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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. This week hosted by my Buddy Timmy Porter!


Please “suggest” “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?)



Spring Break is here and shorts and T-shirts are just around the corner-leading into summer swimsuits. I have a client who is ready for the beach next week, and another who is working hard and his CONFIDENCE is growing as quick as his arms! 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


Dear Mother Nature, we all know you are Bi-Polar…yer recent actions do not need to continue, we already know you are nuts. I am hoping, for the sake of all of us, you seek medication soon!


So as I continue to reflect back on another year of growing older, I would like t thank all of the friends for coming out and the well wishes. While it does get harder to grow older, it is becoming easier to just appreciate life!


I am continuing to reflect on my age where I have been and more important WHERE I AM GOING! I also am finding that while I MAY be having a harder time hearing, and may be having a harder time seeing this very small computer screen…I am down to only 2 chins (as I continue to redevelop the way I work out and what I consider “in shape.”)


Also while I am attempting to never have regret…there are some experiences while YES they were growing opportunities, I do wish would have been handled different. BUT I refuse to duel on these and will just allow these moments to help to guide me in the future.


I heard a great story about life defined by the Movie Jaws. Use this to put you in the mood


We all know I WORK HARD AND I LOVE THE WATER, and being out on ‘Mother Ocean.’ However, in the movie Jaws, Chief Brody was a very laid back quiet man, and was scared to death of the water who was boarderline lazy (then why did he go out to sea on the ORCA, with a CAREER FISHERMAN, LOUD CRAZY MAN like Quint!?!?!). But anyway Chief Brody went out to do what was right and search for this “Man Eating Creature” that was killing many innocent folks.


How many times do we go into harm’s way, or at very least out of our own comfort zones to do what is right?


Better yet…


There is a scene where Brody and Quint are verbally bantering and Brody is throwing chum (aka fish guts) into the water to attract the shark. He is not paying attention and then the creature rears its ugly head feet from Brody.

Brody’s reaction…”you’re gonna need a bigger boat”


The question I am asking myself…how many times do we go through life “chumming the waters” for danger only to find that the danger that we don’t see fully rears its ugly head to feed on what we are doing?


In the movie, Brody fought and killed ‘Jaws’ (even if it came back in another sequel and a REALLY BAD 3RD and 4th versions). He did this overcoming his fears to do what is right and win, on the tiny ORCA. As I get older, I am throwing less “chum” into the water of this life, but, as I fight…I would like a bigger boat!


I could throw in a Jimmy Buffett song or quote here…but it has been a rough week, and I am really not in the mood. This week I have seen ordinary folks (even if one was a rock star) become heroes, and another friend pass away due to his unwillingness to better his health. I also have watched a friend who has worked so hard for her school that SHE CREATED have to work even HARDER to keep her position, but, also HER CHARACTER!

My time has also been taken up with WAY TOO MANY PROJECTS, and overcoming obstacles and business issues. HOWEVER one area taking my time is paying off. One of the young guns I am training has not only started to develop the physical strength I knew he would…he is also developing the self esteem I hoped he would (even if he MAY be getting a lil cocky with his new size-lil kid thinks he can take me…that’s cute!).


Anyway it has been a very trying week with only a few bright spots…but yet I know there are more than I realize, I am just not seeing them right now.

So I hope you are having a great week full of success and overcoming the chumming of the waters we all do, at the very least, I hope you get your won “bigger boat” as we maneuver the seas of life.


With the weather changing (AT LEAST WE HOPE FOR THE BETTER SOON), hope you get that “Spring in yer step.” If not…at lease remember to “Spring” yer clocks forward this Saturday/Sunday!


With clocks being “sprung” forward as a passage of warmer weather, Easter is also a sign of Spring. And in some faith the practice of Lenten sacrifice is used. While I may describe myself as a “recovering Catholic” I do use Lenten Sacrifices to better myself.  This year I am giving up; Booze, Ice Cream, and Pop.


Now there ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS, these exceptions are also associated with “Spring.” I am allowing exceptions for Reds Opening Day, The NCAA Basketball Tourney, and Saint Patrick’s Day!


Have a great week, next week a history lesson of St. Paddy’s Day (and for the record if you use a shortened version of Saint Patrick’s Day, it is Paddy not Patty. This is NOT a day to celebrate Hamburger Patties!!!)


Power of Positive Thinking Not BS after All!

Replaying last week’s Charlie Sheen interviews could make you feel better about your own regrets—and, strangely, might even protect you against a cold, new research suggests.
In the study, Canadian psychologists had people with regrets complete this sentence: “Most people my age have regrets which are ______ than my own,” selecting a response on a scale from “much more severe” to “much less severe.”

People who said that others were worse off than they were felt happier on a follow-up questionnaire 4 months later. But that’s not all: In the 3 months after the initial survey, the upbeat folks had fewer colds than people who said their peers were better off, reports the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Comparing yourself to others who are in worse positions than you are—say, by watching The Jerry Springer Show or thinking of your unemployed cousin—is called a downward social comparison. “Downward social comparisons can protect our egos because they allow us to see that while our circumstances may not be ideal, they could be worse. And in fact, they are worse for many other people,” says Isabelle Bauer, Ph.D., lead author of the study. Research has shown this kind of thinking is an effective coping mechanism for regrets you can’t remedy.

On the other hand, study subjects who said other people were better off just ended up dwelling on how they might gain equal footing with those better-off folks—possibly keeping themselves from moving on and setting new goals, Bauer explains.

