Grab Life By The Horns…and make it great for yourself AND others!
GREETINGS From The Stage of the Good-Guys PPG Nationals (actually they have me in this concrete room with no windows-wonder if they are trying to tell me something?). AND YES…it is the butt crack of dawn!!! But at least I am dry from the rain!!!
While this is not the kind of auto sports themed event I am used to, it is GREAT to be part of yet another amazing event here in Central Ohio. I don’t deserve any of what I get to do…but know I am blessed for all these opportunities! Plus I do see a couple versions of my “Dream Car;” A candy apple red 1968 Mustang!!! Guess I better start working more and saving-are EITHER of those things possible?
If anyone would like to go, I have a few passes available for this weekend. Shoot a text to 614-580-3118 and I will make arrangements get the passes to you.
For those folks who were asking…I did not meet my goals in the gym last week. No new record for me…but it was fun trying, and I learned a few tricks-to GET IT NEXT TIME!
So I wanted to type this on my new I-Pad using my new ZaggMate Keyboard Case, the ZaggMate does not want to work, any suggestions? The “o” button types “mo,” the “-“ key does not work, the enter key is volume, and the “?” key does not work…I tried typing this on it, and well, wouldn’t let me form as a question. I also am bad enough with spelling and grammar that it REALLY throws me off! Anyone have any suggestions?
So yet another busy weekend gigging and in town (or at least Central Ohio). I love to work and do whatever the he** it is I do, and while fun to do in my own town like I am doing this weekend, I think it is more fun to do on the road. But no matter where I am-or any of us are. Careers, family, friends…pull all of us in many directions! I have found as I am trying to create a future, make a living, and work in this profession, all while trying to keep a social life and get ahead…I guess I HAVE FOUND IT’S A CRAZY TOWN!!!
If I, or anyone, make it or not…it is not up to us! It is up to the Big Dude above. All we can do is work hard and try to do our best-no matter what it is we are working to accomplish!
“Pay your dues, and you play for free
And you pray for a honky tonk destiny
You cut your teeth in the smoky bars
And live off the tips from a pickle jar”
Nothing in this world is owed, and opportunity is not always given (even if earned), opportunity is created. More so than not…WE WILL FAIL! But failure is what leads to accomplishment. That accomplishment is a big gig, a new sale, finding a cure for something, or even making headway with someone you are working with (maybe even yourself?)…the success is in all the elements leading up to whatever the end result is. If you continue to move forward, learn, AND ENJOY, that in itself is success!!!
We won’t all meet our goals in life BUT we gotta try. Life is a lot like an event that took place this week in Spain. This event is the epidemy of life, life is Bull SH*T! Life IS like “Encierro” in Pamplona, Spain or translated…the Running of the Bulls.
We all have to keep running forward to stay just one step ahead of the bull (or life). But while doing so; if we allow ourselves, we can push hard and run like hell…but maybe, just maybe, we can turn around and hit the bull in the nose with our newspaper. Ya know, literally poking life in the nose-just to have some fun in the excitement.
Just as the Pamplona “Running of The Bulls” life can be fun, and exciting, BUT also dangerous and there is always something, or someone, wanting to knock ya down.
Find success in the excitement in life. Find success in the journey, not the destination! Some wanna watch from the balconies, others wanna get on the street and “grab the bull by the tail” whatever you choose to do…have fun! That alone is success! I mean let’s face it…if it was all JUST about the destination, some end up in the hospital while taking the “bull by the horns!”
My “success” in the world, allows me to have some AMAZING opportunities to do or see things I never thought were possible (that was until I began to image possibilities and then they came true!)
Speaking of that kinda stuff. Due to a cancellation I have next Saturday June 16th off. I am going down to The Wilds to Zip Line the Safari (scheduled 2pm), there are a couple spots left if anyone wants to go. Looks like a fun time zipping over the zebras, giraffes, and rhinos. If you wanna go or for more info on The Wilds go to http://www.thewilds.org/
The success I have found also is allowing me to give back. Yes monetarily, but more so my time, and more important I am able to link people from very different areas to better serve each other. ALL FOR THE BETTERMENT OF SOMEONE ELSE-for me, the opportunities I am blessed with are also the chance to show I am appreciative, and to do as “Woody” said….pay it forward. Or as a BIG BOOK said “Do unto Others.”
This week we had National “Pay it Forward Day.” Being a Buckeye, one man who lived that thought was Woody Hayes. He often spoke of “Paying It Forward” and on March 14, 1986 just months before his death, he addressed THE Ohio State University Graduating Students:
| Graduates, Mr. President, faculty members, friends, and families of the graduates who have done so much to make this possible.
Today is the greatest day of my life.
And, Mr. President, you have certainly helped to make it that way. I appreciate so much being able to come here and talk to a graduating class at The Ohio State University, a great, great, University.
I would like to start with something I have used in almost every speech, and this is, “paying forward.” And that is the thing that you folks can do with your great education for the rest of your life.
Try to take that attitude toward life, that you’re going to pay forward. So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most–your parents and other people–will be gone, but you’ll find that you do want to pay. Emerson had something to say about that: “You can pay back only seldom.” But he said, “You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent.” He said, “Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt.” That was Emerson’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did.
I’d like to give you a little advice today. I’ll try not to give you too much, just a little bit. One thing you cannot afford to do–that’s to feel sorry for yourself. That’s what leads to drugs, to alcohol, too those things that tear you apart. In football we always said that the other team couldn’t beat us. We had to be sure that we didn’t beat ourselves. And that’s what people have to do, too–make sure they don’t beat themselves.
So many times you have fond here at the University people who were smarter than you. I found them all the way through college and in football: bigger, faster, harder. They were smarter people than I. But you know what they couldn’t do? They couldn’t outwork me. I ran into opposing coaches who had much better backgrounds than I did and knew a lot more about football than I did. But they couldn’t work as long as I did. They couldn’t stick in there as long as I could. You can outwork anybody. Try it and you’ll find out you can do it.
And I had a great, great association with my coaches. No one ever had better people than I did. Or better football players, and we outworked our opponents. The only way we got beaten was if we got a little fatheaded, if we didn’t train well, if we had dissension on the squad, if we didn’t recognize our purpose in life. Those are the people you win with.
Mr. Barthalow was my history and English teacher in junior high school. He was the best teacher I ever had, and I am so honored to have him here today. And to have my sister and my wife and friends, just as you’re happy to have your parents here today, who have meant so much to you. A family life is unbelievable.
With good people, and this goes all the way back to my grandmother and all the way down the line, she didn’t tell my dad, “Now you go to the study table.” No, no. She said, “I’ll meet you at the study table.” And that’s where your good parents and you’re good teachers are.
But when you deal with youngsters, when you get into jobs of any kind, don’t send people to the job. Meet them there and help them do it. And you’ll be amazed how it works.
In football we learn some wonderful, wonderful things. And one of them is this: When you get knocked down, which is plenty often, get right up in a hurry, just as quick as you can. Do you know what to do then? You probably need more strength. Do you know where you get it? You get it in the huddle. You get it by going back and getting a new play and running that same play together with your teammates. That “together” is the thing that gives you the buildup to get ready to go again.
In your lifetimes, you’ll find that how well you can work with people will depend on how quickly you can get back to them and get together.
In football, you’ll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.
There’s one more thing I want to get into, and then I will let you get graduated. I know you want to do it. That’s what you came to college for. That’s what your parents sent you to college for. We’ve had a great, great heritage. And so many times we’ve been so luck that you can’t believe it. The odds against us were unbelievable. In the battle of Salamis, 500 years before the birth of Christ, the Persians were attempting to conquer Greece and burned Athens down. The old men and women and children were over on the beachhead at Salamis when the Persians came in to whip them.
But the Greeks had been getting ready for ten years. They had discovered silver on Mt. Laurium. And they had taken that silver to help them make good, small ships that could move. And they coaxed, they mousetrapped those Persians into the Bay ofSalamis. And then they attacked them with the metal prows on their ships. They busted into them. The Persians couldn’t get out of the way: their big troop-carrying ships were too awkward. So in one day, the Greeks sank the Persian fleet and drove them out of the Greek waters and all the way back to Persia.
