change. “I tried to get some other broadcasters to pick up the format. I didn’t have any takers.”

“I seriously believe a large market needs the format,” he said. “I just think it’s destined not to be on commercial radio.”

In fact, there is still some jazz to be heard on the Columbus airwaves if you pick your spots. WCBE 90.5, a National Public Radio affiliate, airs Dee Dee Bridgewater’s syndicated show Jazz Set Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the last locally produced jazz show in the city, Jazz Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m. The latter show is hosted by longtime WVKO jock K.C. Jones with Jack March banks and Gail Burkholder.

“WCBE is sad to see the demise of smooth jazz in Columbus, Ohio,” said March banks.

And while March banks said WJZA’s smooth jazz listeners won’t necessarily find their fix with his show—“For those people who want to look at us as the smooth jazz alternative, we won’t be that,”—he offered the opinion that the smooth jazz format and his straight jazz show had complemented each other very well.

“It wasn’t harming anyone,” March banks said of WJZA. “I know a lot of people who listen to smooth jazz. To them, it’s their form of classical music. It’s calming. And that’s OK.”

“I think it’s also a gateway drug to more serious jazz. Its starter jazz, and I don’t know how the next generation will discover it without radio.”

There could be other ripple effects from the death of smooth jazz in Columbus. For instance, WJZA was the largest media sponsor of the Jazz & Rib Fest. Though the station was not a cash sponsor, it ran 100 30-second spots on each of the Columbus Radio Group’s three stations, as well as 100 60-second spots on ’JZA. The station’s jocks also introduced most of the acts and even helped judge the ribs.

“We have not talked to them about how (the station’s format change) will impact a future relationship,” said Karen Wiser of the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest. “We hate to see the jazz format go away, but obviously wish them luck in their new format. We’ll certainly miss having a jazz station in town, but the festival is in its 31st year and has become a summertime tradition. There’s no reason for us to panic.”

Columbus still maintains a vibrant live jazz scene with a national reputation due to its host of talented players, from Christian Howe’s to Bobby Floyd, and from Vaughn Wister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

But those who play jazz for a living see WJZA’s format change as a bad sign—whether they listened to the station or not.

“I wasn’t a listener myself,” said Bobby Floyd. “But they did promote jazz in general, and these days, we need all the help we can get.”

Floyd said that while the station may not have played the kind of music he enjoyed, it did advertise the clubs and the jazz artists around town.

“The audience is still there for live music,” he said. “But you need radio to advertise it and promote it. You need radio to convert listeners and get the word out. You use every means available to you, but without radio, it takes it down a notch.”

On a more optimistic note, however, Floyd and others believe jazz will rebound. “I think people will tire of the manufactured and return to the creative and the quality,” he said. “I mean, everybody’s heard a drum machine by now.”

Fritz agrees. “I think Columbus has a good, hardcore base in part because of all of the great players here, as well as the great programs like Ohio State’s and Capital’s, Otterbein’s and Ohio Wesleyan’s. I think we’ll be able to maintain the status quo.”

And, at 75 years of age, he said he’ll be ready when the next door opens. “I have a couple of long-shot leads,” Peerenboom said. “They’re not as long as winning the lottery, but they’re in the neighborhood. But I’ll be pursuing them nonetheless.”

The Muppets bandleader Jack Parnell dies at 87

THE man who led the band on the Muppet Show, Jack Parnell, has died aged 87.

A legendary bandleader and jazz drummer, Parnell also led and conducted the band on many top ITV shows of the 50, 60s and 70s.

He was instrumental in many top stars going on to The Muppet Show.
But he was proudest of capturing Buddy Rich – Frank Sinatra’s favorite drummer – to do a duet with the Muppet drummer, Animal.

Parnell played with Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jar, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole.

He also made series with Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, Benny Hill and wrote the theme music for The Golden Shot and Family Favorites.

Born into a theatrical family, his uncle Val Parnell was a theater impresario.
Parnell became a drummer and spent the World War II in an RAF big band.

