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Week 3 of The Holiday Season



Thursday Dec 13, M3S Holiday Party for all of our participants and the running and walking community hosted by 343 Front Street. We will have a free Michelob Ultra and food buffet for all of you, cool give a ways like Free Cap City VIP credentials, a TV, a Michelob Ultra Mountain Bike, gift cards from Boston’s, 343 Front Street and much more.


Everyone in the running and walking community is invited to join us. We are even going to have a Fashion/Fitness show of new winter running and walking apparel. Admission to the party is FREE. However, we have to limit admission to the first 500 of you that sign up. Registration is now more than half full. *Ages 21 and over please!

As we are nearing the end of 2010, I am looking forward to 2011. In the first few weeks of 2011, there are MANY bridal shows. I have always done very well in booking my gigs for the year, however want to “take it up a notch” and become a vendor at a few local Bridal Shows to increase revenues. With that said I am looking for investors for this and wanting to work out a compensation package for your funding of this endeavor. Please e-mail if interested in helping me and make a few “easy dollars.”

Also looking towards next year, in the last 10-15 years I have always been in (physically) decent shape. I have worked through some injuries and learned what works and what does not. I also know how I feel when I am in shape and want everyone I know to feel the same way.

In 2011 I will be getting my personal training certificate and am seeking clients. I will work with YOUR schedule, and offer competitive rates while I am completing my certification. Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail

As I stated above 2010 is wrapping up. I am not a fan of this time of year but doing everything I can to get into “the spirit” including; volunteering, decorating, and just trying to do for others. But it is hard for me. So while you MAY encounter someone you deem “a Scrooge” “Grinch” or whatever term you want to relay…as long as that person is not bothering you, I encourage you not to judge-there MAY be reasons in which I, I mean “someone” does not like this time of year. Instead just enjoy this time, and be thankful you don’t have the same reasons as some do not to enjoy this time of year.


“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” – Brian Tracy



A CLASSIC…that is all too true!

A Lady Gaga Christmas


A Christmas Tradition
by my good friend Kathryn Lusetti


When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as  fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered. Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the  cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

And  thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree. Not a very many people know this.



A Christmas Story‘ Cast: Where Are They Now?
In America today, most kids likely wish for an iPhone or another high-tech goodie for Christmas. But in 1940’s Indiana, a certain Ralphie Parker very specifically wanted “an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.”


I grew up looking like Ralphie (with an extra few pounds, and no glasses)

Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley), of course, is the nine-year-old protagonist seemingly destined to shoot his eye out in ‘A Christmas Story,’ the madcap 1983 Christmas comedy about the salt-of-the-earth Parker family. But where is actor Billingsley and the rest of the cast and crew now? In honor of the holiday season, Moviefone tracked them down.

Then: Before fist-fighting bullies on his quest for a BB gun as Ralphie Parker, Billingsley was a child actor in well over 100 TV commercials — including him portraying Messy Marvin for Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. As the dumb-lucked Ralphie Parker, Billingsley delieverd one of the most famous child actor performances in film history. The image of him, with glasses and a smile on his face, getting pushed down a long slide by the boot of a stern department store Santa Claus is indelible.

Now: Billingsley has acted regularly his entire life, but much of his work recently has been on the other side of the camera. After striking up a friendship with Vince Vaughn in the 1990 made-for-TV movie ‘CBS Schoolbreak Special: The Fourth Man’ and subsequently friending Jon Favreau, Billingsley has gone on to produce several projects with them (‘Dinner for Five,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Four Christmases’). In 2009, he even directed his pals in the comedy ‘Couples Retreat.’

Darren McGavin (Mr. Parker, aka The Old Man)
Then: Until ‘A Christmas Story,’ McGavin had been known primarily for his TV acting; he played the title roles on ‘Mike Hammer’ and ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker,’ as well as a series regular on the western ‘Riverboat.’ McGavin stole scenes as the sailor-mouthed Parker pop, who was as delusional about his handiness with home appliances as he was about his own swearing, and in the end, he “heroically” buys the boy that air rifle.
Now: McGavin continued to act in movies and TV until his death in 2006 at the age of 83. The highlight of this acting career (besides playing Adam Sandler’s dad in ‘Billy Madison’) came in 1990 when McGavin was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Murphy Brown.’

Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker)
Then: Melinda Dillon played the matriarch of the Parker family and the first to warn the main character that he could lose an eye with the infamous BB gun. Dillon’s most acclaimed prior performances had come in two Oscar-nominated performances, in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘Absence of Malice.’ She had also earned as a Golden Globe nomination for the Woody Guthrie biopic ‘Bound for Glory.’
Now: Dillon is largely a private person, but has continued to act. After ‘A Christmas Story,’ she appeared not only in ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ but also had a memorable role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Magnolia’ as TV game show host Jimmy Gator’s wife.