Then the Greeks got busy. And you know what they did? They went over and rebuilt their city and decided they needed a new type of government. They even had a name for it: “de-mo-cra-tos.” Have you ever head of de-mo-cra-tos? People rule. That was the beginning of democracy. Right there on the Bay of Salamis is where we got this great system we have today.
To give you an appreciation of de-mo-cra-tos, a few years ago the mayor of Stuttgart, Germany, was here, and I interviewed him on television. He was the son of the great World War II general, Rommel. I asked him, “Did your father agree with Hitler’s order to stop on May 24, 1940, when they were within 40 miles of the English Channel?” And he said, “Wait a minute, Coach. There’s something you’re not thinking about My father did not have choices at all. He lived in a dictatorship.” He went on to say, “I live in a democracy now, and you live in the greatest in the world, a great democracy. You and everyone else in your country have choices and decisions to make almost every day. My father didn’t.”
That night when I got home, I started wondering why he had become so upset. And then I recalled the last decision his father had made on this earth: the decision to take poison so that this boy and his mother could live. You can appreciate democracy when you look at it that way.
My next story is much more recent. Another underdog victory. The fellows who did it were your age. They were four-to-one underdogs against Hitler’s hordes at the Battle of Britain. At that time even the American ambassador to England was reporting that he didn’t think the British could win. A matter of fact, every night the radio announcer would say with a mournful dirge in his voice, “This is London.”
The British didn’t look at it that way. They all fought–men, women, and the boys who flew those planes. And they did something greater than that. Their mathematicians and their scientists did something that the German arrogance didn’t think could happen. They had broken the German code–the Enigma code. So that those British, with their coding machines, the best in the world, broke that German code.
So the British knew where the German forces were coming from. They knew what time they’d arrive. They knew the point of attack, the formation, everything about them. Then British fighter planes–manned mainly by British but some Americans, some Polish, some Canadians–would strike them just as they were ready to lower their bombs.
Air Marshal Dowding didn’t send the planes out over the Channel. He didn’t have that many. He was outnumbered more than two-to-one. He didn’t want to waste time or fuel or strength. These young fellows–just your age, mind you–wanted to get up there and fight and then get back for a couple hours to sleep under a shade tree and then go up and fight again. That’s the way they fought and won.
And then after the British had won, General Dowding was criticized and fired. Well, there have been a lot of great men fired–MacArthur, Richard Nixon, a lot of them. But rather than knighting him for what he had done–and he had fought an unbelievably great war–they sent him out recruiting. He could very easily have straightened them out by telling them of the coding secret, but he wouldn’t do that. He knew it was going to be needed for the rest of the war. And it wasn’t told for 35 years after that. This man went to his death keeping it sealed. And that was Air Marshal Dowding, all honor to his great name. All honor.
They won. They won for us because if Hitler had whipped England and got the English Navy(this was a year-and-a-half before we ever got into the war), we’d have never joined the battle. And Hitler would have been over here after us, you can believe that.
So that’s how fortunate we were to have those great British people. And you know what the greatest man in the war said about those fliers? He said, “Never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” He was referring to those British fliers who won the Battle of Britain.
I’d like to tell one more story. And it’s referred to still as a miracle, the miracle of Midway. Underdogs! You can’t believe it. The Japanese had eight battleships in the area. We had eight too, but they were in the mud back at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese had 14 cruisers; we had 5 heavy cruisers. They had 45 destroyers; we had 15. They had a whole flotilla of submarines and eight admirals in the area. We had two, and one of them was a substitute. But that substitute made some of the greatest decisions ever made in combat.
Intelligence–yes, it was there. We had broken the Japanese code, and we knew they were coming in. At lead, Admiral Nimitz at Pearl knew. In Washington they didn’t know. They’d have gotten mousetrapped like they did at Pearl Harbor six months before, but Admiral Nimitz knew. He had a great man, a Commander Rocquefort, as his intelligence officer. He had spent three years in Japan before the war studying their language, and now he broke their code. He broke it so we knew they were coming to Midway.
So Admiral Prugh and the substitute sent the planes off early because they knew the Japs were going for another strike on Midway. They hit their carriers when they had gasoline hoses and land bombs and everything else all up on the decks.
At 10:30 the Japanese were winning the war; at 10:36 they had lost it. Three carriers–the Kaga, the Akagi, and the Soryu–were sunk in six minutes. They didn’t go down until the next day, but they were mortally wounded. Ensign George Gaye was in the water for 30 hours and was the only one of his torpedo squadron who survived. He told me he had to hold his eye open to see the battle. His left eye was burned shut. But he said, “I held it open with my two hands, and I watched the battle. We’d hit it.” Do you know why we’d hit it? Teamwork. Because George Gaye and Torpedo Squadrons Seven, Eight, and Nine went in there and were practically totally decimated.
But you know what the Japanese did? They brought in the air umbrella, the Japanese Zeros, to hit them. When they came down, our high-level bombers overflew them, and in six minutes it was over.
It took us three more years in the Pacific. To win the war, Harry Truman had to use the atom bomb to save a million of our servicemen and a million Japanese lives. You may have heard other opinions about that decision, but the truth is that he sat down with great men and he concluded that he had to use it to save our lives. I never voted for Harry Truman, but I fought for that.
Wars always bring bigger problems then they settle. We can’t have that. It’s up to us to have such a good democracy that other people want it too. That’s a job that will be in your future.
Hard work, tough decisions, teamwork, family values, and paying ahead will help to change this world and make it a better place, And I have no idea but that you have the attitude and the capacity and the ability here to go on and help make this a greater world.
Godspeed in the meantime to all of you. Thank you very much.
The same ideas were put into a movie concept with the movie ‘Pay It Forward’-one of my all time favorite movies starring Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment (ya know the kid who saw dead people), and Kevin Spacey.
Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother’s alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward–repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor’s efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him.
A school social studies assignment leads to social changes that spread from city-to-city. Assigned to come up with some idea that will improve mankind, a young boy decides that if he can do three good deeds for someone and they in turn can “pay it forward” and so forth, positive changes can occur. What appears to initially be a failure, is indeed a success that is not immediately known but is traced backwards by a reporter who is a benefactor. The initial recipients of the boy are a drug addict, his badly scarred school teacher, and a classmate who is constantly bullied by his peers. While physically and mentally scarred by past events, the teacher is not the only one bearing scars. The young boy fears his mother’s fate, particularly at his brutal, alcoholic father’s hands. The mother also bears scars from her childhood with a homeless, alcoholic mother
In addition to the above, this week I watched another good movie with another message…one that hit home to me…
I have been very busy trying to make it in this “Crazy Town”. But still even with all this, all that, the opportunity to give back, and ALL THE EXPERIENCES…I don’t have any REAL success, cause I don’t have someone to share it with. Don’t get me wrong…The World Famous Pepper Dog is Happy to see me (I think it is just cause I rub her belly and scratch her a**), and I have friends who I share with, and give some opportunities that would not have otherwise, BUT, there is one person…One Person who “I would like to have a Coke with.”
To that person, it is the thought, cause I don’t drink pop anymore…but in all seriousness, I don’t ask for much, and have not asked for anything in a long time. To you…PLEASE rent ‘Beastly.’ A new take on an old story. The problem is, for me-and the main character, the wrong things in life were focused on. I guess I could say, ANYONE, watch this movie! Yes there are some cliché’s BUT under it all are 2 GREAT LESSONS!!! Just one I found out too late…at least I hope not too late!
National Pay It Forward Day, The Fourth Of July, The Running of The Bulls; are all rights of summer passage, and a sign that Summer is Halfway over. This means Christmas is only (days away?). July Fireworks just leave the air and retail outlets are pumping in the Holiday Items
Since July 4th is the Halfway point of the year…I am offering a SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER!
