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GREETINGS FROM: Backstage of The Jackson Beldon Food & Balloon Festival kicking off The NFL HOF Week.


I guess it is appropriate that I have just added my good friend and legal advisor, Attorney Greg Barwell to this list. Why? Cause it is SHARK WEEK on Discovery starting on Sunday Night. THE SINGLE BEST WEEK OF TV!!! Sorry Greg had to have a lil fun with you!

FIRST OFF If you are a DJ or IN A BAND-or know someone who is, I am booking for a LARGE event on THE MORNING of Sunday October 16th! Please e-mail for more info. Little WORK, DECENT PAY!


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You can also add my buddies while you are at it 

Last week while I was in Wisconsin I was a lil homesick. I was in the gym and “Hang on Sloopy” (The State Rock Song of O-H-I-O) came on IN A GYM OUTSIDE OF MADISON. This was awesome, didn’t think I would hear this anywhere outside of C-Bus, and here I am in a gym and it comes on the oldies station they had on (I think one of the only stations they could get?).


Sounds awesome for this Buckeye, right? NOPE! Cause the next song was “Roll with The Changes” by REO Speedwagon. I AM NOT OLD ENOUGH to have a song I grew up with on THE OLDIES STATION!!!



The past few weeks and while in Wisconsin I have been running a lot. I am sure this is good for me, however, there is a fine line between healthy exercise and BEING HURT! My knees have been bothering me, and on Thursday while running…had to call the neighbors to come get me. I was 4 miles out and did not want to walk (or hobble) back. So I am lucky I threw out an SOS and the neighbors came with a tow line back to home.


But all this is hurting my manhood. Not the asking for help (however did bother me a lil when the neighbor and her daughter came to pick me up), not the knowing my mind says yes but body says no, not even the ice on knees as I am sitting here on the side of the stage waiting on my sound check. NOPE NONE OF THAT!


My Manhood was affected when getting out of the ice bath. THINK ABOUT IT, waist down in a bath of FREEZING COLD ICE WATER. Makes me shiver…and shrink, just remembering it!!!

This week has been a GREAT ONE! Well other than the freezing my manhood away (gave me a sore throat-guess they do run away?). ANYWAY…had a chance to chat with a friend who heads up a Military support group I do some work for and with. I had never had the chance to hear why/how he got involved as well as his own “story.” While some of the stories made me uncomfortable…they all made me respect him (and all OUR Brave Men & Women) more. R.B. and all who serve(d) and support-THANK YOU!

ALSO had a chance to chat via text with one of my buddies. He seemed to be having some problems with some folks who, well…have a reputation of “positive messages” and turn around to some of the most negative human traits I have ever had the mis-pleasure of seeing. I personally think he has EVERY RIGHT TO BE UPSET, and since many of them read this-I guess I would encourage them to LIVE the words you spew! Or at the very least…TELL THE TRUTH!


REGARDLESS of those actions, my buddy was hurt, and even pi**ed. This reminded me of many of my own interactions. This unfortunate situation allowed me to truly believe there is good in EVERY SITUATION, and yes people WILL hose others. Sometimes intentionally, many times not. The way in which we view the actions, and the person ONLY AFFECTS ourselves. If we (or my buddy) don’t let it bother, the situation is much more easy to deal with, and in turn-learn from. AT THE VERY LEAST…learn that we don’t want to ever be a part of the mis-truths, lies, theft, and negative feelings that others’ actions put into place with ourselves.

This conversation reminded me a lot of about many of my own instances. The times I have been hosed, and the times (yes…) that I have hosed someone. I never want anyone to feel the way in which I have, and will do my best to guide someone to not allow negative actions to impose on them as well! ALL the good and bad, led to some memories, some smiles, some tears, ALL learning experiences. Then as I was reminiscing a GREAT SONG came on. A song about life, and the experiences that makes it all up!

Something that don’t happen twice-Kenny Chesney



I guess I am now off to create my own memory, however I hope to get the gig again in the future-so I hope it IS something that DOES happen twice.  I am getting ready to rock & roll, honky-tonk, Hick & Hop this place.


Since it is the NFL Hall of Fame Festival; Here is a lil warm up…by “Grammy Winning” and former Bengal Mike Reid. He played for the Who Dey when their extracurricular activities did not include jail time!–2167963;_ylt=AmeqcS2.PG_Oi4fpCoCq5wnHxCUv

This weekend go for the “Long Ball” throw that “Hail Mary” odds are you won’t score…but what if you do?!?!? You won’t know till you heave that ball or “go for it on 4th down.” NO MATTER WHAT, TRY and cross that goal line!!!


…and check out this movie. ‘Life in a Day’ is an amazing piece of cinematography…PLUS  WE FIND OUT WE ARE NOT ALL THAT DIFFERENT!



NEXT TUESDAY AND EVERY TUESDAY-Hoggy’s Polaris Bike Nights. Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?


FRIDAYJuly 29th:

Friday July 29th “80’s Night Cocktails at the Commons” 5pm with my good friend DJ Nohbody, and 80’s tribute band Whitefinger (My Buddies Jon White and Nate Efinger)




The Jackson-Belden Food Fest, Balloon Show and Fireworks kicking off the NFL HOF festival.

On July 31, from 6-8 p.m. the Friday entertainment is Stickers, a country band. Following Stickers, from 9-11:30 p.m. is Jackson’s own Ryan Humbert. Home from Nashville, Humbert has just released a fantastic CD featuring his brand of American Rock.


Saturday, Aug. 1, the entertainment starts off with Mary McCoy, who will perform from to 5-6 p.m. McCoy offers a sound that crosses between Faith Hill and Reba McIntire.


The U2 Tribute Band, a group that has gained a following from performances at the House of Blues and other local venues, will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Performing last, the high in-demand band, Jimmy and the Soul Blazers, will perform from 9-10. They’ll break for the fireworks and then take center stage again from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. for the final concert of the Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks.


Family entertainment includes inflatable toys, a rock climbing wall and speed pitch machines. The children’s area is $5 per child. It is age appropriate for 4 year olds and up, said Jackie Palmer, the chamber’s financial manager


The Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks is held in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic. It is two separate events, but the two chambers, Canton and Jackson, work cooperatively. The balloon glow is July 31 at 9:45 p.m.


The event is held at the Kent State University Stark Campus and Stark State College, 6000 Frank Ave. There is ample free parking.  The food fest runs from 4 p.m. -11:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.


Admission to the food fest and fireworks are free. A private VIP tent is new this year for companies who wish to have a private dining table and great vantage point to enjoy the event. Call the chamber for details at 330-833-4400.


July 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


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IN HELPING A GREAT CAUSE, and an endangered species

Never has the need for your help and support been greater! Our vessel the Steve Irwin has been detained by the UK courts because of a civil lawsuit brought against Sea Shepherd by a Maltese company: Fish and Fish Limited (F & F). This is due to our actions that saved 800+ illegally caught bluefin tuna during Operation Blue Rage 2010.

Unless we immediately post a bond for USD$1,411,692.87, the Steve Irwin will be held or possibly sold. Your gift is incredibly important and will make a difference. Thank you!



THE OHIO STATE FAIR KICKED OFF THIS WEEK, here is a list of all the entertainment: (in addition to the Doughnut Burgers!!!)

Live Music at the 2011 State Fair

Ke$ha with special guest Semi Precious Weapons
Thursday, July 28, 7 pm ($32)

Summer of Love Tour
Tank / Chrisette Michele / Avant
Friday, July 29, 7 pm ($20)

Meat Loaf
Saturday, July 30, 7 pm ($28)

Seether with special guest 10 Years
Sunday, July 31, 7:30 pm ($24)

David Crowder Band
Monday, Aug. 1, 7 pm ($12)

Loretta Lynn / The Oak Ridge Boys
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7:30 pm ($28)

Big Time Rush with New Hollow
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 pm ($25)

Trace Adkins presented by BC Powder with special guest Brantley Gilbert
Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 pm ($28)

The O’Jays
Friday, Aug. 5, 7 pm ($20)

Journey with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger**
Friday, Aug. 5, 7 pm ($25, $45, $55, $75)

Melissa Etheridge Live
Saturday, Aug. 6, 7:30 pm ($32)

Brad Paisley featuring Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann**
Sunday, Aug. 7, 7:30 pm ($25, $45, $60)

Free shows

Ohio Lottery Cash Explosion Road Show*
Wednesday, July 27, 2:30 pm, 7 pm

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir*
Sunday, July 31, 1 pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1 pm

Buckeye Sports Fest*
Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 am – 1 pm

Sale of Champions Livestock Auction*
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2 pm

*Tickets are not required for these shows
**Show is in Crew Stadium
Tickets are available at,

New activities, exhibits, entertainers and food will excite fairgoers at Fair. In addition to fairtastic favorites, some new events include:

New food
Fried Kentucky whoopie pies: The Whoopie Pie, two cake-textured cookies stacked together with a fluffy filling, is deep fried.

Fried Kool Aid: A special batter made with flour and Kool Aid is deep fried.
Frozen key lime pie on a stick: This delicious ice cold treat is perfect for a warm day.

Honey Caramel ice cream: Ohio Farm Bureau and Velvet Ice Cream partnered on an ice cream flavor contest in 2010. This was the winning flavor, submitted by eighth grader Alex Grooms of Williamsburg. It can be purchased at multiple locations on-grounds, including the Dairy Products Building.

Krispy Kreme burger: Instead of buns, enjoy your favorite burger between two donuts.

Pork parfait: Shredded pork, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce are layered in a parfait cup and are topped with a cherry tomato

New attractions
Agriculture is Cool!: Learn firsthand what makes agriculture cool at a variety of hands-on stations hosted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio’s commodity groups located throughout the Fair. Exiting fourth grade students (2010 – 2011 academic year) and one chaperone can attend the Fair for free any one day to enjoy this program simply by presenting a valid report card at the entrance gates. Students can also compete for a chance to win one of four $500 scholarship’s offered by the Ohio StateFair.

Visit for more information and official rules.

Chocolate Pig and Piglets: Like the butter cow? You’ll love the Fair’s newest edible sculpture – a pig and piglets sculpted entirely of 500 pounds of chocolate!

Civil War Encampment: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War at an official Civil War 150 event. This authentic union encampment lets you discover how soldiers lived with demonstrations on every aspect of daily life.



Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Deerassic Classic August 4-6th


MDA FIREFIGHTERS Mifflin Fire Department MDA Volleyball Fest in Gahanna August 6th (Covered by Chris O)


Brad Paisley Parking Lot Pre-Party August 6th


Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12


Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20


Columbus Crew High School Event (Pending) Aug 20


Filling Station Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 20


Yoggy’s  Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 27


Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




Sometimes in life things get pushed to the side…sometimes pushed so far that they become out of reach. Life is about balancing the things that are most important…not hoping that they are in reach when needed or wanted.-My friend B.C.S.


You do not need to be different from who you are. You only need to be more of the person you already are.


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye

But when trying to meet someone half way…I found my own destination


‎”In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” – Unknown



Dog Days of Summer are here… and this is just a FUN Summer song (looking forward to playin’ this pre-party at CREW STADIUM)


My Style of Country!!!



Love this song, Flags are a flying!!!


Last Weekend I was cruising to the gym about 80-90 mph through the mountains and I it was just kinda fun, and “Free”…yep at that very moment with the sun shining early in the morning through the trees…everything was “Alright!”


We all say we have bad days “sometimes” BUT “sometimes” we can have a good day, just by colliding



What is the Hokey Pokey really IS what it’s all about?



The  best way to help others is to help yourself. This is a GREAT READ. By finding your own success, you can then help others.


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


If busyness, long hours and hard work equaled success—I’d be wealthier and more successful than Richard Branson, Tony Hawk and Donald Trump.


I KNOW I put in more hours, take fewer vacations, play less golf, get in less beach time and spend far less time with kids, family and friends than they do.


And yet, in a world where all four of us have exactly the same 24/7/365, I produce nowhere near the results they do. What’s worse, I am not even allowing myself to enjoy as many non-work-related joys of life as they are.


I have to confess, this really ticks me off!


And the only person I have to be mad at… is me. All four of us started out this journey relatively the same—a couple of them in much more difficult circumstances than me—and yet, I’m getting my butt kicked.


I think I’ve finally figured it out a critical distinction of how they are accomplishing so much more than me… and probably you too.




You see, I have always been an overachiever. If you read The Compound Effect you know I was raised by a university football coach, single dad. And the way you got love and an ‘atta-boy’ in our house was to achieve. Do well in school; you get to go to the ice-cream parlor to celebrate. Don’t do well and you’re left home. Hit a home run at Little League and we stopped at the pizza parlor on the way home. Collect a day of strike-outs and it was a cold, quiet car ride—straight home.


Looking back, this is why I think I am such an achievement addict—or as it is commonly known as in polite society, an overachiever. In fact I have worn this title as a badge of honor. I was proud that I could outwork most anyone.


But I now understand the massive difference between an overachiever and a superachiever. They kind of sound the same, don’t they? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But they are worlds apart—or you can say islands apart, as Branson has his own island… and I do not.


As I start seeing the differences between what overachievers do and what superachievers do, I realize how many of us are also probably confused between the two.

We all lead incredibly busy lives, trying to keep up and get it all accomplished. We feel this pressure to be superman or superwoman and do it all, BE it all! So we overstretch and overreach and in doing so become the exact opposite of productive.


How many of you already feel overworked, overstressed and at times overwhelmed, but you still aren’t getting the results you want? The strategies I will outline in this series are for you if you want to go from being an overworked, overstressed and overscheduled overachiever to becoming a superachiever who produces stunning results with less effort, less stress in less time—leaving lots of time to experience your hobbies and be with your family. How does that sound?


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


After interviewing hundreds of superachievers, many of whom you have seen grace the cover of SUCCESS magazine, I have found about a half-dozen key distinctions of superachievers.

In this series I will outline one of the BIG strategies and a 5-point plan to dramatically increase your productive output, while significantly lowering your stress and schedule burdens.


Superachiever Distinction No. 1:


It’s NOT what the superachievers DO that separates them from everyone else…


I am constantly asked, “What do Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and the like DO that makes them so successful, productive and wealthy?”


What’s supremely interesting is that what they DO has little to do with their extraordinary success. It has more to do with what they DON’T DO.


Steve Jobs: When asked what is the thing he is most proud of what he and Apple has created, this was his answer: “I’m as proud of what we DON’T do as I am of what we do.”


Warren Buffet: When asked for the No. 1 key to his success, this is his consistent answer, “For every 100 great opportunities that are brought to me, I say ‘NO’ 99 times.”


Isn’t that interesting?!


You see, saying “yes” is easy.

Yes I have a minute

Yes I’ll take the call

Yes I’ll take on that project

Yes I’ll come out for happy hour

Yes I’ll have another drink

Yes I’ll have dessert too


Saying “no” is much harder. And I have learned it is the master skill of the superachievers and their ability to succeed—extraordinarily.


Put it this way: For everything you say “yes” to you are saying “no” to something else… and you only have so much time. For most people, the ability to do MORE is impossible, you are already overwhelmed and working yourself to exhaustion 24/7.


In a world where we are constantly being tugged on from a thousand different directions, your ability to be productive and ultimately achieve your big hairy audacious goals has more to do with all the things you DON’T do versus the things you do.


When Mark Parker started as CEO of Nike he was on a call with Steve Jobs and Steve gave the new CEO some advice. Steve said while Nike makes a lot of great and quality products, they also make a lot of crap. Steve suggested Mark have Nike stop making the crap.


While you might produce some quality work during your day, I bet you do a lot of crap (time, energy and productivity-sucking activities) too. Take Steve’s advice, “stop doing the crap” so you have the time and creative capacity to produce more quality and on-goal results.

Peter Drucker: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently, that which should not be done at all.”


Kenneth Cole: “Success has less to do with what we can get ourselves to do and more to do with keeping ourselves from doing what we shouldn’t.”


Doing more is not the answer. Doing less is. Say “no” to more things so you can say “yes” to the right things with greater focus and depth. This is the key to more efficiently and expeditiously achieving your goals.


Assess yourself:


Look at your calendar last week. Ask yourself, What should I have said “no” to? What took your time, attention, focus and energy, but wasn’t on target with your top few major goals?

Now, look at your calendar for next week. Ask yourself, What should I say “no” to? If it won’t move the needle on any of your top few goals “D” it—Delegate, Delete or Decline. Here is your new slogan: Just DON’T Do It!


And look at all your lists—your to-do list, project list, task list, new idea list, new features list, etc. Ask yourself, Which should I say “no” to?


The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever


Here is a simple (but don’t let the simplicity fool you!) but PROFOUND plan to immediately multiply your productive output many times over your current rate.


I’m not talking about activity (more work, more time). I said productivity (results, money, accomplishment, goal attainment)… all the while, living much more stress free and carefree existence (more time for family, fun and hobbies!).


Let me outline a 5-point Superachiever Productivity Plan for you… this is what I do.


No. 1—Plan tomorrow today. Jim Rohn taught me, “Don’t start your day until it is finished on paper.” And the best time to do this is the day before.


This is an important and many times not so easy-to-keep discipline. The last thing I do before I shut down for the day, by routine, is to review and complete the plan for the following day.


The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. What you don’t want to do is wake up and then figure out what you should be doing—it’s way too late by then. Chances are the rest of the world will have decided what it wants you to do and it will control your day, instead of you.


You will be reacting instead of creating.


Let me take you through that simple planning process, since the key to brilliant execution is always brilliant planning.


That takes us to…


No. 2—Review, or establish if you don’t already have, your BIG 3. These are your top three goals for the year. Not 100 goals, or 10 goals; it’s critical you to  focus them down to just your BIG 3—your top and most important goals. The kind of goals that if you only accomplished those three you would undoubtedly have your best year ever.


This review and focus process is important to calibrate and align point number three…


No. 3—Identifying your 3 MVPs—your three Most Valuable Priorities: those few activities that are worth five to ten times the value of all the rest of the tasks.


“If you have more than three strategic priorities, you don’t have any.” —Jim Collins


No. 4—Now that you have your 3 MVPs, take your calendar for tomorrow and chunk. This is where you block out chunks of time on your calendar to specifically work your 3 MVPs. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done.


Additional Tip: During these important time chunks, clear the potential distractions. Put yourself in a “cone of silence.” Turn off your phones, your email, your Facebook, Twitter or anything else that can reach you. Also shut your door; you don’t need to have an open-door policy all the time. There is a time for intensely focused, undisturbed productive work.

I put a sign on my door that says when I will be available next. This way if someone comes looking for me, I am not just simply unavailable; it is clear when I will be available next. No problem.  If you find keeping the distractions away from you difficult then maybe do what I do often—go somewhere where you can’t be found and is away from your typical addictive distraction traps. I will go to a library, to a colleague’s unused conference room or even in my car parked at the beach or in a park. I am AMAZED at how much creative work I get done when I separate from my normal environment, which is full of distraction devices and temptations.


Now that you have your BIG 3 goals reviewed, your 3 MVPs aligned to them and your time chunks allocating to executing on those MVPs, we can now discuss what to do tomorrow.


No. 5—The very first thing you should do when you enter the office—don’t check email, don’t sort your mail, don’t review the morning news—is lick your chops and Eat That Frog (the title of a Brian Tracy book). Take the nastiest but most important priority of the day, and eat it first. Spend 90 minutes in your cone of silence doing nothing but executing, with complete and uninterrupted focus, on your most important priority… for 90 minutes straight. No more, no less.


If you do this, you will get more done. More important, you’ll get more done of what is IMPORTANT than most people will get done in two or three days of constantly interrupted and distracted 12-hour days in the office.



Keep fighting kid…but it won’t do ANY GOOD!




A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and
set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the
post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a
little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat
off the back of his neck, “These puppies come
from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his
pocket, he pulled out a
handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here,
Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran
Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain
link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way
to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down
the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup
began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The
farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,
“Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and
play with you like these other dogs would.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence,
reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his
leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too
well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the
little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy… “No charge,”
answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.



….Maybe they should have “made her go to rehab” but she said no, no, no. But in all seriousness she was an amazing talent fueled by a troubled soul


‘Rehab’ singer’s body discovered in her London apartment, publicist confirms.
A press release from Metropolitan Police does not specify Winehouse by name, but reads: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05 hours today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Winehouse canceled her European tour last month, and has long struggled with substance abuse.

On June 18, Winehouse performed the first show of that European tour at Forest Fest in Belgrade, Serbia, but things went terribly wrong. The Brit songstress reportedly showed up more than an hour late and then once there, she repeatedly left the stage mid-performance. Winehouse forgot lyrics to her songs and even dropped the mic as a disgruntled crowd of 20,000 booed her set. After the show, she canceled festival appearances in Turkey and Greece.

Apart from her touring plans, Winehouse was also reportedly working on the follow-up to her award-winning Back to Black, but a concrete release date for the album was never established.

Earlier Saturday, Winehouse’s management team released a statement confirming she was pulling out of all gigs to concentrate on her recovery: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”

Amy Jade Winehouse, born September 14, 1983, exploded onto the U.K. scene in 2003 with her debut album, Frank, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the award given to the year’s best British or Irish album. After a string of well-received festival gigs and an Ivor Novello songwriting award, she began work on the album that would make her an international star: Back to Black, released Stateside in 2007.

Teaming with producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson (and the New-York based Dap Kings ensemble), Winehouse crafted a sound that was heavily indebted to the girl groups of the 1950s and ’60s and, when combined with her smoky vocals and towering beehive hairstyle, served as a welcome antidote to the electronic-based pop music of the day. Buoyed by the success of iconic single “Rehab” — and Winehouse’s near-constant coverage in the tabloids — Back To Black became a worldwide phenomenon, topping the charts in the U.K. (where it would be the year’s best-selling album) and earning Winehouse five Grammys, including Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Following the success of Back to Black, Winehouse toured the world, and began a star-crossed (and much-covered) relationship with a former video-production assistant named Blake Fielder-Civil. Around the same time, several media outlets began reporting extensively on the couple’s drug use and, in 2008, Fielder-Civil served time in prison after an altercation with a bar owner. During this period, Winehouse also had several run-ins with the law, including a 2007 arrest for possession of marijuana in Bergen, Norway, a “common assault” charge in early 2008 and, most famously, a May 2008 arrest stemming from a video of her smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. She avoided jail time in each instance but, at the urging of her father, the singer made several attempts to get clean, repeatedly checking herself into rehabilitation facilities. Her last stint in rehab reportedly took place in May of 2011.