So what’s the connection to colds? “Our study showed, specifically, that downward social comparisons could protect against cold symptoms by increasing positive emotions,” Bauer said. Stress and anxiety can slow the body’s development of disease-fighting antibodies and stimulate the production of inflammation-causing cytokines, she explains.

Next time you’ve made a bad decision, just think of how other guys have it worse. Case in point: The three people who paid $10,000 to die for self-improvement.

Visit the Men’s Health Cold and Flu Center for more ways to boost your immunity and fend off colds.


GREAT MESSAGE-there are NO only moments…they all make you and CAN make someone else!!!


FUN DITTY…plus, well it is true?


“If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word that you have spoken about people, and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or in debt?”


Your life begins the moment that you realize that you are not a product of what happens to you… that “what happens to you” is actually a product of what you personally create or accept from others as your own reality. Once you have a full realization of this… YOU without a doubt will be able to start creating the life of your dreams! – Ingrid Vargas


Please take 2 minutes to cast a vote for my buddies, LoveSick Radio to play the Indianapolis stop of Warped Tour this year! This is a GREAT group of talented young men…please help them achieve yet another one of their goals.
It only takes a few moments to create an account & vote!

Need an opportunity to “wag your tail?”

Volunteers needed to help with feeding and watering of dogs and cats recently rescued from Clark County. If you are interested in volunteering in Hilliard, OH please call Lisa D’Allessandris of the Clark County Emergency Management Agency 937-605-0576



The prettiest blue eyes on TV Brittany Snow, “Local” Rapper Bow Wow, Country Music Sweetheart Carrie Underwood, My favorite 2rd baseman of all time Will Clark, NOTRE DAME GREAT Chris Zorich, AND! Ron Jeremy!!!


AND FINALLY…he does not blow out the candles, the candles extinguish from fear! Happy Birthday Chuck Norris!!!


The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.


On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well, the Ides of March have come”, to which the seer replied “Ay, they have come, but they are not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March”.



This week I lost an old friend in Matty Jarrell. Matt was a few years younger than me. He was ALWAYS laughing or making sure others were laughing, or at the very least if he could make them…forget their problems. Matt ALWAYS reached out to anyone he thought needed help.


Problem is Matt died of heart complications! An issue we ALL KNEW HE HAD. Matt was a large young man, and there were many times I witnessed him running out of breath from just walking across the room.


Last year I tried to help him lose some of his weight or just get healthy. He stated he wanted to, but then backed out. He stated he wanted to stay the “fat funny guy.” He said that is how people knew him. Matt is gone, and I feel like I failed. FOR GOD’S SAKE PEOPLE, if someone is in need of help…FORCE THEM, or at very least MAKE THEM TRY!


Matty…you will be missed my friend! At least he is in Heaven making God laugh, I just hope he is still looking out for all of us and will reach out when he thinks we need him.

Mike Starr of Alice in Chains Found Dead

Mike Starr, the original bassist for the band Alice in Chains, was found dead at home in Salt Lake City. The police found the body of the 44 year old but were unable to confirm the cause of death. The musician, who left the band in 1993, previously battled addiction and popped up in recent years on Vh1′s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” In a statement, the band said “Members of Alice in Chains are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy – and the privacy of the Starr family – during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with the Starr family.”





Five things you never knew about Pac-Man

Having been a part of the pop-culture landscape for over 30 years now, Pac-Man is a pretty familiar character.

He has adorned cereal boxes, been the star of a Saturday morning cartoon program and appeared on virtually every gaming platform to have ever been released.

That’s not just systems from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. It also includes essentially every cell phone that has a screen, long-dead portable systems and plug-and-play devices for your TV. Along the way, the little pellet-muncher has built an empire that has allowed publisher Namco-Bandai to survive the worst the economy could throw at it.

But even the most well known icons have their secrets. This week, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Toru Iwatani, creator of the game, offered a postmortem on the industry’s biggest franchise-and told a few tales most fans have probably never heard.

Here are the five most surprising:
The point of the game was to attract girls
While today’s player is slightly more likely to be male, gaming in the late 1970s was pretty much exclusively a men’s club. Iwatani wanted to change this, creating something that could appeal to both women and families, he says.
“The reason I created Pac-Man was because we wanted to attract female gamers,” he says. “Back then, there were no home games. People had to go to the arcade center to play games. That was a playground for boys. It was dirty and smelly. So we wanted to include female players, so it would become cleaner and brighter.”

Each ghost had specific orders
When you play the game, it might seem as if the four ghosts are actively chasing you. That’s not exactly true. Iwatani intentionally avoided programming them with that purpose, since that would have resulted in Pac-Man zipping around the screen with four ghosts always right behind him.
Instead, it’s only Blinky, the red ghost, who doggedly pursues you throughout the game. Pinky, the pink ghost (naturally), simply wants to position itself at a point that’s 32 pixels in front of Pac-Man’s mouth.  The blue ghost, Inky, is seeking to position itself at a similar fixed spot. And Clyde, the orange ghost, moves completely at random.
Because the player constantly has Pac-Man on the go, however, the ghosts are always changing direction and trying to achieve their goal, which adds to the challenge of the game.