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”- WARREN BUFFETT
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER (Until September 6th) I AM OFFERING 3 HOURS FOR $500.00, WITH NO DEPOSIT (with signed contract) If you or someone you know is getting married, please feel free to refer our services to them. We have been in the entertainment and wedding industry for over 25 years. Our expertise will make you or your friend’s wedding, a moment to remember. Refer us and receive 15% of contracted rate. Call 614-580-3118 to secure your date
I refuse to let the thoughts of the year coming to an end and winter cold just a few months away get me down. I mean at the very least there is the AMAZING Fall Weather with warm days and cool nights as the leaves turn. But even more so, I am in search of the “Endless Summer”…and it started for me in 2000 with the chance to work at Polaris Amphitheater, and hit a highlight (or a low point) in 2002 with a summer my friends and I have labeled the “Rock & Roll Summer” . But both of these summers, and many more at what became “Germain” allowed me to form whatever the hell it is I do now.
However today, the once mighty rock and roll “Barn” is in a waiting mode for the grim reaper-This is very sad!
So I am off to find more memories to be made in the quest for success, and for my “endless summer.” Have a great weekend, and FIND A WAY to make it great-for you, AND someone else…while staying one step ahead of the bull!
NO MATTER WHAT! Don’t let a good deed or nice gesture…end with you
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THIS FRIDAY/SAT/SUNDAY July 8-10 For the Good Guys Nationals. I will be MC’ing and DJ’ing the Largest Antique and Classic Car Show in The Midwest this weekend.
Don’t miss this huge indoor & outdoor car show featuring: Over 6,000 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars, Street Machines and Trucks thru ’72.Vendor & Manufacturer Displays Goodguys Autocross Huge Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral Goodgals Gallery Poker Run Friday Night Drags Model & Pedal Car Show Nostalgia Stage Shows & Nightly Parties Hot Rod Seminars.
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THIS SATURDAY NIGHT I will be in Nerk Ahia for a Private Party. However she is an old friend of mine. I don’t play Nerk very often, so if anyone who would like to hang out. Shoot a text to 614-580-3118, and I will give you info on where I am.
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THOUGHT(s) FOR THE WEEK:
“Fun is good” – Dr. Seuss
When people are not grateful,, they become hateful. .. Check your attitude.-Rev Run
SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:
My theme, right now!!! Plus got to work with these guys in Springfield Missouri. It is THE GOOD LIFE!!! Had a rough day this week and this song kinda help put it all back into perspective!
To my friends in New York, I say hello
My friends in L.A. they don’t know
Where I’ve been for the past few years or so
Paris to China to Col-or-ado
Sometimes there’s airplanes I can’ t jump out
Sometimes there’s bullshit that don’t work now
We are god of stories but please tell me-e-e-e
What there is to complain about-Needed this song today for some reason
Jimmy HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!!!
So what would you do?
…Just a FUN SUMMER SONG, plus got to see him do live at Crazy Horse! Sing along, “whooo”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
I believe that each person has the potential to do something wonderful with his or her life. I believe that within every person there is a giant waiting to come out. I believe that each person can do much more than he or she has ever done before, if only he or she learns how. That is my fundamental value. What is yours?
BREAKING NEWS: Florida Highway Patrol is reporting a mass exodus of toddlers hitchhiking to get the hell out of Florida.
Casey Anthony is now available for Hide & Seek opportunities, and Baby Sitting Services
(AND the above are NOT insensitive comments, they are opportunities to find humor in a very sad situation of perverse justice, and life lost-if we don’t laugh we will only yell and scream and get mad. Laughter heals all pain!)
DID YOU KNOW:
Are You Sun Smart?
Summer and sunshine just naturally go together. In Texas, when the temperatures get up to the three digit numbers, it won’t be just the heat getting to you. The sun emits UV rays which can be harmful to the skin. Did you know that excessive exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most preventable cause of all skin cancers? Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and according to the National Cancer Institute it is estimated that there will be more than 65,000 new cases in the United States as well as 8,500 deaths. Don’t let yourself or a family member be a part of these numbers. Learning a few things about sun safety can help you prevent it.
Whether mowing the lawn, caring for the garden or attending a baseball game, every outdoor activity means exposure to the sun. A little sunshine is a good thing, too much can be deadly. Staying indoors all the time is not practical, or desirable for most people. Instead, try these simple steps to protect your skin from damage caused by the sun.
1. Use Sunscreen – most people don’t realize sunscreen is the easiest and most effective way to block the sun’s harmful rays. You will get the most protection using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15, apply 30 minutes prior to heading outdoors and reapply every two hours. Remember to put sunscreen on all exposed areas of the body, including ears, nose and the back of the neck. If you have scars that are exposed to the sun, the sun can cause them to darken and become more noticeable.
2. Dress Protectively – use clothing and accessories, in addition to sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays. Wear hats with a 3-inch or larger brim to protect the neck and face area. Loose fitting, darker colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants are especially important to the fair skinned, young and those taking sun sensitive medication. Sunglasses with a minimum 99 percent ultraviolet protection rating will protect not only your eyes but the sensitive skin around the eyes.
3. Limit Sun Exposure – Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM when the UV rays are the strongest. Make playing in the shade fun during those peak times. You can find some fun games at http://gameskidsplay.net .
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How’s That Hope and Change? Did it seem like a “smoke & mirror” campaign? Well IT IS! Much like the economy “stimulus”
Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job
When the Obama administration releases a report on the Friday before a long weekend, it’s clearly not trying to draw attention to the report’s contents. Sure enough, the “Seventh Quarterly Report” on the economic impact of the “stimulus,” released on Friday, July 1, provides further evidence that President Obama’s economic “stimulus” did very little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, and a whole lot to stimulate the debt. The report was written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by Obama, and it chronicles the alleged success of the “stimulus” in adding or saving jobs. The council reports that, using “mainstream estimates of economic multipliers for the effects of fiscal stimulus” (which it describes as a “natural way to estimate the effects of” the legislation), the “stimulus” has added or saved just under 2.4 million jobs — whether private or public — at a cost (to date) of $666 billion. That’s a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 per job. In other words, the government could simply have cut a $100,000 check to everyone whose employment was allegedly made possible by the “stimulus,” and taxpayers would have come out $427 billion ahead. Furthermore, the council reports that, as of two quarters ago, the “stimulus” had added or saved just under 2.7 million jobs — or 288,000 more than it has now. In other words, over the past six months, the economy would have added or saved more jobs without the “stimulus” than it has with it. In comparison to how things would otherwise have been, the “stimulus” has been working in reverse over the past six months, causing the economy to shed jobs.
Raise …Again, this is the verdict of Obama’s own Council of Economic Advisors, which is about as much of a home-field ruling as anyone could ever ask for. In truth, it’s quite possible that by borrowing an amount greater than the regular defense budget or the annual cost of Medicare, and then spending it mostly on Democratic constituencies rather than in a manner genuinely designed to stimulate the economy, Obama’s “stimulus” has actually undermined the economy’s recovery — while leaving us (thus far) $666 billion deeper in debt. The actual employment numbers from the administration’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent when the “stimulus” was being debated. It has since risen to 9.1 percent. Meanwhile, the national debt at the end of 2008, when Obama was poised to take office, was $9.986 trillion (see Table S-9). It’s now $14.467 trillion — and counting. All sides agree on these incriminating numbers — and now they also appear to agree on this important point: The economy would now be generating job growth at a faster rate if the Democrats hadn’t passed the “stimulus.”
I LOVE dogs…but ALSO believe in second chances
Michael Vick and Nike join forces once again
By Shane Bacon
A year ago, Michael Vick(notes) won a lot of fans back with his incredible play on the field for the Philadelphia Eagles. It was impressive enough to land him a spot on the Pro Bowl team, but maybe more important than that for Vick personally is the influence he must have on the Nike people, because according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Vick will be back with the Swoosh.
According to Rovell, it’s the first time in the history of sports marketing that a company dropped an athlete from their brand, as Nike did back in 2007 after news came out about Vick and dogfighting, and then signed them back to the team.
