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VERY BUSY, VERY TIRED…but can’t sleep


Caribbean Jerks Caribbean Idol every Wednesday (1262 East Powell Road). Every week I host, ala Ryan Seacrest (he has better hair, is a better dresser-but I AM taller!) the top singers in Central Ohio go head to head in an effort win a chance to go to next year’s ‘American Idol’ try outs. Great food, fun entertainment, and prizes for those attending OR singing! Hope to see you Wednesday

FRIDAY February 18th for the Fado Great Guinness Toast with Ronnie Hunter, Hat Trick, The Webster’s, The Naked Karate Girls and ME all under the big top climate controlled tent!!!

The Great Guinness Toast…also known as “St. Practice Day”, is made up of Guinness drinkers across the country trying to break the record for the largest simultaneous toast. Since it’s inception in 1993, The Great Guinness Toast has consistently grown, and breaks its own record each and every year.

The concept of collectively raising a glass on the 3rd Friday in February and toasting with the famous black and creamy brew is an attempt to gain entrance into one of Arthur Guinness’ other select clubs; The Guinness Book of World Records.

Bars, Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants and all types of drinking establishments all around the country put up posters, hand out door prizes and even raise funds for charity, all to be a part of the famous simultaneous toast…and you don’t even have to be Irish! It’s a ritual! It’s a gathering of friends! It’s…it’s…just another reason to drink Guinness.

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ANYONE READING THIS…Please “like” or become a “fan” of our new “fan page” Matty Sexton on facebook. In addition to letting you know where we play, we also “break” concert news. This week we announced Brad Paisley, were the first with the Taylor Swift (venue) announcement and hinted at a few other shows coming to Columbus. It only takes seconds…


PLEASE check out the updated website (please let us know what you think?)



The weather the last few days reminds us, Spring shorts and shirts are just around the corner-leading into summer swimsuits. I will be completing my personal training certificate next week and work with YOUR schedule, offering competitive rates! MY NEWEST CLIENT is allowing me to not only help him with his goals, but also to push himself through limits his body has never been able to do…he hates me while we are doing it, but smiles when he meets his goals! Let me help YOU make your goals. 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

GREETINGS from The Home Office in Dublin Ohio. It is 5am, and I cannot sleep. I have a LOT going on and my mind is not resting-but, I would not have it any other way! I actually feel more productive…or at the very least more “of worth” when I am on this type of schedule.


I may not be a “Rocket Scientist” or some great doctor, a super male model, or even the rock star I wish I was…BUT every day, I get the chance to do what I love; or more important have some God given talents and blessings to do something for someone else.


Things have been a little slow (ok…my slow and yours MAY be two different worlds) but I am using my down time to find new leads for those “great events” and to make sure I do for others to better their life-or just make a little easier.


This week I had the chance to do both when working with Diet Coke, and Strategic Partners at The RPAC (Fitness Complex/building) at THE Ohio State University. In addition to being back on my old stompin’ grounds (The best 10 years of my life), I was also honored to be part of a “Capture the Flag” event that raised ‘Heart Health” awareness, and raised $15,000.00 for the Columbus Black Nurses association, AND Heart and Vascular Center at OSU Medical Center.


It was a long day and I was physically worn out but I not only enjoyed the event…but also giving back to an amazing community on a campus that helped form my life.


Throughout all my years I have had MANY experiences; all have formed me for good and bad. Some of those were blessings that made me money or gave happiness; some were just bad luck, or VERY BAD DECISIONS on my part.


ALL formed me to whatever the he** I am today.


I try and help others to find their own success thought learning from my poor choices.


That happened again at the above mentioned event. I encountered a young man who is an intern for a group involved at the above event. TO SAY THIS KID WAS A WHINEY, BI*HY, LAZY, SOB…would be nice. It was not my place to say anything of what I saw or was hearing, until I heard him BIT*HING to HIS BOSS, about having to work too hard and “only” being an intern for 2 years.


THIS INFURTATED ME! What the HE**!?!?! That kid at his very young age was getting a chance I would have killed for (maybe even still would?)! He was not only not respecting his AMAZING OPPORTUNITY, but also refusing to respect his boss! The interaction I saw, not only made me scared for this kid…but all who are in his age bracket and their “entitlement” for the future.


I couldn’t take it, and let him know what a great opportunity he had and he should do the work, enjoy the opportunity and not bitch…believe the final phrase was “shut your pie hole!” He continued to bit*h…now to me. WHAT!?!?! He wants to tell me what he “deserves.” Sparky…do you want me to give you what you really deserve!


Here is where I went from being scared for him…but have NO RESPECT FOR HIM!


During the load out of this event, he and I were standing around; I wanted to take a chance to talk to this kid to really find out what was going on. When I addressed him, I stated “look, I just want you to know you are very lucky to have this chance…” at this point (before I could finish) he stated “I don’t want to talk about it” slammed the door on my equipment (nothing broke-good thing for him), and he left the area (of which the employees of his office told him to stay, and watch all items that were waiting to be loaded into vehicles.) I managed to get my stuff out the door (without his help), and when I saw him outside, reminded him he needed to do as he was told and watch the items that were remaining inside that HIS FOLKS told him to do.