During all of this, Winehouse had also begun working on the follow-up to Back to Black, heading to the island of St. Lucia with Remi to record tracks. In July 2010, Winehouse made a surprise appearance at a Ronson show in London, flubbing the lines to the producer’s song “Valerie.” A few days later, she told the U.K.’s Metro newspaper that the new album was due in January and would follow in the footsteps of Black’s retro leanings.

She recorded a version of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” for legendary producer Quincy Jones’ Q: Soul Bossa Nostra album, and was also tapped to sing with Tony Bennett on his upcoming Duets II album, which is due in September.

In the hours following her death, Winehouse’s American record label, Universal Republic, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.”

FOLLOW UP: Maybe we should not ASSume is was drug related?


Quitting Alcohol Killed Amy Winehouse, Family Sources Say

Singer Amy Winehouse’s family believes she was killed by quitting alcohol, The Sun reported Thursday.


They believe the singer’s decision to lay off alcohol completely for three weeks was a lethal “shock” for her tiny body.


Family sources told the newspaper that the “Rehab” singer, who was found dead aged 27 on

Saturday, was killed after ignoring her doctor’s advice to cut down on her heavy drinking gradually.


He family believe she was killed by a seizure because her tiny frame could not cope with such a dramatic withdrawal.


A source close to Amy’s family said: “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”


The soul singer was seen drinking gin and other alcoholic drinks at the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, according to The Sun.


But at Winehouse’s eulogy at her funeral on Tuesday, her father Mitch Winehouse dismissed reports she went on a 72-hour binge saying that he, her boyfriend and her manager believed it was actually the complete opposite.


The source said, “He said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely.”


“Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take,” the source added.


Winehouse’s mother Janis, 56, and film director boyfriend Reg Traviss, 35, saw her the day before she died and were sure she had not been drinking. Her doctor gave her a clean bill of health the same day.


The cause of the singer’s death is still not known, as police await toxicology test results that could take up to four weeks.



Alcohol, benzos, and opiates – Withdrawal that might kill you!

Quitting drugs can actually kill you – Educate yourself for safety.

Along with teaching and telling stories, part of my goal here at All About Addiction is to get important information out to those who can benefit from it.


Most drug users who quit drug use “cold turkey” have to go through withdrawal of some sort. Withdrawal is never comfortable, but sometimes it can actually be dangerous. The list below outlines some drugs that should NEVER be quit suddenly without medical supervision. This is the reason why some rehab treatment is preceded by a medical detox period lasting anywhere from 2 days to a week or more.


Which withdrawals can actually kill?


Alcohol – Yes, after long term use, withdrawal from alcohol can kill. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can take on mild, moderate, or severe forms. If while withdrawing from alcohol a person develops a fever, extreme nausea, diarrhea, or DT (delirium tremens), they need to be rushed to see a doctor as soon as possible. In fact, alcohol withdrawal after heavy, chronic use is best managed under the care of a doctor or a professional medical detox unit. By using medications that relieve withdrawal symptoms, these professionals can essentially eliminate any of these risks.


Benzodiazepines – Benzos were introduced as a replacement to barbiturates that were causing common overdose cases, many of which resulted in death. Nevertheless, withdrawal from extended use of benzodiaepines can kill. Whether Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam) or other variations, long term use of Benzodiazepines requires medical supervision to be completed successfully with minimal side-effects and risk to the patient. Normally, the withdrawal process is managed by slowly reducing the dose and transferring the patient from a slow acting, to a long acting, form of the drug. Still, full resolution of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can take up to 6 months (or even longer).


Opiates – Many people are surprised to learn that in most cases, withdrawal from many opiates is not deadly. Still there are some very important exceptions. Methadone, a long-acting opiate often prescribed as a replacement for heroin can cause death during withdrawal if it’s consumed in high enough doses for a long enough period. The debate of whether the state should be prescribing something like this should be saved for a later date. It is one of the better ways of getting people off of heroin, though obviously, it does replace dependence on one substance with another, more manageable one. Also, some of the recently popular methods of rapid-detox from heroin addiction can themselves cause death, and many other negative side-effects.


Overall, I would recommend checking in with a physician and conducting opiate withdrawal in a controlled setting. Withdrawal under Suboxone or Subutex can be far less horrific.

Much of the danger in withdrawal from all of these drugs has to do with the body’s response to the extreme changes in the chemical processes going on in the brain and the rest of the body. Alcohol, Benzos, and Opiates interference with the GABA system, the body’s most common downregulator.


Withdrawal from these drugs is like trying to turn the heat up in a cold house with a broken thermostat and an out of control heater – It won’t always lead to disaster, but it’s a bad idea.

The withdrawal danger summary


That’s pretty much it. “Cold Turkey” withdrawal from cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, ecstasy, GHB (never mix GHB with alcohol though!!!), and many other recreationally used drugs will not lead to death in the vast majority of cases. While it may make you uncomfortable, and you may feel moody, constipated, dehydrated, hungry or nauseous, and a whole slew of other symptoms, the chances of someone actually dying from withdrawal are very small.

One of my 70’s “AM Rock” band leader Dan Peek, America Founder, Dies at 60

Amy Winehouse wasn’t the only singer who had an untimely death this past weekend. Dan Peek, founder of the iconic ’70s band America, passed away on Sunday. He was found dead in his Missouri home at the age of 60.


According to RadarOnline, his wife found him dead in their bedroom and as of right now, the cause of death is unknown.


Along with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell they founded America in 1969 and quickly catapulted to the top of the charts. As for their hits? A Horse with No Name, Ventura Highway and Sister Golden Hair hit the Top 40. No slouch in the writing department either, Dan wrote a few hits, too such as Lonely People, Don’t Cross the River and Woman Tonight.


Although he left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo Christian career, it sounds like Dan left the group on good terms. On the band’s website Glenn wrote, “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Dans passing. He was a dear friend for many years. Dan & his music will live on in the great songs he shared with us all. My sincere condolences go out to Catherine and the entire Peek family. May he rest in peace….”




Senator Frank LaRose-One of the best guys I know along with his beautiful bride Lauren who is the single sweetest woman I know welcomed Hadley Jeanne LaRose into the world this week on Wednesday at 9:21 at Akron City Hospital. Mom and baby are both doing well!

Apple Offers Concert for Bangladesh for Free (3 Days Only)

In honor of the 40th anniversary, Apple is offering iTunes customers the chance to watch The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s charity fund raising concert from 1971, for free for three days only starting on July 30th. The event included performances from Messrs. Harrison and Shankar, as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston.


The free concert film stream is to promote the addition of both the album from the event and the concert film to iTunes. Apple said that the album will include an iTunes LP version with special features and other material from the concert.


The Concert for Bangladesh was a one of the first major charity fund raising events organized by rock stars. It was held in 1971 to help with relief in Bangladesh after a cyclone named Bhola laid waste to the impoverished country in 1970.


According to Wikipedia, 40,000 people attended the two showings of the concert, both held the same day, and raised a then-staggering amount of US$243,418.51, which wasn’t bad for a bunch of long-haired, no-good hippy freeloadin’ SOBs.


Proceeds from the album and the movie still go to The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

It was also one of the first appearances of any Beatle following the breakup of that band. Ringo Starr joined George Harrison for the event, but neither Paul McCartney nor John Lennon was part of the event.


The video below is from the movie (posted to YouTube) of the concert of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” complete with Eric Clapton on lead (with George Harrison joining in with his own leads at the end) — it was Eric that recorded the solo on the The Beatles’ version of the song on The White Album.



Mark Wahlberg confirms ‘Entourage’ flick


MARK WAHLBERG and Adrian Grenier have confirmed that their long-running HBO series “Entourage” will be made into a movie, a la “Sex and the City.” Kevin Dillon, who plays Grenier’s older bro Johnny Drama on the show, told FanShare “I talked to Mark Wahlberg just a little while ago and he wants to do it right away. He doesn’t want to waste a lot of time. He wants to roll right into a movie.” Seeing as he’s an executive producer on the show, it will be a busy couple of years for Wahlberg, who has already started training for “The Fighter” sequel, and will appear in a variety of upcoming movies, including comedies with Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill. The eighth season premiere of “Entourage” airs Sunday.



My buddy Chas Kaplan is making big strides with events revolving the local music scene. Please “like” him on facebook




Ralph MacDonald honored with a proclamation by the Mayor at Stamford, CT Jazz Festival.

With family surrounding him onstage and even more admirers watching from the wings and in the audience, Grammy Award-winning percussionist, composer and songwriter Ralph MacDonald was honored with a day all to himself Wednesday, just before entertaining the crowd on the final evening of the Jazz up July music festival.


MacDonald, a 35-year Stamford resident, was emotionally overcome by the surprise honor, which came in the form of a proclamation by Mayor Michael Pavia.


“We have the greatest resources in the world and we are about to see one of them, live and in person,” Pavia said. “Ralph MacDonald, today is your day on behalf of the citizens of Stamford.”


Speaking for her family, MacDonald’s daughter, Nefra-Ann, 25, thanked all those in attendance, noting, “My dad has dedicated his life to making great songs and making people happy and that has made him happy all his life.”


It was the kind of night that gave him a boost, MacDonald said, after a year of significant health problems, including the discovery in September of lung cancer. It was the first time this year, for instance, that the 67-year-old has taken to a stage.


He and fellow Stamford resident Dennis Collins, a 19-year resident, performed a set of songs at the start of the concert, the finale of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District’s first such monthlong event, paving the way for the evening’s headliner Roberta Flack. The award-winning singer has worked with both men during her career.


“To have Ralph and Roberta both on stage is heaven to me,” said Collins, who sang several of MacDonald’s songs, including “Just The Two of Us,” which brought on more emotions during a night where tears and smiles were plentiful.


For most of MacDonald’s career, he has worn many hats, from percussionist to composer, songwriter to producer.


He has recorded or performed with some of the top names in business, including James Taylor, Billy Joel and Grover Washington Jr. MacDonald also has worked with Harry Belafonte, with whom he got his start, Paul Simon (“Graceland” and others) and many other artists. In the recent past, he has toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band and has performed with the Toph-E and The Pussycats.


As a producer, performer and songwriter, he has earned multiple Grammys, including those for


“Calypso Breakdown,” which was included on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, and


“Just The Two of Us.” And, along with songwriter Bill Salter, he wrote “Where is The Love,” which earned Flack and Donny Hathaway a Grammy.


“She just sang it beautifully,” MacDonald said.


During the course of his career, MacDonald has been nominated for a Grammy eight times.


He was born in Harlem, N.Y., to parents who had immigrated to the United States from Trinidad. With a father who was a percussionist (the Calypso performer “Macbeth The Great”), MacDonald said it made sense that he would pursue the craft.


“I do a little bit of everything,” he said, which over his career has included contemporary jazz, funk, disco, R&B and pop, among other genres. “I’ve played with so many people.”


“My parents were from the West Indies,” MacDonald said. “I had no right to know only one kind of music. Music is music.”


As for Stamford, it has served as a welcome home base.


“Stamford has been great,” he said. “Nice and peaceful.”


The evening had the element of coming full circle.


Joe Richichi, 65, who was standing off to the side of the stage, remarked that it was at about this time 35 years ago that MacDonald arrived in Stamford. Initially, Richichi had been introduced through a mutual friend to serve as MacDonald’s attorney. By sheer happenstance, the two men learned they were soon going to be living across from one another.


“This really has me choked up,” Richichi said.


Although Richichi did not have a proclamation to give 35 years ago, he did manage to get this sign on the Palace Theatre marquee: “Stamford welcomes Ralph MacDonald.”


“I wanted the city to know who was joining our ranks,” he said.



365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams–including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge–seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal–come what may–of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous–for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way–from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.

365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message–and benefits–come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.

John Kralik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan for college and law school. He practiced law for thirty years, and was a partner in the law firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Miller Tokuyama Kralik & Sur, and Kralik & Jacobs. In 2009, he was appointed a judge of the Los AngelesSuperior Court. He lives in the Los Angeles area.



Hoggy’s gives a 15% discount to all active armed forces, police, firefighters, paramedics. Just show us your ID and we’d be happy to serve those who protect and serve the greatest country in the world.



This Had me in tears. Not sure which moved more tears; the reunions themselves, knowing I can’t be one of these heroes, or that they have someone who cares they were gone…and I don’t



The next Armed Services Blood Drive will be held in three weeks, on Saturday, August 13th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 165 N. Yearling Road, next to DSCC. This month’s drive is being sponsored by the Ohio Civil Air Patrol, supported by the American Legion of Central Ohio, and hosted by the U.S. Army Reserve. The blood collected by the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), the military’s exclusive blood collection agency, goes exclusively to military personnel, including a good portion to help save the lives of American forces deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tentative date for the next one is October 15th.

This is one of the few blood drives for the Armed Forces in the country that is open to the public. Come in and donate next to our reservists and national guardsmen.

All blood collected will be immediately processed, and then most will be flown directly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by priority overseas and in theatre within a week. You cannot ask for a better, more direct way to support our troops.

For eligibility information (including not having donated since June 17th), please see the Armed Services Blood Program webpage at

Food and refreshments will be provided, including warm sandwiches, coney islands, baked beans, chips, pretzels, donuts, cookies, cakes, and other snacks. Drinks will include water, Gatorade, juice and juice drinks, pop, and coffee. The Blue Star Mothers will be providing the food, and will be available for interviews about their deployed sons at the blood drive.

While walk-ins are accepted, donors are encouraged to pre-register for an appointment at (This gives us an idea of how many to expect, and saves YOU time in the donation process, because appointments go to the head of the line). Donors can search for this blood drive by zip code (43213) or city (Columbus) to register (add the date too: August 13th).

Please help give a fellow serviceman or servicewoman a chance to live. Give a life-saving gift that literally comes from the heart. For more information, please contact Peter Margaritis, blood drive chairman, (614) 395-0387, or Steve Ebersole, (614) 783-6862.

You’ve seen the TV. Our forces overseas are heavily engaged in combat operations. Please, give a wounded serviceman or servicewoman a great gift in honor — a gift that literally comes from your heart.


Operation Homefront Ohio is proud to announce the Freedom 5KWalk & 5KRun 2011. To be held Saturday September 10, 2011.


During the month of September citizens across the country join together in walking to establish a tradition to renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country, to honor our veterans, past and present, and reflect on the lives lost on September 11. Funds raised in conjunction with Freedom Walks will go to support the mission of Operation Homefront

Freedom Walk/Run Venue: McPherson Commons (Nationwide Arena Area & Olentangy River Trail)  With this being the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we are anticipating a record turnout! Join us to  show your commitment to Freedom!


Please visit our event registration page for further details as well as invite your family, friends and coworkers to join you and even set up your own personal fundraising team & page encouraging others to support you in the walk.


Click here to register:


After registering Click here to set up your own fundraising team & “Invite Others to Contribute”



Proposal to abolish part of federal health-care law has enough signatures for Ohio ballot


A proposal to abolish a key portion of the federal health-care law in Ohio has enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot, the secretary of state’s office says.


Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified 426,998 signatures for the constitutional amendment, which only required 385,245 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters, or 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010. Challenges have been threatened for many of the signatures, however, meaning the ballot battle may not be over.


The issue would take its place on a statewide ballot that already has two issues: a referendum on Senate Bill 5, the law slashing collective bargaining for public employees, and a proposal to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges.


Opponents of the health-care law also collected signatures equal to 5 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010 from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. That requirement was met in 82 counties.


The Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment seeks to invalidate the federal health-care mandate that requires residents to buy health insurance. The measure was supported by the state Republican Party as a possible GOP counterweight to the Democrat-backed referendum on Senate Bill 5.


Even if Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom had fallen short in today’s count, they have continued to circulate petition forms during the past few weeks to gather additional signatures, and would have had another 10 days to pad their total.


ProgressOhio, a liberal activist group, is independently reviewing the petition signatures. Brian Rothenberg, executive director of the group, said the group has found problems with about 20 percent of the petition forms it has reviewed. Any challenges to petitions must be filed by Aug. 5 for petitions turned in by the regular deadline.


The state Ballot Board will meet Aug. 3 to set language for the state issues.


Drafted by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, the amendment would make it illegal for any local, state or federal law to require individuals to purchase health insurance. Advocates say the federal government overstepped its constitutional bounds when it passed the health-care law frequently called “Obamacare” by critics.


Some constitutional experts, though, have said the proposed amendment lacks real teeth because no state law, even a constitutional amendment, can override a federal law.




OSU alumnus builds street-legal Batmobile

The world’s first turbine-powered Batmobile was built by Dublin, Ohio, resident and 2005 OSU alumnus Casey Putsch.

An Ohio State graduate has brought the Batmobile from the streets of Gotham City to the streets of  Columbus.

A turbine-powered Batmobile replica, thought to be the first of its kind in the world and based on the design from Tim Burton’s 1989 and 1991 films, “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” can be found just minutes away from campus.

Casey Putsch, a Dublin, Ohio, resident, 2005 OSU alumnus and owner of Putsch Racing, built the car himself.

The idea to build a Batmobile came to him randomly more than a year ago.

“The Batmobile came about because, quite frankly, it was probably late at night when I was like, ‘That would be cool. I could do that,'” Putsch said. “Then I looked into it and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I can’t not do that.'”

To make the car as authentic as possible, Putsch rebuilt a Boeing turbine engine from a decommissioned military helicopter. The engine helps the car reach top speeds of “only” between 165 mph and 180 mph, he said.

The car is street legal as it’s registered and insured for street driving, but the noise of the engine could potentially attract the attention of Gotham, err, Columbus police.

“I didn’t really muffle it, so it’s pretty loud, but nobody really cares,” he said.
The five months it took him to build the car weren’t easy, either.

Because the dimensions of the Batmobile are unlike any other car on the road today, Putsch had to build a special frame and chassis. The suspension and transmission were borrowed and modified from a Corvette. It even features a navigation system that runs on an iPad.

The design of it, however, was done in his head.
“I just know material sciences and processes and how things work together well enough that I can just think about it for a long time and think about the best course of action,” he said.

Putsch would not say how much it cost to build the car, but said the majority of the costs on such a project come more from labor, including input and design from engineers, rather than materials.

“The reason I was able to do this as just one person is because I have all the skill to build it by myself … but I also am the person who engineered it,” he said.

Reaction to the car has been wild, Putsch said. He said people tend to be skeptical that the engine is a real turbine engine, but when the car starts, people can’t help but be drawn to it.

Even old ladies with camera phones have stopped to take pictures, Putsch said.

“The people who see it will freak out and stop because it’s the Batmobile,” he said.

“You can tell that boundary between fiction and reality just got broken down in their minds and they don’t know how to react. It kind of freaks them out.”

Because of that, he doesn’t drive it on the street often because it might distract drivers and cause an accident. He also limits driving it in public because he’s worried people will “maul” it.

The car was on display at a Putsch Racing open house the weekend of July 4, where Josh Quellhorst, 32, ofWorthington, Ohio, and a 2003 OSU alumnus in criminology and sociology, first saw the car.

His first reaction to seeing the car was simple.

“It’s the Batmobile! What else is there to say?” he said.

David Reyes, Jr., director of marketing for the Graphic Novel Club at OSU and a fourth-year in English, was also impressed, but by photos of the car.

“Oh man, that looks sweet,” he said. “I always find it cool when people are able to combine their passions with their own personal interests. Not many people can use their degrees to achieve a personal dream like that.”

Putsch said he also considered building the “Tumbler,” the vehicle Batman has driven in the last two Batman films, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” but thought the Batmobile from the Burton films was more fantastical.

“(The Tumbler’s) not so magical to me, and I think a lot of people, as the Tim Burton one because the Tim Burton one had a much more fantasy kind of role to it, so it was much more fun bringing it to reality because it never existed, it never was going to,” he said. “The Tumbler is more kind of real. It (doesn’t) exactly seem like as much (of a) challenge.”

Putsch came to OSU as an industrial design major. He requested to design a car rather than a bathroom scale as required, and when he was denied, he left the program and became a fine arts major.

That’s not what helped him build his Batmobile the most, however. That came at the OSU stable responsible for such projects as the world-record-breaking Buckeye Bullet.

“The biggest credit I can give to Ohio State regarding my ability to build the Batmobile came from everything I learned at the Center for Automotive Research,” he said.

Putsch’s Batmobile has since gone viral, being featured on MTV, Engadget, Yahoo! News and BBC’s “Top Gear” website, among others. But, he said, that’s not what he’s most proud of.

“The thing that makes me happy is just the fact that it works exactly the way I thought it would, perfectly, the first time,” he said. “I haven’t had to change anything. Nothing’s broken. I haven’t adjusted anything. It’s been perfect.”


Alex Trebek on crutches after chasing intruder

For more than 25 years, Alex Trebek has been known for being the man with all the answers on the hit game show “Jeopardy!” But on Wednesday he was supposed be asking the questions at the National Geographic World Championship event he was hosting in Northern California. But taking the stage with an injury had him answering the question “Why are you on crutches?”

“The answer is: At 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall,” Trebek explained. “My Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting, bruising my other leg in the process.”

Early Wednesday morning, 71-year-old Trebek and his wife were sleeping in a San Francisco hotel when an intruder broke into their room, grabbing money and valuables.

“As they exited the room, they gave chase to the suspect injuring themselves as they were giving chase. The suspect was later apprehended by one of the security inside the hotel,” Police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested by San Francisco Police and charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property.

Among the items stolen was one with sentimental value – a bracelet. Alex Trebek’s mom tells CBS News she gave her son the bracelet 20 years ago and he’s been wearing it on the show every day since.

So did Trebek get the bracelet back?

“No,” Trebek said.