“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” said Nike spokesman Derek Kent. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”
What does this mean for Nike, and more importantly, for Vick?
First, for Nike, it means getting one of the most watched, and most controversial, players in football back under its logo. No matter if you love or hate Vick, and most people have a polarizing stance on the guy, you will watch him when he’s on the field, and that is just more exposure for Nike.
For Vick, it shows that the public is moving past the dogfighting and seeing him more as a football player again. Sure, his friends and family can boost him up, but when a company is willing to dump millions of dollars back into your boat, you have obviously recuperated quite well.
Nike isn’t the first to give Vick another chance in the corporate world. Unequal Technologies and Core Synergy both signed Vick as a sponsor after the 2010 season, but nothing has been nearly as big, and significant, as Nike.
No word yet on how much the contract will be for, but I’m sure whatever the price, it will be good for both Nike and Mr. Vick
Funeral arrangements set for airman
‘Ideal model for a man,’ Sergeant killed in Afghanistan cared for his siblings, wife and kids’
Funeral arrangements have been made for Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville, a 33-year-old father of three, who was killed June 26 while serving in Afghanistan.
The public is invited to attend his service Saturday at 10 a.m. at the West Jefferson High School auditorium in Harvey, La. Douville, who is from Louisiana, will be buried there at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.
“We’re trying to be strong,” said his wife of 14 years, LaShana. “It’s still unreal.”
Douville, an explosive ordnance technician assigned to Eglin Air Force Base’s 96th Civil Engineer Squadron, died from injuries he suffered from an improvised explosive device on the border of the Nad ’Ali district of Helmand province in Afghanistan.
Douville had served in the Air Force since 1997.
The Fort Walton Beach family includes three children: Jadelynn, who will start high school in the fall, Ayjah, a seventh-grader at Liza Jackson Preparatory School, and Daniel Jr., who will be in the fourth grade there.
LaShana said a memorial service also will be held at Eglin Air Force Base, but the date has not been set.
In response to requests about where to make donations, an account has been established for the family. Donations can be made to the Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville Memorial Account at any Whitney Bank branch.
Mike Brown and his crew from Plaza Pizza in Nerk Ahia have been going strong for 40 years. While this just one of the reasons I was a fat kid…I ain’t mad at ya! Congrats Mike-you are good people, even if a Browns Fan!
I THINK I even have an account?
Happy 15th Birthday, Hotmail!
It might be hard to imagine, but the email giant Hotmail has been fighting the good fight since July 4, 1996. It was the cool, alternative service in a world where your email address came from your ISP.
Only one year later, it was acquired by Microsoft.
It wasn’t always an easy road for Hotmail. Bouts with Google and Yahoo forced it to rebrand as Windows Live Hotmail.
Despite the rough patches in the past, the Hotmail team is clearly doing something right to remain a major player in the email world for 15 years.
Charlie Sheen Roast to Air on Comedy Central
Cue the jokes about “tiger blood,” “Adonis DNA” and “winning.”
Charlie Sheen will be the subject of Comedy Central’s next roast, network reps announced Tuesday.
The Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen will tape in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 and will premiere Sept. 19 (10 p.m. ET) – the same night that Ashton Kutcher will make his debut as Sheen’s replacement on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.
After Sheen’s whirlwind year, which included a bizarre media tour and one-man shows around the country, the roasters – who have yet to be announced – certainly won’t suffer from a lack of material.
“Nothing will be off-limits,” according to a release from Comedy Central.
Officially unemployed at the moment, the actor seems to be in good humor about the special.
“You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while,” he said in the release. “It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”
Previous Comedy Central roasts have featured celebrities like Donald Trump, Joan Rivers and Sheen’s pal David Hasselhoff.
BIEBER GOES COUNTRY? He better get a haircut…and a hat!
Justin Bieber May Try Country Next
If you have seen the movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, you might have seen this coming — new music that could possibly be the slightest bit country. While the world sees Bieber as a mega pop star, I see him differently. One scene in the movie captures him at about 12 years old, performing on the steps of what appears to be a bank or office building. His guitar case is open, like he’s busking. He is playing an acoustic guitar that is bigger than he is and singing his little heart out. It’s not unlike a young Keith Urban might have looked way back when. And Bieber did admit to MTV News that he may take his next album in a new direction. “I’ve done a lot on my acoustic guitar, so it’s gonna have that vibe. I’m not gonna really limit myself. I think music is music, and genre — I mean, I know there’s country music, there’s rock music, but my music is different. My voice is not meant for any style. I just want to make music,” he said. He also said he has been writing about how he feels. So, to recap, he’s going to write songs about feelings and play an acoustic guitar. Throw a banjo in there, and I’d call that country.
Nothing says summer traveling like Martha’s Vineyard. And when I think Martha’s Vineyard…I think of “Amity.”
“Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard”
Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard by first-time book author Matt Taylor, compiled in collaboration with avid Jaws collector Jim Beller, is a refreshing surprise. It’s a giant of a book, and I mean that literally. This mammoth 296-page coffee-table publication — stuffed to the gills with never-before-seen photographs, notes, and other dynamite documentation — is a book that even the biggest Jaws-a-holic among us (and there are plenty) will drop everything for.
Its strength begins with the fact that Taylor and Beller are both huge fans of the movie themselves; Beller, who resides in Providence, Rhode Island, has one of the largest known private collections of Jaws memorabilia in the world. Even more significant, though, is the book’s approach. During the five months in 1974 when Jaws was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, director Steven Spielberg made use of much of the island, including hundreds of residents, who worked on the sets or filled in as extras. And it’s their stories (as well as their memorabilia and photos) that drive Beller and Taylor’s book. Oh sure, there are some important Hollywood voices, including Spielberg’s (he’s written a nice foreword), as well as recollections from production designer Jo Alves and casting director Shari Rhodes, but the bulk of the story is driven by the Vineyard residents who worked with and lived around this giant of a film.
There’s Lee Fierro, who played Mrs. Kintner, the grieving mother who loses a son to the big shark and then admonishes Sheriff Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider) with one of film’s all-time great slaps. There’s Jonathan Filley, a novice actor who was cast to appear in the movie’s dramatic opening attack scene. And there’s Lynn Murphy, a marine-shop owner in Menemsha hired to run the boats for most of the film’s water scenes. In fact, it was the hard-charging Murphy whose, shall we say, salty spirit was one of the inspirations behind actor Robert Shaw’s portrayal of the fiery Quint.
“Lynn Murphy’s irritability,” one local recalls, “seemed to afford him an almost superhuman perseverance. You’d hear those curses echoing across the harbor, but once they stopped, it usually meant someone’s supposedly irreparable engine had been fixed, or some poor sap’s boat had been unsunk.”
To his credit, Taylor gets out of the way as a writer, stepping in when necessary to move the narrative along, but largely letting the voices of those featured in the book tell the story.
Beyond just being an oral history steeped in tales and anecdotes, though, Jaws offers up an unbelievable collection of snapshots and other photographs that have rarely been seen by anyone off-island. Taylor’s Vineyard roots have a lot to do with that. A 15th-generation Vineyard resident (his family can trace its beginnings all the way back to the island’s first European settlers), Taylor knows many of the key people well. Their treasures become the reader’s, giving Jaws the kind of breadth and detail that makes it stand out.
For those movie buffs who want a little more from their read, Taylor and Beller deliver. Along with its regularly priced ($59.95) paperback version, Jaws is also offered in a $250 limited-edition hardcover edition that comes complete with a small piece of Quint’s boat, the Orca. Good luck finding that in some “Special Edition” DVD collection.
FYI-With my love of the water and everything under “Mother, Mother Ocean…feel free to pick this up for me for a “Christmas in July” present?
Sending Thoughts and prayers
Marines injured in helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton base
Marines were rushed to hospitals in southern California Wednesday following a helicopter crash in the northern section of Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base.
Three marines were receiving treatment at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, hospital spokeswoman Lisa Ohmstede said.