So not only is this kid “entitled” he also is defiant of orders/instructions of his office, he backtalks, he does not respect his elders (did I really just use that one?), he also does not respect a collateral (i.e. ME), while representing his company where is an INTERN!


I am not a mind reader, and not in his office…BUT MAYBE this could be a reason he is still an intern? Just sayin’…


BUT COME ON KID, I was a piece of sh*t like you, I screwed up in my own ways…you, and others like you, if you have the chance to learn or just draw on experience from someone who has already f*cked up, USE ME TO LEARN AND NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES!!!


You have to put in many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.” ~ Brian Tracy


So there ya have it, some of a busy week, helping a great cause, and trying to help someone…who obviously doesn’t need help…cause they are entitled!


Whatever you have going on…I hope you take a chance to enjoy a long weekend honoring some of The Great leaders of this country (mainly Washington, and Lincoln).


It is easier to enjoy the weekend with the AMAZING weather we have had this week. It won’t be AS NICE this weekend, but anything, is better than what we have been dealing with!


I will be trying to enjoy this weekend, because next week I have a 2week “Hell run.” I have a goal weight, bench press to make, and mileage to complete. I WILL NOT ONLY MAKE MY GOALS…but shatter them through hard work, and “2 a-days” in the gym. I am not only looking forward to the success, but the lessons of self from the hours spent in the gym.



Egypt needs a new president. I need a summer job. This could be perfect.


Find people who love you unconditionally, surround yourself with them, and bring them the same level of intensity. – Sean Stephenson


What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.



I didn’t like this song when it first came out, but it has kinda grown on me


CLASSIC-plus a great reminder


Actually this is a suggestion…

Write down all the great things about everyone you know. Make a huge list of all the wonderful things about you. Be a ray of sunshine to everyone you meet, and make their day better for having seen you. Say “Thank you” at every turn. Walk, talk, think, and breathe appreciation and gratitude.


When you do this, your outer life will change to reflect your inner state of being. (The Secret Daily Teachings)



You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want ~ Zig Zigla


“don’t live beyond your means, give beyond your means.”–Rabbi Daniel Lappin




ALSO If anyone has extra tixx, or WANTS TO TAKE ME, I would really like to go see Michael W. Smith NEXT Friday at The Naz Church. Call it an early Birthday present?



Help Detroit

Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop!


We live in a new world, and sometimes it takes funny things to show us all that. On Monday, February 7th a random dude in Massachusetts tweeted a message to Detroit Mayor David Bing:

Shortly after, Mayor Bing tweeted back:


The internet went haywire over the idea. Detroiter John Leonard started a Facebook group called Build a statue of RoboCop in Detroit and galvanized an effort to bring Robo to life. Now, teaming up with friends and doers from around the city, region, country, and world, we’re making use of newfangled internet fundraising tools and social networks to can bring this vision to reality.


The Location: Detroit, silly!


Specifically, the Imagination Station is offering a piece of its property on Roosevelt Park facing Michigan Central Station as Robocop’s new home. If this is where Robo goes, this is approximately what his view will be:

We say “if”, because in our quest to choose the best location possible, if another even better location appears before installation, Robo might move. Rest assured that the absolute worst we can do is incredibly awesome.


The Production:


None of us have ever made a giant solid metal permanent sculpture before. It turns out to be a pretty expensive process (who would have thought?), but not too much for the world to fund. After talking to numerous sculptors and metal workers, the current game plan is this: We can take a relatively small figure of RoboCop (conceivably even an action figure), have it 3D scanned by lasers (cool!) and scale its form to create a light-weight model of any size we’d like, which can then be used to pour and cast liquid metal.


Casey V. Westbrook and crew are currently leading the charge to create a weatherized 7 foot tall iron statue. Take a look at his work here. The last project Casey worked on was an epic action installation with Matthew Barney in Detroit. See a picture and read about it in Art Forum here.


How Now RoboCow?


You can spread the RoboCop statue love by sharing the link with your friends (it’s the easiest way to get to this Kickstarter page and donate). If you have advice on the process, funding, support, materials, *anything* please get in touch with us. Lord knows this is going to evolve. You can reach Brandon Walley at or 313-510-8049.


The First President’s Day


The first official observation of ‘President’s Day’ dates back to 1880 and originally commemorated George Washington’s birthday on February 22. Festivities included receptions held by prominent figures and Birthnight Balls, a banquet and dance event that is still held at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, today.


Abraham Lincoln was a fellow February baby (February 12, 1809) and although his birthday was not honored as a federal holiday, many states adopted it as a legal holiday. In order to create a uniform system of federal holidays, Congress voted in 1968 to shift three existing holidays to Mondays, thereby combining Washington and Lincoln’s birthday celebrations into the third Monday in February.