Trebek is now home in Los Angeles and will undergo surgery on Friday.


Fecal, Maintenance Issues Close Scioto Mile Fountain


For the second day in a row, officials closed the new Scioto Mile fountain in Bicentennial Park.

According to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the fountain was closed

Wednesday due to a “fecal incident.”


The fountain was closed again Thursday due to a maintenance issue.


Officials said one of the two re-circulating pumps that provide the filtering of the water failed during the night and that they are working with the fountain installer to determine the cause.


The pump has been removed and is in the process of being rebuilt.



Hollywood movie premiere and party cancelled due to rioters


Movie premiere party about rave turns into a riot sparking the ire of DJ Kaskade. The DJ used social media to urge rioters to calm down during the violence and then denounce the bad behavior when the smoke cleared.


An impromptu music dance party turned into a riot outside of a Hollywood movie premiere Wednesday night. The party thrown by DJ Kaskade occurred at premiere of a movie about the Electric Daisy Carnival.


The event which was partially marketed via to Twitter to Kaskade’s thousands of fans erupted turned into a mob scene outside the Jimmy Kimmel theater.


Thursday morning Kaskade issued a statement saying, “I’m incredibly disappointed that last night ended the way it did. It’s unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to be a celebration of music into a regrettable event. This is not what EDM is about.”

The premiere and after-party had been organized for weeks and according to police was by invite only however many people showed up sans proper credentials.


The LAPD shut down Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange avenues after hundreds of people descened. Event when the crowd was ordered to leave by police many refused to leave and fighting and flying bottles were witnessed. Then some people jumped on police cars and began smashing windows.


Nearly 100 officers wearing riot gear were forced to use bean bag guns to get the unruly crowd under control.


Police ordered the crowd to disperse, but many refused to leave, and began fighting and throwing bottles.


Three people were arrested and 20 others detained but later released. No officers were hurt in the melee.


While things were spiraling out of control Kaskade once again took to Twitter to reach his fans during the chaos, saying that the party was over and urging people to calm down.


“EVERYONE CHILL NOW!!! The block party has officially been shut down! BUT THIS IS TOO CRAZY AND WE NEED TO BE SAFE!,” Kaskade tweeted.





Supperclub also told fans via their Twitter page, to stay away if they did not have tickets.

A video on YouTube captured some of the violence and can be found here :


Insomniac Inc., the organizers of the movie screening, issued a statement saying they were “disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening.”

The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience is a film about the music festival by the same name, which is attended by tens of thousands of people. The event which used to occur in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has since been moved to Las Vegas garnered headlines and sparked increase oversight by Los Angeles city officials when a 15-year-old girl died following an overdose from the drug ecstasy days after the event.



I usually think Mike Brown and the entire Brown family are MORONS! While I will miss Chad Ocho Cinco I am supporting him on this one!!!

Bengals’ Brown: ‘We aren’t going to reward’ retired Palmer

Bengals owner Mike Brown seemed to add clarity to Palmer’s situation (or lack thereof) in Cincinnati on Tuesday, saying: “I honestly like Carson Palmer. He was a splendid player for us. He is a good person. I wish him well, and he has retired. That is his choice.

“I’m not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment, we aren’t going to reward him for doing it.”

A two-time Pro Bowler, Palmer has four years remaining on his contract but had pledged to retire in the offseason if the Bengals didn’t trade him. He passed for 3,970 yards 26 TDs and 20 INTs in 2010.


As the race for the pinnate REALLY heats up, and my Reds crash…there is truly something special about this time of year, and this our Nations Pastime!

Amazing TV show!!!



Hmmm…I say we make sure it is BADGER season for the ENTIRE BIG 10 SEASON!!! HE


IS A DRUNK AND HAS NO CLASS, even if he is friends with my neighbors.

Bielema delivers firm Tressel criticism


Bret Bielema was barely out of his mid-30s when fellow coaches—older coaches—first began to point out to him that his could be a voice of influence in the college football coaching profession.


He was 37, 38—and already winning big. Now he’s entering his sixth season after averaging about 10 victories through the first five, and developing a reputation as the most outspoken coach in the Big Ten not named Joe Paterno.

On Thursday, before hundreds of media members in a South Loop hotel ballroom, both men—41-year-old Bielema and 84-year-old Paterno—addressed the offseason scandal at Ohio State.

Penn State’s iconic coach took a diplomatic tack when asked about Jim Tressel’s ignominious departure and the state of the Buckeyes program, hemming and hawing before settling for—sorry, Joe—a cop-out of an answer:


“I just don’t know enough about it,” Paterno said, “and I sure as heck don’t want to be critical of situations when I’m not that familiar with them.”


Bielema, on the other hand, was far more direct:


“If I had a dream world,” he said, “I would say hammer the guys who don’t do things right. … When you are consciously aware of abusing a rule, there’s no excuse for that. When you consciously break an NCAA rule, the only way to deter that is to get rid of people or seriously hold people accountable.


“When I come across someone who’s knowingly or willingly (breaking a rule), I have no tolerance for that.”





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Many who will be running the Nationwide Columbus Marathon will begin their training this week. This is an AWESOME App that I have just downloaded


Shark Bites No Match For Dolphins’ Powers Of Healing

Dr. Michael Zasloff, a surgeon and researcher at Georgetown University, is famous for discovering compounds in the skin of frogs and sharks that can fight disease in humans.

Now, he’s tapping another animal to mine the secrets of its immune system. It turns out dolphins have a remarkable ability to heal quickly—and seemingly painlessly—from severe shark bites. Zasloff hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild missing tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.

To do this research, Zasloff reviewed the “clinical histories” of a few dolphins who recently succumbed to shark bites. He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find. His results appeared in a letter in the online version of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Shots caught up with Zasloff last week to learn more about his adventures in dolphin biology.

Q: OK, so imagine a human and a dolphin both being bitten by a shark. How would the healing process differ between the two?

Well, the dolphin wouldn’t hemorrhage…or have any infection, which is miraculous. And despite having sustained massive tissue injury, within about month the animal will restore its normal body contour. There’ll be some surface markings, but a chunk of tissue maybe the size of a football will have been restored with essentially no deformity.

And what is equally amazing is that handlers who know these animals will tell you that they observe absolutely no indications in the animal’s behavior that it’s in pain.

Q: And the human?

Even if it was a tiny bite, we would die of sepsis, or infection, within three or four days if we weren’t given antibiotics because sharks have a lot of dangerous bacteria in their teeth. Then we’d have to make sure all the [infected tissue] was removed. If we were lucky and got it all, we’d still have this massive hole, which you may or may not be able to fill.

Q: Why are dolphins so good at healing?

Dolphin blubber makes compounds like organohalogens that act as natural antibiotics and keep the tissue from getting infected.

The next mystery is the recovery of contour [of the body]. When the animal restores its wound, it regenerates the complex structure of blubber. It doesn’t create a scar; it produces a sort of patch that ultimately is woven back into the surrounding tissue.

What is exciting is that there must be great numbers of stem cells [involved], and by looking at these stem cells, we would probably be able to identify what they are and possibly even the hormones or proteins that are involved in their expansion. And if we looked for comparable cells in man, these might be the very cells that we would want to use to promote healing of complex wounds in us.

Q: So what are the next steps for research?

Identification of the antimicrobial agents, which have to be in those tissues. All you’d have to do is take some dolphin blubber, extract it, and start looking for stuff that would kill bacteria.

And with the pain issue, it’s the same thing. You would take the blubber or the regenerating tissue, you’d isolate stuff—purified components or crude—and you’d administer it to mice. And lo and behold, you may find, in the regenerating tissue or the decomposing blubber, the long-sought natural morphine that we’ve been looking for.

Q: You’ve gone through the process of drug development with some of the compounds you’ve found in the tissue of other animals—frogs, for instance. How long before we see dolphin-inspired therapies?

I wish I could work on this, but I don’t have access to dolphins. So I’m just putting this out there for other researchers to see. Once you appreciate that this is kind of a miracle, it isn’t terribly hard to come up with ideas [for how to do the research]. The hardest part is to realize that there’s a miracle in your midst.



“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”—Winston Churchill


“Meet success like a gentleman & disaster like a man” ~Unknown

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good. JoePaterno



“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” – Thomas Foxwell Buxton


“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” -Spencer Johnson


Think you Can’t make? Think life or problems are getting you down and you can’t succeed? You ain’t got nutin’ on him Sparky!!!




Do not allow negativity or toxicity into Your Precious Life. Only Allow Positivity and Love. ~ Lori Moreno


The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. – Unknown


RevRunWisdom: Stop sharing ur dreams with idiots & dream killers….Any belief worth having must survive DOUBT…. & fools


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: No fun in the fountain today, somebody in the decontaminators!!-Andrea Cambern




“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” -Anne Frank

“We live in hell, because most of us can’t create the heaven we want on this earth with our minds.” ~ Eugene Williams



Ke$ha  plays The Ohio Expo Center

Steve Earle takes the Copperhead Road to The Southern Theatre

Flogging Molly  plays The LC, The  Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

One of the BEST DUDES in Country Music, Phil Vassar plays the Bluestone
WaterFire featuring Dwight Lenox  at The Downtown riverfront around Genoa Park

The Beach Boys  plays The Lancaster Festival at The Ohio University (Lancaster)

Marvin Lee Aday, also known as Meatloaf plays The Ohio Expo Center

Paul Rodgers plays The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

“Pickerington Violet Festival” at Victory Park (Pickerington) welcomes
Eddie Money

We The Kings, and Hot Chelle Rae play the Newport Music Hall
Hot Chelle Rae

Seether plays The Ohio Expo Center


The Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops: The Ohio State University Marching at The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service

Daniel Tosh  plays Veterans Memorial

J Medicine Hat performs, hypnotizes, and steals your girl? At The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

‘Cowboys & Indians’  starring Harrison Ford, rated “PG-13.”


A good date night movie (and I don’t even like Steve Carrell) ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’

rated “PG-13.”
THE FAMILY friendly ‘The Smurfs,’ rated “PG.” AND making the return of Paul Reubens-aka Pee Wee Herman
MY PICK OF THE WEEK: The coming of age teen flick, ‘The Myth of the American Sleepover’ rated “PG-13.”
‘Source Code’ rated “PG-13.”
Eric Church releases his much anticipated “ Chief”

Paul McCartney is back with “The Family Way”



Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31


Deerassic Classic August 4-6th


MDA FIREFIGHTERS Mifflin Fire Department MDA Volleyball Fest in Gahanna August 6th (Covered by Chris O)


Brad Paisley Parking Lot Pre-Party August 6th


Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12


Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20


Columbus Crew High School Event (Pending) Aug 20


Filling Station Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 20


Yoggy’s  Customer Appreciation Party (Covered by Chris O) Aug 27


Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




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From 30,000 feet to 45mph…

GREETINGS FROM: 30,000 feet up in route to Wisconsin for Tough Mudder, along with my buddy Bryan Gifford we will be rockin the Devil’s Head Resort, while DJ 

Nohbody is holding down events in C-Bus.

Well that is what I wanted to say…but instead greetings from a BUS! 

Once again, Chi-Town has not been friendly to me, and flight cancelled due to weather. To get to the gig, I am on a bus WITH NO LUGGAGE! I guess I will be able to go shopping for new clothes with refund monies? Another positive spin? Always wanted a tour bus full of people…not really the way I had planned it though! I guess I will just chaulk this up to another “experience” and yet another chapter to my soon to be best selling book?

If you are a DJ or IN A BAND-or know someone who is, I am booking for a LARGE event on THE MORNING of Sunday October 16th! Please e-mail for more info. Little WORK, DECENT PAY!


I woke this morning to a great song…a song that has a mesmerizing piano, and an amazing message. Garth states at the beginning that it could be thought of one way, and in the another-how it is interpreted…for me? I wouldn’t have done it any other way.


Even today with the travel issues (btw all these problems BEFORE we even get to the OUTDOOR gig to play in the rain and thunderstorms! I guess we will even have a light show and additional bass cabinets provided by the Big Dude above?), I don’t think I would have done it any other way.

I don’t know what has happened in the last few years, but this career, or life, that has chosen me…is finally starting pay off, and in turn allowing me to help others (and that includes ME as well-to work on my own “things” to make me a better person). I don’t know what has changed other than an outlook and a happiness an old friend turned me onto-but I AIN’T COMPLAININ’! Life ain’t always great…but we can MAKE IT GREAT.


One way to have less stress, get more done, and track accomplishments-while achieving goals is to write them down. EVERYDAY I make a to do list. These items are as simple as “sleep in” to “gym” to “bank” to book airfare. These daily reminders while helping keep the day organized and flow, can also be overwhelming if we let them…so sometimes I include “don’t worry if not all done.” However today’s list says return that movie…and since someone else rented it from Redbox, I better do it!


Goals, dreams, success can come true for anyone…BUT we must first realize them. What better way to do so is to acknowledge and write them down, then it is a start to success (even if a small one).


Every year I write down a list of 50 New Year’s Resolutions and well…Happy Half Year!!! Since last week was “Christmas in July” I guess it is a good time to take a minute and reflect back on the past year.

New Year’s Resolutions 2011


1.)  Work on understanding, accepting, and appreciating my relationship with God-While at times this is a rough road-This is a journey that I am actually enjoying

2.) WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND BE THE BEST I CAN BE (Always give 100%, but realize 100% of each day is different-and be ok with that!)

I am working my a** off every day, but somedays I am able to more than others-and I am ok with that, as long as I know I do my best (of that day) then it was a good day!

3.) Each day do something for someone else-in turn not only bettering them, but self as well There are still times I feel guilty just cause I don’t have time, but I am making attempts to be there, and to do for as many people/groups/events as I can. The acknowledgement I don’t have time…is also a growing process

4.) Continue to ATTEMPT to find the good in EVERYTHING

Even on a bad day…life is better than some people’s BEST day! There is good in EVERYTHING, or at the very least-a learning experience to make the next time better!

5.) Everyday find/see the “God Today” in the Lil Moments of daily miracles.

Everyday-it is NOT hard anymore, there are smells, sights, sounds that are there even when not concentrating or “looking for them.”

6.) Three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.-Jimmy V

Honestly this wears me out-but I feel better each day!

7.) Start the “Flame” Foundation

Not there yet, but groundwork is laid

8.) Get Personal Training Certificate.

Could not go to last 2 “weekends” but I will get it

9.) Run an ORGANIZED Half Marathon

At the 6 mile mark, so this is within reach!


I visited there, and did a broadcast to T-100, it is not the complete goal, but getting there!!!

11.) Average 52+ Gigs this year, with 26 being on road-and continuing to learn from experiences with tour activation folks

WOW!!! Far beyond that and it is only 6 months in. I am very lucky not only for these opportunities, but also to be part of such an amazing network!

12.) Work less-or at least smarter. Be more diversified in areas where monies can be made, so as to not “depend” on any one area

Being Diversified has made my life MUCH easier, working less is still a struggle

13.) Work as hard for others as I do for myself (and Vice Versa)

It is the working hard for myself as others that is difficult

14.) Make time for fun, and for work (Good Start from Last Year, but need to keep working on this, and even enjoy/be ok with downtime)

The fun is daily!!!

15.) Go on vacation (Take an extra Day or two on road trips, and go somewhere WITHOUT WORK)

Been doing this, with a few more planned this year (Vegas Baby! And my yearly trek to Naples for some Florida Mom time)

16.) Learn that not everyone is a friend, and accept that sometimes you get screwed, but at no fault of anyone-and try every day to right any of the wrongs I have done to others

Yes we get hosed…and I have as well as anyone-but when others come to me to vent, allow them to find the good in a situation and grow from it, this allows me to also see the good and error in some of my own past judgments.

17.) Volunteer (Continue at Ronald House, Start at Zoo, and find other organizations to help)

The winter allowed for this, summer months this is more difficult

18.) Be in better shape-not for vanity, but for health/fitness. Goal Weight is 150 pounds, 29inch waist, and be able to bench weight 15 times (and try not to care about my size-THIS WILL BE HARD!)

My “fish hooks” have become “guppy nets” and even more work on my ego and mental state. But I know I am in better shape than ever, and more important MORE HEALTHY! Currently I am 165’, 28”waist, and benched my body weight (at time 175’) 21 times last March on my Birthday

19.) Find my “One Thing”

Still not sure what this is…but really enjoying looking for it!

20.) Personal

Still working on this, still “missing this” but finding happiness in this person’s happiness

21.) Continue to Read/Write more (concentrate on songs, poems)

This has been a fun and growing daily action

22.) Continue to be open with feelings/emotions

In past it was easier to just be pi**ed off. All this did was mask problems, now while acknowledging areas…can work on keeping positive thoughts and energies!

23.) Be so freakin positive it can help someone-or at very least pi**es someone off!!!

I love this, I feel better and pi**es some others off. That is the ultimate victory!

24.) Work on being more diverse with knowledge, interests, etc

I still have moments, but going outside of my comfort zone does allow for some more very cool experiences (as well as confirming that I REALLY DON’T LIKE SOME THINGS I SAID I DIDN’T)

25.) Go to away Buckeye Game (Miami in 2011?)

This is becoming more difficult than I thought!!!

26.) Double my current “cooperate client list”

Already there and it is only July!!!

27.) Make Business Firsts 35 under 35

Well since I am 36 and couldn’t add when I wrote this list in Jan-this can’t happen?

28.) Eat better, or at very least-more consistent

Yes and saves money, as well as I FEEL A LOT BETTER!

29.) Continue to pay down debt

Daily process but making way forward

30.) Let more “stuff” role off back-remembering being upset only hurts/affects me

Actually LAUGH OUT LOUD at many things. Don’t get me wrong, still have times where upset, but find myself laughing at many of them…even when I am hurting

31.) Develop side businesses and help others do the same

This has been a lot of fun!!! And watching others success is as rewarding as my own struggles were.

32.) Play following gigs (Cincy Blind Pig Marathon, Cleveland Rock & Roll
Marathon, Jamboree in the Hills, Country Concert, ALL Country Thunder Concerts across the Country, Arizona 1/2 Marathon, Country Jam, Red, White, & Boom (IN SOME ROLE), Capital City 1/2, Crew Games, All Buckeye Home games, continue to develop relationship with Jackets-don’t limit to this list! AND IF/when someone else does get over me, find out how/why and learn…WHILE BEING HAPPY FOR THEM.

Not all, but really enjoy the ones I am lucky and blessed to be part of. AND there were many more not in this list that I have called clients!

33.) Manage Time Better

Getting better…lists help

34.) Publish list of quotes (I say every year-I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS THISYEAR)

The year is not up yet…

35.) Better someone else’s career, and understand not everyone is me, and some will do better than me, others will fail-BE OK AND ENCOURAGE BOTH

The bettering part I enjoy, I STILL GET REALLY PI**ED OFF when someone doesn’t want to work or believes they are “owed.”

36.) Rock at least 4 Major Events

Child Please! This needs to go to 52 next year!!!

37.) Organize a fundraiser for each quarter of the year (and find ways to take Army Navy Fundraiser to $5000.00!!!)

Done one, have one planned, so better find a way for 2 more

38.) Smile More

This smile is on when I go to sleep and when I wake up

39.) Go to Doctor/get help when things/body parts ache/hurt

Um…still working on this

40.) Find acceptance can’t do what used to do FAILURE IS NOT ONLY HUMBELING-But also the first step to success

I don’t accept failure but learn from it for success in future!

41.) BUFFETT (at least 3 shows, and start using his business plan)

Probably will only get in 2 shows this year

42.) Manage Money Better

I work on this daily, and are starting to see the rewards

43.) Clean Garage

How about it Sam, when are you ready to help me FINALLY do this?

44.) Mentor More (in many areas; Business, Physical Fitness, being a better person, and help self/others FIND ACCOUNTABILITY)

This is an aspect of my life I enjoy EVERYDAY!

45.) Go Back to School


46.) Learn to speak Spanish
No todavía, pero algún día quiero hablar español
47.) QUIT WORRYING-Everything happens for a reason, find the good in all.
The sun is ALWAYS SHINING, even when the grey clouds TEMPORARILY block it the light
48.) NEVER BACK DOWN!!! (NEVER Make anyone else feel they have to either!)

Added also show support even when it hurts, and does nothing to benefit me


Been close, but so far have managed…and this is a GREAT feeling!



To some this may be goofy, others, speculative, others…don’t care. For me? I finally started living and allowed myself to start LIVING!


As we move towards the second half of an amazing year (well with the exception of the recent weather). Look ahead and find out, believe, and EXPECT how great life can be…OR SHOULD BE!

“I LOVE my bed. I LOVE early mornings. I LOVE feeling good. I LOVE my family. I LOVE my dog. I LOVE what I do. I LOVE my friends. I LOVE my city. I LOVE traveling. I LOVE that car. I LOVE that restaurant. I LOVE getting emails like that. I LOVE that movie. I LOVE it when that happens.” Deliberately think positive words and increase them every day until you see HUGE changes. This is your greatest power! – Rhonda Byrne

Life may be close to perfect, but there will always be wrinkles. But luckily, it’s nothing that can’t be ironed out….(that is my own, kinda dug it!)

It is impossible in life to get everything neatly in its place. The goal is to enjoy the process of tidying up- Sean Stephenson


JUST BE HAPPY! And follow your dreams! Don’t let ANYONE…not even yourself say you can’t do something!!!


Success is a numbers game; there is a direct relationship between the number of things you try and your probability of ultimately succeeding.-Bryan Tracy


Well I am getting motion sick from typing, better hop off here and go puke. Have a great weekend, for you and FOR SOMEONE ELSE!


…Speaking of others it is supposed to be HOT the next few days, maybe take a minute and check on your neighbors, and for GOD’S SAKE…DON’T LEAVE THE ANIMALS (or neighbors) OUTSIDE!!!


NEXT TUESDAY AND EVERY TUESDAY-Hoggy’s Polaris Bike Nights. Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?


FRIDAY Join my buddy DJ NohBody

Island Luau Party at Columbus Commons (I am the Parrot Head and yet he gets to do the luau party?!?!?)