Ian Petrella (Randy Parker)
Then: Petrella’s acting career had begun at age three but landing the role of Ralphie’s younger brother, Randy, in ‘A Christmas Story,’ was his big break. Interestingly, while Petrella was not recognized immediately for his strong performance, two years later he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for the role.
Now: Petrella continued to act, and at 17, was the youngest member of the famous L.A. comedy troupe the Groundlings. Later, Ian discovered a love for puppetry, which he worked on and studied around the world. He also studied animation and continues cartooning to this day.

Scott Schwartz (Flick)
Then: Before being “triple dog dared” into licking a frozen flagpole as one of Ralphie’s friends, Schwartz had made his film debut in the Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason comedy ‘The Toy.’
Now: In 1987, Schwartz, with his father, began managing a sports and movie memorabilia collectibles store ingeniously named Baseball Cards – Movie Collectibles Etc. After a questionable foray into adult films in the 1990s, Schwartz returned to the collectibles business and, in 2006, started a line of celebrity-based trading cards. He still appears in the odd direct-to-video movie.

R.D. Robb (Schwartz)
Then: Robb made his acting debut in ‘A Christmas Story,’ playing Ralphie’s other friend, Schwartz. (He was involved in the “tongue stuck to the flagpole” gambit.)
Now: Robb went on to appear in several TV shows and movies, most notably ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ (as Charlie Anderson). In the past decade, Robb has transitioned to a producer role; he has half a dozen direct-to-rental features to his name. Robb’s most interesting post-‘ACS’ project was ‘Don’s Plum,’ the scandalous 1995 short film he directed, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Robb and co-producer John Schindler tried to release the short as a feature-length movie, but were blocked by a law suit from DiCaprio and Maguire.

Zack Ward (Scut Farkus)
Then: In the long list of great 1980’s bullies, Ward’s portrayal of the yellow-eyed Scut Farkus sits near the top. This role marked the Canadian born Ward’s acting debut.
Now: But it certainly did not mark the end of his career, because Zack Ward has continuously worked in TV and movies ever since. From 1983 to 2010, he appeared in 80-plus projects — he’s turned up in everything from ‘Dollhouse’ to ‘The Transformers’ to ‘Deadwood’ to ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ to ‘CSI’ and so on and so on.

Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)
Then: Born in London, England, Anaya played bully Scut Farkus’ “toadie” pal Grover, who helps antagonize Ralphie.
Now: If you’re a fan of Van Halen (and who isn’t?), you may remember Anaya as the young Michael Anthony in the music video for ‘Hot For Teacher.’ Anaya also appeared as a paperboy in ‘Better Off Dead,’ but stopped acting not long after that.

Patty Johnson (head elf), Drew Hocevar (male elf), and Jeff Gillen (Santa)
Then: In a crucial scene in the movie, the two villainous elves manhandle children waiting to sit on the lap of Santa, who then inadvertently scares the kids and shoves them down a slide (trust us, it’s funny). Hocevar and Johnson had no professional acting experience, but both had worked at one time or another as elves at Higbee’s, a department store in Ohio (where the film was shot). As for Gillen, he had appeared in several of director Bob Clark’s earlier movies, such as ‘Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things’ and ‘She-Man.’
Now: Like many others, Johnson, Hocevar and Gillen reached their thespian zenith with ‘A Christmas Story.’ Gillen created Great Southern Studios, a production company in North Miami Beach, Florida, and was its president until 1995, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar continue to live in Ohio, where both are employed as teachers.

Jean Shepherd (writer, narrator)
Then: Jean Shepherd narrated ‘A Christmas Story,’ giving voice to the adult Ralphie Parker, which makes sense because he wrote the Christmas adventure based on semi-fictional stories from his own childhood in Hammond, Indiana. Shepherd’s screenplay includes previously released material from several of his books. Also, Shepherd knew his way around a microphone, as he had a very popular three-decade radio career, during which he told stories, read poetry and organized listener stunts.
Now: Jean Shepherd never stopped creating and delighting audiences. From 1948 onward, he put on live shows at major universities and theaters, and after ‘A Christmas Story,’ he successfully focused his efforts in television, most notably on PBS. Shepherd died in 1999 of natural causes.