What, exactly, does Pac-Man mean?
You may have heard the story about how a pizza with a missing slice inspired Pac-Man’s design. But it turns out the game was designed entirely around food.
“I thought about something that may attract girls,” says Iwatani. “Maybe boy stories or something to do with fashion. However, girls love to eat desserts. My wife often does! So the verb ‘eat’ gave me a hint to create this game.”
That theme continued with the game’s name. In Japanese, “puck puck” is akin to the U.S. saying “munch munch”. So the original name – Puck-Man – translated as “Munch man”. (A savvy Midway Games official changed it to Pac-Man when the game hit the U.S. to discourage vandals from shaving off part of the “P,” thereby creating an obscene word.)

The missing puzzle piece
Pac-Man was designed to be as simple as possible, to attract a wide audience. The limits of technology in 1980 made this a little easier to achieve. Iwatani says he’s happy about this now, but at the time, there was one more thing he wanted to add to the game.
“I wanted to have a shelter and it would move up and down,” he says. “When the ghost comes, the ghost would be pinched by the shelter which would disfigure the ghost.”

The ghosts were almost just one color
It’s kind of hard to picture Pac-Man without the brightly colored ghosts today, but when the game was being developed, Iwatani says he was pressured hard to change that.

The president of Namco ordered him to make the ghosts a single color – red, to be precise – since she believed players would be confused that some ghosts, perhaps, were Pac-Man’s ally.

Iwatani refused the order and on questionnaires to the game’s testers, asked if they would prefer a single color ghost or four. Not a single person wanted the single-color option. That ultimately convinced the president she was wrong.



Phil Collins Set to retire


Phil Collins , the multi talented singer, actor and drummer, has announced his retirement from the entertainment industry.


Famed for his work as both a solo artist and as a member of the hugely successful band Genesis, there had been rumours of his impending retirement for several days, however an official announcement on his website confirmed that her would be retiring.


Taking a step back and retiring is not because of poor press or reviews said Phil Collins who posted the message to clear up the conflicting reports.


“Why they were printed at all is a mystery, as I haven’t spoken to anybody in the press for a few months,” he said.


He added: “I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”

In reference to claims that he was stopping music making because he had grown tired of bad press he said: “Some of the things mentioned above have been said be me in various interviews, but as asides with a smile on my face and in passing. They were not meant to be headlines, they were small parts of conversations. This clearly doesn’t come over in print and I should know better.”


In the statement there was no mention of any health problems that were behind him hanging up his stick

Travis Barker on His Painful Recovery
Travis Barker has a full agenda for 2011, beginning with his debut solo album (out on March 15) and a tour with Lil Wayne, plus plans to finish the long-delayed Blink-182 reunion album for release later this year. But it hasn’t come easy for the drummer, who was barely two songs into the making of his new Give the Drummer Some album when he was seriously injured in a 2008 small plane crash. Barker and his friend DJ AM were the only survivors.

“Honestly, I never thought the album would be finished,” Barker tells Rolling Stone. “For a while after my accident, I was just recovering. No one really thought I would be able to play drums after all the surgeries and everything. That was always on my mind. Once I was in the studio, it was like, ‘I can walk now, I can play the drums still. I have to finish this.'”

His recovery from the crash took longer and was more painful than was publicly known at the time. Barker went through 16 surgeries and nearly had a foot amputated. For a time, his left hand was completely numb. “It was sketchy, so I came a long way. And mentally I was a basket case,” he says. “It was a big amount of time to get off of 20 medications that they had me on, and then physically getting in shape. It was heavy.”

Barker was on tour in 2009 with the reunited Blink-182 when the call came that DJ AM had overdosed in New York. “It was hard for me to even get in the bus and be moving around. Me and AM would always speak. We were a support system for each other for a year after the crash.”

After the Blink-182 tour, Barker spent much of the last year completing tracks for Give the Drummer Some, with cameos by the likes of Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Slash and Kid Cudi. The sound isn’t punk. Instead, it’s brooding hip-hop propelled by real drumbeats. Slash unfurls a fiery Santana impression on the Latin-flavored “Saturday Night,” while Tom Morello rages on guitar through a storm of scratching and thundering beats on “Carry It,” with vocals from RZA and Raekwon.

“When I look at music everything is blurred, and I like it that way,” Barker says of his genre mixing. “I grew up like that, hanging out with different types of people who listened to so many different types of music. I never wanted to be part of any one clique. I loved it all.”

Blink-182 began work on a new album in late 2009, but for most of the last year the band had other things to do. “It seems like forever,” Barker says with a laugh. The band is now scheduled to deliver the album in June. “This year has been the most active Blink year. We’re locking ourselves in a studio. I was in there last night.”

Barker will be on the road in March and April with Wayne and Rick Ross for the “I Am Still Music Tour.” (Mixmaster Mike of the Beastie Boys and a rotating lineup of guest vocalists will join them.) He’ll then produce three songs with an unsigned artist for the “Guitar Center Presents Your Next Album With Travis Barker” competition. And the drummer expects to be record again as the Transplants with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. Keeping busy is important, he explains. “Playing my drums is therapy.”



Good book for Lent, OR to just better yourself

The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents—God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God’s master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: “So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God’s plan.” Those who are looking for advice on finding one’s calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about self-exploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a “spiritually significant time,” according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren’s hope is that readers will “interact” with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness.


NPR chief executive quits over hidden camera video

NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday in the wake of comments by a fellow executive that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting.
The chairman of NPR’s board of directors announced that he has accepted Schiller’s resignation, effective immediately.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said in a tweet that Schiller was forced out by the board.