Live Entertainment featuring Caribbean Steel Drums and DJ Nohbody

Hula-hoop and Limbo Competition

Free Hog Roast and sides until supplies last

Free Frozen Drinks Tasting 5:30-6:30

Free Pepsi tasting 5-7

Frozen drinks and adult beverages for sale all night!

AND…Ticket giveaway from Dream Seats


SATURDAY Join my buddy DJ NohBody

Rock the Commons is bringing Christmas in July with a free live performance by The 17th Floor, the best live music cover band in the Midwest, and DJ Nohbody, hosted by Chris Davis.

Win cash and ticket giveaways for the best dressed Santa or Santa’s Helper. Also enjoy frozen drinks and adult beverages


July 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. MUST MENTION THIS MAILER/BLOG POST TO RECEIVE SPECIAL RATE


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ALSO,  It is perfect weather for the pool, let me help you get into your best shape (inside and out!) Send an e-mail to for availability and specialized individual workout plans.




Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31

Deerassic Classic August 4-6th

Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12

Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20

Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




No revenge is so heroic than that which torments envy by doing good. ~ Unknown


And even more so

Avoid negative people at all costs. They are the greatest destroyers of self confidence and self-esteem.-BrianTracy



This is just a fun song


I think I saw these guys drinking in a Nerk Ahia Bar…but still a great song with a message!


YEP! I am sick of kids inside all day, liberal hippies in congress not wanting the pledge, and all the health based wacko’s. Truly was a “Different World”


HAUNTING SONG!!! (A play on an Irish wish)





Do WE do this enough?



This is a partnership I am part of with “Hell Race” taking part on Saturday September 17th



Go The F*ck to Sleep author Adam Mansback gets a rebuttal

A child’s plea to Adam Mansbach’s impatient father


Father, oh father, why are you so mad?

I’m just a little kid—I’m not trying to be bad


Yet every night, you cuss under your breath

It’s almost as if you think that I’m deaf


Yes, I get it, your life has so changed

But that’s no reason to start acting deranged


1 out of 3 kids doesn’t live with a dad

Now I know why—some fathers are pathetic and sad


I know you welcomed me into your life

After carefree coitus with your career-minded wife


Now you’re both exhausted and seem only to argue

Is it my fault? Really, what should I do?


Here’s an idea: Relax and have a beer

And let me solve our little problem by being the man here


Did you know that I’ll fall asleep 40 percent faster

If you create a bedtime routine that I can master?


Didn’t think so, and there’s another benefit I’ll cite

With a routine, I’ll sleep an extra hour each night


And if I shut my eyes nightly for 10 hours of peace

Research shows I’m much less likely to wind up obese


Experts also say you should read to me 30 minutes a pop

Yet after just one little book you can’t wait to stop


If it bores you that much, I’ll give you a tip

Just make it up, the words you can skip


This all boosts my vocabulary and word knowledge

Which someday may help me score a scholarship to college


Now let’s talk about when I want to color and swing

Why is it you can’t stop all that goddamned texting?


The brainiacs say if you pay attention to me

I’m likely to be less violent when I hit puberty


Yet you don’t quite grasp the concept of play, I infer

Maybe I should tell Mom what’s on your web browser


If you want me to stop crying, then let’s lose the ’tude

And go outside—studies say exercise improves my mood


Please straighten up, Dad, and get your head out of your ass

My young and innocent years just aren’t going to last


I can’t take care of myself, so I must look to you

Now man up and sack up—you know what to do


Give me a kiss and bid me “Good night!”

And think about how you can make this thing right


’Cuz if forever you’re going to be chock-full of gloom

You’d might as well just get the f**k out of my room


For more info on the greatest children’s book written for adults



House Bill 5 IS necessary!!! Don’t think we need reform? Are you a teacher-and don’t think your hard work is paying off for others?!?!?


‘Last chance’ often a misnomer

Law, tenure add to cost, difficulty of firing teachers

Thirteen current Columbus school-district employees have signed agreements that give them one last chance to change their behavior, or else.

But as the recent case of a former special-education teacher illustrates, the “last-chance agreements” that school districts use often aren’t true to their name. School-district lawyers said the contracts often don’t make it easier to fire misbehaving educators, especially veteran ones.

Even a teacher who was deemed unfit to be around children after several abuse complaints, disciplinary hearings and reprimands kept his job for years.

Columbus City Schools moved Eric B. Brentlinger, a former special-education teacher, to a textbook-warehouse job after years of reprimanding him for physically and verbally abusing students.

The district did not fire him, although, on Tuesday, the State Board of Education stripped him of his right to teach Ohio children.

Brentlinger was allowed to earn his $80,866-a-year salary while working a warehouse job from the fall of 2008 until he retired in March 2010.

“Everybody seems to be in agreement this person shouldn’t have been in a classroom. How hard could (getting rid of him) be?” asked Columbus school-board member Stephanie Groce.

Firing an educator in Ohio often isn’t simple. It isn’t speedy. And, districts said, it isn’t typically affordable.

The reasons are twofold:

• State law gives teachers the right to contest a firing. The law requires school districts to pay for a referee to hear a case and spells out several opportunities for the teacher to appeal decisions. In essence, it lays the groundwork for a lengthy and expensive legal battle.

• Union contracts, meant to protect teachers’ jobs and prevent indiscriminate firings, hold districts to strict progressive-discipline rules and set rules for granting teachers tenure.

Tenure – attained in Ohio when teachers have “continuing contract” status – means that a district can’t simply decide not to employ a veteran teacher anymore. Districts can choose not to renew the teachers who work on short-term, or limited, contracts. That’s not so with continuing contracts, which automatically renew until the teacher resigns, retires or is fired.

“It’s a whole different world from the private sector. (State law) specifically says that they’re entitled to that (tenure) until they resign, die, retire or are terminated,” said Hollie Reedy, chief legal counsel for the Ohio School Boards Association.

Brentlinger had worked for Columbus schools for nearly 28 years. He was tenured.

He first was accused of being abusive to special-needs students in 1989. The district reprimanded him for pushing, manhandling and yelling at children. He signed a “last-chance agreement” in 2006 in which he promised to keep his temper in check or risk losing his job.

In 2007, Columbus officials issued a second “last-chance” contract. By 2008, officials sent him to work in the district’s book warehouse on the condition that he retire in 2010.

Even if an employee violates the last-chance contract, getting fired isn’t a certainty, said Larry Braverman, attorney for Columbus schools.

“There’s still due process even when an employee signs one of these agreements,” Braverman said. If the employee disputes whether he or she violated the terms, the expensive hearing process ensues.

Braverman said that cost is one reason that, in Brentlinger’s case, the district chose to move him out of the classroom and let him retire rather than try to fire him. Having options and flexibility is important to a district the size of Columbus, with more than 7,000 employees.

Although last-chance agreements remain relatively rare, the district conducts more than 450 investigations of employee wrongdoing each year. Last year, there were 463, and three-quarters of those were substantiated. Punishments included written reprimands (226 employees), suspensions (59) and resignations or firings (57).

Last-chance agreements can be beneficial, said Robert Washburn, a lawyer who often represents educators accused of misconduct.

“It gives the district more control than it otherwise would have and gives the educator another opportunity,” he said.

Some of the provisions in newly passed laws are meant to remove some of the protections of union contracts and tenure.

Senate Bill 5, which opponents hope to repeal through a referendum this fall, does away with tenure. Continuing contracts would be replaced with short-term contracts for new hires. Existing union contracts must expire before the law would take effect.

“It’s no instant miracle,” said Gregory Scott, a Columbus lawyer who represents several local school districts in union negotiations.

That collective-bargaining law does not radically change how educators contest a firing, although educators no longer would be able to demand that a referee hear their cases; they would be conducted by the local school board.

“It doesn’t limit the length of the potential hearing,” Braverman said, and “there still will be costs for court reporters, the transcripts required and legal counsel.”

Reedy agreed.

“I don’t know that we’ve really solved it. If Senate Bill 5 is maintained, we’re looking at getting rid of tenure and certain decisions being made on the basis of tenure,” she said. “But progressive discipline and additional due-process steps have to be taken in addition to state law. The due process that is afforded is very extensive.”




…Play it again Sam


Vancouver’s kissing couple: The romance in the middle of the riot


Scott Jones and Alexandra Thomas got caught up in the moment as rioting mobs filled the Vancouver streets after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals on June 15.


As thousands of hockey fans filled the Vancouver streets in a violent reaction to the Vancouver Canuck’s Stanley Cup loss to the Boston Bruins, one image stands out: A young couple lying in amid the chaos, kissing.


In an interview with NBC’s Today Show, Scott Jones and Alexandra Thomas say that they weren’t there to participate in the mayhem, and they certainly didn’t intend to create an iconic image.


“I’d call myself a tourist,” Jones, who is from Australia, told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. “It was game seven, you know? Stanley Cup final. Something was going to happen, whether we won or lost, something big. So, I just wanted to bear witness to what was going on.”


“I never felt in danger while we were down there until the riot police came along,” he said. Thomas was knocked to the ground as the police chased the couple, who were trying to escape the sudden chaos around them. “They started beating us with the shields, trying to get us to move,” Jones said. “I don’t know why—we weren’t being aggressive toward them or anything like that.”


A moment later and Jones was on the ground, too, trying to comfort his girlfriend of six months with a kiss.


“I was just trying to calm her down,” Thomas said of the romantic lip lock. “It was pretty scary for her, and it seemed like the best thing to do.”


The eerie glow behind them in the photograph comes from the cars that rioters were overturning and setting on fire. What seemed like just a moment in hockey history had turned crazy. “It happened so fast,” Thomas added. “I never expected it to turn into that situation so quickly.”


Ya know sometimes, a kiss REALLY does make it all better




White Supremacist Picks A Fight With Black Guy, Black Guy Happens To Be Boxing Champion


28-year-old white supremacist Daren C. Abbey began threatening Marlon Baker at a Boise, Idaho bar because “blacks are not welcome” there. Baker decided to leave but Abbey followed him to his car screaming racist things at him. Abbey then tried to punch him, but little did he know Baker was a champion boxer. Baker knocked him out with one punch. When Abbey woke up, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and felony malicious harassment.




ONE YEAR AGO…we lost one of the greatest humanitarians C-Bus has ever known. We all miss you ANDYMAN!


John Andrew “Andyman” Davis was known for his annual “Andyman-a-thon” during the holidays.

He was the passionate disc jockey willing to play songs from unknown artists, the friend who always had a favorite new band and the employee who devoted time every Christmas season for the sake of charity.

Colleagues, musicians and radio listeners remembered John Andrew “Andyman” Davis not just as a popular afternoon host for the alternative-rock station CD101, but as someone who genuinely cared about local music and his community.

“He was a huge part of the fabric of this town,” said Dino Tripodis, a friend and morning host at WSNY (94.7 FM). “That such a small radio station had such a big personality was amazing.

“Even if you didn’t listen to CD101, you still knew who Andyman was.”

Davis, the program director for WWCD-FM, died Sunday July 19th, 2010 while swimming in Long Lake, in the ManisteeNational Forest in northern Michigan. He was 42.

During a vacation at Outland’s Long Lake Resort, Davis had been taking daily swims around the lake perimeter, said Mason County Undersheriff Tom Trenner. He had been visiting the resort with his wife, Molly, their three children and other family members.

An hour after he left for his swim Sunday, concerned relatives drove a boat around the lake to look for him. They found him on the opposite end, face-down in the water.

His brother-in-law, a Columbus paramedic, administered CPR for 20 minutes, but Davis was unresponsive.

“My understanding was that he loved swimming and was a halfway decent swimmer,” Trenner said. “Speculation is that he had a medical problem such as a heart attack.”

Marc Keen, medical examiner for Mason County, doesn’t plan to perform an autopsy on Davis’ body, saying the death resulted from natural causes.

After learning of his death, fans deluged CD101’s Facebook page with comments, calling Davis “a rare gem” and “the patriarch” of alternative music in central Ohio.

Two decades ago, Davis was determined to become part of the CD101 family, said Gary Richards, the station’s general manager when Davis was hired in 1991.

Then delivering packages for Airborne Express and working part time at a radio station in Chillicothe, Davis used to call Richards every day to ask for a job.

“Finally, I’m in the bathroom at the Newport (Music Hall) and he would not give up,” Richards said. “I said, ‘All right, all right.’ We hired him part time, and the rest is radio history.”

Davis started his annual fundraiser, the Andyman-a-Thon, in 1992 as a way to give back to the community and to allow the rest of the station’s staff to spend time at home during the holiday.

Every subsequent Christmas season, he spent 48 hours on the air and received pledges to play song requests. The event, which expanded to include live rock and auctions, raised tens of thousands of dollars every year for children’s charities.

“He embodied CD101; he was the face of it,” said Max Faulkner, a friend and former CD101 host. “There’s not going to be any more local DJs who people care about like that. It’s the end of an era.”

Davis, who became program director in 1998, was dedicated to supporting local musicians, playing unknown singles or plugging small, weekday shows on the radio.

He also booked them himself, opening Andyman’s Treehouse with musician Quinn Fallon in 1999. The partners sold the Grandview Heights bar in June 2008.

“Musicians never had a better friend than him,” said Colin Gawel, whose Columbus band Watershed enjoyed CD101 air time before becoming nationally known in the 1990s.

Davis wasn’t promoting bands just because it was his job, Gawel said: He loved music so much that he wanted to share it with everyone he could.

Greg Bartram, a longtime friend and musician, recalled Davis’ excitement when he met one of his idols, Joe Strummer of the Clash, after a 1999 show at the Newport.

“We were saying, ‘We shook Strummer’s hand; we shook Strummer’s hand,'” Bartram said. “As many people as he got to meet, there was still that childlike, ‘Man, this is so cool.'”

Davis himself had plenty of fans, said Nate Stewart, production manager for PromoWest, who worked with him on concerts, including CD101’s Summerfest.

“People would constantly come up to Andy, and it was never a burden on him at all,” Stewart said. “It wasn’t Andy reveling in his celebrity; it was Andy genuinely being interested in people who wanted to talk about music.”

Davis was often called a force of nature, not only because of his good humor but because of his size. At 6 feet 3 inches, he weighed more than 400 pounds when he underwent gastric-bypass surgery in 2005.

“I’m a preacher’s son, a Beatles fan and the most important thing I can be is a dad,” he told The Dispatch later that year, after he’d lost 200 pounds. “Hopefully this will help me stay on the planet longer.”

Besides his wife, Molly, Davis is survived by their three sons, Johnny, 10, Oliver, 3, and Sammy, who was born last year-and thousands who benefited from his HUGE HEART!!!


OSU extends contract with Nationwide

Blue Jackets get another year to make good


Columbus Blue Jackets’ President Mike Priest was appreciative when OSU was the only organization to step forward and help his club out with their $12 million annual hemorrhage. Now if OSU’s fans could just buy-in to Columbus’ pro sports teams, too.


Ohio State University has renewed its contract with Nationwide Arena to manage the facility in cooperation with the Schottenstein Center. The move helps alleviate the Columbus Blue Jackets of some of the operational expenses they normally would incur in managing the facility. It also gives the club another year to help solve its annual $12 million deficit.


“It’s taking them longer to put together the long-term piece than we expected,” said Xen Riggs, who has managed the Schottenstein Center since its opening in 1998. “We renewed for another year with the idea it won’t last a year.”


Unfortunately for OSU, that’s what they said a year ago when the contract was initially signed, taking a $1 million obligation off the Jackets’ shoulders—at least temporarily.


At the time, both organizations—and several power players at the county and city levels—thought a deal to refinance the Jackets would be made within the year. There was even a “Get Out of Jail Free” clause in the contract in case a buyer stepped up to the plate to save the Jackets.


But, according to Riggs, none of the interested parties have come to any agreement about how the Blue Jackets’ leaky financial situation should be handled.


Riggs confirmed that negotiations are still ongoing, though those presumed to be sitting at the negotiating table weren’t tipping their hands. Local attorney John Rosenberger, who’s been the point man in negotiations between the city, Nationwide and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, as well as other potential private and public entities, declined to comment Tuesday on the current situation, as did Blue Jackets President Mike Priest.


Last year, Rosenberger said the OSU/CBJ alignment was “helpful.”

“We believe it’s going to be a good foundation to (base) a transaction on,” Rosenberger said then.


But the ongoing casino wars between the city and Penn National Gaming have helped stall Jackets conversations, as did a sagging economy. At one time it was thought the use of casino tax dollars could be used to buy Nationwide Arena and turn the facility’s operation, including responsibility for its financial well-being, over to the FCCFA.


Convention Authority executive director Bill Jennison said this week it’s been a long time since he’s heard from anyone regarding the possible sale, though maintains the purchase is a “possibility.”


“Things seem positive still,” said Jennison, who explained that the FCCFA could also sell bonds and use a possible rental car tax to pay for the arena, in lieu of casino dollars. “They’re definitely looking to get a deal done.”


Another possibility could involve a team effort, similar to the deal that was orchestrated to build the Downtown Hilton, currently under construction, in which the county, the city and the FCCFA partnered to get the required financing.


Franklin County commissioners haven’t publicly addressed the Blue Jackets’ situation for more than a year and Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman has said he will not use general fund money to help the CBJ find a solution.

The Jackets are the economic drivers in the Arena District, which generates a $30 million annual tax boost for Columbus and Franklin County.


A 2008 report by OSU’s Dr. Stephen Buser noted that the longer Columbus puts off striking a solution for keeping the hockey team afloat, the less likely it will be that new business development will occur in the Arena District.


Financial projections in the Buser report show state and local tax revenue combined will double, from $30 million to $60 million annually by 2018—but only with the Jackets in town.


“Moreover, insofar as the Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena are widely regarded as essential catalysts for any realistic projection of continued financial growth,” read the report, “the retention of a viable NHL team is critical.”


CBJ President Priest said last year that unless someone steps up, losing the team, as Atlanta lost its Thrashers, remains a real possibility.


“We’ve found a way to buy time,” Priest said last year. “The longer it goes on, the less support we have. We cannot do it alone. The commitment from (team owner) John P. (McConnell) has been incredible, but his resources are limited. We have to have the assistance of the public sector.”



THIS IS SCARY STUFF…a stage I was around in Springfield Mo., was brought down by organizers due to a tornado. THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED!!!


High winds flattens Bluesfest stage, show cancelled 0

The only strobe lights on Bluesfest’s closing night were provided by police cars, fire trucks and paramedics as a wicked storm blew across the festival grounds, forcing the cancellation of all remaining shows.


The festival’s main stage, the mbna stage, where Cheap Trick had just finished an abbreviated set, was the hardest hit by the maelstrom.


Witnesses said the gusts picked up the tent flaps and blew the main stage backwards, with scaffolding crumpling under the force of the wind.


“Good thing it didn’t fall forward,” said one volunteer standing near the mbna stage at the time, who gave his first name as Nick.


“There could have been a lot of people hurt.”


Cheap Trick was 20 minutes into their set when a tornado-sized gust of wind caused the stage to collapse at 7:20 p.m., causing an estimated 9,000 fans to stampede toward the Canada War Museum.


Festival organizers immediately cancelled programming for the rest of the evening.

Steven Johnston was standing on the stage supervising the video shoot of Cheap Trick when he noticed the storm blowing in quickly. He described it as the scariest thing he’d ever seen.


“I noticed the scrim around the staging blowing and people beginning to leave. Then, we got hit

by a wind.”


The scrim collapsed in seconds and one of Johnston’s video cameramen was taken to hospital with a head injury.


Videographer Alex Gebethner was in the spotlight tower setting up a shot with Mayor Jim Watson when the storm hit.


Watson was exiting the booth, which is suspended on scaffolding about 50-feet high, when he was nearly blown off the stairwell.


It was only the action of a quick-thinking aide who grabbed the mayor’s arm, saving him from a potentially serious fall.


“It was the strongest gust of wind I’ve ever experienced,” a shaken Gebethner, 24, said after.


“The tower didn’t feel stable at all.”


Bluesfest officials cleared the booth immediately.


Gusts of wind came in off the Ottawa River, lifting the water clear off the waterway – almost forming a mid-air wave.


In the whirl of a dust storm, tree branches, dirt and debris, the crowds were shoved uphill. Canopies over the Subway stage flapped fiercely in the wind.


Shouts of, “Is this a tornado?” could barely be heard over the torrential downpour.

Cold rain and then hail.


“We were walking over towards the Subway stage where Ra Ra Riot was playing, then we heard the stage manager telling everyone to leave,” said Giancarlo Cerquozzi. “He said the concert wasn’t going to go forward until the weather was past.”


Cerquozzi turned around to head for shelter.


Others ducked for cover under a rattling tent trailer and some even sought shelter in the portable toilets.


“As we started walking towards the museum that’s when it got super windy – it got completely black and then we heard a big crash,” Cerquozzi said.


The festival grounds were quickly evacuated, with hordes of fans stampeding into the War Museum as lightning crashed down and rain blew in sideways, with many witnesses reporting seeing funnel clouds in the area.


“We went inside the museum and it was panic – there were rumours of a tornado touching down and the stage crashing – everyone was sort of in the panic mode,” he said.


The museum was packed with families and crying children. Security soon ushered people into the parking lot, so they could take cover underground.


“There was no reception in the museum, so people were a little bit panicky because they couldn’t get in touch with anyone,” Cerquozzi said.


Thousands of fans formed orderly lines southbound along Booth St., with many griping about ticket refunds.


It was traffic chaos around the intersection of Somerset and Booth St., where motorists were forced to contend with lights on a flashing red cycle and streams of festival-goers flooding onto the streets.


By 8:30 p.m., the only people who remained on site were Bluesfest officials, security staff, sound technicians and a few volunteers.


“The whole Bluesfest team is collectively grateful that everybody got out OK and no one was hurt,” one Bluesfest official said. “People were great (with the evacuation), it was very orderly.


“We’re all just very thankful right now that everyone is accounted for and everyone is OK.”



UNCLE TED is in town this weekend and time for a GREAT READ!