Postwar, he was one of the most popular British drummers, playing with the top band of their day, the Ted Heath Band.

He won drummer of the year in the annual Melody Maker poll several times.
He was admired by leading US jazz drummers, including Buddy Rich whom he met on his first UK tour in the late 40s.

When ITV began in the 50s, Parnell was offered the job of musical director at ATV. Slowly he swapped the drum stool for the front of the band as conductor.
By the time The Muppet Show came round, Parnell reckoned he had lost his “chops” and Animal’s drumming was done by Parnell’s friend Ronnie Vernal.

Parnell provided the music for early ITV hits such as Sunday Night At The London Palladium, which went out live every week.

After he retired from ATV in 1982, he took up drumming again with the group Best of British Jazz with trumpeter Kenny Baker and trombonist Don Lusher, with whom he played for the next decade.

He retired to the Suffolk town of Southwold but carried on playing a couple of times a week with local bands until three years ago.

He died in Southwold after a year-long battle with cancer. Just two days earlier he raised a glass of champagne with his family to mark his 87th birthday.

His third wife Veronica said: “He just used to love to tap away.”
His son Will – also a composer – said: “He was determined to make it to see his birthday.”

Another of Parnell’s three sons, Ric, played drummer Mick Shrimpton in the legendary rock spoof film, This Is Spinal Tap.


This would have been fun to watch!
Now, the dancers have turned the tables, so to speak. Fed up with the tactics of Dunfee and his flock, they say they have finally accepted his constant invitation to come to church.

It’s just that they’ve come wearing see-through shorts and toting Super Soakers.

They bring lawn chairs and – yesterday, anyway – grilled hamburgers, Monster energy drinks and corn on the cob.

They sat in front of the church and waved at passing cars but largely ignored the congregation behind them.

Likewise, the churchgoers largely ignored the dancers. Except for Stan Braxton. He stopped and held hands with Lola, a 42-year-old dancer who made $200 on her Saturday night shift, and prayed for her salvation.

Lola, who wouldn’t give her last name, said she was grateful for Braxton’s prayers and his time.

The women don’t come here, after all, without their own version of religion. They bring signs with Scriptures written in neon colors:

Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing

Revelations 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still

Greg Flaig is executive director of the Ohio Owners Coalition, a group of showbar and club owners. He called the women’s protest extraordinary, saying he’s never heard of anything like it in the country.

George said the protest has been a long time coming. He sued the church in federal court several years ago, claiming a violation of his constitutional rights, but he lost. Now, he said, turnabout is fair play.

“When these morons go away, we’ll go away,” George said. “The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want.”

He said his club operates within the law. Dunfee said it does not, that it must close at midnight instead of its regular 2 or 3 a.m. Coshocton County Prosecutor Bob Batchelor said Friday only that he, the sheriff and the city prosecutor are “aware of the situation.”

Gina Hughes spent the morning soaking up the sun in her striped bikini, mostly oblivious to the fire and brimstone being preached in the tidy church building.

The 30-year-old married mother of six said she has danced at the Foxhole for a decade and holds the title of “house mom.” That means that even though she still dances, she also watches out for the six other women who work there.

She said she makes $2,000 a week.

“These church people say horrible things about us,” Hughes said. “They say we’re homewreckers and whores. The fact of the matter is, we’re working to keep our own homes together, to give our kids what they need.”

Dunfee said it’s not that simple. He said he consistently offers the women help, a chance at redemption.

WARSAW, Ohio – Strip-club owner Tommy George rolled up to the church in his grabber-orange Dodge Challenger, drinking a Mountain Dew at 9 in the morning and smoking a cigarette he had just rolled himself.

Pastor Bill Dunfee stepped out of a tan Nissan Murano, clutching a Bible in one hand and his sermon in the other, a touch of spray holding his perfectly coiffed ‘do in place.

Inside the New Beginnings Ministries church, Dunfee’s worshippers wore polyester and pearls.

Outside, George’s strippers wore bikinis and belly rings.
Churchgoers, strippers protest one another in Coshocton County

Both men agree it is classic sinners vs. saints. But George says it is up to America to decide which is which and who is who.

