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Merry Christmas and an explanation


AT NYE on High 2010 at The Hyatt

This party is 30 years in the Making! 70,000 square feet of entertainment to bring in 2011 with 17th Floor, Lt. Dan’s New Legs, The Reagonomics, The Floorwalkers, Capital City Sound, Paradise Island Band, Chris Logsdon; all hosted by Monica Day


Doors open at 8 pm. Celebrate publicly until 2 am, privately ‘til room checkout.


By 12/20:

$379 per couple to eat, drink and sleep.

$111 per person to just eat and drink.

$479 per couple for VIP Treatment.


After 12/20: $399/$131/$499.

VIP Packages available. Must be 21+ Space is limited.

Book now at: for overnight packages

or call 614-463-1234 for party only tickets.


Hyatt Regency Columbus on New Year’s Eve.

350 North High Street, Columbus, OH

At Helping my Buddy “Boxer”

The nominations are in for male radio broadcasters you would like to see guest co-host with Kelly for a day!
Show your support for your favorite broadcaster by sharing with your friends.
Please note: Voting begins on January 10th, 2011!
Sharing the Men of Radio information does not count as a vote.


AT investing in my services to MAKE YOU MONEY

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

BEFORE I BEGIN, Happy Festivus (Dec 22):

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as “another way” to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday’s celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labelling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.

Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as “Festivus for the rest of us,” a saying taken from the O’Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus’ non-commerical aspect.

The name “Festivus” has also begun to be used as a general term for any type of December party not affiliated with the season’s other events.

Many have asked why I don’t like this time of year, some call me a Scrooge, and some a Grinch. They do this even when I am buying the presents, wearing the hats/shirts/ugly sweaters, decorating and even baking-as well as donating money and time to different organizations. ALSO while I am leaving everyone alone-spending many hours and days by myself (and the world Famous Pepper Dog).


My feelings of this time of year have cost me some friendships, and relationships. I guess I don’t understand why some people have to judge others on their thought process’ of certain events if it is outside of the norm-or their own upbringing, especially if thoughts do not bother someone else.


I mean for example, I LOVE Halloween-St. Patrick’s Day-4th Of July. I have my own reason, but don’t judge those who don’t celebrate (or those who go WAY overboard on Halloween and St. Pat’s Day).


But the latter is a whole other ramble for another time-I will put life vests on the groups that go too far in the same boat as morons who go to a Buffett show-JUST to get drunk. Again those are arguments for a later time.


So to be honest I have found several reasons why I don’t like this time of year. They all have a small piece of significance.


First off it is a time for “family and friends” I am a loaner, and have realized in the past 20 years, I have only been with someone “special” on 3 of those years. And, I guess only 1.5 counts, ‘cause one girl broke up with me while I was on the way to pick her up for Christmas Eve Mass (AND I DIDN’T GO TO CHURCH AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE)-yes this is a TRUE story!  While we are VERY GOOD FRIENDS NOW…and there has been forgivness on this and many other areas, it still to this day hurts me. The other I was with one girl who changed my life over the Holiday, she made me want to at least try to enjoy. And I did, I found some happiness (that is still true today) despite my own feelings on this season. I was lucky enough to be with her for a Holiday and enjoy the warmth her and her family brought to me. And while I was around her the following year, and got to share some special moments (get yer heads out of the gutter!), it seemed not real, and things were broken off not long after. But as I was reminded it is not the events that make a moment special…it is the person. The remaining point whatever…sorry really bad at math, was with an old friend who is great, and was just not the great one for me.


I guess that leads into my OCD; I like consistency and don’t like change. No matter if it is a relationship, friendship, work, vacation, or anything else that becomes tradition…those things change with time. I DON’T LIKE CHANGE! So this may be another reason why this time of “traditions” bothers me, all the events that were to become tradition, has changed!


I also am scared to death of interrupting a “tradition” or causing one to cease. I don’t want to be the reason anyone no longer does something they enjoy. In a very demented way, at least in my mind…I am giving to others, by staying away.


And it seems that every year I have become better off financially, yet, I always seem to be short. Now I know this reason, it is because I try and do too much for too many people, and groups. NOT because I want something in return but I always feel that EVERYONE does more than me. I try to compensate by doing for more people, and more charities etc. I only have so much time, money, and energy. I ALWAYS RUN MYSELF DOWN THIS TIME OF YEAR!


This is a time of “giving more than usual,” I take this to heart. I give, and give, and give, ALL YEAR LONG. So I have a hard time doing more during this “Season.”  I see others having the spirit and giving to others…and I feel like I have to do more, because I do year round. I know this is my own inferiority issue, but, it is one of the reasons I have these feelings for this season.


Also why one time of year. I guess this is the reason I don’t like Christmas, Birthdays (at least my own), and Valentine’s Day. If you care for someone…WHY DO WE ONLY DO IT 1-3 DAYS OF THE YEAR!?!?!? Can’t we, as cliché’ as it sounds…”Have Christmas Year Round.” I know that the velvet red suits and boots MAY be a little warm in August, but why can’t we wear them in our hearts?