Bob Clark (director)
Then: Before directing this perennial holiday classic, Bob Clark had helped pioneer two now-ubiquitous films genres: the slasher flick and the teen sex comedy. The former he touched on with the 1974 horror film ‘Black Christmas,’ and the latter with the phenomenally popular 1981 romp ‘Porky’s.’ Clark wrote, produced and directed ‘Porky’s’ as well as its not-so-memorable 1983 sequel, but ultimately he left the franchise and had no hand in the trilogy-completing ‘Porky’s Revenge.’
Now: Clark continued to direct TV shows and movies up until his untimely death in 2007. His list of credits is populated by many B-movies, and Clark was the brainchild behind the largely panned ‘Baby Geniuses’ and ‘SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.’ Bob Clark also directed a movie that has arguably the most hysterical premise ever: the 2004 made-for-TV movie ‘The Karate Dog.’



Maturity begins to grow when u can sense your concern for others beginning to outweigh ur concern for self-Rev Run


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Donate your car, truck, boat or RV to RMHC “Where Cars Help Kids”

If you think that old car in your driveway isn’t worth much, we would like to turn that thinking around. By donating your car, truck, boat or RV to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, you can help provide families a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House and keep them together during the hospitalization of a seriously ill child. And on top of that, you can claim a tax deduction for your charitable donation. We’ll even come pick up your vehicle at not charge. To donate your vehicle, or to learn more about the program and how it helps, please call 614-CARS-HELP (227-7435) or toll free 855-CARS-HELP (227-7435).




Orange County Chopper Teutul Loses Pet, “Gussy”


I can relate to “Sr.” on many things. Gruff…to the point, stuburn, working out a lot, business savvy, usually taken wrong way, and his love of his dog!


Orange County Choppers founder Paul Teutul, Sr. is in mourning today following the death Tuesday of Gussy, one of his two Bullmastiff dogs.


The blustery Teutel, of reality show American Chopper fame, was slated for a Courant interview today in advance of his January show at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. It was postponed  because he was too devastated to talk.


Teutul, a pet enthusiast, was so attached to  Gussy, (whose real name is August)  and his other Bullmastiff, Marty, that he had portraits of both dogs tattooed on his body.


Teutul worked with his sons Paul and Michael, who became celebrities when his Orange County Choppers became the focus of the reality television series in 2002.



Hall of Famer, and AMERICAN HERO, Bob Feller: Hall of Fame storyteller to the end


Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller, who died Wednesday night at 92, never stopped attending Tribe games and never tired of talking baseball with interested guests.


USA TODAY sat with him for several innings during Stephen Strasburg’s second major-league start last June at Progressive Field. Strasburg’s velocity was all the buzz, so the conversation turned to Feller’s speed. He is believed to have been the first pitcher ever to have his fastball scientifically clocked from the mound to the plate and he recounted the circumstances.


It was August 1946, before modern radar. Promoters used a photo-electric cell device and clocked his pitches crossing the plate at 98.6 miles per hour. Modern radar guns register pitches leaving the pitcher’s hand or just in front of the mound, so Feller’s reading translated to 107.9 mph.


“It was after the war. I was 27,” Feller recalled. “Clark Griffith (Washington Senators’ owner) thought it would be a good idea to draw people to the ballpark. He sold the ballpark out that night and I went out before (the game). I had to pitch that night.


“They brought (the device) in from the Aberdeen (MD) Proving Grounds and put it right over home plate. Two photo-electric cells were about four feet apart — what it checks is the muzzle velocity of the guns. It converted immediately to miles per hour.”


After the exhibition, in which he threw 30-40 pitches at top speed, Feller went out and pitched a complete game against the Senators (giving up three earned runs on six hits, but losing, according to


The World War II hero and baseball Hall of Famer was mentally sharp until the end and accurately recalled his then-record 18-strikeout game on Oct. 2, 1938 — a month before his 20th birthday. Victim No. 18 was Tigers’ centerfielder Chet Laabs, who struck out five times that afternoon.


“He’s the last hitter of the ballgame. I needed to strike him out to break the major-league record at that time,” Feller recalled. “I get two strikes to him and the last pitch was a called third strike, so he yelled at the umpire, and the umpire said, ‘You missed 14, I missed one



Bill of Rights


The First 10 Amendments to the

Constitution as Ratified by the States


December 15, 1791



Congress OF THE United States

begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday

the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.


THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution


RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:


ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.



Amendment I


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Amendment II


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


Amendment III


No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Amendment IV


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Amendment V


No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.





Amendment VI


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


Amendment VII


In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Amendment VIII


Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Amendment IX


The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


Amendment X


The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.