At least one other was taken to Mission Hospital in Orange County with serious injuries, CNN affiliate KGTV reported.
Six people were aboard the helicopter, which crashed at approximately noon Wednesday, a Marine Corps statement said.
No further information is available on the extent of their injuries.
The helicopter was a UH-1Y (Huey) that belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Camp Pendleton fire department and emergency services responded immediately to the crash, which also sparked a small fire, KGTV said.
Marine officials are investigating the cause of the incident.
Rock & Hooh Ra-oll!
Lt. Dan salutes the troops with praise and rock ‘n’ roll
He played a vet, now he’s playing for the vets.
Actor Gary Sinise has a long list of ties to America’s military and its veterans. His grandfather, father, two uncles and brothers-in-law are all veterans. And while he’s never served, Sinise is probably best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor, a disabled Vietnam veteran in the Oscar-winning movie “Forrest Gump.”
But what some might not know about the Emmy Award-winning actor is when he’s not at his day job playing TV’s Detective Mac Taylor on CBS’s “CSI: New York”, he’s usually on stage playing bass guitar with his band, the Lt. Dan Band.
It was his role as a bassist, not an actor, that brought Sinise to Bremerton Tuesday, where he performed for Kitsap’s military and their families during a two-hour concert at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton. Event organizers were planning for roughly 2,000 people to attend.
“I’m just trying to give back to our services members and veterans and people who are defending our country in various ways,” Sinise said Tuesday from Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton.
While it’s not his first time at a Puget Sound military base — Sinise visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord about five years ago — it was his first time in Kitsap.
He and the 12-member Lt. Dan Band played for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fourth of July Freedom Fest on Monday and were in Bremerton Tuesday to perform as part of their 2011 tour. They were invited to perform to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the USO Puget Sound Area, a nonprofit that supports more than a half-million local and traveling active-duty military, dependents, retired military and reservists in the five service branches stationed in Puget Sound.
“You talk to a lot of people about the USO, and they think Bob Hope,” agency executive director Don Leingang said. “We feel Gary is becoming a favorite of the USO for the next generation.”
Sinise has supported the military through USO tours since 2003, visiting military bases state side and overseas to talk with troops, sign autographs and express his gratitude for their service. It wasn’t until working with musician Kimo Williams that the idea for the Lt. Dan Band emerged. By 2004, the band was formed and ready to travel to various military bases around the world.
The band averages 30 to 40 shows a year, the majority of them for USO tours, charities or benefits, according to the group’s website.
“Our military is very stressed. We’ve pushed them hard the last 10 years,” Sinise said Tuesday. “So if I show up and play music for them, I can support them.”
Sinise and the band have traveled around the world to show their respect for American troops in Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom and Germany. Sinise has also visited military bases with USO tours to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and Italy.
“Around the world, our military does all kinds of things for us,” Sinise said. “Friend or foe, they help.”
The present-day wars in Afghanistan and Iraq don’t have the same impact on the American population like World Wars I and II did, Sinise said. His grandfather served in World War I and his uncles in World War II. During those wars, everyone — regardless their military ties — was affected on a daily basis, he said.
Today, unless people know someone in the military, they’re not always aware of the day-to-day impact on America’s servicemen and women and their families, he said.
“If I can go out there and see them and talk to them, it’s a great feeling to know I can go out and do something to help them,” he said.
That’s why Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band came to Kitsap, he said, to share their respect for those who serve and the families of those who are deployed. He also hopes the band, which covers hits from all years and genres — including swing, country, pop, soul, blues and rock — leaves people feeling good by the end of their high-energy shows.
“All I want to do is entertain people and give them a good time,” Sinise said. “I want people to leave feeling good.”
-I AM THINKING WE NEED HIM FOR THIS YEARS ARMY NAVY GAME WATCH PARTY?
Polls Pressure Obama To Pardon First Black Heavyweight Champ
Nearly 100 years to the day that Jack Johnson became the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, his name still commands the respect of world champions, boxing writers, and even politicians.
During his career, however, he was increasingly persecuted by white society and lawmakers of his time as he rose to the top, knocking out white fighters and unapologetically sleeping with white women, including prostitutes. His personal relationships offended many, and ended up sparking new legislation that soon landed Johnson in jail.
Over the years, many people of lesser accomplishments and far greater crimes have received presidential pardons while Jack Johnson has not. Now the country’s first black President is just the latest leader to snub Jack Johnson.
“Jack Johnson was one hell of a champion,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man considered by many as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Tim Smith of the New York Daily News agrees, “If you can think of Mike Tyson in his heyday times ten. This guy was the biggest, baddest man on the planet.”
For Peter King, a Long Island Congressman and fight aficionado, “Jack Johnson stood alone, he was Superman.”
Yet for others like Congressman Charles Rangel, the story of Johnson’s triumph is also one of disappointment, “What happened to Jack Johnson is so un-American.”
The American tragedy known as Jack Johnson begins nearly 150 years ago in Galveston, Texas. Born to former slaves in 1878, the future champ laced up the gloves for his first fight at the age of 15. He’s been fighting ever since. For Smith, who has covered boxing since Evander Holyfield’s Olympic days, Johnson’s treatment is somewhat of a federal hypocrisy, “He is being treated worst than your worst criminal, because he cannot get a pardon in a country that is supposed to be blind when it comes to justice. ”
Johnson was truly the world’s first superpower. He was 6’1 and all hurt. On July 4, 1910, he inflicted that hurt on “The Great White Hope” Jim Jeffries over 15 savage rounds. When Jeffries’s corner threw in the towel, America had its first black heavyweight champion. White America felt cheated, “People couldn’t stand the fact that this guy was physically superior to white boxers at the time” said Wally Matthews ofESPN.com, who added, “The real crime is that he beat a white heavyweight champion in Tommy Burns and then he beat Jim Jeffries a former white heavyweight champion.”
Society viewed Johnson as a black sheep, he viewed society as a corrupted flock. The champ let them know it by dating white women including white prostitutes, “He wore their bigotry on his sleeve. He just poked their finger in their eyes,” said Congressman Rangel. Ultimately the man considered by some as the first civil rights leader of the 20th century had two white wives by his 35th birthday.
In the midst of his championship prime in 1912, the government stepped in with a conniving political TKO, the Mann Act. A new law aimed directly at Johnson that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.” The Mann act was invented for Jack Johnson,” said Mike Tyson in an exclusive interview with PIX 11. The former champ added, “It’s really called the Jack Johnson law, but they didn’t want it to be so bias.”
Johnson fled the country and in 1915 he lost his title to Jess Willard in Cuba. Five years later he returned to the states. The U.S. welcomed him home with an 11-month stay at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. Now, some 65 years after his death in the political ring of D.C., two Republicans, Senator John McCain along with Congressman Peter King, are leading the fight for an icon they never knew. In their corner are Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. All feel that the proper resolution to right this historical travesty is honor Johnson with a full pardon, “This is an American issue number one, to show that America can correct what it’s done wrong and also acknowledge what a great American Jack Johnson was,” said King.
There are many in the sport of boxing as well as politicos in Washington D.C. that will do anything to see Jack Johnson get a pardon. However there is one man that has failed to take action, President Barack Obama. The failure is surprising for many because of the unique opportunity for the first black heavyweight champion to get his name cleared by the first black President of the United States. However, when the legislation for Johnson’s pardon passed both houses in the last U.S. Congress, President Obama decided to kick it to the Department of Justice. They responded by saying that they were not going to invest manpower for the pardon of a dead person — however, if President Obama would like to do so, then he can pardon him.
To this day Johnson is still down for the count. For Congressman King, it’s more than frustrating, “It’s ironic and really disappointing to me its such a golden opportunity for the President.” Congressman Rangel adds, “It’s not for him, he won’t know one pardon from another. This is a good a positive move. The President should really say, ‘Thank you for reminding me.’ End of story.”