Another reason is my stance on “supporting OUR Troops.” This is the one time of year (outside of liberal hippie communes) that you see “Peace on Earth” printed on banners, ads, cards, etc. I am pro military and support OUR Brave Men & Women, and THIS GREAT COUNTRY….in the HIStory of the world, we have never been at one and in peace. While it is a nice sentiment, isn’t it countering the “Support Our Troops” feelings I have?


So being the loaner I am, yet constantly surrounded by people, it makes you think quite often…who would miss you? Now don’t read into that statement! I am merely saying in a “Wonderful Life” kinda way, who would miss (any of us), and what traditions would go on…without us.

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”-It’s a Wonderful Life


With that said, the season isn’t about just one, but a group. In many ways a lot of one’s make up a group, and those groups have traditions. Even though lives-relationships-friendships-families-locations change and in turn “Traditions” change…keep those traditions close to your heart, and enjoy them year round.


So it is not the season I don’t like, it the way in which we handle it. I hope I am able to one day find a way to enjoy like most do (or allegedly do), until then…I will just continue on my journey to understanding God, The Season, The Reason, and how to do for others without a timeline on a Calender.

This kinda sums it all up doesn’t it? In a very distorted way, but how else would I relay ANYTHING!?!?


From the bottom of my perceived “Grinch” or “Scrooge” heart…MERRY CHRISTMAS, and even if not celebrating the reason for THIS SEASON, I hope you find it in your heart to have Happiness and Joy-YEAR ROUND.

Thank you to everyone who has made this year full of the most growth of my life, and appreciating opportunities and friendships…even if they are no longer around. This is the best present I could ever be given!



“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Herm Albright



Ok…Kinda sappy, but one of my favorites for Christmas, only problem is; I have given yet not received-BUT that is what this season, and life is all about


…no matter what you unwrap, may we all receive “better days”


Name across the world for the Jolly Fat Man with The Beard

Father Christmas,


Saint Nicholas,


Papa Noel/Papai Noel,


Shengdan Laoren,

Viejo Pascuero,

Sinter Klaas,


Chimney John (Wales),

Kanakaloka (Hawaii),

Grandfather Frost (Russia),

Christkindl (Austria),


Pere Noel

My Dad


This is a cute “Modern Day” adaptation of the Birth of The Big J.C.. Merry CHRISTmas

This fun for kids of ALL ages

Peter Billingsley producing ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ (video)

Peter Billingsley, best known for his role as Ralphie in the classic 1980s film, ‘A Christmas Story,’ has taken the fun-loving comedy to the stage. He’s now executive producer of ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical!’

The stage play will run through December 30th at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Washington, according to, and is based on the 1983 movie about a 9-year-old boy whose dream present is an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. His mother is thoroughly against the idea and has one of the most memorable lines of the movie: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Billingsley, 39, is not a novice at executive producing, and has taken on many projects as of late, including ‘Iron Man’, and Four Christmases.

Are poinsettias poisonous?

Pity the poor poinsettia. All it ever wanted was to be a nice emblem for the holidays: To be patiently wrapped in red foil and hoisted on hostesses, to festoon festive Christmas sweaters, and to be eternally mimicked in plastic. But somewhere along the way it picked up a bad-girl reputation as a lethal beauty — lovely to look at and terribly toxic if tasted!

But are the rumors true? Are pretty poinsettias potentially poisonous? About 70 percent of the population will answer yes, and although every year there is a bumper crop of stories explaining otherwise — the myth persists. And myth it is. Poinsettia’s are not poisonous, merely the victim of a popularly enduring urban legend.

It all started back in the early part of the 20th century when the young child of a U.S. Army officer was alleged to have died from consuming a poinsettia leaf — a story which was later retracted.

But, as these things have a habit of doing, the toxic potential of the poinsettia took on a life of its own. Now many people treat poinsettias as persona non grata (or poinsettia non grata, as the case may be) in their households.

According to the American Medical Association’s Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, other than occasional cases of vomiting, ingestion of the poinsettia plant has been found to produce no ill effect. And other experts have weighed in as well.

The Society of American Florists worked with the academic faculty of entomology at Ohio State University to thoroughly test all parts of the poinsettia and conclusively established that there were no adverse effects. In 1975, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission denied a petition to require warning labels for poinsettia plants.

As for your pets, the American Veterinary Medicine Association of America does not include poinsettias on its list of plants that are a threat to animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that ingestion of poinsettias may cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal tract irritation, which may include drooling, vomiting, and/or diarrhea — but nothing severe or fatal.

Mistletoe, on the other hand? Not so innocent. Along with inspiring smooching if stood underneath, mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal distress, a slowed heartbeat, and other reactions if ingested, due to the presence of harmful chemicals like viscotoxins. Although not thought to be fatal, it can cause severe reactions.