Dunfee says God already has chosen.

“Tom George is a parasite, a man without judgment,” Dunfee said. “The word of Jesus Christ says you cannot share territory with the devil.”

The battle that has heretofore played out in the parking lot of George’s strip club – the Foxhole, a run-down, garage-like building at a Coshocton County crossroads called Newcastle – has shifted 7 miles east to Church Street.

Every weekend for the last four years, Dunfee and members of his ministry have stood watch over George’s joint, taking up residence in the right of way with signs, video cameras and bullhorns in hand. They videotape customers’ license plates and post them online, and they try to save the souls of anyone who comes and goes.

“I tell them, ‘I will put a roof over your heads, and your bills will be paid, and your children’s bellies will be full,'” he said. Yet they don’t come inside.

The first few weeks, Dunfee piped the sermon outside. But that “agitated” them, he said, and made them dance in the streets.

He said their presence has united his church members and reinvigorated their mission to shut down the club.

“They have now seen the evil firsthand,” Dunfee said. “This has just made us stronger.”

George laughed at that notion.

“They’re just mad,” he said, “because their wives won’t let them come to my club.”

Van Halen Recording First Album Since Clinton Administration

The news that Van Halen is recording its first studio album in twelve years with original lead singer David Lee Roth may have fans wanting to, well, jump. It has certainly been a long wait since 1998’s “Van Halen III.” Speculation of a recorded reunion has been thrown around since 2008, when Van Halen completed a successful reunion tour that featured original frontman David Lee Roth with the band for the first time since the 1984 Tour (plus a brief appearance at the 1996 MTV Music Awards).

That much-anticipated new album has now been confirmed: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, released a statement saying, “[Van Halen] is currently in the studio recording an album with Roth that is due for release in 2011.”

If that wasn’t enough good news for VH fans, the new album is expected to be accompanied by a world tour.

Some fans, however, may still be disappointed considering that a full reunion of the original lineup remains so elusive.

It’s been a tumultuous partnership, to say the least, for Van Halen and Roth over the years. It’s a relationship that has left fans with a sense of frustration that continues today. The history of the band plays out almost as a bad soap opera. It started in 1985 when, after 13 years, clashing egos led to the departure of Roth — who went on to a semi-successful solo career — and the beginning of a new era for Van Halen: new lead singer Sammy Hagar.

The band continued to flourish with Hagar as the lead – a rare feat for a band to lose such a key member and retain its relevance — with some fans even preferring the more rocking style of Hagar over the flamboyant glam act of David Lee Roth. In 1996, Roth returned to record two songs with Van Halen for a greatest hits compilation. He was soon replaced (again), this time by former Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone, who lasted all of one album, Van Halen’s last. (The band did reunite with Hagar for a 2003 tour.)

When David Lee Roth returned to Van Halen for his first full tour since the “1984” album, fans were joyous to finally see a reunion of the four original members. Well, like pretty much everything else involving the band, nothing’s ever easy – the full reunion never happened. As David Lee Roth returned, longtime bassist Michael Anthony was passed over in favor of Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. Wolfgang will be the bassist on the new album as well. Anthony is currently the bassist for Chickenfoot, whose lead singer is, of course, Sammy Hagar.

Ex-WWE exec wins GOP primary for Conn. Senate seat
HARTFORD, Conn. – Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon has fended off a late challenge from former Congressman Rob Simmons to win the Republican endorsement for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat.

McMahon on Tuesday defeated both Simmons and Weston financial expert Peter Schiff in the GOP primary.

Simmons had led the race back when U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd was still planning to seek re-election. He suspended his campaign in May after losing the party’s endorsement to McMahon, then restarted his efforts in recent weeks with TV ads reminding voters his name was still on the ballot.

But McMahon, who spent more than $20 million of her own money on the primary race, largely ignored his re-entry. She now faces Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in November.