This weekend, the holiday is still officially known as Washington’s Birthday but many recognize it as a day to honor all who have served as president.


Coco, Patriarch Of Zoo’s Elephant Herd, Dies


POWELL, Ohio — The patriarch of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s elephant herd, Coco, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, the zoo announced.


Zookeepers found the elephant, who was estimated to be 40, lying down on Wednesday morning and worked for more than eight hours to save him.


Zoo staff had not noticed any signs of illness. The cause of death may not be known for several weeks until the results of a necropsy are complete.


Coco stood approximately 10 feet 6 inches at the shoulder. He is the father of Beco who was born in March 2009 and Bohdi, born in April 2004.


He has lived at the zoo since 1974.


There are now four elephants at the Columbus Zoo; two adult females, Phoebe and Connie, and young males, Beco and Bodhi.


After Coco’s human caretakers said goodbye they opened the doors to the rest of his herd so they could be with Coco one last time, the zoo said.


A: ‘Jeopardy’s New Champ. Q: What Is … A Computer?

IBM’s Watson computer system competes in a Jeopardy! practice round on Sunday against two of the show’s most celebrated contestants: Ken Jennings (left) and Brad Rutter.


The computer has brained his human competition in Day 2 of the Man vs. Machine competition on Jeopardy!

Veteran Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter scored only five correct responses between them during the “Double Jeopardy!” round that aired Tuesday. They ended this first game of a two-game match with paltry earnings of $2,400 and $5,400, respectively.


Watson, their IBM supercomputer rival, emerged from the “Final Jeopardy!” round with $35,734.

The trio will return on Wednesday, when their second game is aired. The overall winner will collect $1 million.

The bouts were taped at the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., last month.



Grammy Winners

Record of the Year: “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
Album of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album: “The Fame Monster,” Lady Gaga
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Hey Soul Sister,” Train
Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young
Rock Album: “The Resistance,” Muse
R&B Song: “Shine,” John Legend & The Roots
R&B Album: “Wake up!” John Legend & The Roots
Rap Solo Performance: “Not Afraid,” Eminem
Rap Song: “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Rap Album: “Recovery,” Eminem
Female Country Vocal Performance: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Male Country Vocal Performance: “‘Til Summer Comes Around,” Keith Urban
Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Country Album: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Latin Pop Album: “Paraiso Express,” Alejandro Sanz
Contemporary Jazz Album: “The Stanley Clarke Band,” The Stanley Clarke Band
Classical Album: “Verdi: Requiem,” Riccardo Muti, conductor
Traditional Gospel Album: “Downtown Church,” Patty Griffin
Dance Recording: “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
Electronic Dance Album: “La Roux,” La Roux
Alternative Music Album: “Brothers,” The Black Keys
Spoken Word Album: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook),” Jon Stewart


This book, while based on a religious experience, also is a look into our own fears, and facing our pasts.

“The Shack”-Paul Young


“The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good! –Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.


Finally! A guy-meets-God Novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring.

“The Shack” cuts through the clichés of both religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful about life’s integral dance with the Divine. This story reads like a prayer–like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it. –Mike Morrell,



“The Shack” is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do’s and don’ts that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life. –Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer


Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant “The Shack” wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.


You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!


I am sure MOST folks are going to be surprised that I WILL NOT BE ADRESSING Issue 5. Oh I WILL! But I am gathering some “fire” power beyond, “You are a teacher you knew you were not going to make any money when you went into the field,” and “You have an additional 4 months a year you can supplement your income.” (That’s me making friends…by saying how it is!)


Tim Schaffer introduces bill to drug test public assistance recipients


LANCASTER — People in Ohio asking for government assistance from the state would have to be screened for drugs if a bill introduced Thursday in the Ohio General Assembly is passed and signed into law.

Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced Senate Bill 69, which would establish drug-testing requirements for adults who apply for need-based programs.


The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville.


“I’ve got a lot of people — from police agencies, courts, and human service agencies — saying there are a lot of people out there needing assistance,” Schaffer said. “But some are not getting shoes on their feet, food on their tables or shirts on their backs, because the money is being hijacked to feed drug addictions.”


Schaffer, who represents Fairfield, Hocking, Licking and Perry counties and part of Pickaway County, had introduced a similar bill last session, but he said it languished in the Finance Committee and never was put up for a vote.


The bill would deal with people applying for state programs that provide cash assistance, medical assistance, housing assistance, food assistance or energy assistance.


Schaffer said the bill, in its current form, does not specify who will pay for the urinalysis screenings, which can cost from $15 to $20.


“I’ve talked to people in the industry dealing with this, and it seems like it is a relatively easy process,” Schaffer said.

Carl Tatman, director of operations with Etat Enterprises in Lancaster, said his company performs two types of instant drug analyses for employers, courts and security forces in central Ohio.


The $15 test is for cocaine, marijuana, opiates/morphine, amphetamine and methamphetamine. A $20 version adds PCP, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, oxycodone and Ecstasy.