On Tuesday, conservative activist James O’Keefe posted a hidden-camera video in which NPR executive Ron Schiller bashed the tea party movement as “racist” and “xenophobic” and said NPR would be better off without federal funding. Ron Schiller is not related to Vivian Schiller.

Vivian Schiller was criticized for last year’s firing of analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News that he feels uncomfortable when he sees people in “Muslim garb” on airplanes.

“The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” board chairman Dave Edwards said in a statement. “I recognize the magnitude of this news and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community.”



Bank of America launches mortgage program to assist servicemembersby JON PRIOR

JPMorgan Chase offers special relief for military mortgages


Bank of America introduced programs Thursday that offer mortgage assistance to American military servicemembers beyond active duty.


The bank dedicated a mortgage servicing team that will deal specifically with homeowners who served in the military. The new programs include a principal forgiveness loan modification program for borrowers behind on their payments when they exit active duty. It builds on the Home Affordable Modification Program, but moves principal forgiveness up to the first option in order to reduce the debt level to current market value.


Another program will reduce interest for borrowers with loans serviced and owned by BofA. The bank said Thursday it is speaking with investors to expand the benefits to all military personnel.


Beginning April 1, BofA will also offer 4% interest mortgage originations to active duty military personnel, lower than the 6% mandate under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The interest rate will be available for as long as the borrower serves in active duty and for 12 months after release.


“We recognize the complexity and special considerations of serving customers who are in the military and we are committed to working with the Department of Defense and other stakeholders to help servicemembers who are currently in or exiting active duty and in need of mortgage relief,” BofA Executive Vice President Terry Laughlin said.


Laughlin heads up the new default servicing department at BofA. It split off from the banks’ home loan division that will continue to service current and performing mortgages.


JPMorgan Chase came under fire in January for overcharging military personnel on their mortgages and foreclosing on them improperly. Chase responded weeks later and launched programs to assist military borrowers with their mortgages.


Anyone who is in the music game their name is their business. I would like to congratulate my buddy James Gage. James has been working the scene in Nashville and text me with some amazing news about his career/future. I am proud to know this guy (who I actually didn’t really like when I first met him), he has developed a work ethic that I am proud to have watched and to hopefully one day be part of. He is an amazing talent, but even more so…become a GREAT, AND HUMBLE person who WILL BE ROCKING STAGES across the country soon!


Tommy Cline! My buddy Tom Cline threw himself in the midst of a HORRIFIC EVENT and was injured in the process. Last Sunday while doing what he loves…performing music, even in a very small setting, a knife wielding individual attacked patrons of the VIP lounge in Hilliard. When this person attacked he killed 2 individuals. There were MANY people in the venue that night, Tom was able to save many more by subduing the individual and holding him until police arrived…he was stabbed in the arm and leg in the process. I have been proud of my friend for his musical success (plays in Noise Auction, and Acoustical Mayhem), now I am proud to of his heroic efforts. BUT I HAVE ALWAYS BEED PROUD OF HIM AS A FRIEND! Even allowing him to call me Barney Ruble (a nickname he developed for me due to my very bad hair when it grows out).


Also wanna give props to another hero that night Nichole Lynn Mabry. Nichole not only witnessed the violence that night but was also a hero in her own right. Nichole attempted to save 2 of the victims, while those 2 perished they found comfort dying in her peaceful arms. Nichole also SPRUNG to action and created truncates for Tom and saving him…AS THEY BOTH WERE KEEPING THE ATTACKER AT BAY! I am proud of both of these folks I call friends!

Man Charged In Fatal Hilliard Bar Stabbings
Charges were filed on Tuesday against a man accused of stabbing two people to death during a bar fight early Monday morning.


Donald Schlarman, 27, faces two counts of murder stemming from the incident at the VIP Lounge in Hilliard, according to court records.

Police said that officers were called to the bar, located at 3650 Main St., shortly before 1 a.m. and found Jeff B. Fijolek, 44, of Grove City, and Tyler Bronson, 34, of Hilliard, stabbed to death.

Two other men suffered stab wounds and were hospitalized.

Schlarman was physically subdued by bar patrons and taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus for his injuries, police said.

Schlarman was transferred to police custody on Tuesday afternoon.


Horse Semen: The New Red Bull?

Do you wish you could possess the power of this strong, mighty stallion, vigorously running in an open pasture with unbounded sexual energy?


Then all you have to do is drink his semen.


At least that’s what the folks behind the Hokitika Wildfoods festival in New Zealand say. They’re offering up $10 shots of horse semen to curious—neigh, insane—festivalgoers hoping to get a boost of energy from a so-called delicacy. And because consuming regular-old semen would just be boring, these shots come spiked with flavors like cherry and licorice. Which does prove one thing: There is something more disgusting than this medical procedure.

Lindsay Kerslake, the Australian breeder who got the idea to serve his stallions’ semen shots at the festival, told The Australian that “horses are pure testosterone—they have hardly any cholesterol, so the idea is you knock it back and feel like a stallion yourself.” And then, the best quote: “You’ll have as much zizz as a stallion for a week afterwards.”


While we’ll leave you to debate just what exactly “zizz” means—and contemplate the exact circumstances you’d have to face to even think about taking a shot—Mike Keenan, the organizer of the festival, gives us the semen scoop.


“I think it’s just a joke to be honest,” Keenan says. “Because the horse is such a big creature, I dare say that people love to spread rumors that the semen will be as good as Viagra. It’s all rather tongue-in-cheek.”