Better late than never
News reports out of Germany and Afghanistan indicate that the German government has okayed the creation of two, 600-man German battalions to go “on the offensive” against Taliban elements in northern Afghanistan. Partnering with Afghan Army units, the German forces will attempt to turn back the gains made by the Taliban over the past few years in this once quiet area of Afghanistan.

This decision will of course be good news to Germany’s NATO allies in Afghanistan, who have often looked at the several thousand troops Germany had deployed to the north (but kept largely under wraps) as an aggravating and wasting asset while others (such as the British, the Canadians, the Danes and the French) did the heavy combat lifting. It will also be good news to German troops who, almost to a man, are embarrassed by the caveats imposed from Berlin on what they could and (mostly) could not do when it came to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.

The fact is, since a decision in 1994 by Germany’s federal constitutional court that said it was okay for German forces to be deployed outside Germany’s borders, the German military has been involved in multiple international military operations, including the war in Kosovo in 1999. Yet, wearing the country’s history on its sleeves, consecutive German governments did little to match this increased use of the military abroad with a rhetoric that would have led the German public to appreciate the possibility that the use of military force might at times not only be necessary but also that it could serve to bring greater peace and security. For German politicians and the German public, more often than not, “peacekeeping” had little to do with the armed forces actually undertaking operations designed to “keep the peace.”

However, since October of last year, when Chancellor Merkel was reelected, the German defense ministry has been headed by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU)—by many lights, the most dynamic and popular politician in Germany. Guttenberg, it appears, is a German politician of a different strip, willing to break through some long-standing taboos when it comes to German defense and foreign policy. For Afghanistan, and the NATO-led ISAF mission there, the apparent decision to free German forces to take on the Taliban directly could not come at a better time given the fight at hand and the need for the U.S. and its allies to show progress in Afghanistan before the Obama administration’s December review of the Afghan campaign.

These are for the guys. Ax body wash “Shock” and Gold Bond Medicated. WOW, these two items WILL wake you up, or give you a boost-but together are almost too much!

Cathy Harper Lee (with The Justice League), and her daughter Cali. Cali has been my cleaning girl for quite some time. I have laid her off due to the amount of time I have been home the last few weeks. On Thursday, I was under the weather and needed to have my condo clean for a 8am appointment. I called Cali, her, and her mother Cathy came over and finished cleaning my Condo. They are good people and Cali is learning some great lessons from her “self-employment.” If anyone needs there place cleaned at an affordable rate, I recommend Cali. I can put you in touch with her!


Rage Over McNuggets Sends Woman To Jail
McNugget Madness At Toledo McDonald’s

TOLEDO, Ohio — A woman throws a tantrum, punches two McDonald’s employees and smashes a drive-thru window because she couldn’t get Chicken McNuggets.

Security video released Monday shows the 24-year-old woman lose her cool early New Year’s Day.

Melodi Dushane was at the Main Street McDonald’s drive-thru window at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2010. That’s in east Toledo.

An employee told Dushane they stopped selling McNuggets four hours earlier.

There was a verbal argument.

Dushane got out of her vehicle and punched the drive-thru employee in the mouth.

Brenda Goucher, Dushane’s friend, said the employees were calling Dushane names before the assault.

Goucher said she no longer goes to that McDonald’s because they get her orders wrong and mistreat customers.

“You get back home, and there are no fries. You go back up there, and she’s going to argue with you about it,” Goucher said.

The McDonald’s manager then walked over and also took swings from Dushane and attempted to pull Dushane through the drive-thru window by her hair, according to police.

It became a kind of window tug-of-war, with Dushane on one side of the window and two to three employees on the other.

The video shows Dushane screaming and trying to break the glass.

“If someone dragged me by the hair, I’d be furious,” Goucher said.

Dushane next grabbed a bottle from her vehicle and threw it through the glass drive-thru window before taking off.

Dushane’s defense attorney, John McMahon, said Dushane suffers panic attacks, which are heightened when drinking.

McMahon said Dushane was shocked by the security video because she didn’t remember the incident.

Dushane received two months in jail and a year of probation. She also was ordered to pay for the broken window.