In pets, mistletoe may cause gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, dyspnea, bradycardia, erratic behavior, vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood pressure. Yikes!

So keep the mistletoe securely fastened above your door, but fear the poinsettia no more.

What these top 12 holiday foods will cost you in exercise

’Tis the season to be jolly—and pack on pounds indulging in rich, fattening fare. Here are 12 holiday diet hazards you and your family should avoid, along with healthier options that only taste indulgent!

If you simply can’t resist a calorie-laden holiday favorite, we’ve figured out how much exercise–running, jump-roping, skiing, etc.–it’ll cost you.

Glazed ham
What it’ll cost you: A 6-ounce slice contains 1,760 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of sugar, and 300 calories. This might not seem outrageous, but think about how many slices of ham you fork onto your plate. The numbers add up!
How to burn it off: Ski for 45 minutes.
A better choice: If you love to bake ham for your big holiday dinners, lighten up the recipe by making our Glazed Ham With Blackberry Sauce . The glaze is made mostly from mustard and jam, with only one tablespoon of added brown sugar.

What it’ll cost you: One slice of Cheesecake Factory’s original cheesecake has 707 calories and 29 grams of fat. That’s about half of the 65 grams the USDA recommends for the average woman eating 2,000 calories a day. And we haven’t even mentioned assorted flavors and toppings!
How to burn it off: Jump rope for an hour.
A better choice: If cheesecake is one of your choice indulgences, select a light version that is garnished with fruit. One slice of our Cheesecake With Fresh Strawberry Sauce has only 245 calories and 8.4 grams of fat.

Gingerbread cake
What it’ll cost you: With large quantities of buttermilk, flour, and sugar, gingerbread cake is even worse than gingerbread housesor people. One small piece of cake has 260 calories, 36 grams of carbohydrates, and 12 grams of fat.
How to burn it off: Walk vigorously for 45 minutes.
A better choice: Stick with small Gingerbread Cookies —you can still shape them into people! Use light icing to decorate.

Swedish meatballs
What it’ll cost you: Lurking within each tempting ball can be at least 400 calories of white bread, butter, heavy cream, and sodium-laden beef broth.
How to burn it off: Twirl a Hula-Hoop for 40 minutes.
A better choice: If you can’t resist this diet hazard, our recipe for lighter Swedish Meatballs has almost a fourth of the fat and 50% of the calories and sodium.

Mashed potatoes
What it’ll cost you: Whole milk, butter, and salt can cram in the calories, cholesterol, and fat. One serving clocks in at 237 calories with 9 grams of fat and 666 milligrams of sodium.
How to burn it off: Lift weights for an hour.
A better choice: Bake something new, like this side dish of Rosemary-Roasted New Potatoes . It has about half the calories and a third of the fat.

Candied yams
What it’ll cost you: Though sweet potatoes are a superfood, common recipes tell you to add up to six cups of sugar before you start baking this side dish, racking up a total of 38 grams per serving. The American Heart Association suggests that added sugar intake be limited to 25 grams per day for women and 37 grams per day for men. The side also tacks on over 400 calories to your plate.
How to burn it off: Dance for 55 minutes.
A better choice: Our Sweet Potato Casserole has 7 less grams of sugar per serving, and butter is replaced with half-and-half, lowering the fat content.

Yule log
What it’ll cost you: One serving of Betty Crocker’s Bûche de Noël boasts 420 calories and 47 grams of sugar—almost double the amount the American Heart Association recommends eating per day.
How to burn it off: Do power yoga for an hour.
A better choice: Looking for a lighter selection? Save over 100 calories by picking up a piece of this Cranberry Upside-Down CakeWith Cognac Cream instead.

Spinach and artichoke dip
What it’ll cost you: Spinach and artichokes alone are nutritious. However, generous amounts of mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese overpower the vitamin-packed veggies. One popular restaurant’s spinach and artichoke dip with tostada chips has 905 calories and 3,100 milligrams of sodium, over 1,000 more milligrams than the USDA recommends!
How to burn it off: Inline skate for 60 minutes.
A better choice: Try this healthier Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip and watch your portion size. One serving has just 59 calories and 183 milligrams of sodium.

Sugar cookies
What it’ll cost you: This classic cookie is pretty delicious, but the amount of all-purpose flour, butter, and eggs most recipes call for is unnecessary. An average cookie can contain over 200 calories and 14 grams of sugar.
How to burn it off: Do about 30 minutes of Pilates.
A better choice: Our recipe for Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies uses egg whites and less butter to keep saturated fat and cholesterol low. A touch of whole-wheat flour adds filling fiber.

Prime rib
What it’ll cost you: One piece of prime rib can house up to 750 calories and 45 grams of fat, without the added sauce or seasoning!
How to burn it off: Play tennis for about an hour and a half.
A better choice: If you’re a steak lover, there are other cuts to choose from that are just as appetizing if cooked properly. Beef tenderloin has one-fourth the calories. Our Roast Beef Tenderloin With Port-Mushroom Sauce cuts the fat down to 22 grams.