Not that Keenan minds the rumors. The 22-year old festival has featured strange feasts like ostrich pie, worm sushi, and wasp ice cream, but Hokitika’s never had this kind of international media attention before, Keenan says.


“Semen has caught the world’s imagination!”


We’ll say. A couple years ago we saw Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass gang drink equine sperm in a vomit-inducing stunt, but now that people overseas are willingly swigging the stuff, we wonder: Could it actually work?


Maybe, according to Patrick Meyers, DVM, a horse reproduction specialist and breeder from Ontario. (We’re sorry we asked . . .) There’s a testicular hormone in high concentrations of semen called DHEA, which some athletes use to boost their athletic performance, Meyers says. And a 2006 study found that men over 65 who took DHEA supplements saw a significant increase in their testosterone levels. But beware—it’s also possible for DHEA to actually increase guys’ estrogen levels, according to Meyers. (Speaking of men-threatening foods, read why soy might be the most dangerous food for guys.)


If you needed another reason why this might not be such a great idea, Meyers says that sometimes horses carry a nasty virus called equine viral arteritis in their semen. “I’m not sure if it has any effect in humans, since it’s digested and destroyed in the stomach, but there’s lots of potential here for things to go wrong,” he says.


And lastly, don’t forget that you’d probably be swallowing little horse babies with every mouthful you take. Meyers ships off his stallions’ sperm to mares all over the U.S. and Canada, and says that sperm can be preserved for up to 36 hours if it’s placed in a milk-based extender. That’s likely how the semen shots will be stored until they’re served at Hokitika, which opens March 12.


Listen, it’s your prerogative to drink horse semen. (As Meyers says, “We might find a new market for our product!”) But there are plenty of other—read: normal—ways to boost your testosterone. Want to tap into your secret source of sexual stamina, energy, and drive? Check out 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Manpower and how to maintain your T-levels. (And there’s a brand-new testosterone drug called Fortesta that just hit pharmacies.)


Stay Classy Union Officials!

Union supporters disrupt GOP state senators’ restaurant meal

Seven GOP senators were dining at the Easy Street Cafe in German Village when a group of union supporters burst into the restaurant and began shouting.

The volatility surrounding the collective-bargaining debate spilled into the night Wednesday when police were called to a German Village restaurant after a group verbally accosted a gathering of Senate Republicans.

After the vote on Senate Bill 5, seven Republican senators, including President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, grabbed dinner at the Easy Street Cafe. As the lawmakers neared the end of their meal, a group of five to 10 union supporters angry about the passage of the bill hours before burst into the restaurant and began shouting.

The commotion eventually led to pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff and owner, before police arrived to calm the situation as a police helicopter hovered overhead. No senators were involved in the physical altercations, and no charges have been filed.

“It could have (gotten physical),” said Sen. Frank LaRose, 31, a Fairlawn Republican who served as a Green Beret. “The group was agitated and they were shoving the owner, and he had nothing to do with this.”

LaRose said it didn’t take special intelligence training to notice that while the lawmakers were eating, a woman walked past the window several times, poked her head in the door and got on her cell phone.

“It was planned,” LaRose said. “They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance.”

When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled “Can I have your attention?” and then shouted “something nasty,” LaRose said. Soon after, the rest of the group of men and women joined in with a chant.

“They stormed through my dining room,” said George Stefanidis, owner of the Easy Street Cafe. “I told them they had to leave, and they wouldn’t.”

Stefanidis said he called 911 when the protesters refused to leave. LaRose said there was pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff. Meanwhile, someone on the outside slapped an anti-Senate Bill 5 sign on the window near where Niehaus was sitting.

“I understand their argument, but they should do that some other place,” Stefanidis said. “It just ruined the whole night.”

He said about 70 people were in the restaurant, at 197 Thurman Ave., at the time.

Witnesses said Stefanidis and his staff held the group back from the senators.

“I was tempted to help, but us getting involved would have escalated it, not de-escalated it. We decided to stay quiet,” LaRose said.

Moran, who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.

“It is unfortunate that rather than focus on the adverse impact that this legislation will have on hard-working, middle-class Ohioans, there are those who would choose to focus on a conversation I had with Senate Republicans,” she said in a written statement to The Dispatch.

“The moment of discomfort Senate Republicans may have felt as a result of my expressing my opinion pales in comparison to the extreme discomfort and financial hardships that public employees will endure as a result of SB5.”

Sens. Kevin Bacon of Minerva Park, Keith Faber of Celina, Larry Obhof Jr. of Montville Township, Chris Widener of Springfield and Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville also were at the restaurant. All but Manning voted in favor of Senate Bill 5.


It IS Spring Training and I hope to see this guy pitch when I am in Florida the next couple of weeks!


Ohio State has suspended football coach Jim Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season for committing an NCAA rules violation by not revealing e-mails that indicated players had received improper benefits.

Tressel also will be fined $250,000 and must attend an NCAA compliance seminar.

At a news conference tonight, Tressel acknowledged that for nine months he kept secret an e-mail from an attorney indicating that Ohio State players had sold memorabilia to Ed Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos and Piercings. The attorney also indicated that the owner was the subject of a federal drug investigation and requested confidentiality from Tressel.

But not reporting that information is a violation of NCAA Bylaw 10.1. Yahoo Sports reported the violation last night.