With all this said. Toledo is NOTORIOUS for Crap! This McDonalds has a history of negative abuse to it’s clients. I lived in The Glass City for a Summer, it was the WORST experience of my life. These people are the lowest of the low. AND the PD does not do anything. When my Jeep was stolen I was told “Sir call us back when you find it.”

Here are a few more stories about the class of Toledo

AND MY FAVORITE about Toledo
A dad finds out his daughter was kidnapped and forced into prostitution, Police would not assist. He broke in and attempted to take care of situation himself…HE WAS CHARGED WITH BREAKING AND ENTERING, after he was assaulted for over a half an hour and 4 911 calls were made, and ignored.


Worst date ever: Boyfriend bails as foul ball hits girlfriend
By ‘Duk

Many women would do anything for a boyfriend who likes to dance.

But as one woman unfortunately learned on Monday, a man who decides to do the Texas two-step and electric slide away from your side as a foul ball screams toward you into the stands is far from a dream date.
In one of the funnier foul ball mishaps I’ve seen, a woman named Sarah was struck with a foul ball at the Houston Astros game after her male companion named Bo ducked out of the way.

As most of the blogosphere is noting this morning, chivalry is officially dead.
After all, if a man can’t abide by the simplest rule of a baseball date — don’t let your company get hit by a foul ball — what hope can women hold for things like flagging down the beer vendor or having their scorecard kept when they head to the ladies room?

On the bright side, Sarah’s only injury was a bruise and Bo’s strict interpretation of the term “dodgeball” earned the couple a lighthearted moment in the spotlight. Sarah later told the Astros television reporter that she, unlike her boyfriend, saw it coming: “As soon as we got here and I saw where we were sitting, I said ‘Baby, I’m going to get hit,” Sarah said. “He said, ‘No, you won’t. I’ll catch it if you do.’ We just had this conversation and sure enough, the ball comes at me. He just bailed.”

So what was Bo’s excuse for his comedic act of temporary cowardice? Well, he claimed to have lost Chris Johnson’s(notes) drive in the lights at Minute Maid Park.

Of course he lost it in the lights. Here’s hoping that the couple stopped at a sporting goods store for some eyeblack. You know, just after their postgame trip to the florist.


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5 Fitness Myths You Need to Forget

To be fit you need to stop letting myths like these hold you back.

1. Walking is not as effective as running.
Sure, you’ll burn about twice as many calories running for 30 minutes than walking for 30 minutes. But if a runner and a walker cover the same distance, they burn about the same number of calories. So if you’re willing to take the ‘slow route,’ you’ll likely lose just as much weight. In fact, studies have proved that how long you exercise matters more than how hard you exercise.

2. Exercise increases hunger
It’s a common misconception: If you burn hundreds of calories during a workout, you’ll end up eating more. But research shows that exercise has no effect on a person’s food needs, with the exception of endurance athletes who exercise for two hours a day or more. In fact, research shows that exercise often suppresses hunger during and after the workout.

3. It doesn’t matter where your calories come from
Calories are not created equal. First, some foods (in particular, proteins) take more energy to chew, digest, metabolize, and store than others. Others (such as fats and carbohydrates) require fewer calories to digest and store. Second, different food types have different effects on your blood sugar. Refined carbohydrates (think white bread, cookies, and fruit drinks) raise blood sugar levels dramatically, which encourages fat storage, weight gain, and hunger. Fibrous foods like apples, as well as proteins, raise blood sugar less, making them friendlier to your waistline. Finally, foods that contain a lot of water, such as vegetables and soup, tend to fill the belly on fewer calories, so you’ll stop eating them way before you stop eating more calorie-dense foods.

4. Diet alone is enough for sustained weight loss
You’ll lose weight in the short term by slashing calories, but experts say exercise is what keeps pounds off for good. Exercise burns calories, of course. It also builds muscle, which takes up less space than fat. Muscle tissue also requires more calories to sustain it than fat tissue does. In other words, the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you’ll burn at rest. In fact, some studies suggest that over the long term, if you had a choice of eating consistently less or exercising consistently more, exercise would be the better weight-loss choice.