Pecan pie
What it’ll cost you: On their own, pecans are high in calories, but combine them with sugar, butter, and corn syrup, and you’ve got a potentially deadly dessert. A single slice will cost you more than 500 calories, 37 grams of fat, and 26 grams of sugar.
How to burn it off: Run for 40 minutes.
A better choice: This Classic Apple Pie has less than a quarter of the fat per slice. And you’re getting additional fiber from the apples as a bonus.

What it’ll cost you: Though this sweet treat contains fruit, it can also have plenty of butter, sugar, and corn syrup. One slice we tried clocks in at 410 calories and 13 grams of fat.
How to burn it off: Do 30 minutes of vigorous spinning.
A better choice: Bake this lighter Banana Blueberry Bread loaf with grits, bananas, and blueberries; it has only 145 calories per slice.


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


Help is needed girls sizes 0-1 pants, small/medium shirts, boys pants 28-29 waist with 29-30 length, small/medium shirts…had a friend lose their house to fire, any help will be APPRECIATED, please e-mail and I will pass along.


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).



Earlier in the week my phone went for a swim, nothing cool like dropping in toilet, or getting shoved in a pool. Not even leaving in pants for it to be washed. NOPE…I had a 12 oz mug of ice water (YES WATER), next to the couch on the floor, and phone on arm of couch. I moved to grab ice bag to set on my ACHING shoulder, and when I turned, PLOP…phone dead center into said mug.


No Big deal, cause I have insurance. Well the insurance was not issue…dealing with “Mike” at Verizon on Tuttle was.


(BTW “Mike” this is not only being sent to my list, but to ALL CENTRAL OHIO VZW FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS, as well as all blogs that will post-I don’t have a problem with someone not “knowing” BUT to refuse to “represent” a client, or at least attempt to assist, that is not acceptable!)


I would like to commend “Sam” a Manager of Verizon on Tuttle. He went above and beyond not only sticking up for one of his employees, but then helped me when he found first hand why I asked for help. The young man working on the floor “Mike” displayed poor customer service through comments that included “not my job,” “no,” and “can’t.” These statements show a blatant refusal of accountability, but also, poor work ethic. These areas could have been overcome with one statement…let me see what I can do.


I however again want to thank Sam, and state I appreciate not only his assistance but also his loyalty to one of his own (even if I don’t agree with “Mike’s” actions)


Ben&Jerry’s Scoop of Happiness free app. WOW!!!



Two downtown restaurants closing in Granville

Tis the season for change at two longtime downtown Granville restaurants.

Victoria’s Parlour at 134 East Broadway has closed, but building owner Lisa McKivergin said, “It’s definitely going to be another restaurant, I just don’t know which one.”

A few doors to the west, the Aladdin Restaurant, 122 E. Broadway, will close Dec. 31 as owner Don Snelling retires. But building owner Ben Rader said several people are interested in taking the restaurant over.

McKivergin said she has been approached by four different restaurants interested taking over the Victoria’s space, and two other business people are interested in retail there. Victoria’s was operated by Carrie Cuyler since February 2007.

“The way I look at it is the people that are in the restaurant business need to have the first shot at it,” McKivergin said. “Obviously if their business plan doesn’t work then I’ll look at something else, but I really don’t believe that will be the case. I just haven’t decided who to go with.

“I’d like to see some life in there,” McKivergin added. “I’d like to see something that works for people with regular pocketbooks that need to eat, not just an anniversary destination or something like that. Certainly not an ice cream parlor. When you sit for dinner you don’t want to sit on a little ice cream stool. That’s not what people do anymore.”

In a perfect world, McKivergin said, she’d like to see the space “gutted and completely redone and open at the end of February because people don’t frequent downtown Columbus in January and February, especially when there are ice storms and such. So I’m not in a big hurry. It’s more important it’s the right thing.”

Change is good McKivergin concluded.

“The town’s changing so the needs are changing. The people are changing. Their tastes are changing. So I think it’s a good thing,” she said.

Snelling, 55, has been working at the Aladdin since the age of 10, bussing tables.

Snelling has been leasing and running the restaurant from Rader since 1995. Snelling took over from his mother, who ran it before him. Now, in large part because of health concerns, Snelling said he’s retiring after more than 45 years.

Plus, Snelling said, “I can’t make any money in there anymore. The way the economy went down didn’t help anything. When I started there was only us and The Hut around the corner. Now you’ve got a bunch of restaurants in the area, and when those places open it hurts somebody, or a lot of people.”

Rader said the business will close when Snelling leaves, but he added, “We have lots of people interested and (when) we have somebody signed, sealed and delivered we’ll be announcing it. It will be totally remodeled, revamped and come out like a brand newAladdin. That’s the plan right now.”