‘Ted, White, and Blue’

Love him or loathe him, veteran rocker, commentator, and neo-libertarian rabble-rouser conservationist Nugent is hard to ignore. His “manifesto,” a collection of essays and ruminations, will prove bracing but familiar to those acquainted with his antic, aggressive voice-in-the-wilderness style and often controversial stances on hot-button issues like gun control, welfare and self-reliance. Among loud, provocative analysis of a dozen issues (plus a chapter devoted to his last essay collection, 2001’s God, Guns & Rock and Roll), Nugent puts together an “If I were president” list that includes eliminating welfare except for military personnel, making prisoners plant trees, forcing people in New Orleans live on higher ground and executing child molesters. While many of his suggestions-meant to “piss you off” as well as think-are pat, or even curmudgeonly (“I am convinced that most kids today have never heard the word ‘posture'”), they’re balanced by common sense and a healthy respect for the Golden Rule. Longtime fans will revel in Nugent’s loudmouth charm and his rhapsodic take on discovering the guitar; whether he’ll persuade newcomers that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever played on Americans,” or that he himself is “a large, in charge, ruggedly independent, angry black man” is doubtful, but this maverick never claimed to be a uniter.

Straight from the Motor-City Madman comes the wildest, most politically incorrect book yet. In The Nugent Manifesto, rocker/hunter extraordinaire Ted Nugent is taking aim and setting his sights on our country. In his trademark unapologetic style, Nugent will praise God, guns, and red-blooded, full-throated Americanism against pantywaist politicians, nanny-state judges, and tofu-eating Obamamaniacs, calling on readers to “Roll up your damn sleeves, sharpen your crowbars, and think hardcore.” The Nugent Manifesto follows up his New York Times bestseller God, Guns, and Rock ‘N’ Roll and his wildly successful cookbook, Kill It & Grill It. Look out America, “The Nuge” is back–and with a whole new arsenal of “Tedisms” ready for launch! 



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Operation Homefront Ohio is proud to announce the Freedom 5KWalk & 5KRun 2011. To be held Saturday September 10, 2011.


During the month of September citizens across the country join together in walking to establish a tradition to renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country, to honor our veterans, past and present, and reflect on the lives lost on September 11. Funds raised in conjunction with Freedom Walks will go to support the mission of Operation Homefront

Freedom Walk/Run Venue: McPherson Commons (Nationwide Arena Area & Olentangy River Trail)  With this being the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we are anticipating a record turnout! Join us to  show your commitment to Freedom!


Please visit our event registration page for further details as well as invite your family, friends and coworkers to join you and even set up your own personal fundraising team & page encouraging others to support you in the walk.


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AND just enjoy and think about this




‘Budget Hero’ Game Allows You to Try to Balance the Budget

An USA Today article discusses a new game ‘Budget Hero’ which allows players to enact their policy objectives while keeping the government from going broke. The article explains the demonstration:


In a quick demonstration of the game, two college students, one taking typical Republican positions and the other Democratic, showed just how difficult it will be to save the country. The Republican extended the Bush-era tax cuts, cut spending for the arts and humanities and reduced congressional budgets. The Democrat went after a green badge by raising the federal tax on gasoline and ending tax breaks for big oil companies, while also expanding health insurance coverage…Both plans saw the government go broke.


Play it here



ESPN My Wish Series. This is ALWAYS a highlight of the Summer for me. It is not rare that I don’t sit there for the 5-10mins of the segment that I don’t break into tears. The stories of these kids and their bravery is AMAZING! The small moments with their heroes (and sometimes mine), are awesome and fun to share in. My friend Kelly got one of these opportunities to do something like this before she passed away back in ’87. I will NEVER forget how happy she was! These kids may be getting their wish-but we can all learn from their stories, and how their heroes make time for them.


I don’t know if you, as I do, remember this “Sports Center” My Wish story from five years ago about Charlie Pena, the kid with sickle cell anemia who got to be an honorary “coach” for the Eagles for a day. We have a follow-up piece today, checking in with Charlie five years later, and he’s apparently doing quite well in spite of having had to have a bone marrow transplant about a year after the “Sports Center” item ran.


It also appears as though Donovan McNabb, then with the Eagles, now with the Redskins and soon to be who-knows-where, continued to check in on Charlie as he went through the transplant and the difficult ensuing recovery. This story is about how much McNabb’s post-op phone call meant to Charlie, who’s undoubtedly as big a McNabb fan as there is in the world at this point.


There’s not a lot to say on this. It’s a great story about people being nice to each other — the kind of story, sadly, that doesn’t get a lot of attention in today’s sports news landscape. It shows McNabb at his ultra-classy best, and reminds us that there are things more important than whether a quarterback hits his receivers on the numbers every time or refuses to wear a wristband to help him call plays. We get caught up in what goes on on the field, but the impact these guys can have on lives off the field can sometimes be tremendous.


Since Uncle Ted is in town this weekend…


You have the right to remain stupid, and what you say and do can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. Unfortunately, the court of public opinion is expanding into a stupid-is-as-stupid-does joke. And it has a president and gang of thieves in the United States government to represent it.

So goes the sheeping of America. Welcome to Euro II.

With the level of dishonesty, fraud, abuse of power, corruption, rampant irresponsibility, downright criminal behavior and vehement refusal to be accountable, our government has clearly lost its collective mind – and its soul.

The brain-dead, zombielike nonsense blurting out of Democrats’ pie holes is mind-boggling as they feebly attempt to rationalize raising the debt ceiling, scrambling mindlessly to explain how increased runaway, criminal spending on gluttonous, wasteful, superfluous stuff is a good thing.

“Honey, we’re in debt up to our asses. Let’s go shopping and increase our gluttonous indulgences. Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

Is there a Dr. Phil or an Oprah to counsel psychotic bureaucrats? Somebody has to put a halt to this insanity as quickly as possible. We the people of the Tea Party are trying with all our might but there must be somebody in government that can stop this. Somebody?

The separation of legislative, executive and judicial branches of government has turned into one big gang of complicit goons, scratching each other’s backs and scheming to increase their own dishonest assault on we the people. Oh, how they have forgotten their oath to the U.S. Constitution. Oh, woe are they.

A nasty, unclean gaggle of Americans read the nonstop reports of mass graves in Mexico, the mountains of dead bodies, the unending exhuming of slaughtered innocents and decapitated citizens and public officials at the hands of evil drug cartels, then nonchalantly purchase another load of the mind- and life-destroying dope that these subhuman heathens peddle. You have to be on dope in order to fail to admit how your illegal or “medical” marijuana consumption creates wanton death and mayhem in your own communities and country. Thanks for nothing, idiots.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and their complicit gang of America-hating snake-oil salesmen represent the most clear and present economic raping and pillaging in our country’s history. Instead of ending the tragedy, the perpetrators are given bonuses and hired by our already-criminal-infested government. And they call it “creating jobs.” Mao Zedong and Al Capone would be proud.

In the American West, where inhabitants have been raising hell for 20-plus years about how grizzly bears pose a serious and constant threat to people’s lives and livelihoods, inept, ignorant bureaucrats enforce dangerous policy by calling these overpopulated bears an endangered species. A hiker gets killed by a grizzly again and these geniuses respond by reminding people to whistle and bang on pots and pans.

In the middle of a war on terror, invaders infiltrate our southern border with impunity and instead of living up to their oath to protect America, soulless Fedzillacrats erect signs on American soil not warning the invaders to leave but rather warning American citizens to stay out of the invaded territory. Meanwhile, the feds sue Arizona for enforcing American laws.

Charlie Rangel, Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle and God knows how many other criminal tax cheats get caught red-handed, and none of them are brought to anything resembling justice. Are you kidding me?

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, forbid their subjects to protect themselves but charge their subjects higher taxes to pay for their own heavily armed security detail.

Texas rightly decides to execute a convicted murderer-rapist of an innocent little girl and the president and secretary of state side with the murderous, rotten-to-the-core United Nations goons instead of with their own country. Are you kidding me?

I end up in a state-of-the-art emergency room at a Canadian hospital with a serious blood-gushing dog bite and wait 6 1/2 hours to see a doctor. In Waco, Texas, I wait less than a minute. Our fearless community-organizer-in-chief wants to fundamentally transform American health care into Canadian health care – unless, of course, you qualify for a crony-payoff waiver of this diabolical scam shoved down the throats of we the people. Are you kidding me?

Food stampers increase their fraud and criminal abuse of an already-failed welfare slavery system, and our numbnut politicians let President Obama increase it fourfold. Are you kidding me?

Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven write the ultimate America-hating guideline on how to bring down the greatest quality of life in the history of mankind, and the Obama administration puts their ideas on the fast track in broad daylight, yet no one stops him. Are you kidding me?

Unions continue to demand more compensation for less productivity or quality control. The list of jobs Americans are not willing to do gets longer by the day as soylent-green foreigners continue to kick our butts because they don’t allow such a list. Are you kidding me?

With another glaring, smoke-and-mirrors defiance of the pledge to government transparency, the No. 1 cop in America, aided and abetted by the vehemently anti-gun president, knowingly breaks the law and his oath to the Constitution by running illegally begotten guns to Mexican murderers, then tries to blame legitimate American gun dealers. Nothing like a good backfire to spotlight the cockroaches.

I could go on, but I’m getting sick to my stomach, as are an increasing number of American citizens sickened by the flagrant criminality of our government. I would like to go on record that the U.S. government is now more offensive and in violation of self-evident truths and God-given individual rights and liberties than the British government was in 1775.

Make note, bureaucrats. We have had enough, are completely fed up with the insanity and we officially put you on notice: You’re fired. When we go to the polls in 2012, we are committed to give most of you a good dose of what unemployment feels like. And from now on, you will have to create your own jobs because governments – especially a bloated, criminally abusive government like we have in America today – is unforgivable, unsustainable and will not be tolerated any longer.

I would highly recommend you all seek treatment for your allergies to logic, truth, good will, decency, accountability and the American Way. If you don’t get help soon, God only knows what will become of you.




Bill Maher…is at it again!





Slow pace, lose the ace: slow play penalty negates hole-in-one

There’s nothing quite like sinking a hole-in-one — or so we’ve heard, anyway. But now just imagine the exultation of nailing an ace in competition followed by a stomach punch when it’s taken away.

Meet Connor Klein, a player in the 64th U.S. Junior Amateur at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Klein sank an ace on the 170-yard par 3 fifth hole. Joy, right? Problem was, Klein and the two other members of his threesome had already been warned about slow play. And on the fifth hole, the hammer came down:

One-stroke penalty. That fancy ace turned into a still-nice but more routine birdie.

The threesome appealed to the USGA, but for reasons not enumerated in the original article, only Klein’s penalty was upheld. As the article noted, the tournament’s top official took a resigned approach:

“It’s a birdie,” said the USGA’s David Staebler, director of the Junior Amateur tournament, shrugging his shoulders. Staebler said it’s the first time he’s ever seen that happen in a tournament.

Slow play is, of course, the bane of every weekend hacker’s existence, and contributes to long delays in tournament broadcasts, as well. But to penalize a kid and take away his ace? The kid better have been grabbing a nap for that to happen. Safe bet he sprints between holes from here on out.


The sign of the Apocalypse. The Pittsburg Pirates are in First Place of the NL Central and it was at the expense of my Cincinnati Reds!






“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise,
let your mind dwell on these things.”
-St. Paul, Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verses 4-8


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Oh great…thanx Grandma!!! At least this explains a lot

ADHD, learning issues may be linked to secondhand smoke


Children exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes face a higher risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, other behavioral problems and learning disorders, a new study finds.



The research doesn’t definitively prove that tobacco smoke can harm children’s brains, and it doesn’t say how much smoke is too much. However, it does add to the evidence that children may be especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke exposure.


“They’re in a developmental stage and their body is growing,” potentially putting them at greater risk of disruptions to their brains than adults, said study co-author Hillel R. Alpert, a research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Global Tobacco Control in Boston.


It’s difficult to confirm whether secondhand smoke causes children’s health problems because it would be unethical to expose kids to smoke and watch what happens to them. Instead, researchers often must look backward, as they did in this study, and try to eliminate all explanations but one for a link between smoke exposure and illness.


For their study, published online July 11 in the journal Pediatrics, researchers examined the results of a 2007 U.S. telephone survey of families that included 55,358 children under the age of 12. Six percent of them were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.


After adjusting their numbers to improve their validity from a statistical point of view, the researchers found that about 8 percent of the kids had learning disabilities, 6 percent had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and almost 4 percent had behavioral and conduct disorders, such as oppositional defiant disorder.


Those who lived in homes with smokers were more likely to have at least two of the conditions, even after the researchers adjusted their statistics to account for such factors as income and education levels of parents.


The researchers estimated that secondhand smoke may be responsible for 274,100 extra cases of the three types of disorders examined.


Older children, particularly those between 9 and 11 years old, boys and poor children were most at risk of developing the disorders as a result of smoke exposure, the researchers found.


Children with smoke exposure at home were also more likely to receive behavioral counseling or treatment, which greatly increases health care costs, the survey found.


“Parents should consider banning smoking from their homes,” Alpert said.


No only are children vulnerable because of their physiology, “they’re also vulnerable because they do not necessarily have the choice about being exposed to smoke or not,” he added.


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke has been linked to increased severity of asthma in 200,000 to 1 million children and 150,000-300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in babies. Secondhand smoke is also linked to increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.


Based on the survey results, the researchers concluded that about 4.8 million U.S. children under the age of 12 live in homes with a smoker, which is slightly less than previous estimates.


‎”There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi



The pessimist complains about the wind. The #optimist expects it to #change. The leader adjusts the sails. -John Maxwell



Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Oscar Wilde (and I have found if your “fool” yourself that everything is great, say it enough…it becomes a reality!)



U are free to experience life negatively or positively, & the choice U make determines the life U are living. — M. Williamson



You may not be able to see him though the Camouflage, but, Uncle Ted is in Town!!!  Ted Nugent  plays The Lifestyle Communities. For more info


Big Bad Vodoo Daddy Play the Columbus Jazz & Ribs Fest in Downtown Columbus (Details in MORE TO DO)

JazZoo: Rhapsody in Zoo, A Gershwin Celebration featuring Bobby Floyd. At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info

The Columbus Symphony Popcorn Pops: Rock Around the World: The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service. For more info

One of my favorites, Dave Koz plays the Columbus Jazz & Ribs Fest in Downtown Columbus (Details in MORE TO DO)

My buddy, Lee Brice plays the “Clark County Fair” (Springfield, OH)

They worked their “way back to you,” and the still will “be around…”  The Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops: The Spinners: The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service. For more info

Oh, oh, OH…Oh, oh The New Kids On The Block Team up with The Back Street Boys (alright!) to play The Schottenstein Center. For more info


Jazz & Rib Fest-Arena District/North Bank Park

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 32nd annual Jazz & Rib Fest presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 22-24. Three stages will host the finest local and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at THE OSU Scarlet Golf Course. For more info


Ralphie May performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

The 4th of July is long over…but the Red, White and Blue is STILL going strong. Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, and Samuel L. Jackson star in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ rated “PG-13.”


DATE MOVIE!!! The Hilarious, ‘Friends With Benefits,’ rated “R,” starring Justin Timberlake, and Mila Kunis
Bradley Cooper stars in what movie about what many of us want…but without the pitfalls, ‘Limitless’ rated “PG-13.”
A surprisingly FUNNY movie…Take Me Home Tonight staring Topher Grace, rated “PG-13.” Plus has an AWESOME soundtrack for the 80’s fans!

3 Doors Down  is back with “ Time of My Life”

Follow us on the web at, and there you can add us on facebook and twitter. We break concert and other event news plus you get exclusive behind the scenes information and pictures. On your hometown country station T-100, I’m Matt Sexton


Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31


Deerassic Classic August 4-6th



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Greetings from Christmas Island…?



FIRST OFF If you are a DJ or IN A BAND-or know someone who is, I am booking for a LARGE event on THE MORNING of Sunday October 16th! Please e-mail for more info. Little WORK, DECENT PAY!



I have a weekend off this week, and in addition to enjoying a Christmas in July party with the neighbors, I am also going Safari Zip Lining on Saturday.


SATURDAY June 16th I am going down to The Wilds to Zip Line the Safari (scheduled 2pm); kinda like a short, stumpy, blond, pale Tarzan Boy? 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


Oh, oh, oh, oh-oh…



Christmas is so much easier and more enjoyable with warm weather, no pressure from others, and GOOD FRIENDS! So I guess I am giving myself an early Christmas present with something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but I guess just as The “REAL” Holiday, most of us get time off.


I too am taking some time off from the road this weekend…just to enjoy and to reflect, look back and recharge.


CHOPPY SEAS lead to calm waters?

“As the song says…I took off a weekend last month just to try and recall the whole year.”




(Looking Ahead) This Pirate will be heading to the Island Of Margaritaville on Tuesday August 23rd on the Banks of The Ohio River…While it is not actually an Island-It is a “State” a state of mind. It REALLY is located off the Port of Indecision just South East of Disorder.


I plan on hitting the boat around 5:30-6 if anyone wants to fly the southern cross and have Capt Matty take you on an Island excursion 200 years too late.


While I know I am happy, I also know….”there’s a woman to blame!”
THAT IS A TONGE AND CHEECK JOKE!!! No hate mail! (even if true)




This week has had it’s ups and downs, PLUS the slap in the face with new technology and ways if doing things. I had a chick ask me to marry her..OVER TEXT! Am I old fashioned? Or should this be done IN PERSON, BY THE DUDE, and with someone you know better!?!?!


It’s been a busy week gaining and losing gigs, but as long as I am ahead of the curve…that is all I can ask. Plus my gigs are getting more high profile. I have just been asked to join season kick off events for The Detroit Red Wings (wonder if HE will be there?), and The Washington Capitals (YES JOE BO, I am invading your town…and your couch?)


BUT DID MAKE TIME TO GO SEE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BANDS on Wednesday, The Goo Goo Dolls. With a silly name, the boys do ROCK. Johnny and my buddy Robby were on point even if it was the first date of the tour, and their new album this tour is supporting has not dropped yet. “The Goo’s” have gone through many personal struggles and some I can relate to. They also are undervalued and not respected in many circles-another area I can relate to. I remember the first time I heard their “first hit” ‘Name’ in 1995. The song floored me, and I knew it was hitting home, yet, was not sure why.


One of the lyrics (of many) is “scars are souvenirs you never lose, the past is never far…did you lose yourself somewhere? Did you get to be a star?” At the time I did not realize how much this verse would ring true in my life.


And as I re-read these things, and live my life there is someone “I think about all the time…but I won’t tell ‘em yer name!” But you CAN STILL “hide beside me, maybe for a while-but I won’t tell ‘e, your name”


I guess I am misunderstood at many times and some don’t understand there is more than an “image,” more than a standoff’ish dude…others only see (or interpret my past)


…don’t it make you sad to know that life 
Is more than who we are

You grew up way too fast
And now there’s nothing to believe
And reruns all become our history
A tired song keeps playing on a tired radio 


Another song that I have always liked is one that at one time I embraced…now looking back-I NEVER WANT TO BE LIKE THAT!


The song “Broadway” opens with “…see the young man sittin at the old man’s bar waiting for his turn to die.” The song later weaves a picture of the “Broadway Lights” going dark. Well no matter where this life takes me…MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT! And can be for ANYONE, ANY AGE, AND AT ANY TIME…if you just believe it!


And the video was a slap in my face at one time…running in the same old pattern, and not being who you want to be or are…just to get by!


One last song that brought tears to my eyes on Wednesday and well…did the FIRST TIME I HEARD IT. I can actually remember the first time I heard (during the credits to the movie ‘City of Angels’-yet another movie I relate to, but I regress)


When I first heard the song I only heard as a song about being misunderstood. This song too caused me to believe it would have more meaning at a later point in my life. AND THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS…WOW HAS IT EVER.


I will not go into any detail but will say concept of loving someone unconditionally has become very important to me, especially when someone who was “the closest to heaven” made me realize what the song was all about. While “I don’t want the world to see me Cause I don’t think that they’d understand,When everything’s made to be broken” I REALLY DON’T CARE ANYMORE…CAUSE “I just want you to know who I am!”




And I’d give up forever to touch you 
Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
Cause sooner or later it’s over
I just don’t want to miss you tonight 

And I don’t want the world to see me
Cause I don’t think that they’d understand

When everything’s made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

And you can’t fight the tears that ain’t coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything seems like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know your alive

And I don’t want the world to see me
Cause I don’t think that they’d understand
When everything’s made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

I don’t want the world to see me
Cause I don’t think that they’d understand
When everything’s made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am 




It is kinda funny that I realized a lot about judgments when I was writing that, and well…I too, unfairly judge.


Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.~Wayne W. Dyer

Last Saturday I did a party for a friend in Nerk. Now it is not a secret that I don’t necessarily fit in-in Nerk Ahia. While it was a GREAT place to be raised…I needed to and did GET OUT OF THAT TOWN! So anyone could probably see my “reluctance” to allow myself to enjoy this event-even before walking into it!


This party was full of a hodge podge of people (and no that is not a slam, it was just a lot of different social, economic, and age diverse folks.)


One staulky-hat on sideways,-needing a haircut,-pants down to the ground-white kid was asking for all kinds of VERY URBAN music. After a few requests I told him-I don’t have or play any of that kind of music. He then was very cool! Turned his requests into what I had and had a HE SEEMED TO HAVE GREAT TIME-and complimented me. Actually I enjoyed B.S.’ing with him and enjoyed his company. This was even after I got a “lil concerned” when he I asked him what he did and he said “aw man I just got out of the state pen last week.!” Wow I am no angel…but he was far from one, or at least as society has caused us to “judge.”


The dude made whatever mistake he made (you don’t ask), paid his dues and is going with life…and actually was a pretty cool dude. I, like many I guess, judged him by his appearance and past-unfairly.


But there was another dude, one who I REALLY DIDN’T want around me when I got there. He came “skipping” up to me and in a “friendly” drawn out “lisp” said “hiiiiiiieeeee, can I helpf carry any ting?”