5. There is no best time for exercise
If you’re simply walking to get healthy or take off some weight, it doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as you do it. But if you’re an athlete looking for the best-quality workout, choose the late afternoon, when body temperature is highest. Muscles are warm, reaction time is quick, and strength is at its peak. If you push yourself harder as a result, you will burn more calories.

My ½ marathon training is going strong, and I am busting through some pretty tough runs. Last week I did 9 miles, after a weekend of rockin a stage. Last Saturday, I am making these and other physical gains thanx to the products of Visalus. BTW I have 10 miles on Saturday!!!

To learn more or to check out some of the products from Visalus OR have the chance to make an extra income…

For the distance runners, and those 5k walkers/runners, there is an upcoming inaugural event on Labor Day Sunday. This will be my first in my new role of “Entertainment Coordinator.”


One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said … “Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit..

Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor ‘s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent t o her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words .. “Paid in full with one glass of milk”

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”

There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time.. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?!

Now you have two choices.

1. You can spread this positive message.

2. Or ignore it and pretend it never touched your heart

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which — To burn

First thing about control,, is letting them know you “got this”!! But never be afraid to ask for help!-Gregg Flowers

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. ~ Aristotle

“The status of sports hero, to the extent that it existed, was conferred, not proclaimed. The greats of the past — Joe DiMaggio, Sandy Koufax, Johnny Unitas, Bill Russell, Hank Aaron — did not declare their own greatness; in their time, that was unseemly.”

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
~Wayne Dyer

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.”
-Jesse Owens

Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

The Black Keys, play The LC. For more info go to

The Whiskey Players play Papa Boo’s

Joes Electric Squeeze Out plays at Captain Woody’s

LoveSick Radio is at Captain Jack’s

Eric Dove and Soul Kitch’n play Papa Boo’s

Superfan #99 and X-Ray Roger Jimmy play Captain Woody’s

Teen Sensation, Justin Bieber, plays The Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more info

The Filthy Habits play Papa Boos

The Menu’s play Captain Woody’s

Greg Warren plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

Broadway Across America-Columbus presents Wicked at The Ohio Theatre. This MULTI-Winning play follows the “other” Witches from Oz. For more info:

WaterFire with Ohio Brass Band
For more info:

JazZoo featuring Gershwin Under the Stars with Michael McElroy and Capathia Jenkins. For more information

saturday! Saturday!! SATURDAY!!!
Mopar Nationals at National Trail Raceway. For more info

The greatest GUYS action movie ever! ‘The Expendables’ with an all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone’s explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Staring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Arnold, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and MANy MANy more!!! This action flick is rated “R.”

For the ladies, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ staring Julia Roberts and rated “PG-13”

TWEENS, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ rated “PG-13.”

WAIT TILL IT COMES OUT ON CABLE…’Date Night’ staring Tina Fey, and Steve Carell. It has NOTHING to do with the fact I don’t like either one of the stars, but this IS Adventure in Babysitting redone for middle age immature adults.

Blake Shelton is back with “All About Tonight”


Labor Day Sunday

OSU Football Season with AT&T

I wanted to let you know that the Ohio University Alumni Association is sponsoring a Tailgate Party for the Ohio University vs Ohio State game on Sept 18th on Lane Ave. The tailgate will be an “ALL INCLUSIVE” with your food and drinks being provided (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic). The event will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm Saturday Sept 18th. The cost is $50 if you preregister or $75 at the door. We will be showing the game on a Jumbo Screen TV and you are guaranteed to have a great time. You do NOT have to be an Ohio University Alumni to attend the event so please feel free to bring your friends and pass this email along to your other OU friends that will be attending the game day events.

To register go to and scroll down to Saturday events. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, please contact me directly from the information below.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.
Saturday, September 18

Bobcat Bash
Sponsored by Ohio University Alumni Association
Register now for this Bobcat Bash
Date Saturday, 9/18
Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harrison House
222 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH

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