Jesus of Course! Ever wonder what the “H” stands for when some say Jesus H. Christ



My Top Christmas Movie/Shows

111)  Charlie Brown Christmas

2. 2) Christmas Vacation

3. 3)  It’s a Wonderful Life

4. 4)  Lethel Weapon

5. 5)  Christmas Shoes-(SHUT UP!)

6. 6)  A Muppet Christmas

7. 7)  Grinch that Stole Christmas

8. 8)  Home Alone

9. 9)  Tie (and both are cheesy “date related” Christmas Shows) Mrs. Miracle, and Holiday in Handcuffs

1110.)                     Gremlins (YES IT IS A CHRISTMAS MOVIE…Gizmo was a Christmas Present)



President Obama today announced his intention to appoint Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council on Community Solutions. The iconic musician’s efforts with his own Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in recent years have resulted in creative public/private partnerships as well as more than 260 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families.


The White House’s announcement follows.

President Obama Announces Members of the White House Council for Community Solutions

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.


Jon Bon Jovi, Appointee for Member, White House Council for Community Solutions

Jon Bon Jovi currently serves as Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lives of those in need. The Soul Foundation launches programs and partnerships with the intent to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the United States. To date, Mr. Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided affordable housing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families. Mr. Bon Jovi is also the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning group Bon Jovi, which has sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts for more than 34 million fans.



For That Far Right-Wing Child: The Tea Party Coloring Book

It’s never too early to begin teaching your children anti-Obama, anti-liberal politics which is why this Christmas, you can start them on the road to liberal-bashing with the Tea Party Patriots Coloring and Activity Book.

This is a perfect gift for the little Patriot, full of puzzles, games, and songs designed to teach and inspire pride in their heritage as an American. It Introduces children to the Tea Party Patriots’ core values and how they can become involved in preserving the liberty our Founding Fathers enshrined for We the People.

Inspired by the principles of Freedom and Liberty immortalized in the United States Constitution the 36 page book is complete with games, puzzles, mazes, activities and denotes a historical perspective on the tea party movement. The book includes a simple and fun emphasis on fundamental freedoms…

And who better to learn about freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution than from those who want to change it?



Omnibus Pork by the Numbers: List of Senators and Their Earmark Count
if you break down the number of earmarks for each Senator, you will see that the top two earmarks in terms of pure numbers are the two GOP Senators from Mississippi, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker. Cochran happens to be the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Note: Senator Orrin Hatch has since removed his one earmark.
Cochran (R-MS) 230
Wicker (R-MS) 199
Murray (D-WA) 172
Harkin (D-IA) 152
Reid (D-NV) 129
Menendez (D-NJ) 123
Feinstein (D-CA) 121
Lautenberg (D-NJ) 120
Lincoln (D-AR) 114
Inouye (D-HI) 113
Schumer (D-NY) 106
Johnson (D-SD) 105
Landrieu (D-LA) 104
Specter (D-PA) 103
Pryor (D-AR) 96
Levin (D-MI) 93
Stabenow (D-MI) 91
Boxer (D-CA) 90
Brown (D-OH) 87
Grassley (R-IA) 86
Bingaman (D-NM) 86
Durbin (D-IL) 86
Akaka (D-HI) 83
Wyden (D-OR) 83
Cardin (D-MD) 79
Merkley (D-OR) 79
Gillibrand (D-NY) 79
Bond (R-MO) 78
Bennett (R-UT) 76
Casey (D-PA) 76
Udall (D-NM) 73
Reed (D-RI) 70
Kerry (D-MA) 69
Cantwell (D-WA) 69
Hagan (D-NC) 69
Voinovich (R-OH) 68
Klobuchar (D-MN) 68
Rockefeller (D-WV) 67
Dodd (D-CT) 66
Mikulski (D-MD) 65
Tester (D-MT) 65
Lieberman (ID-CT) 64
Hutchison (R-TX) 63
Baucus (D-MT) 62
Dorgan (D-ND) 60
Warner (D-VA) 60
Webb (D-VA) 58
Franken (D-MN) 58
Collins (R-ME) 57
Leahy (D-VT) 56
Murkowski (R-AK) 55
Whitehouse (D-RI) 55
Kohl (D-WI) 54
Conrad (D-ND) 52
Vitter (R-LA) 48
Cornyn (R-TX) 45
Snowe (R-ME) 44
Nelson (D-FL) 43
Chambliss (R-GA) 42
Crapo (R-ID) 41
Risch (R-ID) 41
Bennet (D-CO) 40
Brownback (R-KS) 39
Carper (D-DE) 39
Burr (R-NC) 38
Begich (D-AK) 37
McConnell (R-KY) 35
Roberts (R-KS) 35
Sanders (I-VT) 33
Shelby (R-AL) 32
Inhofe (R-OK) 32
Shaheen (D-NH) 32
Alexander (R-TN) 30
Udall (D-CO) 30
Lugar (R-IN) 29
Graham (R-SC) 27
Thune (R-SD) 26
Isakson (R-GA) 24
Nelson (D-NE) 23
Sessions (R-AL) 21
Bunning (R-KY) 21
Ensign (R-NV) 20
Gregg (R-NH) 13
Barrasso (R-WY) 4
Enzi (R-WY) 3
Hatch (R-UT) 1
Bayh (D-IN) 1
Corker (R-TN) 1
Brown (R-MA) 1
McCain (R-AZ) 0
Feingold (D-WI) 0
Kyl (R-AZ) 0
DeMint (R-SC) 0
Coburn (R-OK) 0
McCaskill (D-MO) 0
Johanns (R-NE) 0
LeMieux (R-FL) 0
Manchin (D-WV) 0
Coons (D-DE) 0
Kirk (R-IL) 0