Tatman said the tests are 98 percent accurate.


“But I would suggest that any positives that are found also then be checked by a laboratory,” Tatman said.

Schaffer said no matter who pays for the test, it would be a benefit.


“I think either way it would benefit the people getting the aid and state,” Schaffer said. “If the state pays for tests, we might be able to criminally charge someone for trying to get benefits who isn’t qualified, and that would save the state thousands.”


Schaffer said the issue of who pays for the testing would have to be addressed while it is in committee.


“But the whole goal of this is to ensure that people who need help actually get the help,” Schaffer said. “We want the assistance to go toward getting food on someone’s table, shoes on their feet and shirts on their back. We don’t want it going to some drug dealer.”



Surprise Soldier Homecoming Mix


We all look forward to every brave man and woman on foreign soil returning home safely. Check out this beautiful compilation of surprised friends and family experiencing a homecoming they will never forget! Don’t forget to thank the next Veteran or Soldier you see and keep supporting our troops, until they all come home.


Ben & Jerry’s/Stephen Colbert

Scoops of Americone Dream

All proceeds got o yellow ribbon fund!—scoops-of-americone-dre


Become the person you SHOULD BE, want to be, or can be…just by helping someone in a small way?


Do nice things for others when they least expect it as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week.


York, PA – On New Year’s Eve, Gertrude Myers stood in a lengthy line with her husband, Mike, at Giant on East Market Street in Springettsbury Township.


A man behind her had only two greeting cards to buy, so they let him go in front of them.


He said, “Happy New Year,” before checking out.


When the couple got to the register, the cashier said the man paid $10 toward their order.

Gertrude Myers, 80, of Windsor Township was the recipient of a random act of kindness.


“What a nice thing to do for a person — two 80-year-olds,'” she said. “‘I thought, ‘Who are you? Where are you? We want to take you to coffee.'”


This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a chance to spread unexpected niceties and smiles everywhere. A gesture that might seem small has the potential to turn around someone’s day or total outlook on life.


In June, Lisa Steffen and her 13-year-old daughter, Allegra, of Lewisberry sat in a gridlock on Interstate 83 on their way to a cheerleading banquet in Hershey. They were running late.


Steffen noticed a man gesturing to her from the car in front of them. He got out of his car and said her tire was low.


They wouldn’t make it to Hershey without changing it.


She had never changed a tire, and her daughter worried about their safety and missing the banquet.


The man changed Steffen’s tire, and Allegra made it to the banquet.


“You could just tell he was a very kind-hearted person,” Steffen said. “I’m sorry to say that I don’t even know his name. That’s the sad part about it.”


She said the man’s compassion kept her calm and that her daughter experienced firsthand the difference one person can make.


Alex Knaub, 29, of West York and her family participated in The Great Kindness Challenge in August.


Knaub made a list of nice things for her kids — Zachary, 9; Amara, 5; Jonas, 3; and Henry, 10 months — to do as part of a normal summer day of running errands and visiting family.


Knaub deferred to drivers on the road.


The family wrote a thank-you letter to their mail carrier.


Amara drew hearts in the dirt in her grandparents’ backyard and said hello to people she didn’t know at a park.


In return for her kindness, strangers gave her a balloon from the party they were having.


“You walk by somebody, and you don’t say a word. You walk by somebody and say ‘hello,’ and you might have made them feel a little bit special,” Knaub said. “It’s kind of like a pay-it-forward thing.”


She said the activity was a fun way to get her kids to understand how important it is to be nice to others.

“It’s very easy to be kind,” she said. “It makes people happy, and it makes people smile. ”


This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Make someone’s day and celebrate. Here are a few suggestions:

— Give someone who’s lost directions. (CORRECT DIRECTIONS!)

— Offer a couple of hours of free baby-sitting to family or friends.

— Donate used books to a library.

— Hold the door open for someone.

— Make a new friend.

— Return an adrift shopping cart.

— Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life.

— Bring co-workers a special treat.

— Donate blood.

— Introduce yourself to a new neighbor, classmate or co-worker.

— Share inspirational quotes.

— Be generous with compliments.

— Visit someone who is lonely.

— Comment positively on a website or blog.

— Make someone laugh.



What kind are you?

Kindness can be found in many actions and expressions. Here are a few good-hearted personality types:


The good Samaritan: a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble.

Might be found: on the road changing someone’s flat tire.


The do-gooder: an earnest and often naive humanitarian or reformer.

Might be found: volunteering in the Peace Corps.


The optimist: someone who puts the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.

Might be found: with a glass half full.


The altruist: a person who has unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.

Might be found: serving one’s country in the military.



Man Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down…
Finally, the guys’ side of the story.
( I gotta admit, they’re pretty good.)

We always hear ‘the rules’ from the female side.
Now here are THE RULES from the male side.

Please note…
they are all numbered ‘1 ‘ ON PURPOSE!