President Obama has pardoned 17 people since taking office, yet there appears to be no clear-cut policy by the President on pardons. The Constitution states that the, “President’s authority to grant pardons is essentially unfettered.” President Obama has executed pardons for those convicted of offenses including drug dealing, peddling alligator hides, stealing cable television and mutilating American currency. When contacted by PIX 11 on June 30th, the White House refused to comment on all inquiries related to the bi-partisan effort to pardon Johnson. For Matthews, who has seen greats like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, there is no time limit on rectifying the travesty of Johnson’s life, “Some people say it was just too long ago. It’s never too late to right a wrong.”
The squared circle has been described as the theatre of the unexpected, but for the unexpected — which in this case would be a full pardon — it will take a man who built his presidency on a foundation of “hope” and “change” to provide a dead man his greatest hope at changing history.
For Jack Johnson, his final victory would arguably be his greatest.
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The man who hunted Osama bin Laden
After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold. Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world’s most-wanted terrorist, there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade was finding the al-Qaida leader.
The analyst was the first to put in writing last summer that the CIA might have a legitimate lead on finding bin Laden. He oversaw the collection of clues that led the agency to a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His was among the most confident voices telling Obama that bin Laden was probably behind those walls. The CIA will not permit him to speak with reporters. But interviews with former and current U.S. intelligence officials reveal a story of quiet persistence and continuity that led to the greatest counterterrorism success in the history of the CIA. Nearly all the officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters or because they did not want their names linked to the bin Laden operation.
The Associated Press has agreed to the CIA’s request not to publish his full name and withhold certain biographical details so that he would not become a target for retribution. Call him John, his middle name.
John was among the hundreds of people who poured into the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center after the Sept. 11 attacks, bringing fresh eyes and energy to the fight. He had been a standout in the agency’s Russian and Balkan departments. When Vladimir Putin was coming to power in Russia, for instance, John pulled together details overlooked by others and wrote what some colleagues considered the definitive profile of Putin. He challenged some of the agency’s conventional wisdom about Putin’s KGB background and painted a much fuller portrait of the man who would come to dominate Russian politics. That ability to spot the importance of seemingly insignificant details, to weave disparate strands of information into a meaningful story, gave him a particular knack for hunting terrorists.”He could always give you the broader implications of all these details we were amassing,” said John McLaughlin, who as CIA deputy director was briefed regularly by John in the mornings after the 2001 attacks.
From 2003, when he joined the counterterrorism center, through 2005, John was one of the driving forces behind the most successful string of counterterrorism captures in the fight against terrorism: Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Nashiri, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Ramzi bin Alshib, Hambali and Faraj al-Libi.But there was no greater prize than finding bin Laden.Bin Laden had slipped away from U.S. forces in the Afghan mountains of Tora Bora in 2001, and the CIA believed he had taken shelter in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan. In 2006, the agency mounted Operation Cannonball, an effort to establish bases in the tribal regions and find bin Laden. Even with all its money and resources, the CIA could not locate its prime target. By then, the agency was on its third director since Sept. 11, 2001. John had outlasted many of his direct supervisors who retired or went on to other jobs. The CIA doesn’t like to keep its people in one spot for too long. They become jaded. They start missing things. John didn’t want to leave. He’d always been persistent. In college, he walked on to a Division I basketball team and hustled his way into a rotation full of scholarship players. The CIA offered to promote him and move him somewhere else. John wanted to keep the bin Laden file. He examined and re-examined every aspect of bin Laden’s life. How did he live while hiding in Sudan? With whom did he surround himself while living in Kandahar, Afghanistan? What would a bin Laden hideout look like today?
The CIA had a list of potential leads, associates and family members who might have access to bin Laden.”Just keep working that list bit by bit,” one senior intelligence official recalls John telling his team. “He’s there somewhere. We’ll get there.”John rose through the ranks of the counterterrorism center, but because of his nearly unrivaled experience, he always had influence beyond his title. One former boss confessed that he didn’t know exactly what John’s position was.”I knew he was the guy in the room I always listened to,” the official said. While he was shepherding the hunt for bin Laden, John also was pushing to expand the Predator program, the agency’s use of unmanned airplanes to launch missiles at terrorists. The CIA largely confined those strikes to targets along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. But in late 2007 and early 2008, John said the CIA needed to carry out those attacks deeper inside Pakistan. It was a risky move. Pakistan was an important but shaky ally. John’s analysts saw an increase in the number of Westerners training in Pakistani terrorist camps. John worried that those men would soon start showing up on U.S. soil.”We’ve got to act,” John said, a former senior intelligence official recalls. “There’s no explaining inaction.”John took the analysis to then CIA Director Michael Hayden, who agreed and took the recommendation to President George W. Bush.
In the last months of the Bush administration, the CIA began striking deeper inside Pakistan. Obama immediately adopted the same strategy and stepped up the pace. Recent attacks have killed al-Qaida’s No. 3 official, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, and Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. All the while, John’s team was working the list of bin Laden leads. In 2007, a female colleague whom the AP has also agreed not to identify decided to zero in on a man known as Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, a nom de guerre. Other terrorists had identified al-Kuwaiti as an important courier for al-Qaida’s upper echelon, and she believed that finding him might help lead to bin Laden.”They had their teeth clenched on this and they weren’t going to let go,” McLaughlin said of John and his team. “This was an obsession.”It took three years, but in August 2010, al-Kuwaiti turned up on a National Security Agency wiretap. The female analyst, who had studied journalism at a Big Ten university, tapped out a memo for John, “Closing in on Bin Laden Courier,” saying her team believed al-Kuwaiti was somewhere on the outskirts of Islamabad.
As the CIA homed in on al-Kuwaiti, John’s team continually updated the memo with fresh information. Everyone knew that anything with bin Laden’s name on it would shoot right to the director’s desk and invite scrutiny, so the early drafts played down hopes that the courier would lead to bin Laden. But John saw the bigger picture. The hunt for al-Kuwaiti was effectively the hunt for bin Laden, and he was not afraid to say so. The revised memo was finished in September 2010. John, by then deputy chief of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Department, emailed it to those who needed to know. The title was “Anatomy of a Lead.”As expected, the memo immediately became a hot topic inside CIA headquarters and Director Leon Panetta wanted to know more. John never overpromised, colleagues recall, but he was unafraid to say there was a good chance this might be the break the agency was looking for. The CIA tracked al-Kuwaiti to a walled compound in Abbottabad.
If bin Laden was hiding there, in a busy suburb not far from Pakistan’s military academy, it challenged much of what the agency had assumed about his hideout. But John said it wasn’t that far-fetched. Drawing on what he knew about bin Laden’s earlier hideouts, he said it made sense that bin Laden had surrounded himself only with his couriers and family and did not use phones or the Internet. The CIA knew that top al-Qaida operatives had lived in urban areas before. A cautious Panetta took the information to Obama, but there was much more work to be done. The government tried everything to figure out who was in that compound. In a small house nearby, the CIA put people who would fit in and not draw any attention. They watched and waited but turned up nothing definitive. Satellites captured images of a tall man walking the grounds of the compound, but never got a look at his face. Again and again, John and his team asked themselves who else might be living in that compound. They came up with five or six alternatives; bin Laden was always the best explanation. This went on for months. By about February, John told his bosses, including Panetta, that the CIA could keep trying, but the information was unlikely to get any better. He told Panetta this might be their best chance to find bin Laden and it would not last forever. Panetta made that same point to the president Panetta held regular meetings on the hunt, often concluding with an around-the-table poll: How sure are you that this is bin Laden? John was always bullish, rating his confidence as high as 80 percent. Others weren’t so sure, especially those who had been in the room for operations that went bad. Not two years earlier, the CIA thought it had an informant who could lead him to bin Laden’s deputy. That man blew himself up at a base in Khost, Afghanistan, killing seven CIA employees and injuring six others. That didn’t come up in the meetings with Panetta, a senior intelligence official said. But everyone knew the risk the CIA was taking if it told the president that bin Laden was in Abbottabad and was wrong.”We all knew that if he wasn’t there and this was a disaster, certainly there would be consequences,” the official recalled.