Five Fantastic ‘Larry King Live’ Interviews



Larry King signs off for the last time Thursday


“Larry King Live” signs off Thursday after 25 years on CNN and more captivating moments than we can count. In recognition, here are five of the best of Larry: solid political interviews, bizarre celebrity disclosures, and lots of reminders that the last word in the show’s title is “Live.” Thanks for the memories, Mr. King. Especially the awkward memories.


1. Marlon Brando: Kiss the King

King visits Marlon Brando in his Beverly Hills home for an interview that goes off the rails in wonderful ways. As King tries to pin Brando down on his greatest roles, they’re interrupted by Brando’s 180-pound dog, Tim. It almost seems like Brando has scheduled the unleashing of the hound to avoid talking about his career. “How heavy is Tim?” King asks, changing subjects. “We’ll be right back with Marlon and Tim.” The interview ends with a song and a kiss.



2. Jerry Seinfeld: “Do you know who I am?”

Seinfeld is stunned when King can’t quite remember whether his hit series went out on top… or was cancelled. “I was the No. 1 show on television, Larry. Do you know who I am? Seventy-five million viewers, last episode. There’s a big difference between being cancelled and being No. 1.”



3. Ross Perot and Al Gore: NAFTA

Perot and the then-Vice President discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement in a single-issue 1993 debate that’s informative, thoughtful, and engrossing. The folksy aphorisms fly. “Could I finish?”



4. Carrie Prejean: “Inappropriate King Live continues.”

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean takes off her mic and threatens to leave the show because King asks her about a confidential settlement. Or because he goes to a caller, who happens to want to ask about gay marriage. It’s never very clear, but gosh is it uncomfortable.



5. Lady Gaga: “Should I call you Larry or should I call you King Larry?”

King and Lady Gaga form a weirdly great rapport that feels based on mutual awkwardness. “Should I call you Larry or should I call you King Larry?” she asks at the top of their talk. Later, she gives a surprisingly detailed answer to the question, “Do you have lupus?” Call him King Larry.



Bonus: Larry on Larry

King talks to Anderson Cooper about some of the most famous people he’s interviewed, from Barack Obama to Frank Sinatra. Hilary Clinton: “Smart as a whip. Funny. It should come across more. Great sense of humor.” Obama: “Impossible not to like. You can disagree with him, not like his policies, even think he’s a socialist. You can not not like him.” Sinatra: “Every essence of what you want in a good interview.” Richard Nixon: “Haunting, doubting, brilliant, nervous, and extremely fearful of ‘What do you want?'”




It’s official — Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

All but Waits were first-time nominees to the Hall. Acts who did not make the cut this year included first-time nominee Bon Jovi, as well as multiple nominees LL Cool J, Donna Summer, the Beastie Boys, J. Geils Band, Chuck Willis, Chic and Joe Tex.

The nomination of shock rock icon Cooper and his original band seemed a long time coming given their commercial success — four platinum albums and five Top 40 hits between 1971-73 — and stature as theatrical pioneers.

Cooper figures it’s about time the band got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But he wasn’t worried about it.”I’ve always felt the same way about this whole thing,” he tells “I kind of sat back and said, ‘It will happen eventually.’ ”

“It did get to be kind of a joke, not being nominated,” Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) adds. “I got to the point where I was saying, ‘OK, I’m the Pete Rose of rock ‘n’ roll!’ So now that it’s a reality, it’s a different take on it. Now I sit there and go, ‘Wow. Wow! We’ve got to really get up and play, and assume the position of being in the Hall of Fame.’ It’ll be great.”

Cooper says the only time he was upset about not being on the ballot was in 2009, when Kiss, who he considers protégés of a sort, were nominated before him. “That one stung a little bit,” he acknowledges. “I sat there and went, ‘Now, wait a minute…Really? Are we invisible here, or what?’ ”

The original Cooper band — guitarists Michael Bruce and the late Glen Buxton, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith — splintered in 1974, after the “Muscle of Love” album. But Cooper, who’s continued as a solo act ever since, says he would not have accepted induction if it wasn’t for the entire band.

“The original band was cutting edge,” he explains. “It was the original band that had all the iconic records from ‘Love it to Death’ on to ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Muscle of Love.’ What I did after that was an aftermath. The original band were the guys that had to cut through that big, thick ice in order to become an entity out there. I can’t see how I could just go up there as an individual.”

The four surviving Alice Cooper members are currently together in Arizona rehearsing for a performance at Cooper’s 10th Annual Christmas Pudding at Phoenix’s Comerica Theater, benefiting his Solid Rock Foundation for children. (Rob Zombie, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Night Ranger, Glen Campbell, Cheech Marin and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers are also performing). The group will perform at the induction ceremony, with Steve Hunter, who played in Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” band, filling in for Buxton.