It was hot outside, I was tired, AND I CARED EVERYTHING MYSELF! I didn’t want him (or anyone like that around me). The dude just wouldn’t leave me alone, and was wanting all kinds of music (but I liked the songs he requested, and had so I didn’t mind this). BUT I WAS STILL UNCOMFORTABLE, due to his “feminine” demeanor.


Anyone can probably understand when he asked about what I was doing in Nashville a few weeks prior, and then asked about the event I am doing in a few weeks-The Deerassic Classic; my thought being “oh great Tinker Bell is going to give me a lecture about Country Music, and guns.”


After I told him in kinda a “crossed demeanor” his eyes lit up and he told me he was a HUGE Hank Williams Jr. fan, and then we swapped stories about our arsenals and all the hunting trips we have done.


This kid who I thought could not hold a gun, let alone use one…totally threw me off, and made me feel bad for criticizing.


There was another dude there. He was an A**HOLE, but also made me reconsider my judgments. He had his nails “did” in black nail polish, and had on guy liner (now I have and do wear that stuff-BUT ON STAGE NOT A TOGA, HOUSE PARTY!). Oh…and he also asked for the following; Madonna, The Cha Cha Slide (pronounced SHA SHA slide), and Electric Slide-ALL NIGHT. So in addition to his really bad taste of music outside of a wedding (ok…I DO like Madonna), and his appearance…I didn’t like him. Add he was a FREAKIN PRICK!


So I didn’t like him for a lot of reasons…most unfairly. Why? Cause I was then introduced to his SMOKIN’ HOT WIFE! So again I judge someone unfairly…but left still not liking him cause he really was an A**! (…and left really wanting to get to know his wife)


That was not the only lesson I learned this week. After a brief chat via e-mail. I got some news that bothered me, not for any reason other than my own issues. I did find out though that CARING FOR SOMEONE MEANS BEING HAPPY FOR THEM, EVEN WHEN IT BREAKS YOUR OWN HEART.

I no sooner started to evaluate my feelings and came to the realization even with the pain I had…I was NOT MAD (as I have been in the past). The anger was not there, while the hurt was. BUT the hurt was overcome by being happy…for someone else!


“A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force . . . beware of the dark side. Anger…fear…aggression. The dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight.”-Yoda


Anyone who knows me, and well…anyone still reading this KNOWS I have ADHD. Having ADHD cause me some issues, that have been frustrating, and caused for (a temporary) lack of success.


After I realized my “issue” (and let’s face we all have an issue or another!) I became much happier, and was able to start and focus on my journey of success-even if there a LOT OF PIT STOPS!


I don’t want anyone to go through any of the sh*t, or feelings of hopelessness I have. If you or someone you know thinks they may have ADHD (or any other issue) FIND HELP! For those dealing with ADHD like me…




AND for the record, one of the reasons I type these things…is to deal with my own difficulties with concentration. It then became a way to get people to my events, and then morphed into a blog about my life, then…life in general.


I don’t take myself seriously, but do hold myself accountable…and hope others will do the same to help me!


I have NO secrets and PLUS as the song says;

“My life’s like an open book for the whole world to read…seems sometimes nothing keeps me together at the seams.”


Next week is the halfway point to New Years-and a Look back at The New Year’s Resolution List!


BUT RIGHT NOW, LIST/NO LIST I AM TRULY BLESSED, and HAPPY for this life: all the good, all the bad, all the heartache and all the “almost success”…I am enjoying it all!!!


“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”-Richard Bach




This weekend is Jambo Weekend, for those going you will not see “The Coal Miner’s Daughter.


Country music singer Loretta Lynn will not be performing at Jamboree In The Hills on Sunday.


According to Live Nation, Lynn was hospitalized for dehydration.

Live Nation said in an interview with NEWS9 that they wish her the best and are saddened she will be unable to perform.


Sammy Kershaw has been added to Sunday’s lineup, in addition a blues band, Straight Shot, will perform.


While Sammy is a good guy and become a friend…thoughts and prayers go out to Loretta for a speedy recovery!




In closing, go LADIES of The USA Women’s team! It is fun to watch some patriotic pride on a day OTHER than The 4th of July. Since they are back in the World Finals in 12 years, I guess it is true…they are gonna party like it’s 1999!!!





THIS SUNDAY: Celebrate Graeter’s 141st Birthday

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 17th! As Graeter’s way of saying thank you for keeping them in business for 141 years, please enjoy any single scoop sugar cone for only $1.41.


NEXT TUESDAY AND EVERY TUESDAY-Hoggy’s Polaris Bike Nights. Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?



July 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



PLEASE “suggest” “like” or become a “fan” of our new “fan page” Matty Sexton on facebook.
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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

Commons & Cocktails Friday Aug 12

Pelotonia Event (Pending) Aug 19-20

Fort Rapids Cluck Off Aug 26th-27th




It’s hard not to love you, not to care and to live w/out you. But I have to try ‘cause its harder to bear the pain of knowing u don’t feel the same.


“Live the life you love and love the life you live” ~Bob Marley


I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. E.B.White


No revenge is so heroic than that which torments envy by doing good. ~ Unknown





THIS IS AN AMAZING COVER of Adele’s Rolling in The Deep!!!




THIS IS NOT, a depressing song. But it is a song that is a song that caused some growth…and all too true! Whenever everything’s meant to be broken…I just want you to know who I am

and done a LOT of gigs outside in the rain this summer, a few with my good friend Sam Dunn! Kinda fun to make the MISERABLE wet rain shows…into a pretty good freakin time!


So I said I was happy for you…and given the chance I’d lie again, JUST TO SEE YOU SMILE!


Some songs hit a lil too close after a conversation

Been hearing this for the Women’s Soccer Games.
Truly an uplifting and inspirational song…and if you don’t agree, JUST TRY NOT TO TAP YOUR FEET! WE ARE ALL ON THE EDGE OF GLORY!!!




If carrots are so good for your eyes, why are there so many dead rabbits on the roads?


Convince someone to want to be here on earth?
Make someone feel essential?
Love someone enough to change how they feel about themselves?
Delay or prevent family/friends heartache?
Talk someone into life?
Talk someone out of giving up?

Do you feel like once someone makes a decision to be gone, that’s it? I’ve always thought that people who leave early due to their own choice couldn’t be helped. In my life experience, the ones I’ve lost this way surprised everyone. Whether they were never happy or depressed or suffering or hopeless, they never let anyone know.

Convincing someone to be happy seems as likely as convincing someone to fly. It’s easy to help someone carry something but so crazy hard to ask someone to carry on.

The thought of taking my own life came and went once or twice as a teenager but was instantly met with all sorts of reasons to stay and search for answers and joy.

Some people claim to have never been happy. I wish I could wipe away the darkness that some people live in.

Humans are so delicate, so awful, so beautiful, so broken and so perfect. Oh how I wish there was a way to bring joy to everyone, even just everyone in my small circle of life.

And so I will wait. I will hope. I will pray my own kind of prayer. I will love and want all good things for all of us and let the universe take who she needs and leave the rest to clean up and move on and grow and teach and cry and remember and still after all that not know one thing about how to have done any of it differently.-Pat Monohan




The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. – David Viscott









Saving 1 penny and double it every successive day, (day 2 you have 2 pennies and day 3 you have 4 pennies?), after 30 days you’ll have $5,368,708!


30 Days to a Better Husband


This month, Aaron Traister pledged to transform himself into the man his wife deserves: thoughtful, physically fit, and sexually patient. She got two out of three — not bad!


During a recent argument, my wife, Karel, told me I needed to “grow up,” so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’d spend four weeks making myself over, and I wouldn’t tell Karel, just to see if she was paying attention. Among other things, I changed up my clothes and returned to my teenage wrestling workouts — because nothing says maturity like playing dress-up and trying desperately to relive high school. Here’s the whole rundown.


I bought her flowers.

When Karel and I started dating, I was a bouncer at a bar in New York City. After every shift, I’d grab daisies (her favorite) from a 24-hour bodega near the bar so Karel would wake up to fresh flowers in the morning. I gradually slacked off, blaming it on the fact that our cat loves knocking things like flower vases over. But I know that’s a lame excuse. So I started buying Karel flowers again and kept a close eye on our chaos-loving cat. I put the first bouquet on the dining room table in our “fancy vase,” and Karel noticed immediately. She couldn’t stop talking about it and kept asking me what she’d done to deserve random flowers. Clearly, this needs to happen more often.


I unplugged.

Karel and I hang out together every night, but I surf the Internet while I’m sitting next to her, so she gives me static about only being present physically. To be with her more completely, I scaled back my Internet time and, in my mind, was very successful: Instead of surfing mindlessly for two hours, I answered emails for 15 minutes. No dice for Karel, though. It irks her every time I touch my laptop after the kids are in bed, and maybe she’s right to police my cyber habits. Next time I’ll try no computer at all after 5 p.m., but only if she quits BlackBerrying after work too.



I tried not to pounce on her.

Karel complains that I never let her initiate sex. She says I seize every opportunity for action I see: a hug has to turn into sex; folding laundry has to turn into sex; getting back from the vet has to turn into sex. I don’t let things develop “organically” or let her make the first move and show me how “sex-positive” she can be. So I took a step back. The first week went well: I don’t know if Karel noticed my restraint, but she did take the lead. (And, by the way, organic sex doesn’t feel that different from conventional or processed sex.)


The trouble started in week two, when Karel announced she was cutting me off sexually until I finished a book proposal that should have been done a year ago. Of course, after that, I couldn’t stop thinking about getting some, and the next thing I knew I was all over her, hoping to find a weak spot in the blockade. Ultimately, I finished the outline, at which point she immediately normalized relations between our two great nations. I’ve gotta tell you, I don’t know if I learned anything from this one.


I got in shape.

I haven’t really worked out since I wrestled in high school, so as part of my man makeover, I revived my ancient gym routine. Karel noticed — mainly because I’d wake her up in the morning doing jumping jacks and mountain climbers in the living room. I ran or exercised for at least half an hour every day (except two) last month. Karel complimented me on my rapidly improving physique, and I discovered that my newfound core strength paid off in other (ahem) areas of our life. But the biggest impact was on me alone: I felt healthier, stronger, more alert, and just generally better. Even if Karel hadn’t noticed, I’d try to stick with this one for me… and the better sex.


I dressed like an adult.

I wear lots of flannel, jeans, and thermals — I’m like a refugee from a 1993 Alice in Chains concert. REDBOOK’s fashion director came to the rescue, sending me a box of crisp button-down shirts, fashionably slim-cut pants that most guys would probably wear on Casual Friday but for me counted as black-tie, and shoes made of something leathery with pointy tips and a bit of a heel. The fancy khakis and pointy shoes gave me away. I wore them into the kitchen one morning, and Karel asked if I was going on a job interview or appearing before a judge. She said I looked weird. Then she squealed and pointed at my crotch. I swatted frantically at myself to get whatever she was freaking out about off me. Then she told me I had to change, and that I was not allowed to take the kids outside wearing those pants.


“But why?” I asked.


“First of all, you’re too scruffy to wear clothes like that, and more importantly, if you go out in those pants, the neighbors will be able to tell that you’re circumcised.” Upon closer inspection, I discovered that she was terrifyingly correct. I immediately changed into a pair of baggy Levis. It felt good to be back in the ’90s.


After the pants fiasco, I told Karel about my makeover project for this column. With the exception of the clothes, she seemed genuinely surprised that all my new habits were staged for an assignment — and after some reflection, I could see why. I’d been meaning to make all of these changes; I just hadn’t gotten around to them. I know how lucky I am to have an amazing wife and kids, and I don’t want to take them for granted by treating my body like crap and checking out early, or failing to show them how much they mean to me. I sent the clothes back to REDBOOK — they just don’t fit, literally and figuratively. But I’m going to keep after the other improvements, the ones I’ve had percolating inside me for a while now, plans for the man I’d like to become.





News of the World staff mocks Rebekah Brooks in final crossword clues
Orders from the top of News International allegedly tried to “ensure there were no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive” in the final edition of News of the World, the Daily Mail reports. But that didn’t stop the paper’s wily, bitter, and freshly unemployed staff from hiding clues mocking Rebekah Brooks in the crossword puzzle in the final issue of the paper.

Clues to the Quickie puzzle included: “Brook,” “stink,” “catastrophe,” and “digital protection.” Answers included “stench,” “racket,” and “tart.” The Cryptic Crossword had clues ranging from “criminal enterprise,” “mix in prison,” and “string of recordings.” If these still seems like mere coincidences, note the clue for 24 Across, which reads “Woman stares wildly at calamity.” The Telegraph speculated that it was a reference to the photo of Brooks staring from the window of a car as she left News International’s Wapping headquarters following the announcement the News of the World was to be shut down. The answer to that clue? “Disaster.”

The paper’s staff has been expressing their fury against Brooks, with one journalist scolding her for her “arrogance” in a brief speech, and another secretly making a recording of that off-the-record meeting. No doubt Brooks was on her guard: a source told the Daily Mail that she had ordered two “very senior” Sun journalists “to go through every line on every page with a fine toothcomb.” But the source added, “But they failed and we’ve had the last laugh.”




Former first lady Betty Ford dead at 93


Betty Ford, the outspoken former first lady whose candor about breast cancer and addiction broke societal taboos and made it safer for public figures to talk about their personal problems, died Friday night. She was 93.


A family spokeswoman says Ford died of natural causes at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.


The “ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time,” as she wrote of herself, was last in the spotlight after her husband of 58 years, Gerald Ford, died Dec. 26, 2006, also at the age of 93. During a week of ceremonies for the 38th president, a frail, arthritic Betty Ford was seen mourning at ceremonies stretching from California to Washington, D.C. to Michigan. It is there that she will be laid to rest beside her husband at his presidential museum in Grand Rapids.

She was “the most important first lady of the post-World War II period,” says historian and Betty Ford biographer John Robert Greene. “Her influence on American society in general and American women in particular transcends even Eleanor Roosevelt as well as Hillary Clinton.”


“We know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life,” President Obama said. “Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more.”


Former first lady Nancy Reagan called Ford an “inspiration.”

“She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us,” Reagan said.


Betty Ford was thrust onto the national stage unexpectedly when President Richard Nixon chose her husband, then the House minority leader, as vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned. In August 1974, she became first lady when Nixon resigned. The Fords moved from their modest home in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River to the White House.


In his first presidential address, Gerald Ford said he was ” acutely aware” that he had not been elected and said, “I am indebted to no man, and only to one woman — my dear wife — as I begin this very difficult job.”


The new first lady didn’t believe her new role should prevent her from speaking her mind, and it did not. Although she was the wife of a Republican president, she thumbed her nose at his party by campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment and speaking in favor of abortion rights. She shocked many when she admitted having a facelift and having seen a psychiatrist, confessions unusual at the time.


When Barbara Walters asked the new second lady for a reaction to a Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Betty replied it was “time to bring abortion out of the back woods and put it in the hospitals where it belonged.”


With that, “My reputation for candor was established,” Ford wrote in her autobiography.


Coming after the cover-ups of the Watergate scandal, Ford’s honesty proved refreshing.


“She shot from the lip and the hip,” Greene says. “She broke the mold as first lady.”


But she sometimes got her husband into trouble.


In 1975, she famously told CBS’ 60 Minutes that if she were younger she’d probably try marijuana and said that she “wouldn’t be surprised” if her daughter Susan, then 18, had had premarital sex because “she’s a perfectly normal human being, like all young girls.”


Protesters picketed the White House and editorials criticized her for being too liberal, especially given the upcoming presidential election of 1976. Ford said her husband later quipped, “Well, honey, there goes about 20 million votes, but we’ll make it.”



He lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter, but it’s unlikely she was to blame. “To have a first lady so comfortable in her own skin and own viewpoints and having a husband comfortable with her that way may have gained him 20 million votes,” says former White House press secretary Ron Nessen.


Betty Ford first won over the public soon after becoming first lady, when she went into Bethesda Naval Hospital for a biopsy after the White House doctor found a lump in her breast during a routine examination. When tests proved it malignant, doctors decided to perform an immediate mastectomy.


That reputation grew after Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. Six weeks later, a doctor found a cancerous lump in Ford’s breast during a routine checkup.


A mastectomy was advised and Ford was forced to deal with the Watergate-empowered media’s right to know on a subject not often talked about in many parts of the country.


She held a family meeting and decided to go public with her decision. She invited the media into her hospital room and let them photograph her in a housecoat.


Suddenly, it was OK to discuss cancer warning signs and how to perform self-examinations.


“Before I was ever out of the hospital, there were, on television, women checking in to have mammograms,” Ford said at the Gerald Ford Museum in May 2001. “It was kind of like, if the first lady can have breast cancer, anyone can have breast cancer.”


“She was awake and she insisted that we announce that while she was still on the operating table,” Nessen recalls. “It reflected her openness and outspokenness”


Ford’s decision to speak out about the disease and the chemotherapy she later underwent helped remove the stigma from cancer. Thousands of women rushed to doctors for breast exams. Two of them, Happy Rockefeller, whose husband Nelson would later be appointed Gerald Ford’s vice president, and Nessen’s own mother, would learn of their own breast cancer and catch it in time to be successfully treated.


Before Ford spoke out, “People got cancer, they closed their doors and that’s the last anyone heard of them. There was no public discussion,” says Barbara Brenner, former executive director at Breast Cancer Action in San Francisco. “She showed people that you can live with cancer, that it’s not a death sentence.”


It was Ford’s own life that needed saving in 1978 when, after leaving the White House, she began to lose a lifelong battle with alcohol and prescription pills. Her husband and four children confronted her with her addiction and demanded she seek help. As in the past, Betty Ford gave her personal pain a public face.


She announced she was an alcoholic and checked into the U.S. Naval Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. There the former first lady shared a room with three other female substance abusers. In 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, the first treatment facility with equal numbers of beds for woman and men.


“That’s something we take for granted now, but it was brand new then. She broke that mold,” says Greene, noting that most substance abuse programs at the time were aimed at men.


Although the center mostly treats non-celebrities, in its early days everyone from Mary Tyler Moore to Johnny Cash to Elizabeth Taylor came through. Today, its namesake “has become a noun,” Greene says. “-‘Where ya going?’ ‘To Betty Ford.’ ‘What are you doing?’ You don’t have to explain.”


Ford went her own way early. Born in Chicago on April 8, 1918, Elizabeth Anne Bloomer grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., but developed a love of dance that would take her to New York City. There she worked as a fashion model and studied modern dance with the legendary Martha Graham, who became a lifelong friend. Betty, as she was known, moved back to Michigan and married a furniture salesman whom she divorced five years later on the grounds of incompatibility.

They had no children.


In 1947, she met a young lawyer and World War II Navy veteran, Gerald Ford. They married the next year, just two weeks before Ford was elected to the first of 13 terms in Congress. They took a short honeymoon in Ann Arbor, where they attended a football game at Gerald’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, and then drove to a rally for Republican Presidential candidate Thomas Dewey.


Together they had four children — Michael, John, Steven and Susan — and seven grandchildren, who survive her. It was Betty who was “really responsible for raising” the children while Gerald climbed the ranks in Congress, Nessen says. And by September 1975, when her husband survived the second of two assassination attempts in California within weeks of each other, the First Lady has taken on an air of “unflappability,” he says.


Recalling the scene aboard Air Force One right after the San Francisco attempt, Nessen says Betty came into the president’s cabin, “smiled and said to Ford, ‘So, how was your day, dear?’- Obviously nobody had told her. (Chief of Staff Donald) Rumsfeld said, ‘You mean, you didn’t hear?’-” When somebody finally filled her in,


“She never changed expression,” Nessen says. “It was just one more thing that had happened in their life together that she was able to absorb it and go on.”


Says biographer Greene: “He understood who she was and loved who she was. A true love story.”




Toby Keith Films New ‘Made in America’ Video

No one could ever doubt that Toby Keith — who celebrates his 50th birthday last week, July 8! — is a proud, card-carrying American, but the country superstar is putting his money where his mouth is with his upcoming video for ‘Made in America.’


Keith didn’t utilize a set in order to shoot the clip. Rather, he made use of real, red-blooded Americans, filming scenes in the heart of Cedarburg, Wisc., during the town’s Fourth of July parade last weekend. According to local station WISN, the town’s parade is actually the largest in the state, boasting 100 units, and it offers his video a slice of American life and reality.


Keith’s crew also filmed footage during his Summerfest performance that Friday night, but something tells us that the parade footage from this little town nestled in the southeast portion of the state will lace the video with a down-home, authentic Americana feel.


It was not coincidence, accident or serendipity, either. The video’s director is based in Los Angeles, but is originally from the Whitefish Bay area. “When he found out that Toby was performing in Milwaukee, he said we should shoot the whole video in the Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee areas,” a crew member revealed.


The video for ‘Made in America’ will be complete and viewable at the end of the month. If you life in Cedarburg and were at the parade, perhaps you will be immortalized in the video



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Bruce Springsteen’s Little League Baseball Teammate Subject Of 1984 Hit ‘Glory Days’


Bruce Springsteen’s Little League baseball buddy, Joe DePugh, had no idea that the entertainer wrote a song about him being a star athlete.


But one of DePugh’s co-workers was familiar with the story of the 1967 graduates running into each other at a New Jersey bar in 1973 and catching up on old times. He immediately recognized the scenario when he heard Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Glory Days” and told DePugh about it.


In the opening of the song from Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” album, the Boss sings, “I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school, he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool boy, saw him the other night at this roadside bar.”


DePugh discussed his days of playing baseball with Springsteen and even nicknaming him Saddie in a recent interview with the New York Times.


DePugh said he was hesitant to believe that Springsteen sang about their chance meeting until a radio station played the song at his request.


“My wife starts bawling,” DePugh told the New York Times. “That’s how I knew exactly that it was me.”


Dick Enderly, another former Little League player who attended school with Springsteen, said the rock star confirmed that the song is about DePugh at their 30th high school reunion in 1997. “I got it straight from the horse’s mouth,” Enderly told the New York Times.


In 2005, 21 years after the release of the top 5 pop song, another classmate, Don Norkus, arranged for Springsteen and DePugh to meet for lunch.


“Bruce pulls in and I point at him and he points at me, and that’s when the hugging started,” DePugh said. They spent hours talking. They met again a few years ago.