1.   Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down..
We need it up, you need it down.
You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports It’s like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are.
Don’t ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways
and one of the ways makes you sad or angry,
we meant the  other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something
or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions, and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. pumpkin is also a fruit.
We have NO idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched…
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say ‘nothing,’ We will act like nothing’s wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to,
expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely ANYTHING you wear is fine… REALLY!

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless
you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or motor sports.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape.
Round IS a shape !

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight.

But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.


Bieber fans go on Grammy-fueled Wikipedia rampage


The quintessential Wikipedia editor is a 25-year-old guy, a graduate student and typically overrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Except for maybe in the last 24 hours. Apoplectic over bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding’s dark horse win for Best New Artist Grammy, beating out Justin Bieber,


True Beliebers took to Wikipedia to vent their rage over this shocking injustice.


While there’s no quick way to prove that the more than 90 edits made on Spalding’s Wikipedia entry in the hours following her win were largely the work of adolescent girls, much of the handiwork is in the now-notorious style of today’s refined young ladies of the Internet.


“JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?” is just one of the un-annotated “facts”added since to Spalding’s entry last night. “SHE IS F****** REATARD,” is another of the whimsical turns of phrase (with spelling to match!), added, and since edited from the post.  And according to one helpful editor, Spalding’s middle name was, ever so briefly, “Quesadilla.”


To be fair, not all of the offending Wikipedia edits dripped with hormones and poorly-blended eye shadow. Trolls were quick to bait Beliebers with anti-Bieber jabs; several tinged with the homophobia typical of the Internet and often attributed to males. “HaHa Justin Bieber, you’re just a little boy with no Grammy for Best New Artist.irehjbpojeh[ker” represents a more polite example of Bieber-losing Schadenfreude added and then edited.

Some updates, of course, were just fun: “(Dan cannot believe the Biebs did not win)”


Meanwhile, Spalding — comparatively obscure until her Grammy night crime against Bieber — now ranks among those rarefied few to receive  Bieber-inspired death threats from teenage girls. Sure, it’s about as scary as a puppy attack, but Spalding is right up there with Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and Greg Leuch, that one dude who invented the Shaved Bieber Firefox extension that removes Justin Bieber from your Internet experience.


Historically, there’s no bigger threat to your budding music career than winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Thanks to a pack of violently incensed Justin Bieber fans with Internet access and zero parental oversight, Spalding may be saved from the curse of obscurity suffered by past Best New Artist winners, gaining notoriety beyond the award. Certainly, 20 ka-jillion girls who didn’t know Spalding yesterday, sure enough know about her now.



Do you think this would have happened if Sam was still around?

WalMart fires four after disarming shoplifter


Four WalMart employees were fired a week after disarming a man who was attempting to smuggle a laptop computer out of the Utah store. WalMart says the employees were terminated because they violated company policy.


Shawn Ray and Lori Poulsen were two of the four employees who lost their jobs and they talk to American Morning’s Kiran Chetry about the incident.

This is one of the greatest times of the year for sports (with exception of Mid September). Hockey is in Full Swing, NASCAR is back at it, Collegiate Spring Football practice will be starting, Basketball NCAA is in full swing for tournament runs, AND Pitchers and Catchers reported to SPRING TRAINING!!!


“IN other news” …this is funny!

Kids In ‘Scared-Straight’ Program Visit Horrifying Cleveland Cavaliers Practice

CLEVELAND—As part of an effort to help at-risk youths turn their lives around before it’s too late, organizers of a local “scared-straight” program exposed a group of at-risk teens to the horrors of a Cleveland Cavaliers practice Wednesday.

The 13- to 18-year-old juveniles—who were enrolled in the program by concerned family members or teachers hoping to show them the possible consequences of delinquent behavior—endured a long and painful day at the Cavaliers’ training facility. While there, they were subjected to the same environment of hopelessness and despair the Cavaliers face every day and were forced to watch the NBA’s worst team attempt layup drills, run the most basic offensive plays, and play a full-court scrimmage.

“I don’t want to ruin my life and end up someplace like this,” a visibly shaken 13-year-old Calvin Roberts said after witnessing three straight hours of poor ball-handling skills and terrible shooting. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine going through day after day of that. All I could think about was apologizing to my parents for being such a jerk all the time.”

Cleveland Scared Straight organizer Doug Whitney touted the program’s ability to instill fear in teenagers by subjecting them to the sight of dejected Cavaliers who repeatedly miss free throws, turn the ball over during fast break drills, and look completely lost while working on their full-court press. Whitney believes that exposure to the 12 broken men responsible for the most atrocious losing-streak in NBA history has deterred countless teens from choosing the wrong path.

“Watching the Cavaliers practice—actually being right there up close, where you can see the anger and the desperation firsthand—is a really harsh experience for these kids,” Whitney said. “But it makes a huge impact. All of them are ready to straighten up and fly right after they see the consequences of not even knowing which player is responsible for taking the ball out of bounds.”