Major theatrics — such as the guillotine or gallows — are unlikely for the Hall of Fame ceremony, Cooper says, but it will hardly be a bare-bones performance.

“We’ll play ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out,’ probably,” he says, “but I’m sure there’ll be weather balloons of confetti thrown into the audience and stuff like that. They’ll know it’s us.”




Poll: Obama’s losing support; Romney would beat him now

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, so low that he’d lose the White House to Republican Mitt Romney if the election were held today, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

The biggest reason for Obama’s fall: a sharp drop in approval among Democrats and liberals, apparently unhappy with his moves toward the center since he led the party to landslide losses in November’s midterm elections. At the same time, he’s gained nothing among independents.

“He’s having the worst of both worlds right now,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York, which conducted the national survey.

“As he moves to the center, he’s not picking up support among independents and he’s having some fall-off among his base. If his strategy is to gain independents and keep the Democrats in tow, it isn’t working so far.”

The poll was taken from Dec. 2 through Wednesday, as the president proposed a two-year freeze on federal civilian workers’ pay and cut a deal with congressional Republicans to extend expiring tax cuts — even those for the wealthy, which he’d opposed.

Overall, just 42 percent of registered voters approve of how he’s doing his job, while 50 percent disapprove.

Obama’s standing among Democrats dropped from a month ago, with his approval rating falling to 74 percent from 83 percent, and his disapproval rating almost doubling, from 11 percent to 21 percent.

Among liberals, his approval rating dropped from 78 percent to 69 percent and his disapproval rating jumped from 14 percent to 22 percent.

His position among independents remained virtually the same, with 39 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving. A month ago, it was 38-54.

The president’s continued failure to rally independents could ruin his bid for re-election. A hypothetical 2012 matchup showed him getting the support of 44 percent of registered voters and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, getting 46 percent.

Obama now is running slightly ahead of Republican former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, drawing 47 percent to Huckabee’s 43 percent.

Both results were within the poll’s 3.5 percentage point margin of error.

He’d easily defeat Republican former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, however. He’d get 52 percent of registered voters and she’d get 40 percent, if the election were held today.

The key in each matchup is independents.

Romney had the best advantage over the president among independents, preferred by 47-39 percent. Independents break for Obama over Huckabee by 42-40 percent. Palin fares much worse among independents. They favor the president over her by 52-35 percent.

“In head-to-head matchups, it’s the independents who seem to be shaping the early discussion,” Miringoff said. “We have a lot of polarization. And the middle is in its classic position of being the swing vote.”

There was one sign that Obama’s effort to “triangulate” by centering himself against both parties on the tax cuts issue may work; he ripped Republicans for favoring the rich and the Democrats for criticizing his deal to go along.

The poll found that voters are inclined to blame congressional Democrats and Republicans more than the president if the deal to extend tax reductions falls apart and taxes go up on Jan. 1.

On issues, registered voters lean in another direction, with 47 percent saying the top priority for the new Congress should be to cut the federal budget deficit and 22 percent saying it should be to cut taxes. Another 28 percent said that maintaining services and benefits should be the top priority.

They also think the people at WikiLeaks who revealed classified U.S. cables should be prosecuted rather than protected by the First Amendment, by 59-31 percent.


Kasich picks woman for top command of Ohio National Guard


COLUMBUS — Col. Deborah A. Ashenhurst will make state history next month when she becomes the first woman adjutant general of the 18,000-member Ohio National Guard.


Gov.-elect John Kasich announced Ashenhurst as his pick to command the state’s Army and Air National Guard, which are 85 percent male.


Ashenhurst, 51, of Hilliard, outside of Columbus, will be the fifth female in U.S. history to serve as a state’s adjutant general, Ohio National Guard spokesman James Sims said.


“I stand as an example to the women in the Guard and other male dominated fields to show that they too can be a leader of both men and women; what I truly hope to show is that leadership is not gender-specific,” Ashenhurst said.


Ashenhurst, a Springfield native, enlisted in the Guard in 1978 for its free tuition program, attended officer candidate school and worked her way up through the ranks. She is now awaiting Senate confirmation of her appointment as a general.

In an emotional moment, Ashenhurst spoke about her father, who had been a colonel in the Guard and is now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.


“When I was a second lieutenant, he pulled me aside and said ‘Deb, you could be the assistant adjutant general of this organization,’ ” Ashenhurst said. “Well, I told him the other day, ‘Dad, you set the bar too low.’ ”



Slow candy sales mean goodbye Hawaii, aloha Fargo!