John was among several CIA officials who repeatedly briefed Obama and others at the White House. Current and former officials involved in the discussions said John had a coolness and a reassuring confidence. By April, the president had decided to send the Navy SEALs to assault the compound. Though the plan was in motion, John went back to his team, a senior intelligence official said.”Right up to the last hour,” he told them, “if we get any piece of information that suggests it’s not him, somebody has to raise their hand before we risk American lives.”Nobody did. Inside the Situation Room, the analyst who was barely known outside the close-knit intelligence world took his place alongside the nation’s top security officials, the household names and well-known faces of Washington. An agonizing 40 minutes after Navy SEALs stormed the compound, the report came back: Bin Laden was dead. John and his team had guessed correctly, taking an intellectual risk based on incomplete information. It was a gamble that ended a decade of disappointment. Later, Champagne was uncorked back at the CIA, where those in the Counterterrorism Center who had targeted bin Laden for so long celebrated. John’s team reveled in the moment.
Two days after bin Laden’s death, John accompanied Panetta to Capitol Hill. The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted a full briefing on the successful mission. At one point in the private session, Panetta turned to the man whose counterterrorism resume spanned four CIA directors. He began to speak, about the operation and about the years of intelligence it was based on. And as he spoke about the mission that had become his career, the calm, collected analyst paused, and he choked up.
WHAT THE HELL?:
I wonder if it will work?
FDA requires new cigarette health labels
New health warnings emphazing the importance of quitting will be found on cigarette packages starting in September.
Starting in September, smokers will notice a change when they go to light up.
The Food and Drug Administration will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all packaging and advertisements in the U.S., according to the FDA’s website. These changes in cigarette warnings are the first in 25 years.
The change in the warning label is designed to communicate the harmful effects of cigarette smoking more clearly and effectively, said Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health, planning and prevention for the University.
“There is an added emphasis stressing the importance of quitting and providing the 1-800-QUIT-NOW on the package,” Wilcox said. “The warning labels inform the public of the health risks involved with cigarette smoking, which is important.”
About 28 percent of college students smoke, she said, and they usually start out as social smokers and then become regular smokers due to the addictive nature of cigarette use.
Tobacco use is linked to 443,000 preventable deaths in the U.S. each year and costs about $200 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity, she said.
Alan Blum, director of the UA Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, said it doesn’t appear the new labels are going to make a major difference, but no harm will come from them.
This type of warning label was introduced in Canada about 10 years ago and basically had no impact, Blum said. Canada is currently toning down their labels because they don’t want to offend smokers.
“It’s a question of, are you calling the people stupid?” he said. “Are you not really respecting them or insulting their intelligence?”
Max Fazeli, a sophomore majoring in engineering, said he and all other smokers know cigarettes are dangerous.
“You don’t have to put a big label that’s just ridiculous and embarrassing on the pack to tell us something we already know,” Fazeli said. “It won’t work anyway. If I’m going to quit, it’s going to be for personal reasons, not a label on a cigarette pack.”
The United States is no longer the front country for fighting smoking, Blum said.
“For years we were the first country to promote stopping smoking,” he said, “but where many more countries were ahead of us was in promoting the health risks of smoking.”
Blum said the FDA should use other tactics, like taxes, counter-advertising, humor or constant anti-smoking messages, instead of the graphic warning labels.
“The FDA has no sense of humor,” he said. “They take themselves much too seriously, and they don’t know that laughter can be the best medicine.”
The focus needs to shift away from the smoker and to the product, which is consumer fraud because of the filter in most cigarette brands, Blum said. If the FDA wanted an effective warning label, it should say, “the filter is a fraud.” Ninety-five percent of people who smoke buy filtered brands.
Most people think the filter filters out some of the bad things, he said. But, that’s not true because you suck in harder with a filter.
“There is no safe cigarette,” Blum said.
Michael Khalilian, a senior majoring in management information systems, said the new labels will have a very minimal effect, if any at all.
“I think pretty much anything the FDA does is bad,” Khalilian said, “but if they think putting new stickers on cigarettes will deter some people from smoking, then that’s fine with me. Maybe it’ll deter some middle school kids who just want to start smoking to fit in.”
Anna Sharp, a senior majoring in history, said the new labels will make people think more about the harm cigarettes can do, but since they’re addictive, they will not stop most people.
“The labels are somewhat harsh, but students need to see them so the point will get across that cigarettes are dangerous to your health and those around you,” Sharp said.
John Harris, a senior in marketing, said the labels are a great idea since he is not a smoker. However, if he was a long-term smoker, he doesn’t think the labels would persuade him to quit.
“If I was a young person and just experimenting for the first time, and I saw some of those images, I would for sure have second thoughts on going through with it.”
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Michigan Inmate Sues State Over Prison’s Porn Ban
A Michigan inmate is suing Gov. Rick Snyder and the state over his prison’s ban on pornographic materials, claiming he is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, the Detroit News reported.
In a handwritten lawsuit filed June 10 in US District Court in Detroit, Kyle Richards said the porn ban has “been used as a method of ‘psychological warfare’ against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals.”
The Macomb County jail where Richards is imprisoned does not allow inmates to possess porn, the newspaper reported. However, instead of suing the county Richards has sued the state, which does allow inmates in state prisons to possess pornography — with the exception of material depicting simulated rape, bestiality and sadomasochism, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.
Richards, 21, has been in jail since January and pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery on Thursday. He will be sentenced in August.
This a GREAT Parody Video on The NFL Lockout
IOC makes decision on 2018 Winter Olympics host
The hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics was decided in a first round of voting by International Olympic Committee members on Wednesday but the decision between Annecy of France, Germany’s Munich and Pyeongchang of South Korea will not be announced until after 11 a.m. ET.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said one of the three candidates had achieved an outright majority in a first round of voting. Pyeongchang is widely considered to be the favorite.
Rogge will announce the winner in a ceremony starting at 11 a.m. ET
Earlier, Munich, Annecy and Pyeongchang made their final pitches to the International Olympic Committee and waited anxiously for the verdict.
Pyeongchang is widely seen as the favorite ahead of Munich with Annecy viewed as the outsider.
Each of the three candidate cities had just over an hour to present its case to the 103 IOC members attending the Durban session.
Munich opened its bid under the slogan “Festival of Friendship”, emphasizing its desire to welcome the world to Bavaria and to show visitors and competitors its long established winter traditions and hospitality.
The German city, aiming to become the first to stage a Summer and a Winter Games, would use many of the venues built for the 1972 Olympics for ice events with the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one hour away, becoming the mountain events centre.
The German President Christian Wulff and former Bayern Munich libero Franz Beckenbauer were part of the bid team and leader Katarina Witt, the former Olympic figure skating champion, introduced a yodeller to spice up their plea.
“Tradition matters as much as innovation for us,” Witt said.
Annecy, the French alpine holiday centre, made a fairly low-key presentation under the slogan “Snow, Ice and You”.
The French bid also leaned on its winter sports traditions, notably the ski resort of Chamonix, hosts of the first Winter Games in 1924 and the mountain centre of their bid.
“France is proud to be the birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the IOC) and of having hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924,” Denis Massegilla, president of France’s Olympic Committee, said during the presentation.
Former athlete Guy Drut reinforced the view. “Annecy will stage games true to the Winter Games spirit in an exceptional mountain city in a country with a strongest commitment to Olympism,” he said.
Pyeongchang’s slogan “New Horizons” made the most of the fact that South Korea has never hosted a Winter Olympics and that the Games had only been to Asia twice before – both in Japan.
The bid team also emphasised the message that they were bidding for the third time in a row and that, after failing narrowly twice, they felt their time had come.
“Pyeongchang 2018 is a national priority of the Korean government and has been so for the last 10 years,” South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak told IOC members.
“I guarantee you the full and unconditional support of the Korean government,” Lee said. “We will make you proud.”
The IOC’s evaluation commission was due to present its report to the session before voting starts. To win a candidate would need more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Ninety-five members are eligible to vote in the first round, which means 48 votes would be needed to win outright.