Whitney said that early on, some critics questioned whether the shock tactics were truly effective. Visiting teens often cried when the reality of their situation struck them, sometimes from the moment they were instructed to put on their mandatory Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirts. Many were nearly struck by the endless barrage of mishandled basketballs, and there were questions as to whether attending the Cavaliers practices put the youths at even greater risk than they had been before. But the vast majority of participants displayed improved behavior after seeing the fundamentally unsound losing path their lives could take them down.

“And in those rare cases where seeing a practice doesn’t work, we take them to an actual Cavaliers game,” said Whitney, explaining that it is a last resort used only with teens who are hardest to reach. “By the end of the first quarter, even the toughest kids are begging to leave and promising they’ll never get into trouble again.”

During Wednesday’s practice, several players interacted with the teenagers, intimidating them with the bald truth of pitiful statistics and telling them horror stories about the team’s dreadful season, including the time the Cavaliers were embarrassed on their home court by the Miami Heat.

“You want to end up like me?” said forward J.J. Hickson, screaming at the teens. “Broken down, hopeless, and barely able to complete a bounce pass without turning it over? Then you just keep living your life they way you have been. Look at this. This is you in 10 years.”

“What are you laughing at?” added Hickson, staring directly at a snickering 14-year-old. “You think getting blown out by the Toronto Raptors is funny? That’s what I thought once. But this is some serious shit right here. I wish this life on no man.”

While the teenagers attempted to present a tough exterior as they listened to the Cavaliers talk about how they turned the ball over 17 times against the Detroit Pistons or how they were pathetically optimistic after almost beating the 22-28 Indiana Pacers, a majority of the troubled juveniles became so frightened that they ultimately burst into tears.

“When we first showed up, I told everybody I wasn’t scared,” said Eric Carter, 17, rubbing at his red eyes. “But after five minutes, all I could think about was going home and trying to improve my life. I’m definitely better than something awful like this. Hell, my brothers and I run a better three-man weave than that.”

“One time I visited a prison with Scared Straight,” 15-year-old Clayton Jackson said. “But this is way worse. I’d rather be serving a life sentence in jail.”

Tony Manuel, 16, said the intervention made him realize he needed to improve his attitude, avoid making poor decisions, and spend more time practicing his dribbling.

“Until you actually see these guys, you don’t see what a waste it is,” Manuel said. “And really, the only difference between them and me is that they can’t move the ball up the court, get takeaways, rebound, or drive into the paint without dribbling the ball off their foot.”

Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson told the gathered teenagers that they were lucky, saying that if he had participated in a scared-straight program as a youth, he would have stayed in school and might have actually made something of his life.

“You may think you have it bad,” Gibson told the kids. “But come talk to me after you’ve been completely abandoned by your best player and left to fend for yourself. Come talk to me when you have no hope.”

“No hope at all,” Gibson added, almost to himself.


On Saturday The Buckeyes Honored Flight 3407 Victims, as they wore a jersey patch at Wisconsin. OSU asst. Kevin Kuwik lost his girlfriend in tragic crash 2 yrs ago.

It’s hard to believe it has already been two years since our loved ones were taken from us in such a tragic and sudden way.  While we hold them in our hearts every day, today is a special day in which we recall the last time we saw or spoke with those who lost their lives in the crash of Continental Flight 3407.  February 12 will forever be memorialized as a day in which our lives were unexpectedly changed and we pause today to come together with family and friends, new and old, to remember our loved ones who we lost and to show appreciation and love for those who we still have in our lives.  While we realize nothing we can do will ever bring them back into our lives, we continue to draw strength from this tragedy and push for positive changes in the aviation industry to prevent other families from feeling the pain we have felt for the last two years.  Please join us in remembering those lost in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 today and every day.



Value City Arena: A true Nuthouse

Decision to allow 800 students to sit behind the benches has transformed venue into one that gives the Buckeyes a real home-court advantage

…student sections at college basketball games aren’t supposed to please Miss Manners. The Cameron Crazies at Duke didn’t become famous by applauding politely.

So when an Ohio State student drew the ire of Purdue coach Matt Painter for mocking injured star Robbie Hummel, perhaps it marked a certain coming of age for a student section in Value City Arena that calls itself “The Nuthouse.”

During Ohio State’s blowout victory over the Boilermakers on Jan. 25, a TV monitor visible from courtside showed Hummel in street clothes looking despondent.

“One of the students said, ‘Robbie, you shouldn’t be crying on camera,'” said OSU sophomore Tim Collins, Nuthouse coordinator for the Block O student organization. “Matt Painter turned around and said, ‘C’mon guys. He’s not even out there. Show some class.’ The fact he stopped coaching for a second showed he wasn’t totally focused on the game.

“I realize it’s probably not the best thing from a sportsmanship angle, but you’re going to have that anywhere you have students on top of you.”

In years past, Painter wouldn’t have had to worry about hearing such a comment. OSU students were confined to seats behind the baskets while faculty and staff occupied the prime seats behind the benches.

The OSU student section might have called itself “The Nuthouse,” but being relegated to a small section of the arena made it seem more like a Nutroom.