AMAZING SONG…for all who are serving, AND their families

High Tech Night Before Christmas





Mark Cuban exploring BCS alternative

DALLAS — After two failed bids to buy a Major League Baseball team, billionaire Mark Cuban is seriously considering trying to use his money to create a playoff alternative to college football’s Bowl Championship Series.


Cuban, the outspoken owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, told on Wednesday that he is “actively interested but in the exploratory stage” of creating and funding a playoff system to crown a champion for major college football.


“The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team,” said Cuban, who tried to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers within the last few years. “You can do something the whole country wants done.”


Cuban said he has talked to two athletic directors from BCS conferences who were extremely enthusiastic about the idea. He intends to contact several school presidents and state senators in the coming weeks to determine whether the idea is worth pursuing.



Cuban said he envisions either a 12- or 16-team playoff field with the higher seeds getting homefield advantage. The homefield advantage, Cuban said, would ensure the college football regular-season games would not lose any importance.


The bowl games could still exist under Cuban’s plan, but he said he would make it more profitable for programs to make the playoffs than a bowl.


“Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option,” Cuban said. “Say, ‘Look,


I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.’ ”


One way to push school presidents toward approving the idea would be to lobby major donors of college athletic programs, Cuban said. He suggested convincing the donors to cut off their donations until their presidents approved a playoff system.


Cuban, who is reading the book “Death to the BCS,” said he thinks it would take about three or four years of planning before enacting the playoff system. He believes it’s a better business opportunity than owning a baseball team, and he admits he’s intrigued by the idea of revolutionizing a major sport.


“It’s an inefficient business where there’s obviously a better way of doing it,” Cuban said. “The only thing that’s kept them from doing it is a lack of capital, which I can deal with.


“The one thing every college football fan wants you can probably create for less than it takes to buy a baseball team.”


MTV News Names Kanye West ‘Man Of The Year’
Considering Kanye West’s checkered past year with MTV, it seems unfit that the opinionated hip-hop genius would top any list compiled by the media outlet. But in all honesty, West’s crowning as MTV News’ “Man Of The Year” is absolutely appropriate.

Now before you rush to populate the comment section of this post with Kanye hate, you have to give him some credit as a newsmaker.

Other MTV News “Man Of The Year” top contenders, Eminem (No. 2), Justin Bieber (No. 3), Drake (No. 4), and Lil’ Wayne (No. 5), had an impressive year, but none captured a news headline better than the rapper we love to hate.

Kanye’s artistic work made up for all the flack he received for stealing Taylor Swift’s 2009 Video Music Award moment of glory — and subsequent rants.

MTV News correspondent Tim Kash said it best when making the announcement: “Behind the massive ego is a load of talent.”

After the VMA incident last year, Kanye went into seclusion, but he made a memorable return last May and has since dominated entertainment news.

West’s song, “Power,” questioned authority. He joined Twitter and became one of its most active and interesting celebrity users. He offered a G.O.O.D. Friday free download for months. He created one of hip-hop’s most compelling music videos, an artistic moving picture for “Power.” And when he returned to the VMA stage this year, not only did he not apologize for his past indiscretions but he suggested that a toast be made in his obnoxious honor.

Then, West stepped things up. He released another epic video, this time a 35-minute minimovie for “Runaway.” The explicit cover of his “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was banned yet still debuted at No. 1. He expressed regret for his “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment and dissed Today’s Matt Lauer in the same breath. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” debuted at No. 1. And now we all wait in anticipation for his next short, a horror-themed clip for “Monster,” a collab with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. The preview looks as chilling as a “Saw” sequel.

We can hate Mr. West all we want, but there is no denying that, in 2010, he owned music news. Let’s all raise a glass to our computer monitors and smartphones screens and make a toast to the self-described jerk. Hip hip. Kan-ye!



OH COME ON PETA!!! Anyone who knows me knows I like dogs more than people, but I think giving Michael Vick would be a GOOD THING. A great learning experience for not only him and his family, but also others!!!

Former Falcons QB Vick wants a new dog, prompting outrage from PETA

The story of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been one of those made-for-Hollywood feel-good movies thus far this season.