DePugh said he was dumbfounded by Springsteen’s humility. “He said, ‘Always remember, I love you,’ not like some corny Budweiser commercial, but a real sentimental thing,” DePugh said.


DePugh, who played alongside Springsteen in the Babe Ruth League, began calling Springsteen Saddie because of their comparative baseball skills.


Springsteen’s boasting about DePugh’s talent as a pitcher wasn’t exaggerated. During his senior year of high school, he received an invitation to try out for the Los Angeles Dodgers.


DePugh seriously entertained thoughts of becoming a professional athlete. “I was like, ‘I’m going to be a pitcher for the Dodgers. No, I’m going to college. No, I’m going to be a pitcher for the Dodgers.’ Well, the tryout cleared that all up.”


DePugh, who also played basketball, earned a degree in English from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. DePugh, who was unable to find full-time work as a teacher, is a self-employed contractor. He lives in Vermont.




‘A Pirate Looks at Fifty’-Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy is always a summer rite of passage for me, and many others. Each year I read this book, and well…try to live this life


APL@50 is a travel-diary-cum-autobiography, features Buffett behind the wheel of his Grumman Albatross seaplane, safely piloting family and friends through a three-week trip around South and Central America and the Caribbean. He blends gentle scenic narration with rambling, unplugged life stories meant to convey that he’s made peace with the whole aging process. For Buffett, turning 50 “can be a ball of snakes that conjures up immediate thoughts of mortality and accountability. (`What have I done with my life?’) Or, it can be a great excuse to reward yourself for just getting there. (`He who dies with the most toys wins.’) I instinctively chose door number two.”


On this tack, Buffett plans an opulent, laid-back trip for his brood and goes into so many details about his favorite possessions (three pages on knapsacks!) that the cheerful vagabond in flip-flops is nearly eclipsed by the rich, domesticated businessman/dad he’s become. In addition, stinging losses and limitations–his dad’s Alzheimer’s disease, his own terrifying solo plane crash in 1996–creep into his cozy yarns. Yet Buffett’s infectious, grinning attitude towards life eventually finds resurrection in extended riffs on fly-fishing, solo piloting over water, and surfing. In such passages, he earns his claim to a “saline psyche,” a legacy inherited from his grandfather, skipper of a five-masted barkentine that ferried lumber from New Orleans to the Caribbean. Sailing and soaring over Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific seas, Buffett looks at 50 and sees a very good life.


The breezy pop craftsman of “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” famously spends most of his time sailing, trotting out 1970s chestnuts on the summer tour circuit and writing. Buffett’s bestselling Tales from Margaritaville (1989) and Where Is Joe Merchant? (1992), among other books, created a world of sun-baked characters whose doings bore some resemblance to those of their author. This memoir draws back the curtain between fact and fiction, and genially takes stock in a manner likely to appeal to the Me generation. Though he rambles, repeats himself and may even raise hackles (“I have been too warped by Catholicism not to be cynical”), Buffett is earnest and unapologetic in his hedonism, seeing his mock pirate’s life as the antithesis of the conformity foisted on him as a child in Alabama. In a series of loosely chronological vignettes, Buffett quickly takes us from his bar-band beginnings to a brush with death when he crashes one of his fleet of seaplanes. A lower-latitude voyage with his family (in a newer, bigger plane) to celebrate his 50th birthday makes up the bulk of the book, and takes them from Florida to the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Colombia and the Amazon. The diaristic logbook that Buffett keeps along the way provides endless opportunities to muse on the music business; his older, wilder ways; navigation and, on the horizon, approaching mortality. Buffett’s prose won’t itself win him more “Parrotheads” (as his fans are called), but those with enough patience or reverence to wade through long descriptions of beloved gear, favorite books or “fuc*ing tikki pukki drinks” will find beneath these amblings a disarmingly direct character. Simultaneous audio, CD and large-print edition; author tour.




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Mila Kunis Accepts Marine’s Invite to Corps Ball

Mila Kunis and Sgt. Scott Moore, Mila Kunis, reporting for duty!


When Sgt. Scott Moore posted a YouTube video last week inviting the Black Swan actress to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 18, it probably seemed like a long shot. But at the urging of her Friends With Benefits costar, Justin Timberlake, Kunis agreed to head to Greenville, North Carolina to be Moore’s date!


In the video, Moore addressed the actress directly from Afghanistan. “Hi Mila, I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball with yours truly,” he said. “So take a second to think about it, and get back to me.”


When FOX411 asked the actress if she knew about the invitation, Timberlake, 30, made certain that Kunis would go. “Have you seen this? Have you heard about this?” he asked her. “You need to do it for your country!”


“I’m going to work on this, man,” he said in a message to Scott. “This needs to go down!”


“I’ll go. I’ll do it for you,” Kunis said, before asking Timberlake if he was going to attend as well.


“They don’t want me!” he exclaimed. “They want you.”


Check out Sgt. Scott Moore’s invitation below:







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Kid Rock Covers Men’s Journal July 2011

Kid Rock goes shirtless on the cover of Men’s Journal’s July issue.


Here’s what the 40-year-old singer had to share with the mag, on newsstands now:

On drinking without drugs: “Whatever your thing is, if it’s pills, cocaine, smoking weed, when you slow that down – which I’ve done a lot of – you’ve got to relearn how to drink. That’s the f—— hardest part. You used to be able to go all night. Finding that balance has been interesting. I still black out here and there, but nothing too serious.”


On caring about what people in Detroit think of him: “I really care about what people think of me in this town, because my son is here, my family is here, my roots are here. I don’t give a shit anywhere else, but here I’m very conscious of it.”


On his least favorite type of movie: “The Hilary Swank movie where you walk out of there with tears and just feel terrible. I can’t handle it. I just want to see somebody fall off a ladder, the boy and girl go home to a big pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and feel great about myself. I don’t want any drama in my life – not even in a f—— movie. Not even when it’s … What’s fake? Is it fiction? Even if it’s fiction, I don’t want it. I just want to be happy and have fun.”




Cheating scandal will make APS accreditation harder, says SACS chief

The CEO who oversees the firm that will determine whether or not Atlanta Public Schools will regain full accreditation says the APS cheating scandal is the worst ever seen in the U.S. — and will make it harder for the system to redeem itself by September.

Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvanceEd, parent firm of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, made his remarks in an interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM). Listen to it here.

Among Elgart’s points:

– The APS scandal “is probably more extensive and broad-based than we’ve experienced any place else in the country.”

– “We’re very concerned with the ability of the school system to effectively move forward. It’s critical that the leadership of the system take strong and decisive action to guide it through this very difficult period of time….Leadership by this board – unified, focused and strong – must be demonstrated in order to help this system move forward.”

– Elgart also said that SACS will be looking at how the Atlanta school system addresses elementary and middle school students who were moved, unprepared, into high school. “This is certainly a new wrinkle,” he said.

– The head of AdvanceEd said APS will lose no points for deciding last night to abandon its search for a superintendent to permanently replace Beverly Hall. Elgart described former university chancellor Erroll Davis, who was given a one-year contract, as “very capable.”

The bottom line for the Atlanta school board: “The challenges ahead of them are far greater today than they were before this report came out, and that includes accreditation. This is a very unusual event, in that it was such a wide span of inappropriate decision-making and inappropriate actions,” Elgart said.

On a related note, Gov. Nathan Deal late Thursday reversed himself and said a probe into CRCT scores inDougherty County schools would continue. From the press release:

“After completing the Atlanta Public Schools report, we had hoped that we were at a stopping point,” said Deal.

“Unfortunately, I have received word today that the investigators’ review of their preliminary results in Dougherty County has raised grave concerns. We owe it to the children of Dougherty County to get answers, and our commitment to equal protection under the law requires us to treat all jurisdictions equally.

“In other words, the state simply cannot single out Atlanta if strong evidence suggests similar patterns elsewhere.
“I have instructed the investigators to present me with a complete report of their investigation into the Dougherty County School System as quickly as possible.”

The quote from one of the investigators:

“After reviewing the preliminary results of the investigation in Dougherty County on Wednesday and today, contrary to my initial impression, I do not believe the investigation should be terminated,” said formerGeorgia Attorney General Mike Bowers in a message sent to the Governor’s Office. “Given those preliminary results, it is my recommendation that we complete the investigation in Dougherty. We will do this expeditiously with as little intrusion into the school system as is possible.”

Those municipal contests in Macon have become a true pot-boiler. From the Macon Telegraph:

Macon City Council candidate Chris Horne filed a complaint Thursday asking that the local and state Democratic Party look into and publicly dismiss allegations by his opponent, incumbent Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, that there is a “Republican conspiracy to take over local and state government, supposedly involving (Horne), Mayor Robert Reichert, and other well-known Democrats.”

…Lucas has accused Horne, who qualified with the county board of elections to run as a Democrat, of being backed and financed by Republicans.

Lucas posted on her Facebook account Sunday that “my opponent and my husband’s are bought and paid for by Repubs.”
Her husband, David Lucas, is running against Republican Bobby Gale and Democrat Miriam Paris in a special election to fill the state Senate District 26 seat that became vacant when former Sen. Robert Brown resigned to run for Macon’s mayor.




I can honestly say. I HOPE the secret service inflict BODILY HARM on these guys! There is a TIME AND A PLACE for everything. This memorial is NOT the time OR place!!!


Westboro Baptist Church to picket Betty Ford’s funeral

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week’s funeral services for former first lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.


The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford’s funerals because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford.


In Westboro’s eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who “loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex.”


The group plans to picket at services at Saint Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. on Tuesday (July 12) and at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids on Thursday when her casket will travel by motorcade for burial at the Ford Museum.


The extremist church — mostly a collection of Fred Phelps’ extended family and friends — formally won the right to picket funerals in March after an 8-1 Supreme Court decision ruled it is protected by the First Amendment.


Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

After what happened at the Home Run Derby on Monday night, we as a baseball-loving nation need to run a check on our priorities.

Wherever “catching a baseball” ranks — and it’s high, apparently — it ought to be made less important.

Keith Carmickle — the man pictured above hanging on by his right arm, with his baseball glove dangling from his left hand — almost fell about 20 feet to a pool deck below at Chase Field after he chased a home run hit to center by Prince Fielder.

Thankfully, he didn’t catch the ball. Or fall. But he almost went over completely. As the Associated Press reports, he was saved by his brother and a friend.

“I thought: I’ve lived a good life,” Carmickle said about dangling.

Seated in a small section of seats above the right-field fence, Carmickle, of Kingman [Ariz.], and his group had already grabbed home-run balls by Robinson Cano(notes) and Adrian Gonzalez(notes) and were looking to add another to their collection when Fielder came up in the second round of the derby.

Trying to snare a towering shot by Fielder, Carmickle stepped up onto a metal table about 18 inches wide and reached down to catch the ball. It hit a wall several feet below Carmickle. His momentum carried him forward, headfirst over a short railing at the back of the table.

Carmickle was headed for a hard landing when his friend, Aaron Nelson, grabbed his legs and his brother, Kraig, grabbed him around the arms. Carmickle dangled briefly over a deck where a couple of cameras were positioned behind Chase Field’s pool before being pulled back up to his seat as the crowd above and below gasped.

Carmickle’s good fortune came on the same day as a memorial service for Shannon Stone, the man who fell at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday and died that day as a result of his injuries after trying to catch a ball. Stone’s story must have slipped Carmickle’s mind.



ESPN and B1G/Ohio State- Grudge Match?

Here Come The Judge

With the news on Monday that the Worldwide Leader has decided to sue The Ohio State University, it’s probably a good time to review the relationship that Disney’s Sports Network has both with the school in Columbus and the entirety of the nation’s first collegiate conference.


For our Cornhusker readers- consider this a warning.


First, let’s review the latest- ESPN has filed suit against Ohio State in the Ohio Supreme Court, holding that the University (and particularly the Athletic Department) are in violation of the state’s open record laws.


The details, as  articulated by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, are that the University rejected several sets of Freedom Of Information requests regarding emails and other documents surrounding the recent investigation into both Tressel’s failures and into other allegations raised both by ESPN and Sports Illustrated. This suit follows what has been described as a lengthy attempt to dig information in Columbus by the network.


To be fair, this is quite an interesting case. The University’s rationale for not releasing the requested documents are twofold- First, emails related to Ted Sarniak were rejected based on the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, meaning that the University believes that these qualify as “educational records” because of their easily identified connection to a student or students (in this case Terrelle Pryor and/or Jordan Hall).


Educational records, which might include everything from grades to student ID numbers to student housing assignments or disciplinary records, are legally protected until the death of the student; most institutions maintain these records for seven years following the student’s dissociation with the institution. “Legally protected” means that these cannot be shared with outside parties unless subpoenaed or unless the university has documented approval from the student. In addition, the definition of these “documents” within the institution can be fluid as well, and may not include items which might be defined as “personal notes.”


ESPN’s argument is that

The documents requested do not qualify as educational records (and they use several cases to support this supposition)

The University publicly lists a number of identifying factors for it’s student athletes, including academic (as a part of All Conference honors) so the University is being arbitrary with their usage of FERPA

FERPA should not apply, since Sarniak is not a legal guardian or member of the University community- Along these lines, the argument may also exist that Jim Tressel also violated FERPA by forwarding Cicero’s emails to Sarniak.


The FERPA angle interests me the most, since I’m invested in higher education as a profession. It’s also intriguing given the Dispatch’s article earlier regarding their frustration with the University’s use of FERPA as a shield. It should also be noted that the Dispatch is pursuing some of the same documentation that ESPN’s suit includes.


The University’s second refusal to release information regarding ticket lists, secondary violations and other items are due to their perception of the “broad” nature of the requests. The director of media relations defends this decision, saying-While the university often receives media requests that are overly broad, given Ohio’s public record laws, we generally try to work with reporters to help them find the information they are seeking, working within the boundaries of the applicable laws.


In the email attached to the suit, Jim Lynch does seem to be willing to work with ESPN’s request, and goes through a very thorough reflection on each point; most of which are granted or in progress. One area, though, that the University will not provide information refers to documents directly related to the NCAA’s investigation, stating “We will not release anything on the pending investigation”.  This sounds familiar, since it’s the same response given by ESPN to 97.1 The Fan as they were looking for a follow up interview.


From my (no legal training) experience, this one seems to be more of a valid issue for ESPN, and one that may be easily rectified, at least in terms of a compromise. I doubt the University would change their stance on investigation related correspondence, but the other items could be easily obtained, in my opinion.


It’s quite possible the the four letter network has a legitimate case here- that Ohio ‘s laws were violated, and that the documents in question are an important part of the ongoing story regarding our favorite squadron. It’s also possible that this is not unusual for ESPN; they sued Texas for the same reason and access after UT agreed to partner with them to create the Longhorn Network. With friends like that, it seems…


But there is a bit of a disconnect here- Where was this same strategy when USC was under the gun for several years? Why at that time did the good folks at Bristol choose to let Yahoo! do all the heavy lifting rather than pursuing some investigation of their own, particularly when they themselves often noticed the numbers of folks “hanging around” the Trojan program? Granted, Southern Cal has a different set of expectations as a private institution, but we certainly didn’t hear about any vehicle or housing issues, as our friend Tom Orr reminded us today.


Could there be another motive behind these decisions? Well… funny that you mention that.


And here come the grudge

First, let’s jump in the old wayback machine to the end of April, 2004. As the Chicago Tribune so recently exposed, this is when the wheels fell off of the relationship between the Big T1e1n and their partners in Connecticut.  At a meeting outside of Chicago, Commissioner Jim Delany was in the midst of re-negotiating the Conference’s television rights when “(ESPN’s team) lowballed us and said: ‘Take it or leave it. If you don’t take our offer, you are rolling the dice.’ I said: ‘Consider them rolled.’ ”


Delany had warned ESPN officials that without a significant rights-fee increase, he would try to launch a new channel that would pose competition both for TV viewers and the Big Ten’s inventory of games: the Big Ten Network.


“He threw his weight around,” Shapiro said in a telephone interview, “and said, ‘I’m going to get my big (rights-fee) increase and start my own network.’ Had ESPN stepped up and paid BCS-type dollars, I think we could have prevented the network. In retrospect, that might have been the right thing to do. Jim is making a nice penny on that.”


Said Delany: “If Mark had presented a fair offer, we would have signed it. And there would not be a Big Ten Network.”


Without this conversation, there would be no BTN- without the BTN, there would be no conference realignment last summer, and we wouldn’t have been blessed with opportunities to enjoy runzas. But you’d have no idea that the Big Ten once again was the driving force behind significant change in the college sports landscape if you listened to ESPN last year (huge ht to Tony Gerdeman)-


That 2004 date is an important one to remember- Buckeye fans will recall that November 2004 saw the “Clarett Issue” come to light via ESPN, and will also remember the 2004 Alamo Bowl (where Troy Smith was suspended) being a game where the commentators (including Kirk Herbstreit) spent much of the second half discussing the “problems” with the program; again re-hashing the Clarett story (none of which was cited by the NCAA, and much of which has since even been recanted by Clarett).


While that narrative- that the Big T1e1n’s signature program had irreparable problems- continued for the next year, it wasn’t until 2006 that the tide began to turn. During Ohio State’s dream season, ESPN had changed their tune and were wholeheartedly behind what Coach Tressel and the team were doing. After the debacle in the desert, though.. the “slow” and “plodding” storyline returned for the entirety of the conference, even shaping the discussions of Bowl successes for all eleven teams. And then, in 2009, ESPN discovered two billion reasons to ensure that another product, the SEC, was perceived as the pinnacle of college athletics.


To be fair, this is not a critique of the SEC- their successes, particularly head to head against the Big T1e1n, speak loudly for themselves. But when the APR numbers continue to suffer, when others are shaping the national story regarding the SEC’s practices regarding roster management, and when stories and rumors continue to swirl about the recent successes of Southeastern programs, you have to wonder if there’s as much energy being spent in Bristol to seek “justice” in these situations as there is to seek legal action in Columbus.


The same question can be asked when ESPN’s newest partner is possibly accused of having issues similar to what Ohio State is being lambasted for (on an ESPN show, no less), and the story slips into the background within a day or so.


Or think about the story regarding Oregon, and who it was that brought this to light- Did you also realize that the same “recruiting service” has also been tied to several SEC schools? If you’re waiting on the news to be on ESPN’s ticker, then you probably are going to be waiting for a while.


Yet another example- we’re still only hearing bits and pieces of the situation behind the Pirate Cap’n’s termination at Texas Tech, but more and more is coming forth regarding the ways that ESPN employees overstepped their roles in a story they were too close to. Even ESPN’s own management has acknowledged that the coverage of the story, through the Alamo Bowl, was flawed.


Clearly, what’s happening at Ohio State is a story, and may be THE story right now- it would be wise for ESPN to continue picking at the scraps that Yahoo! and others have left. But until they grab a hold of the idea that they can discover rather than just “cover” and create stories by seemingly following a corporate narrative, the scraps from others will be all that they will be left with.


Remember… this isn’t always about what’s “right” or “fair”, but the bottom line and the economic realities of sports that have expanded well beyond the “co-curricular” model. Particularly for an institution that has no problem working to “expose” a student athlete to then turn around and make him the center of a revenue-producing entity on their network.


As someone who gave up watching ESPN for Lent and never went back (except for NBA playoffs… watching LeBron lose is always fun), I can tell you that it’s possible to get multiple sides of the story without even using your expanded cable package. In this day of wall to wall media coverage and expose, the issue isn’t that ESPN is possibly showing their bias, it’s that they’re missing such a great opportunity to push for major reform for the sport- reform which would be economically and ethically sound for every one involved. But, it could be that they have their own problems to deal with.


Instead, it’s sad that the “Worldwide Leader” has placed themselves in a situation where their integrity is in question… although, since they drive the story, the “question” doesn’t seem to come from those who are captivated by the shiny graphics and pretty packages.




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Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better ~Jim Rohn




To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. – Mother Teresa


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“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” — Jean de La Fontaine

Find your place on the planet, dig in and take responsibility from there.




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In the end everything will be fine…if everything is not fine, then it is not the end! – Keith Cameron Smith


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, rated “PG-13.” The entire entertainment world has seemed to shut down for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to return from this finale’. I am not a huge fan (probably will watch on a plane this fall), BUT considering going….cause the world preview premier of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises will be shown during previews.


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‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ starring Matthew McConaughey rated “R.”


A Movie that scared the bagevvies out of me! ‘Insidious’ rated “R.”




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Blake Shelton’s much anticipated “Red River Blue”

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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


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!

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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




Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?



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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ALSO,  It is perfect weather for the pool, let me help you get into your best shape (inside and out!) Send an e-mail to for availability and specialized individual workout plans.




“Fun is good” – Dr. Seuss


When people are not grateful,, they become hateful.  .. Check your attitude.-Rev Run




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
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



So what would you do?

…Just a FUN SUMMER SONG, plus got to see him do live at Crazy Horse! Sing along, “whooo”

Very True…Maybe?




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!)




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 .


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.”






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, 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.




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.”




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




“God understands

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)



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.



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.



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.



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.



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


JazZoo: Red, White & Blues featuring Kevin McGuire atbThe Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info



The Average White Band plays The Grand Opening of The Scioto Mile at Bicentennial Park. For more info



The Columbus Symphony Popcorn Pops: Beach Party on The lawn at Chemical Abstracts Service. For more info





Hello…It’s Me Again, Todd Rundgren plays the Ohio Theatre. For more info



(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




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


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




(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





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.”




The release I HAD TO HAVE…Public Enemy     Bring the Noise: The Hits, Vids and Docs Box Set


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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Happy Birthday America

GREETINGS From “Back Stage” of The Long Street BOOM Stage at Red. White, & Boom presented by The US Army, Kaplan Artists Group and Central City Recording. Sponsored by Dream Seats I needed to write that so I wouldn’t mess up the stage announcements!

It is a lil warm back here in the “artists tent” (hmm I am an “official” artist? I would settle for “talent”). But ya know what? I am happy! I don’t just mean today…I am happy PERIOD!