“I felt an obligation because I could feel in the e-mail the person had genuine concern for the well-being of our kids and for the gravity of a federal criminal drug trafficking ongoing investigation,” Tressel said. “I guess I felt they were entrusting me to think that was important to keep that confidentiality.”

Tressel did not divulge the e-mails, which were sent April 2 and 16 and June 6, even after a December investigation revealed that six Ohio State players had committed an NCAA violation for selling memorabilia and/or getting discounted tattoos. Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. Jordan Whiting must sit out one game.

Ohio State is appealing the suspensions, and the e-mails to Tressel came to light in January as the school gathered documents for their case.

Despite the violation, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith said they did not consider firing Tressel.

Smith said Ohio State has consulted with the NCAA in determining the self-violations, but the NCAA could impose additional sanctions.

“Wherever we end up at the end of the day, Jim Tressel is our football coach,” Smith said. “All the speculation about him being terminated is pure speculation. This case, in my view, does not warrant it. … He is our coach and we support him implicitly.”

Gee said that Tressel came to his house and that they had a “candid” three-hour discussion.

He laughed off a question about firing Tressel.

“No, are you kidding?” Gee said. “I’m just hopeful that the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

Tressel said he did not consider resigning.

Tressel acknowledged that he did not consider the NCAA ramifications of keeping secret the e-mails, which suggested as it turned out incorrectly — that players might be involved in drugs.

“I’ve had a player murdered,” he said. “I’ve had a player incarcerated. I’ve had a player get taken into the drug culture and lose his opportunity for a productive life. So it was obviously tremendously concerning. Quite honestly, I was scared, especially the fact that two of our current players were mentioned in the e-mails.

“As we sit in homes (during recruiting), we talk about most especially we’re going to take care of these young people and treat them like they’re our own. Admittedly, I probably did not give quite as much thought to the potential NCAA part of things as I read it. My focus was on the well-being of the young people. Also in those e-mails it was very, very emphatic that with the nature of a federal investigation that there be confidentiality.”

The self-penalty calls for Tressel to not participate in any game-day activities during Ohio State’s games against Akron and Toledo. He cannot be in team facilities during the game or have contact with his coaching staff.
Tressel will be permitted to coach during spring practice.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed that this happened at all,” he said. “I take my responsibility for what we do at Ohio State tremendously seriously. Obviously, I plan to grow from this, and I’m sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn’t do things as well as I can possibly do.”

Sources: Former Ohio State football player tipped Tressel to player investigation

A former Ohio State University football player has been identified as the lawyer who sent e-mails to coach Jim Tressel warning that some players were selling memorabilia to a tattoo-parlor owner under federal investigation.

Three sources confirmed to the Dispatch that the e-mails sent to Tressel – which he failed to disclose, leading to his proposed two-game suspension and a $250,000 fine – were written by Columbus lawyer Christopher T. Cicero.

Cicero issued a statement last night saying he was not the source Yahoo! Sports cited to report that Tressel had prior knowledge of his players’ misconduct. Cicero said he has cooperated with Ohio State and NCAA investigators and had no other comment.

The e-mails between Cicero and Tressel, which were chummy in tone, were redacted by Ohio State officials to protect the lawyer’s identity as well as the names of the football players. However, there is no exception in the state’s public-record law that allowed Ohio State to withhold his name.

Cicero, 54, lettered in football at Ohio State in 1983, when Tressel was a first-year assistant coach under head coach Earle Bruce. Cicero apparently was a walk-on linebacker who did not command significant playing time. He  earned his law degree at the University of Toledo College of Law after graduating from Ohio State.

Cicero has a checkered history as a lawyer.

In 2002, a mistrial was declared in a death-penalty case because prosecutors planned to call Cicero as a witness in the case against his client.

Days later, he was accused of striking a different client during a courtroom argument, prompting another mistrial. Cicero denied hitting his client.

In 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended Cicero’s law license for one year, following a highly publicized scandal in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Cicero was found to have engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and of failing to maintain a respectful attitude toward the courts.

The lawyer was accused of leading several lawyers, including an assistant prosecutor, to believe that he was having sex with then-Judge Deborah P. O’Neill, who had appointed Cicero to defend a client in a criminal case she was handling.

Cicero ultimately said he overstated his intimacy with the judge and that he and O’Neill did not have sex until she stepped aside from handling the case. O’Neill also admitted to the sexual affair.

ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE…OUR Buckeyes won the Big 10 Regular Season Title, and Bo Ryan had to “Deal With it!” FINALLY OSU has developed an “intro” for OUR Buckeye Men’s Basketball Team


Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. (Psalm 71:20)


A note I received from a buddy:

I was reading through your birthday mass blast and I’m so proud of you to take a positive attitude towards life.

I wanted to share with you an idea that spoke to me over the weekend at my marriage counseling.

The Pastor said daily he prays for two things: Protect me and my family from the Devil, and that any challenge today be from Him.

He spoke that challenge and hardship is inevitible in this life but if we believe that God has placed these difficult situations in our life, we must have faith that he is trying to make us better as a result.

If we can start looking at our daily struggles as a blessing, think of how differently we can begin to look at challenges we face.

Hardship from Devil = BAD

Hardship from God = BLESSING

I don’t know why but I felt I needed to share that with you

I am glad he did share!


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You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure ~ Zig Ziglar


Living Without Limits~Bryan Tracy

The starting point of great success and achievement has always been the same. It is for you to dream big dreams. There is nothing more important, and nothing that works faster than for you to cast off your own limitations than for you to begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things that you can become, have, and do.