AP – Employees of the Just Born candy company – which makes Peeps, Mike and Ike’s and other popular candies …

FARGO, N.D. – There is an old saying in the sales business: Always be closing. Here is a new one: Always be freezing, if you do not sell enough.

The company that makes Hot Tamales candy offered its sales team an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii if it met its annual goals, and a trip to the nation’s arctic tundra if it didn’t.

The Just Born team did not meet its target and, on Tuesday, about two dozen salespeople gathered inside the 19-story Radisson hotel — the tallest building in frozen Fargo.

Outside, the temperature was 7 degrees. The ground had 2 feet of snow.
Not exactly Hawaii: Honolulu was sunny, and a comfortable 82 degrees.
“Fargo is not what you would think is one of the greatest locales in the United States and technically we didn’t make our year,” said Dave Bayha, a Just Born manager. “It was somewhat of a punishment.”

Would Bayha rather be in Hawaii?

“Um, sure,” the Phoenix resident said, laughing again.
The team had a good year, increasing sales from the previous year by 2 percent, said Josh Halpern, the company’s director of U.S. sales. The goal was a 4-percent bump.

That earned them the trip to Fargo. Some had to go shopping for real winter clothes, such as furry bomber hats, long underwear and parkas.

They are trying to make the best of it, with a little humor.

They planned tours of two North Dakota wineries and a winter extravaganza with a sleigh ride, tobogganing and hot toddies around a fireplace inside a chalet.

On their first night in town, they went to the VFW in West Fargo for a spaghetti dinner. Five bucks a plate, all you can eat.

Afterward, they hauled an old-school popcorn machine into a conference room and watched a movie. “Fargo,” of course. Yah sure, you betcha.

“Watching Fargo in Fargo is just one of those random bucket list things you get to check off,” Halpern said. “It doesn’t resemble the community at all,” he said, laughing. “Maybe a few of the expressions.”

The 24 employees from Bethlehem, Pa.-based Just Born have been popular among the locals, too, handing out care packages with treats like Peeps, Mike and Ike, Peanut Chews and Teenie Beanie.

Next winter, if the group fails to reach its goal, they will get an all-expenses paid trip to Rapid City, S.D.

“As a team, this is something we will never forget,” Bayha said. “Twenty to 30 years down the road, when we see each other, we’re going to say, ‘Remember Fargo?



Finale of ‘The Biggest Loser 10′ tipped the scales with 11 million viewers


Patrick House winner after losing 181 lbs. in six months. House (no pun) entered the competition tipping the scale at 400 lbs. House from Vicksburg, Miss. earned $250,000 for his accomplishment and the win in the ratings and viewership. The finle proved winner for NBC.


From 9-11 p.m. ET, the finale of “The Biggest Loser 10” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) scored season highs to win the time period in adults 18-49 and most other key demographics.  “Biggest Loser” tipped the scales with its heftiest 18-49 rating since January 19 and biggest overall audience since January 5.


The “Biggest Loser” finale registered NBC’s weightiest Nielsens in the Tuesday 9-11 p.m. ET slot, excluding Olympics, since December 8, 2009 in 18-49 and since September 14 in total viewers.  Versus the prior week, “Biggest Loser” jumped by 29 percent in 18-49 rating (4.0 vs. 3.1) and 2.8 million persons or 34 percent in total viewers (11.020 million vs. 8.228 million).  The prior “Biggest Loser” finale from 8-10 p.m. ET on May 25 averaged a 3.9/11 in adults 18-49 and 9.961 million viewers overall.  The year-ago finale from 8-10 on December 8, 2009 averaged a 5.0/13 in 18-49 and 13.452 million viewers overall.


For its second hour from 10-11 p.m. ET, last nights’ “Biggest Loser” topped the combined ABC-CBS competition in adults 18-49 (with a 4.2 rating vs. a combined 2.9), as well as adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults and women 25-54.


In the 10:30 lead-in to local news, “Biggest Loser” was a dominant #1 in the key news demo of adults 25-54 with a 58% margin over CBS’s #2 “Good Wife” (with a 4.9 rating vs. a 3.1).  “Biggest Loser” led the 10:30 half-hour in all key demographics and topped ABC and CBS combined in adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults and women 25-54.


From 8-9 p.m. ET, “Minute To Win It” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) scored the show’s highest 18-49 rating since the second hour of its premiere night, from 8-9 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.  In total viewers, last night’s 7.7 million is a series record for “Minute.”