That changed when the athletic department, after years of discussion, allowed several hundred students to occupy the rows directly behind the benches. As a result, Value City Arena has been transformed from a venue often criticized as too big and devoid of character into a loud, energetic place with a tangible home-court advantage.

“I love the environment,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “I think it has made a drastic change in there. Just the noise, everything starts at the bottom and goes up. I think those guys have done a great job at that.”

Senior Jon Diebler agreed.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “That was the greatest move, having the students go behind the bench. I know some people probably weren’t happy about it, but from a player’s standpoint and I’m sure for the students, it gets them more involved during the game. I think it just makes the Schott that much tougher to play in.”

Moving the students behind the benches is the most visible change this season, but it’s only one element in a coordinated plan to improve the game environment.

That includes a pregame video that highlights great players from Ohio State’s history and music videos that showcase current players’ singing ability – or lack thereof, as the gone-viral “Party in the OSU” painfully shows.

There’s been a greater effort to coordinate the music among the pep band, cheerleaders and dance team. Giant heads-on-a-stick, featuring 15 people ranging from Matta and athletic director Gene Smith to Miley Cyrus and Snooki from Jersey Shore have been given to students to bop around. For the game against Michigan State, fans will were given scarlet-and-gray wigs.

Some of the ideas are original and some are borrowed. Smith sent staffers around the country to get ideas that could be implemented.

But the moving of the student section is the most visible change.

“They bought in,” Smith said. “I can’t compliment the student organizations enough.”

Collins drove down every two weeks during the summer from his suburban Cleveland home to hash out plans for the student section with fellow student and Nuthouse leader Erik Bowdish and the athletic department staff.

“We had a lot of work to do to make sure the student section would be the best it could be if Gene Smith and the athletic department were going to make the commitment to us,” Collins said.

The student ticket allotment was actually reduced from 2,000 to 1,400, with 800 behind the benches. The students, particularly those at midcourt, have relished their role as rabid fans and provocateurs.

But it did not happen overnight. After showing lackluster enthusiasm in the Big Ten home opener against Minnesota, Collins and Bowdish were summoned to a meeting with the athletic department and given an ultimatum: The students must become more excited and cohesive, or back behind the baskets they’ll go.

The students took the message to heart. By the Purdue game, the student section had found its groove.

“All of the student section was filled up 90 minutes before the game,” Bowdish said. “I’ve never seen that.”

The euphoric atmosphere continued throughout the game.

“We had an old couple come up to us after the Purdue game and say, ‘We’ve been here as season-ticket holders through seven coaches, and this is the best atmosphere we’ve ever experienced,'” Collins said.

Three rows of seats have been tarped off so fans sitting behind the students, who stand during the game, can see. The potential loss of revenue from those unsold seats is offset by the 600 seats now sold to the public instead of students. As for the displaced faculty and staff, some have complained, but OSU officials say the criticism is muted by the acknowledgment that the students’ enthusiasm has improved the game-day atmosphere.

Value City Arena will never compare favorably to St. John Arena in terms of basketball intimacy. No 19,000-seat, multipurpose arena can. It doesn’t help the perception when OSU has had trouble selling out even marquee Big Ten games with a team that was undefeated and ranked No.1 until Saturday’s loss at Wisconsin.

But there’s also little doubt that the atmosphere in Value City Arena has changed. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale made mention of coming to the “Buckeye Nuthouse” during Saturday’s game.

“We’re slowly getting the notoriety,” Collins said. “I do get the sense it’s been transformed. At the beginning of the year, we said we wanted to move toward being at the pinnacle of college sports in atmosphere and be like the Cameron Crazies or the Izzone (at Michigan State). We’ve kind of reached that.”


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
—Ephesians 6:10-18
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
—1 Thessalonians 5:8



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How to Create Good Conversation: Part One~Brian Tracy on Feb 15, 2011

Almost all successful and happy people are good conversationalists.  They have developed an ability to communicate naturally and spontaneously with almost anyone they meet.


Good conversationalists are a pleasure to be around and they are welcome wherever they go.  Learning the art and skill of good conversation can help you in virtually every human relationship, both at business and at home.


In this post, I’m going to talk about some of the things that you can do to become a more effective conversationalist.


As with anything worthwhile, these ideas require practice, over and over, until they become a normal and natural part of your personality.  Once you begin putting these points into action, you will feel more confident and competent in your interactions with virtually anyone and everyone you meet.


There are three aims and purposes of conversation.


Aim #1:

The first is the plain enjoyment and pleasure of self-expression and interaction with other people.  One of the most enjoyable things we ever do is to spend time with people we like and whose company we find stimulating and fun.  This potential pleasure is the driving force behind all of our social activities.  We like to get together with people with whom we have a lot in common and just share ideas, letting the conversation go where it will.