As a wise man once said, “You must dream big dreams, for only big dreams have the power to move the minds of men.” When you begin to dream big dreams, your levels of self-esteem and self-confidence will go up immediately. You will feel more powerful about yourself and your ability to deal with what happens to you. The reason so many people accomplish so little is because they never allow themselves to lean back and imagine the kind of life that is possible for them.


Theory of Constraints

A powerful principle that you can use to dream big dreams and live without limits is contained in what Elihu Goldratt calls the “Theory of Constraints.” This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern thinking. What Goldratt has found is that in every process, in accomplishing any goal, there is a bottleneck or choke cord that serves as a constraint on the process. This constraint then sets the speed at which you achieve any particular goal.

What Goldratt found is that if you concentrate all of your creative energies and attention on alleviating the constraint, you can speed up the process faster than by doing any other single thing.


Let me give you an example. Let us say that you want to double your income. What is the critical constraint or the limiting factor that holds you back? Well, you know that your income is a direct reward for the quality and quantity of the services you render to your world. Whatever field you are in, if you want to double your income, you simply have to double the quality and quantity of what you do for that income. Or you have to change activities and occupations so that what you are doing is worth twice as much. But you must always ask yourself, “What is the critical constraint that holds me back or sets the speed on how fast I double my income?”


The 80/20 Rule in Action

A friend of mine is one of the highest-paid commission professionals in the United States. One of his goals was to double his income over the next three to five years. He applied the 80/20 rule to his client base. He found that 20 percent of his clients contributed 80 percent of his profits, and that the amount of time spent on a high-profit client was pretty much the same amount of time spent on a low-profit client. In other words, he was dividing his time equally over the number of tasks that he does while only 20 percent of those items contributes 80 percent of his results.


So he drew a line on his list of clients under those who represented the top 20 percent and then called in other professionals in his industry and very carefully, politely, and strategically handed off the 80 percent of his clients that only represented 20 percent of his business. He then put together a profile of his top clients and began looking in the marketplace exclusively for the type of client who fit the profile; in other words, one who could become a major profit contributor to his organization, and whom he in turn could serve with the level of excellence that his clients were accustomed to. And instead of doubling his income in three to five years, he doubled it in the first year!


What Are Your Constraints?

So what is holding you back? Is it your level of education or skill? Is it your current occupation or job? Is it your current environment or level of health? Is it the situations that you are in today? What is setting the speed for you achieving your goal?


Remember, whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. Whatever situation you have gotten yourself into, you can probably get yourself out of. If your real goal is to dream big dreams and to live without limits, you can set this as your standard and compare everything that you do against it.


Three Keys

The three keys to living without limits have always been the same. They are clarity, competence, and concentration.


#1: Clarity

Clarity means that you are absolutely clear about who you are, what you want, and where you’re going. You write down your goals and you make plans to accomplish them. You set very careful priorities and you do something every day to move you toward your goals. And the more progress you make toward accomplishing things that are important to you, the greater self-confidence and self-belief you have, and the more convinced you become that there are no limits on what you can achieve.


# 2: Competence

Competence means that you begin to become very, very good in the key result areas of your chosen field. You apply the 80/20 rule to everything you do and you focus on becoming outstanding in the 20 percent of tasks that contribute to 80 percent of your results. You dedicate yourself to continuous learning. You never stop growing. You realize that excellence is a moving target. And you commit yourself to doing something every day that enables you to become better and better at doing the most important things in your field.


# 3: Concentration

Concentration is having the self-discipline to force yourself to concentrate single-mindedly on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it’s complete.

The two key words for success have always been focus and concentration.

Focus is knowing exactly what you want to be, have, and do. Concentration is persevering, without diversion or distraction, in a straight line toward accomplishing the things that can make a real difference in your life.

When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, creatively abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your inward energies on alleviating your main constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence. As you focus on doing what you love to do and becoming excellent in those few areas that can make a real difference in your life, you begin to think in terms of possibilities rather than impossibilities, and you move ever closer toward the realization of your full potential.



Our world is like a boomerang. If we throw anger, anger comes back; if we throw love, love comes back. If we throw negativity, negativity comes back; if we throw positivity, positivity comes back.



Texas coach leads team to state semis just hours after giving birth

There’s dedication to a team, and then there’s Amber Branson. The Lipan (Texas) High girls basketball coach led her team to a regional semifinal victory on Friday, then gave birth to her third child a few hours later. With the regional final scheduled for Saturday, it was assumed that the coach would miss her team’s chance to advance to the state playoffs, but Branson had other ideas.


Instead of taking a well-earned day off, Branson returned to the bench on Saturday, leading Lipan to a come-from-behind, 45-41 victory over Newcastle, sending the Indians to the state semifinals for the first time in eight years.

Perhaps it’s no wonder that the Lipan girls basketball team motto in 2011 is “If it’s easy, I don’t want it.”


“I was pretty tired,” an incredibly understated Branson told the Associated Press of her return to the court just hours after giving birth. “I never felt like I couldn’t do it. God’s been good to me this week.”


In fact, Branson’s claim that her between-games birth was fated may have something to it. The coach reached a hospital in Abilene, where the regional finals were being played, about 9 p.m., shortly after her team’s regional semi victory. By 10 p.m., daughter Leslie had already been born, a labor too quick to even allow for an epidural injection.