Should no candidate achieve that figure, the candidate with the fewest votes would be eliminated and a second round would be held with the remaining two.
In the event of a tie, Rogge, who does not vote on the regular ballots, would make the casting vote.
He was wrong…BUT there is still respect in Buckeye Nation
I was at a festival yesterday and the announcer was talking about a Buckeye merchandise raffle, and he said, “That’s right, Buckeye fans, they will still exist after Jim Tressel, you just might not know it.”
You know what that is?
…A personal challenge.
WE accept.-Luke Fickell
our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.”
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The 1 Exercise You Should NEVER Do-And 5 You Should Do All The Time
Picking the exercises you need for big results is no small task. Simply entering the gym is a great first step, but the exercises you choose can make or break your results.
Exercise selection influences how productive each minute in the gym will be, the hormonal response to your workout, your metabolic rate, your anabolism, and ultimately how fast you reach your goals.
Simply put, if there’s one thing you need to get right with your workouts, exercise selection is it. Luckily for you, there’s only one exercise you need to steer clear of, but five that you should absolutely have in your program, hands down.
Shhh–The Exercise That Must Not Be Named
Okay, I’ll tell you only once. Beware of one exercise: Smith machine squats. It’s the Voldemort of weight training. Don’t do it, don’t say it, and don’t think it. Why?
The biggest problem with Smith machine squat is that the machine locks your body into a path of motion–which could be entirely wrong for your body. So if you’re taller or shorter than the ideal fit for the machine, you could wind up with a knee, back, or hip injury due to excess strain.
Sure, the Smith Machine has a self-spotting mechanism to make it “safe”–but there’s more to lifting safely than just making sure you don’t crumple to the floor with a huge load on your back. You can also injure yourself when the apparatus doesn’t fit your body and your form sucks.
Cue the ominous music. Here comes the smith machine squat!
Free barbell squats are a way better option, as the range of motion allows you to squat according to your body’s structure. But if you aren’t comfortable with free squats yet, build up with leg presses, doing your free squats using just the bar to get the hang of the movement. Then slowly add weight to your free squat until you’re matching your leg press amounts while still squatting with confidence and proper form.
The VIEs (Very Important Exercises)
#1: THE LUNGE
The very first exercise on your must-do exercise list is the lunge. These are perfect for hitting the quads, glutes, and hamstrings, and will also call your abs into play as you struggle to maintain balance. There are many variations of lunges, including walking lunges, stationary lunges, and reverse lunges, so switching it up is a great way to avoid hitting a plateau. They are also especially nice because they can be performed at home or the gym AND with or without weights.
#2: THE PULL-UP
Pull-ups are often ignored because they don’t look as cool as lifting a barbell with a bunch of weight on it, but they are one of the best picks for any upper-body workout.
Pull-ups really work your lats overtime, and since you’re pulling your entire body weight, it’ll be plenty challenging. And if you want a quick variation on this exercise, you can reverse the hand position to an underhand grip and blast your biceps with some chin-ups.
#3: THE PLANK
We’re not talking about walking the plank on the high seas, you scurvy dog. The plank is the perfect exercise for total core-strength development, and can be performed with many different variations. You can balance your legs or arms on an exercise ball, lift a leg or arm off the floor, or move across the floor with small side steps while staying in the plank position! Regardless of the variation, the plank will always let your body know it trained that day.
#4: THE BURPEE
This move is excellent for not only strengthening almost every major muscle in the body, but also for upping your overall metabolic rate to burn calories quickly. Since burpees are so intense, performing 10 to 20 in a row can keep your metabolism going long after your workout, and you’ll get the added benefit of cardiovascular endurance! Burpees are an awesome fit for any circuit training workout, helping to keep your heart rate up and your intensity high.
#5: THE SQUAT
The last exercise your workout routine should not be without is the squat. It’s one of the single best exercises for initiating a strong muscle growth response in the body, and it stimulates every single muscle fiber in the lower body while working your core to the bone.
When you perform the squat, make sure to do a full range of movement, squatting all the way down to ensure strong glute activation from the lift. Remember to do both front and back squats in your overall workout routine over time to mix it up and promote constant muscle stimulus.
Bottom line: Remember to keep these five foundational exercises on your radar and Smith machine squats OFF the docket!
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
“The road to success may be rocky but without the rocks you’re on a different road.” ~ RBs Keys
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. ~ Unknown
”Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller
“Champions know that there is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results!”—Unknown
Be a victor not a victim! !Never yield to the seductive pull of self-pity. Acting like a victim threatens your future.”-Rev Run
“Negotiate, even if life doesn’t make you an offer.”
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” –Tennessee Williams
There is a vast difference between failure & temporary defeat ~Napoleon Hill
“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.”
”Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” – Les Brown
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. Barbara De Angelis
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” -Zig Ziglar
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are – Malcolm S. Forbes
“Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.”-Jay Z
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.- WARREN BUFFETT
Lock up the underage girls…R. Kelly plays The Schott, The Schottenstein Center and brings Keyshia Cole along for the ride. For more info www.ticketmaster.com
JazZoo: Red, White & Blues featuring Kevin McGuire atbThe Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info www.columbuszoo.org
The Average White Band plays The Grand Opening of The Scioto Mile at Bicentennial Park. For more info www.SciotoMile.com
The Columbus Symphony Popcorn Pops: Beach Party on The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service. For more info www.PicnicWithThePops.com
Hello…It’s Me Again, Todd Rundgren plays the Ohio Theatre. For more info www.ticketmaster.com
(If I was not working I would be there)The Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops: Chris Botti at The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service. For more info www.PicnicWithThePops.com
I got to work with these young Ladies from Australia, and was amazed at how good they were. You HAVE to check out The McClymonts play The Midland Theatre. For more info www.midlandtheater.org
I REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS SHOW! Sade, and John Legend bring soul R&B with a lil funk to The Schott, The Schottenstein Center. For more info www.ticketmaster.com
MORE TO DO:
(Join Me at) The Goodguys 14th PPG Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals all weekend at The Ohio Expo Center.
Don’t miss this huge indoor and outdoor happenin’ at the Ohio Expo Center featuring over 6,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks thru ’72. Shop at hundreds of vendor/exhibitor booths or take a trip to the swap meet for automotive related parts and cars for sale. Check out the Goodguys AutoCross and the Hot Rod How-To Seminars. There’s fun for the whole family with a Goodgals Gallery, a model car show and kids free model make and take, plus live entertainment all weekend long!
For more info www.goodguysnats.com
DeRay Davis performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center
A kids movie…I REALLY LIKED, ‘Zookeeper’ rated “PG.” starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, and Joe Rogan. I kinda relate to the lead character Griffin Keyes; Griffin is a Zoo Keeper that feels more comfortable with the zoo animals than he does with the ladies.
A movie MANY of us can relate to (and I am self employed!) The Hilarious, ‘Horrible Bosses’ starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and an All Star cast, rated “R.”
The new cult classic! ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’ staring Rutger Hauer , and rated “R.”
ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:
The release I HAD TO HAVE…Public Enemy Bring the Noise: The Hits, Vids and Docs Box Set
COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris
Tough Mudder Wisconsin July 22nd-24th
Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31
Deerassic Classic August 4-6th
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- Busy weekend being a kid again with memories of a movie
- 37 years and “pumped up”
- Take care of ourselves, and others (those around us, and those we miss) and celebrate our failures
- Celebrate survival, and acts of kindess-EVERYDAY!
- Heartfelt weekend from a place where a lesson was learned with a Heavy Heart
- May be an anniversary of “the music dying,” BUT “Super” week full of rodents, forgetting the scrapes and bruises of life, and wearing Red
- Greetings from an over the counter induced “vacation”
- Staying warm on a cold plane thanx to a lesson learned, and some Buffet on the headphones
- Long Weekend to enjoy an “Old Blue Chair” but remember the “Dream” we honor this weekend
- New Year, New Outlook, New Resolutions, New Miles traveled
- 2011….A look back
- Merry Christmas…just a few (23 pages) thoughts on this time of year