There is the one-time brash young quarterback, who could run faster than the wind had all the tools to become one of the best ever at his professions.  But he couldn’t overcome his demons.  He’d party too much and show up the next day in practice and go through the motions.  When suspicion arose that he passed a security checkpoint with a bottle disguised to hide marijuana, he denied it.  If he was criticized by the fans for not showing the right level of effort to go with his extraordinary talent, he would give those who ultimately pay his salary the finger.

He was simply invincible (or so he thought).

And then all of a sudden came the fall — charges of the NFL star running a dog fighting ring out of a place called “Bad Newz Kennels,” report after report about how Vick did heinous and inexplicable sub-human things to dogs, the official investigation, the arrest, the conviction, the suspension, the bankruptcy, the humbling and the comeback.

Yes, the comeback.  The good QB who was too immature to realize a potential that could have easily pushed him into the ranks of the greatest in his profession was given a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A new Vick emerged.  He became more of a teammate. He became more of a listener. He became that guy who would spend time in the video room preparing for his next opponent and honing his craft on the football field instead of carousing, picking up women and causing trouble.  Prison had matured him.

The Eagles gave him a path to redemption.  Vick sat on the bench as a backup his first season back in the league.  He patiently watched while getting better and better and was rewarded with a starting job this season.

When given the opportunity, he finally realized his full potential, passing for over 2,500 yards, tossing 17 touchdowns and running for seven more.  His QB rating of 104.3 is better than any quarterback not named Tom Brady.  The Eagles are soaring toward the playoffs and their QB is on the short list for MVP.

And then Vick said something that makes you shake your head and ask why the heck did he open his mouth?

“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals,” he told’s Mara Schiavocampo.  “I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted.

“I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”

With one quick unguarded – albeit candid – answer, the former Falcons felonious signal caller has shifted the debate from whether he’d pick apart the New York Giants defense this weekend to whether a man who once tortured, maimed and killed these same pets that he “has a passion for” should be able to own a dog again.

Back comes the allegations of the torture, shooting and electrocution of defenseless animals for “sport” and money, the trial, the conviction, the impassioned debate on both sides of the aisle.  On the one side is the Humane Society, which has worked with Vick as he has devoted his life to preaching far and wide about the evils of dogfighting.  Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle told the AJC that Vick would do a “good job” as a pet owner.

On the other side is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  Let’s just say that they were in a less than forgiving mood.

“Just as convicted pedophiles aren’t allowed free access to children, anyone who is responsible for hanging, electrocuting, orshooting dogs and who causes them to suffer in other unimaginable ways should never again be allowed access to dogs,” Lisa Lange, vice president of PETA, told the newspaper.

“All things considered, it is a very small price to pay, especially compared to the suffering endured by the dogs who were abused and killed in the Bad Newz Kennels.”

Suddenly, that feel-good story doesn’t feel as good anymore.



A seal was used as a “Navy Seal”

Ex-Navy gray seal dies at Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO — The Toledo Zoo says a gray seal that performed tasks for the Navy in the 1970s has died.

The male seal named Neptune died earlier this week and was about 36 years old, well above life expectancy. The zoo says aging issues, including a thyroid tumor, may have caused the death.


From 1975 to 1978, Neptune was one of many seals, sea lions and dolphins that assisted the Navy in tasks such as retrieving tools and equipment for divers, identifying mines and locating submarines.

The Navy donated Neptune to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut in 1978, and he arrived at the Toledo Zoo in 1999.


One male and two female seals and two harbor seals remain at the zoo in its Arctic Encounter exhibit.


“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukka’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukka!’ or to the atheists ”Have fun in Hell.”


Two Large Plastic Garbage Bags

A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind her. One of the bags rips, and every once in a while a $20 bill falls out onto the sidewalk.

Noticing this, a policeman stops her, and says, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of your bag.”

“Oh really?… Darn!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back, and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me.”

“Well, now, not so fast,” says the cop. “How did you get all that money?  “You didn’t steal it, did you?”

“Oh, no”, said the little old lady. “You see, my back yard is right next to the football stadium parking lot. On game days, a lot of fans come and pee through the fence into my flower garden. So, I stand behind the fence with my hedge clippe rs. Each time some guy sticks his thing through the fence, I say, ‘$20 or off it comes’.

“Well, that seems only fair” laughs the cop. “OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?”

“Well, you know—-, not everybody pays”.


Calgary hockey fans show holiday spirit in teddy bear toss video

Calgary – Thousands of teddy bears were thrown into the hockey rink at the Calgary Hitmen’s game Sunday night as part of a 16-year tradition of hockey fans donating holiday bears at a game that the players deliver to children’s charities throughout Alberta.


The Hitmen fans brought the stuffed animals to the game at Scotiabank Saddledome for the 16th Annual Petro Canada Teddy Bear Toss.


Then they patiently waited for the first goal to be scored. For the 16,844 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome watching the Hitmen take on the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday, that honor of first goal made went to Cody Sylvester at 3:49 of the first period. He scored, and the mayhem started and continued for 40 minutes while play was delayed.