Yet, had Branson received that epidural shot, she might not have been able to recover in time to coach the game on


Saturday, even though doing so did require her to leave Leslie behind in the hospital for a few hours.


“That was all part of God’s plan. If I had the epidural, I might not have been able to make [the game],” Branson said.


“I would have taken [daughter Leslie] with me if I could have.”


She wasn’t able to, but by the time she came back to her newborn, Branson was also the coach of a regional champion basketball team, a squad which followed her shortly thereafter and took a photo with their coach and her new baby.


The Bransons — including daughter Leslie — were all at the state semifinals, where Lipan faced a stern test against Neches in the penultimate Class 1A Div. II game of the season. Regardless of the outcome of her team’s game, Branson said something tells her Friday might not be the last time Leslie makes it to Austin, either.


“I guess she’s making her own history,” Branson said. “I hope we’ll be back in 15 years to watch her play.”



..Be the type of person that when your feet touch the floor in the morning, the devil says “aww sh*t, they’re up…”

doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness-Duane “The Rock” Johnson


“Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” – Tony Robbins

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” -Buddha


The persons who insist in giving us  advise is not giving it to us,
but to themselves.


There are two thieves in your life! These two thieves are trying to rob you! Don’t get jacked of your peace. Don’t get robbed of your fun. Don’t let worry beat you down. These two thieves are the past and the future! The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift, and that’s why we call it the pres…ent. Its a gift! Seize the day.


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

Lady Gaga plays to her “Lil Monsters” at The Schottenstein Center

Jeff Bates plays Screamin’ Willies

Arlo Guthrie plays The Midland Theatre (Newark)


Rob Little is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton.


Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info


Pre-St. Patrick’s Day WEEKEND
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Throughout Dublin
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Come to Dublin, Ohio on the greenest weekend of the year! Bring the entire family to stay and play on Saturday, March 12th and enjoy our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. It includes a pancake breakfast and a miles-long community parade filled with bands, leprechauns, floats and all-things-Irish. Then, spend some time exploring the Historic District hopping for Irish imports, taking in some Celtic entertainment, sipping an Irish tea, tasting some scones or Irish potato chowder and having fun!

55th Annual Central Ohio Home & Garden Show expected to ROCK
The 2011 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by gridSMART from AEP Ohio, announced its theme for the 2011 show today.  Slated for Feb. 26 through March 6 in Columbus at the Ohio Expo Center, this year’s theme is Gardens that Rock, challenging the region’s premiere landscape designers to find creative inspiration in rock and roll music. Featuring 15 full‐size, living landscapes, each garden will feature one of rock’s greatest icons, eras or legendary songs. Show guests will enjoy landscape elements and aspects that embrace the rock ‘n roll theme while discovering inspiration for their home landscapes and talking one‐on‐one with experts about their own lawn and
garden possibilities.    Individual gardens will feature: Bruce Springsteen, Detroit City Rocks, The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Rock of Ages, The Beatles, Elvis’ “Jail House Rock,” “Rock ‘n Robin,” Chicago’s “Saturday
in the Park,” Classic Rock and more.

One of North America’s most exciting and interactive home and garden shows, the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show features more than 400 exhibits, attractions, and presentations. Spanning two weekends, the show offers eight days packed with special events and attractions for all ages, including internationally
known celebrities and daily cooking, gardening, home décor and home improvement presentations on two stages. Consumers who visit the show have the opportunity to shop for every imaginable tool, accessory and service for any home improvement or landscape project. In addition, the show will feature
countless show‐only deals and specials, offering guests the best pricing on everything imaginable for home and garden. Beyond breathtaking gardens, show visitors this year can discover affordable tips and techniques to make
their homes and yards more “green” and eco‐friendly. Also popular at the show is the Home Improvement Expo, where guests can shop for everything from a new roof, doors or windows to an extreme basement makeover.  Within the Home Improvement Expo, the innovative and inspiring Kitchen & Bath Design Center allows guests to meet and talk one on one with the region’s top remodeling and
experts while seeing the very latest designs and most extraordinary ideas for kitchens and baths.
The 2011 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by gridSMART from AEP Ohio, begins Saturday, Feb. 26, and runs through Sunday, March 6, at the Ohio Expo Center. The show’s continued popularity has led to extended hours to accommodate day trips, corporate and social groups and clubs. For 2011, the
Show hours are: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday‐Friday, noon to 8 p.m. CLOSED MONDAY, February 28th. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is $5.

Columbus RV Supershow
Ohio Expo Center
The Columbus RV Supershow presented by Airstream takes place March 11-13 in the Celeste Center and Lausche Building. Shake off that cabin fever and dream about warmer weather when you come out to the Columbus RV Supershow! See hundreds of the latest recreational vehicles, including Pop-Up campers, Van Conversions, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, and Motorhomes.

Aaron Eckhart stars in the Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’ rated “PG-13.”

Red Riding Hood (THIS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE) rated “R.”

THE MUST SEE Rental of the weekend:
‘Jackass 3D’ rated “R.”


‘Morning Glory’ starring Harrison Ford, rated “PG-13.”

Sara Evans releases “ Stronger”


Caribbean Jerks “Caribbean Idol” Now until April 20th


St. Patrick’s Day Events at Fado (Easton), Tilted Kilt (Polaris), and Caribbean Jerks (Polaris-Pending)


Sebring 12 Hour (Sebring Florida)


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