“Minute To Win It” ticked off NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period in four weeks (since November 16) and ranked #2 in the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers.  “Minute” grew from its first half-hour to its second by 19 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.5 from a 2.1) and by 14 percent or more than 1.0 million persons in total viewers (8.2 million vs. 7.1 million).  “Minute” clocked significant gains from half-hour to half-hour in every key ratings category.


Versus its season premiere of the prior week, “Minute” jumped by 21 percent in 18-49 (2.3 vs. 1.9) and 10 percent in total viewers (7.665 million vs. 6.983 million).

NBC is #1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW in adults 18-49, as well as adults 18-34, men 18-34 (tie) and all key adult-female demos.  NBC scored season highs for a Tuesday night in 18-49 and total viewers.



To the guy who was tailgating me as I was getting off 161 onto Avery-Muirfield. So I guess when I merge left with a signal (and in front of you) I am the bad guy. THEN when you are yelling and screaming with hands flailing at a stop light…and I get out of my Jeep (to make sure you are “ok,” and not having a seizure {of course} I am the bad guy. Tell ya what buddy…don’t wig out and I won’t be forced to knock on your car window to “make sure you are ok.”




Hey Mayor Coleman…way to go, chasing away business


City, county rework sewer deal to exclude casino site
Penn National would have to agree to annexation for service

The Columbus Dispatch

If Penn National Gaming wants flush toilets at its central Ohio casino, it will have to build it in Columbus.

That, more or less, was Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s message as he made a rare appearance before the Columbus City Council tonight and asked members to remove the casino site from a 2003 city sewer contract with Franklin County.

“This new agreement clarifies that, in order for Penn National to receive city services, they need to annex to the city of Columbus,” Coleman told council members.

The council approved the contract 6-0, with Councilman Andrew J. Ginther abstaining.

County commissioners are to take the matter up at their meeting Wednesday morning.

For the county, the new contract would allow extending city water lines to 27 county housing subdivisions that have water problems. Two – the Moneyback subdivision in Franklin Township and the Leonard Park subdivision in Mifflin Township – would be approved immediately. The county would pay for the lines.

The move gives Columbus additional bargaining power as it negotiates with Penn National.

City leaders had acknowledged that they were bound by the previous contract with the county to provide sewer service to the site, but they still held water service as a bargaining chip.

Then, late last month, the mayor learned that Penn National had applied to the state for permission to drill wells at the site. At the time, the mayor’s spokesman called the move a “shakedown.”

Now, even if Penn National drills wells, it will have to annex to the city for sewer service, the mayor said.

“The city’s approach over the last several months seems to be just to bully Penn National,” company spokesman Bob Tenenbaum said last night.

“We were bullied originally to change the location of the casino, which we agreed to,” Tenenbaum said. “Then they tried to bully us on the water.

“At some point, when you’re dealing with bullies, you have to say, ‘Enough is enough.'”

Tenenbaum said he could not comment on the new deal between the city and the county because Penn National officials had just heard of it. But, he said, the company is committed to building the casino.

Penn National had promised to annex the site to the city by September. Instead, this fall, company officials listed more than $10 million in tax breaks and other help they wanted city officials to consider.

The city stands to receive an estimated $24 million per year in taxes if the casino is in Columbus, but $16 million if it remains in Franklin Township.

The council meeting was the last of 2010 and the last for Council President Michael C. Mentel and Councilwoman Charleta B. Tavares. Tavares was elected to the Ohio Senate and Mentel is resigning to spend more time with his family and on his career.

In addition to saying goodbye, the council approved the following items:

Police will be allowed to place ticket-issuing speed cameras in school zones and near parks, pools and recreation centers where children congregate.

The council approved changes to tax-break agreements with two companies. EMH&T Engineering and Capital City Group, a crane-rental company, will continue to pay reduced property taxes, though they have not created the jobs they initially promised. Tavares, who had questioned changing the agreements to allow fewer jobs, cast the lone vote against each.

Keeping what Coleman has said was one of the city’s only promises to casino developers, the council backed an application for state environmental clean-up money for the casino site, formerly a Delphi auto-parts plant.



Irony, last weekend’s Indiana Jones Marathon was sponsored by The US Postal Service. I am as we speak waiting on a package…Sometimes it would take Indy to get a package delivered before the Post Office! I mean he even wears a “man purse,” err…I mean a “messenger/mail bag.”


Video of Metrodome (Vikings Field) collapsing



Big Ten Announces Division Names, New Logo
The Big Ten Conference made several announcements that complete a series of decisions prompted by the upcoming addition of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as the conference’s 12th member school.