“It’s unbelievable,” Sylvester told the Examiner after the game. “Scoring in front of all those fans and all those teddy bears coming down on you — it’s a pretty special moment.”


Arlene Strong, the vice-president of communications with Suncor Energy, was on hand to represent the events main sponsor. She spoke to the fans on hand after the holiday bear tossing had ended.


“Over 50 charities including Salvation Army, Calgary Womens Emergency Shelter, Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie and the Alberta Children’s Hospital are going to be benefiting today from the Teddy Bear toss,” she said during the elongated break in play while numerous volunteers picked up the fallen stuffed animals.


On Monday morning players from the Calgary Hitmen were able to see first-hand the impact of donations from Sunday’s teddy bear toss.


“When we can give back to the community, that’s pretty special for us, especially at a place like this,” captain Matt MacKenzie said about the Alberta Children’s Hospital according to Metro Calgary news. “A lot of them are pretty shy, but you can see how happy they are when they get the bears so it makes us feel good”


Trevor Grant said when his two-year-old son Easton was given a teddy bear, he had trouble fighting back his emotions. “(Easton has) had a rough life so it’s really neat to see this happen.”


Easton’s mom, Jalene Grant, said they come to the hospital every week and having the Hitmen hand Easton a teddy bear made their day a little brighter. “It just puts a smile on their face, everything they have to go through. To be able to take five minutes and do that is pretty awesome.”


Over 24,000 teddy bears were collected after the disorderly, but traditional, avalanche of bears ended. The clean-up of the bears delays the game by over an hour each year, to the delight of participating fans.


This absolutely awesome event has become one of the most popular organized by Canadian hockey teams and owners in the Western Hockey League. It has become tradition in the Portland, Spokane and Lethbridge hockey franchises as well as Calgary, were it originated. The Calgary Hitmen said the response from the fans continues to grow each holiday season.


Big Ten May Reconsider Division Names
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said on Friday that the conference may reconsider the names of its new divisions after overwhelmingly negative feedback.
Delany told WGN AM-720 in Chicago that the Legends and Leaders names were designed to highlight the Big Ten’s rich history and that “to a great extent it’s fallen on deaf ears.”

Many fans have mocked the nicknames and the Big Ten offices have been flooded with letters asking the conference to reconsider the names.

Delaney said that could happen after the first of the year, once people have had a chance “to breathe a little bit.”

Ohio State will be one of six schools in the “Leaders” division, along with Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The “Legends” division is comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

The divisions were created for football after Nebraska announced it was leaving the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten.

Delany said that the conference considered naming the divisions after people, but decided that would be too limited.


Matthew 5:3-10

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven



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Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha


“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~Nido Qubein



This was kinda nice to hear… “It always pays off in the end. what u do and who u are makes a difference! belt buckles, cowboy boots, and all!”


The Holidays are about friends, family; and getting even with your enemies-A Muppet Christmas Carol



I was Limping around, in a bad mood, while I was volunteering at Ronald House at CMH. I was reminded to smile by a guy who was in far worse shape than me, and had more on mind at Children’s Hospital.-It was a nice verbal reminder.

“If you see a friend without a smile, give him one of yours.”
– Old Proverb (Origin Unknown)


They’re singin’ ‘Deck the Halls’
But it’s not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year


“I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.” – Lou Holtz


Sometimes in life, no matter how hard you try, life doesn’t go your way–sometimes it feels like it never has and never will. That’s when you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and look at the blessings God has given you–there’s a plan–you don’t see it yet, but God will show you the way…


Hey It’s Matt Sexton, lot’s going on, we hope you are having a GREAT CHRISTmas Weekend, but if you wanna escape the family…here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

National Showcase Artists, take the stage at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

The tradition that is BalletMet: The Nutcracker
at The Ohio Theatre. For more info and showtimes

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
For more info

Holiday Fantasy of Lights
At Alum Creek State Park Marina
For more info


Unfortionatly, Jack Black stars in ‘Gulliver’s Travels,’ rated “PG.”


In a series that is overplayed (and hyped) Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro in ‘Little Fockers,’ rated “PG-13.”


A GOOD COWBOY FLICK NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE!!! Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon star in the Coen Brothers’ ‘True Grit,’ rated “PG-13.”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw star in the best Country Music Movie since “Pure Country,” ‘Country Strong,’ rated “PG-13.”



The action flick ‘Salt,’ staring Angelina Jolie, rated “PG-13.”


‘Wall Street: Greed Never Sleeps,’ staring Shia LaBeouf, and Michael Douglas, rated “PG-13.”

An amazing “who done it” and a GREAT LESSON; ‘Devil,’ rated “PG-13”

Jamie Foxx brings Best Night of My Life

Keri Hilson has No Boys Allowed

Keyshia Cole releases Calling All Hearts


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

New Years Eve with The Columbus Blue Jackets


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