Aim #2:

The second aim or purpose of conversation is to get to know the other person better.  In sales, and in all kinds of business, you require prolonged exposure to another person in order to get a feel for how he or she thinks, feels and reacts.  This can’t be accomplished in a short meeting.  Many customers will have a salesperson come back several times to converse and explain his product or service.  These conversations may cover some of the same ground but their major purpose is to help the customer assess whether or not he or she wants to get involved with the salesperson and his company.


In our personal relationships, there is no substitute for extended periods of conversation in the social development of friendships and more intimate relationships.  People who get along very well together have almost invariably spent a lot of time just talking about various subjects as they come up.


Aim #3:

The third aim of conversation is to build trust and credibility between two people.  This is perhaps the most important thing we do as we proceed through life and it is only possible with the kind of continuous conversation that reveals us to each other.


Sometime ago, I was asked to present a proposal for a strategic planning session for the senior executives of a billion dollar corporation.  This presentation was to the president of the company and two of his senior executives.  When the presentation was over, the president concluded the formal meeting and suggested that he and I go for a drive.

He called for his car to be brought around to the front of the company offices.  We took the elevator down, got in the car and he had his driver take us to a large city park some miles away.  When we arrived at the park, he suggested that we get out and walk for a while.  We ended up walking for about an hour and a half, with the conversation going back and forth from business to personal life and touching on other subjects.  There was no detailed discussion of my proposal, the cost of the strategic planning session, or the logistics.  What he seemed to want more than anything else was to get an idea of my general philosophy and approach to life.


At the end of the hour and a half, as we got back into the car, he told me that he had decided to go ahead with the strategic planning session and that he would leave it to me from that moment onward.  We then drove back to the company where we parted until the strategic planning session some weeks later.  The conversation during the walk in the park had been the clincher.


Conversation Tips:


One of the very best ways to learn about another person is to spend unbroken time in their company.  I’ve found that a two or three hour car trip is one of the most revealing experiences you will ever have with another human being.  People who have gotten along well for many years working or socializing together in brief stints will often find that an extended car trip brings out elements of their personalities that they did not even know existed.

Before you enter into any serious business or personal relationship with anyone, you should spend several hours with them experiencing the ebb and flow of sustained conversation.  It’s amazing what you will learn.


Many people think that the art of good conversation is to speak in an interesting and arresting fashion, to be noted for your humor, your ability to tell stories, and your general knowledge of a variety of subjects.  Many people feel that, if they want to be better at conversation, they must become more articulate, outgoing and expressive.  They think that they must become better talkers.


Nothing could be further from the truth.  As you’ve heard many times before, we come into this world with two ears and one mouth and we should use them in that same proportion.  In conversation, this simply means that you should listen twice as much as you talk if you want to get a reputation for being an excellent conversationalist.

The art of good conversation centers very much on your ability to ask questions and to listen attentively to the answers.  You can lace the conversation with your insights, ideas and opinions, but you perfect the art and skill of conversation by perfecting the art and skill of asking good, well worded questions that not only make the conversation go in the direction you want, but it gives other people an opportunity to express themselves.



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BELIEVE that anything you can imagine you can make real… It IS possible!


Live without fear, confront all obstacles, and know that you can overcome them. – Unknown


If you can change your mind, you can change your life. – William James


The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.- William Penn


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein


Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.~

Abraham Lincoln


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” -Winston Churchill


I “stole” this from a friend. Kinda sums up life, relationships, and business…great way to live!


I’m Matt Sexton here’s what’s happening in Central Ohio


UNDER THE BIG TENT…Join ME, Ronnie Hunter, Hat Trick, The Webster’s, and The Naked Karate Girls for an AMAZING NIGHT of fun/music/drink during the Annual Guinness Toast at Fado (Easton)


Justin Moore plays Screamin’ Willies (no additional info)
From “Everybody Loves Ray,” “King of Queens,” and “Becker” Dom Irrera, is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton.


Broadway Across America: Riverdance at The Palace Theatre. For more info

I am considering doing this
Polar Bear Plunge: Freezin For A Reason at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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This year the Central Ohio Plunge is moving to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. All activities surrounding the plunge including the Post Plunge party will be held at the Zoo. Plungers will be jumping into a super sized swimming pool near the Polar Bear Exhibit. Be a part of the only plunge that involved real, live polar bears! Last year this event raised nearly $25,000 for Special Olympics Ohio. Join the fun and help us to raise more money for the deserving Special Olympics athletes in Ohio.

World’s Toughest Rodeo “Gallops” (Get it?) into Nationwide Arena. For more info


Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info


Martin Lawrence stars in (yet another installment of a franchise that has not been funny since the first one) ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,’ rated “PG-13.”

The ‘Tween superhero wanna-be flick, ‘I Am Number Four’ rated “PG-13.”

Liam Neeson is back with another who done it, action flick in ‘Unknown,’ rated “PG-13.”

Based on events in “South Eastern Ohio,” ‘Unstoppable’ (rated PG-13) is a thrilling “ride” starring  Denzel Washington.

Caribbean Jerks “Caribbean Idol” Now until April 20th


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