The conference announced that its football divisions, starting with the 2011 season, will be “Legends” and “Leaders.”  A breakdown of the divisions is listed below:

LEGENDS: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
LEADERS: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

“‘Legends’ is a nod to our history and to the people associated with our schools who are widely recognized as legends – student-athletes, coaches, alumni and faculty. ‘Leaders’ looks to the future as we remain committed to fostering leaders, the student-athletes who are encouraged to lead in their own way for the rest of their lives, in their families, in their communities and in their chosen professions,” said Delany. “We’re proud of our many legends and even prouder of our member institutions that develop future leaders every day.”

The conference revealed a new logo to be used for all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and also unveiled names for its two football divisions and a list of names for 18 trophies to honor coaches, teams and student-athletes starting with the 2011 football season.

“When we announced football division alignments in September, other associated decisions had not yet been made.  We wanted to take some time to listen, carefully consider, and make choices that would best honor our history and traditions, reflect our core values and characteristics, and tell our story,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “We involved many thoughtful, dedicated professionals and we listened to many ideas from our member schools, alumni and fans.”

“The new Big Ten logo was developed to symbolize the conference’s future, as well as its rich heritage, strong tradition of competition, academic leadership, and passionate alumni,” said Gericke. “Its contemporary collegiate lettering includes an embedded numeral ‘10’ in the word ‘BIG,’ which allows fans to see ‘BIG’ and ‘10’ in a single word. Memorable and distinctive, the new logo evolved from the previous logo’s use of negative space and is built on the conference’s iconic name, without reference to the number of member institutions.”

“The new Big Ten logo provides a contemporary identifying mark unifying 12 outstanding institutions,” said Delany. “It conveys some elements from the past while simultaneously introducing new features. We think the new logo is fun and has something for everyone.”

Finally, the Big Ten announced the creation of 18 trophies to honor just a small sampling of the countless student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the conference’s rich and storied history. Starting with the 2011 season, the Big Ten will honor its top football student-athletes with these newly named trophies.

“These trophies will honor our legends and leaders for generations to come,” said Delany.  “The names on these trophies are fitting tributes to the hundreds of thousands of student-athletes and coaches whose hard work and dedication have contributed to the legacy of the Big Ten Conference over the past 115 years.


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“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.” – Lao Tzu



Doin nothin can bring u down! Throw urself into life! Holiday Spirits! Movin around!! Serve the homeless etc..u’ll feel betta-Rev Run (AND FOR THE RECORD, I AM TRYING!!!)



Hey It’s Matt Sexton….sick of the snow? Look at it like this, at least it is filling in the potholes? Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!



The Sound of Christmas with Empire Brass, Starring Elisabeth von Trapp (Of the Von Trapps from Sound of Music) plays the Midland Theater in Downtown Newark Ohio. For more info




Midnight Star will “always” be around but only playing Saturday at The Hyatt Regency Ballroom. For more info http://www.midnightstarband




The Holiday Tradition, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas

at The Palace Theatre. For more info




To get OUR Buckeyes ready for the Razorbacks of Arkansas, Allstate Tailgate Tour “sweetens” (get it? Sugar Bowl? Oh never mind…) the South Campus Gateway. For more info and times





Josh Sneed, plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton





Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. See animals in special settings and in an environment as you have never seen before. For more info



Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

For more info


Holiday Fantasy of Lights

At Alum Creek State Park Marina

For more info




I thought it was stupid the first time…and the sequel is no different 28 years later ‘Tron: Legacy,’ STIIL relies on special effects and is rated “PG.”



DATE NIGHT FLICK that is actually pretty good, ‘How Do You Know?’…and speaking of “pretty” it stars Reese Witherspoon. Rated “PG-13,” HDYK also stars Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson


The animated ‘Yogi Bear’ stars “the animated” Dan Aykroyd, and a hilarious Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo Bear, rated “PG.”




The animated, ‘Despicable Me’ rated “PG,” and staring the voices of: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, and Julie Andrews.



Finally a Will Ferrell movie that I think is “OK,” ‘The Other Guys,’ also starring Mark Wahlberg. This “buddy” comedy is rated “PG-13.”


Ben Afflick directs and stars in ‘The Town,’ rated “R.”


‘The A-Team’

1980s TV action series ‘The A-Team’ comes BACK to the small screen with  Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Rated “PG-13.”


For your Hometown Country Station T-100, I’m Matt Sexton, bundle up if out shopping this weekend.




Trans Siberian Orchestra Pre-Party at 343 Front on Dec 27th


New Years Eve with The Columbus Blue Jackets



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