I am HAPPY!!! I actually yelled out the window today on the way here I AM F%*ing HAPPY!!! Don’t get me wrong this great feeling is not because everything is perfect, and it does not seem real cause I don’t have someone to share it with…but it is true I AM F%*ING HAPPY! I guess for no other than I chose to be and find a reason to be EVERYDAY when I get up!

But it is not that hard to be happy on this weekend, for me…or anyone. This is the Birthday OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! We should all be not only Happy we live here but THANKFULL to be in the good ole’ USA!!! From the bottom of my heart, I am truly thankful for EVERYONE who served has served and those who have give the Ultimate Sacrifice-as well as all their loved ones. This country is not perfect, much like my life…but just like my life it is full of promise and opportunity to be great and BE HAPPY!

While this is one of my favorite days of the year…it is also the year end slide (NO NOT BEING DEBBIE DOWNER). On Friday at Noon it was the 182 day of the year. Here on out it is all downhill-but while the days get shorter it is only downhill, if we let it.

This is the point of the year where we get ready for “Christmas in July” and I revisit my New Year’s Resolutions. One of those is to CLEAN MY GARAGE. Anyone wants to help….I am throwing away most stuff and not bothering with sales or finding those to give to.

But with the list…on the way to the Boom Stage I heard Toby Keith’s “My List” It hit home, we all are very busy…but must find time to do what is needed…but must find a way to complete the truly important list we all have…the one to make ourselves and others HAPPY! That list includes but is not limited to saying thanx to THE BIG DUDE ABOVE…ya know the one “In God We Trust”

Under an old brass paperweight is my list of things to do today 
Go to the bank and the hardware store, put a new lock on the cellar door 
I cross ’em off as I get ’em done but when the sun is set 
There’s still more than a few things left I haven’t got to yet 

Go for a walk, say a little prayer 
Take a deep breath of mountain air 
Put on my glove and play some catch 
It’s time that I make time for that 
Wade the shore and cast a line 
Look up a long lost friend of mine 
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss 
Start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list 

Wouldn’t change the course of fate but cuttin’ the grass just had to wait 
‘Cause I’ve got more important things like pushin’ my kid on the backyard swing 
I won’t break my back for a million bucks I can’t take to my grave 
So why put off for tomorrow what I could get done today 

Like go for a walk, say a little prayer 
Take a deep breath of mountain air 
Put on my glove and play some catch 
It’s time that I make time for that 
Wade the shore and cast a line 
Look up a long lost friend of mine 
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss 
Start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list 

Raise a little hell, laugh ’til it hurts 
Put an extra five in the plate at church 
Call up my folks just to chat 
It’s time that I make time for that 
Stay up late, then oversleep 
Show her what she means to me 
Catch up on all the things I’ve always missed 
Just start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list 

Under an old brass paperweight 
Is my list of things to do today


Also this week we celebrated what should and could be a National Holiday. At least I wish it was. With my hats, belt buckles, guns, and affection for Country Music…this week was National Hug a Cowboy Day (Insert the Big & Rich song here).

Speaking of cheesy songs…I gotta hop back on stage and rock! Hope to see y’all down here tonight (corner of Long and Hodgkinson).





Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?




Long St Boom Stage at Red White and Boom

presented by the U.S. Army

Friday, July 1 · 12:00pm – 11:30pm

Kaplan Artists Group LLC and Central City Recording have partnered with Red White and Boom in 2011 to bring you the entertainment for this year’s Long St. Boom Stage Presented by the U.S. Army.


You will see and hear a “WOW” factor from Columbus Ohio’s best local performers like you have never seen before!! Come early to get the best seat that you can as the view of the fireworks is PRIME from this location as well!!!


MC/DJ All Day: Matt Sexton


12:00p Alex White

1:00p Maza Blaska

2:00p Misfit Toys

3:00p The Forties

4:00p She Bears

5:00p Alleyes Path

6:00p The Compressions

7:00p Ghost Shirt

8:00p Phantods

9:00-9:45p Mr. Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys


10:30p Mr. Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys


Red White and Boom!!!





The sight from Ballpark Boom at Huntington Park


Click map to enlarge




DOWNTOWN (614-299-9221,



TIMES 10 p.m. Friday, with a

parade starting at 6



About 400,000 people on Friday will want a good view of the fireworks, some food, access to restrooms and a Downtown exit strategy.


Meeting such basic requirements during Red, White & Boom — one of the largest Independence Day fireworks displays in the Midwest — is sometimes easier said than done.


In conjunction with the fireworks at 10 p.m. Friday, some alternative experiences Downtown and nearby await.


The hosts include a ballpark, a restaurant and even a supermarket. And a movie theater plans an alternative to the prospect of a traffic snarl after the show.


Not that the Downtown riverfront isn’t the place to be.


Viewing locations recommended by Boom organizers encompass Battelle Riverfront Park and Genoa Park – and anywhere along Long Street, Nationwide Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. (Goodale Park in Victorian Village is suggested, too.)


Open for the first time since 2007, Civic Center Drive between W. Broad and W. Main Streets also offers a prime location to enjoy the fireworks.


Ballpark Boom III


Huntington Park, Neil Avenue and W. Nationwide Boulevard (614-462-5250,


TIME>> gates open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7




The amenities at Huntington Park take on extra importance during Red, White & Boom.


“We have seats and nice concessions and nice bathrooms,” general manager Ken Schnacke said. “It’s a very comfortable setting, and you have a great view.”


As many as 8,000 people are expected at the ballpark, which faces the fireworks and shows the TV broadcast on the big screen.


Attendees will be allowed onto the field for performances by the British Invasion and Phil Dirt and the Dozers – followed by the fireworks show.


Read, White & Boom


All American Moving and Storage, 371 Maier Place (614-355-0518,


TIME>> 4:30 p.m., with dinner served from 7 to 8:30


ADMISSION>> $30, or $10 for children 5 and older, free for those younger than 5 – or $50 for couples, $65 for two adults and two children (with tickets sold at the event)


The second annual fireworks party, in a warehouse lot at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, will also serve as a fundraiser for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


Admission fees, to benefit the Reach Out and Read program, cover music, a buffet dinner from City Barbeque, hot-air-balloon rides and family activities; beer and wine are sold.


Organizers expect about 600 participants.


“It’s your old-fashioned backyard-family-barbecue kind of feel,” said Claudia Barrett, health-literacy coordinator for the hospital.


“It’s really meant to be for everybody.”


A free shuttle from the park office will run until 8 p.m., although the road into the park will be closed when the lot is filled.


Red, White, Rhythm and Boom


Kroger, 150 W. Sycamore St. (614-340-7979)


TIME>> after the 7 p.m. closing




The Kroger store in the Brewery District adopts the “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach to Red, White & Boom.


With so much congestion in the area, the store will close at 7 p.m. – and a party will begin.


Musicians will play both outside and inside the recently opened Tap Room, which will sell beer and wine. Food and folding chairs will also be sold, and games and family activities will be offered.


About 2,000 partygoers showed up last year.


Those who park in the lot will have to stay until the fireworks end.


The River Club at Confluence Park


679 W. Spring St. (614-469-0000,


TIME>> doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 6


TICKETS>> $75, or $38 for ages 4 to 12, free for age 3 and younger


At the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, the restaurant offers an ideal view of Downtown.


“The fireworks are right over the river,” general manager Tim Magee said, “and we’re right here.”


The restaurant will welcome up to 500 people for a buffet dinner and a concert by the Bill Foley Band. (Patio seating is sold out.)


When the fireworks begin, patrons flock to the windows for what Magee calls “the best view in town.”


Red, White and Popcorn!


Arena Grand Movie Theatre,


175 W. Nationwide Blvd. (614-469-5000,


TIMES>> all movies starting between 11 and 11:30 p.m.


TICKETS>> $5, or $7 for 3-D movies (with tickets sold only at the box office on Friday)


A half-million people trying to leave Downtown at the same time get stuck in their cars for a couple of hours.


They could spend the same two hours watching a movie.


More than 700 waited out the traffic last year in theaters – with the coast clear afterward.


“You leave the parking garage,” general manager Kara Bodle said, “and you’re zipping up 670 in a matter of moments instead of a matter of hours.”



Heading Downtown? Here’s a look at the entertainment scheduled for Friday. (Shows will be suspended during the fireworks.)


Children’s Park Stage


Noon: Cinderella Performing Arts Troupe; 12:50 p.m.: Ashley Fredenburg; 1:15: Janine Wightman; 2: Rory Rennick; 2:30: Columbus Children’s Show Choir; 3: Sing & Sign Chorus; 3:30: Far East Dance; 4: COSI Columbus liquid-nitrogen show; 4:15: Jivonna; 4:30: Ashley Everts; 5:30: COSI Columbus liquid-nitrogen show


Genoa Park Stage


Noon: Celebrate Kids!; 2 p.m.: “Boom’s Got Talent”; 4:30: Off the Hook; 5:30: “Songs of America” by Rich Meaty Taste; 6:30: Jared Mahone; 7:30: Blood, Sweat & Beers; 8:45 and 10:30: the DiVide


Long Street Stage


Noon: Alex White; 1 p.m.: Maza Blaska; 2: Misfit Toys; 3: the Forties; 4: She Bears; 5: Alleyes Path; 6: the Compressions; 7: Ghost Shirt; 8: Phantods; 9 and 10:30: Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys


Taste of Boom Stage


3 p.m.: Fort Hayes Youth Band; 5: Dueling Pianos; 5:30: Rory Rennick; 6: James Blaque; 7: Robin Stone; 8: Bradley Gaskin; 9: Rory Rennick; 9:15 and 10:20: Winslow


343 Front Street Stage


5: Peligro 614; 7: Rock the Planet; 10:30: These Guys Live



Most local lines will provide Downtown service until about 9p.m. Friday.


One-way fare: $1.75, or 85 cents for senior citizens and for children younger than 12 and 4feet or taller, free for children shorter than 4 feet (limited to three with an adult relative).


Express service to Downtown will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30p.m. at these Park & Ride locations:


Crosswoods area: 7460 Huntington Park Dr., near I-270 and N.High Street


Dublin: 4450 Dale Dr.


Gahanna: Agler and Stygler roads


Grove City: 2321 Old Stringtown Rd.


Reynoldsburg: 2100 Birchview Dr. S.


Upper Arlington: Brandon Road between Zollinger and Ridgeview roads


Westerville: W. Main Street and Collegeview Road


Round-trip fare: $5, or $2 for senior citizens and for children younger than 12 and 4 feet or taller, free for children shorter than 4feet (limited to three with an adult relative).


Buses will leave Downtown at 10:45 and 11:30 p.m. as well as midnight from designated boarding zones.


Call 614-228-1776 or visit





Parking will be offered at Downtown lots and garages.


Parking for the disabled will be provided on these streets:


W. Gay Street between N. High and N. Front streets


W. Mound Street between S. Front and Short streets


W. Town Street between S. Front Street and Ludlow Alley


A fireworks-viewing area for people with disabilities will open at the portico of Columbia Gas, 200 Civic Center Dr.



Boating will be allowed on the Scioto River but prohibited between the first railroad bridge east of the I-71 overpass and the Broad Street bridge. Canoes and kayaks will be permitted from the Lower Olentangy launch on Nationwide Boulevard; and powerboats, from the Lower Scioto Park launch on Whittier Street. With limited parking at both, the gates will close when parking is gone.




4th of July before the Fireworks. Bring your family to Thomas Worthington High School


Thomas Worthington HS, Worthington, OH 43085

Mon: 4:00 pm      –        12:00 am

4th of July before the Fireworks.

Bring your family to Thomas Worthington High School

4pm through the Fireworks.


Parking Lot

Public Transit-COTA bus route 2X to SR-161. Buses are not scheduled to run after the fireworks.


Always a favorite of children, the Worthington-Dublin Rotary Family Picnic will provide more entertainment options for adults this year.


The annual event will run from 4 to after 10 p.m. Monday, July 4 at Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road. Admission is free and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.


For the first time the event will feature live music. Headlining at 7:15 p.m. will be Death by Banjo, a local group described as a “conflagration of musical styles fueled by intense, driving five-string banjo.”


Other performers will include Big Al and his Capital City Players at 5:45 p.m. and the Shazzbots at 8:30 p.m.


One planned adult attraction that did not materialize this year was a beer garden located at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.


“Evidently there’s a city ordinance (prohibiting it) that no one was aware of until recently,” said Katie McCartney, a spokeswoman for the event, adding there’s hopes of including the feature next year.


The event will kick of at 3:55 p.m. with a call to colors. At 4 p.m. the opening ceremony will begin, featuring a presentation of colors by the Sea Cadets of the Columbus Squadron, The Star Spangled Banner by Ted Oatts, and a call to arms and troop drills by Company B, 30th Ohio Volunteer Regiment.


At 4:30 p.m., Meet the Animals of the Columbus Zoo will be held.


Grilled food, including bratwurst, hamburgers and hot dogs, will be served throughout the event by the Rotary Club. There also will be a food drive to benefit the Worthington Food Pantry.


Children will have plenty of options with free games, activities, face painting and inflatable climbing walls and interactive playgrounds.


To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, re-enactments will take place, including an actor portraying President Abraham Lincoln at 6:40 p.m. A Civil War cannon will blast every 15 minutes between 8 and 10 p.m.


At sunset, Taps will be played and Oatts will sing America the Beautiful.


No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks, and Worthington’s will be provided by the city at 10 p.m. Recommended locations to watch the fireworks are the front lawn of Thomas Worthington High School and the football stadium west of the school.


The night will not commence when the oohs and ahs stop. McCartney said food and drinks will be sold and entertainment will come from a disc jockey following the fireworks.


“That will help alleviate the exit strategy,” McCartney said, alluding to traffic congestion in the area.


This is the seventh year for the event that began as a Leadership Worthington project. Event Chairman Jerry Katz said the Worthington-Dublin Rotary took over the food aspect four years ago, then a year later, took over the entire event.


“It fits our mission,” he said. “We look at this event as a community service project.”


The event is supported through sponsors such as Giant Eagle, Chesrown Chevy Town, the Waterworks, the Shops at Worthington Place and WOW!, as well as food and drink sales.


Katz said next year the event could change, but the goal is to continue expanding while making sure it remains a family event.


“We want to provide a safe, friendly place to celebrate the Fourth,” he said.




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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.-Confucius


If things don’t go the way you planned, assume Life is giving your plan an upgrade.




4th of July Weekend. Happy Birthday AMERICA!


JUST A GREAT SONG…about keepin “it” simple


I MAY NOT have someone but I do love my life and have found love for someone else. This song is TRUE! LOVE will turn you around!



20 questions that could change your life

Ask yourself these 20 questions every day and you could transform your life.

If you’re like most people, you became obsessed with questions around the age of two or three, and scientists now know that continuing to ask them can help keep your mind nimble however old you eventually become.

So when someone suggested I put together a list of the 20 most important questions we should all be asking ourselves, I was thrilled. Initially.

Then I became confused about which questions to ask, because of course, as I soon realized, context is everything. In terms of saving your life, the key question is, “Did I remember to fasten my seat belt?” In terms of saving money, “How much do I need to retire before I’m 90?” is a strong contender. If daily usefulness is the point, “What’ll I wear?” and “What should I eat first?” might lead the list. And for the philosophically minded, “To be or not to be?” really is the question.

Because I’m far too psychologically fragile to make sense of this subjective morass, I made the bold decision to pass the buck. The 20 questions that follow are based on “crowdsourcing,” meaning I asked a whole mess of actual, free-range women what they thought every woman should ask herself. Thanks to all of you who sent in entries via social media.

The questions included here are composites of those that were suggested most often, though I’ve mushed them together and rephrased some for brevity. Asking them today could redirect your life. Answering them every day will transform it.

1. What questions should I be asking myself?

At first I thought asking yourself what you should be asking yourself was redundant. It isn’t. Without this question, you wouldn’t ask any others, so it gets top billing. It creates an alert, thoughtful mind state, ideal for ferreting out the information you most need in every situation. Ask it frequently.

2. Is this what I want to be doing?

This very moment is, always, the only moment in which you can make changes. Knowing which changes are best for you comes, always, from assessing what you feel. Ask yourself many times every day if you like what you’re doing. If the answer is no, start noticing what you’d prefer. Thus begins the revolution.

3. Why worry?

These two words, considered sincerely, can radically reconfigure the landscape of your mind. Worry rarely leads to positive action; it’s just painful, useless fear about hypothetical events, which scuttles happiness rather than ensuring it. Some psychologists say that by focusing on gratitude, we can shut down the part of the brain that worries. It actually works!

4. Why do I like {cupcakes} more than I like {people}?

Feel free to switch out the words in brackets: You may like TV more than exercise, or bad boys more than nice guys, or burglary more than reading. Whatever the particulars, every woman has something she likes more than the somethings she’s supposed to like. But forcing “virtues” — trying to like people more than cupcakes — drives us to vices that offer false freedom from oppression. Stop trying to like the things you don’t like, and many vices will disappear on their own.

5. How do I want the world to be different because I lived in it?

Your existence is already a factor in world history — now, what sort of factor do you want it to be? Maybe you know you’re here to create worldwide prosperity, a beautiful family, or one really excellent bagel. If your impressions are more vague, keep asking this question. Eventually you’ll glimpse clearer outlines of your destiny. Live by design, not by accident.

6. How do I want to be different because I lived in this world?

In small ways or large, your life will change the world — and in small ways or large, the world will change you. What experiences do you want to have during your brief sojourn here? Make a list. Make a vision board. Make a promise. This won’t control your future, but it will shape it.

7. Are {vegans} better people?

Again, it doesn’t have to be vegans; the brackets are for you to fill in. Substitute the virtue squad that makes you feel worst about yourself, the one you’ll never have the discipline to join, whether it’s ultra-marathoners or mothers who never raise their voices. Whatever group you’re asking about, the answer to this question is no.

8. What is my body telling me?

As I often say, my mind is a two-bit whore — by which I mean that my self-justifying brain, like any self-justifying brain, will happily absorb beliefs based on biases, ego gratification, magical thinking, or just plain error. The body knows better. It’s a wise, capable creature. It recoils from what’s bad for us, and leans into what’s good. Let it.

9. How much junk could a chic chick chuck if a chic chick could chuck junk?

I believe this question was originally posed by Lao Tzu, who also wrote, “To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.” Face it: You’d be better off without some of your relationships, many of your possessions, and most of your thoughts. Chuck your chic-chick junk, chic chick. Enlightenment awaits.

10. What’s so funny?

Adults tend to put this question to children in a homicidal-sounding snarl, which is probably why as you grew up, your laughter rate dropped from 400 times a day (for toddlers) to the grown-up daily average of 15. Regain your youth by laughing at every possible situation. Then, please, tell us what’s funny — about everyday life, about human nature, even about pain and fear. We’ll pay you anything.

11. Where am I wrong?

This might well be the most powerful question on our list — as Socrates believed, we gain our first measure of intelligence when we first admit our own ignorance. Your ego wants you to avoid noticing where you may have bad information or unworkable ideas. But you’ll gain far more capability and respect by asking where you’re wrong than by insisting you’re right.

12. What potential memories am I bartering, and is the profit worth the price?

I once read a story about a world where people sold memories the way we can sell plasma. The protagonist was an addict who’d pawned many memories for drugs but had sworn never to sell his memory of falling in love. His addiction won. Afterward he was unaware of his loss, lacking the memory he’d sold. But for the reader, the trade-off was ghastly to contemplate. Every time you choose social acceptance over your heart’s desires, or financial gain over ethics, or your comfort zone over the adventure you were born to experience, you’re making a similar deal. Don’t.

13. Am I the only one struggling not to {fart} during {yoga}?

I felt profoundly liberated when this issue was raised on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” Not everyone does yoga, but SNL reminded me that everyone dreads committing some sort of gaffe. Substitute your greatest shame-fear: crying at work, belching in church, throwing up on the prime minister of Japan. Then know you aren’t alone. Everyone worries about such faux pas, and many have committed them (well, maybe not the throwing up on PMs). Accepting this is a bold step toward mental health and a just society.

14. What do I love to practice?

Some psychologists believe that no one is born with any particular talent and that all skill is gained through practice. Studies have shown that masters are simply people who’ve practiced a skill intensely for 10,000 hours or more. That requires loving — not liking, loving — what you do. If you really want to excel, go where you’re passionate enough to practice.

15. Where could I work less and achieve more?

To maximize time spent practicing your passions, minimize everything else. These days you can find machines or human helpers to assist with almost anything. Author Timothy Ferriss “batches” job tasks into his famous “four-hour workweek.” My client Cindy has an e-mail ghostwriter. Another client, Angela, hired an assistant in the Philippines who flawlessly tracks her schedule and her investments. Get creative with available resources to find more time in your life and life in your time.

16. How can I keep myself absolutely safe?

Ask this question just to remind yourself of the answer: You can’t. Life is inherently uncertain. The way to cope with that reality is not to control and avoid your way into a rigid little demi-life, but to develop courage. Doing what you long to do, despite fear, will accomplish this.

17. Where should I break the rules?

If everyone kept all the rules, we’d still be practicing cherished traditions like child marriage, slavery, and public hangings. The way humans become humane is by assessing from the heart, rather than the rule book, where the justice of a situation lies. Sometimes you have to break the rules around you to keep the rules within you.

18. So say I lived in that fabulous house in Tuscany, with untold wealth, a gorgeous, adoring mate, and a full staff of servants…then what?

We can get so obsessed with acquiring fabulous lives that we forget to live. When my clients ask themselves this question, they almost always discover that their “perfect life” pastimes are already available. Sharing joy with loved ones, spending time in nature, finding inner peace, writing your novel, plotting revenge — you can do all these things right now. Begin!

19. Are my thoughts hurting or healing?

Your situation may endanger your life and limbs, but only your thoughts can endanger your happiness. Telling yourself a miserable mental story about your circumstances creates suffering. Telling yourself a more positive and grateful story, studies show, increases happiness. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, choose thoughts that knit your heart together, rather than tear it apart.

20. Really truly: Is this what I want to be doing?

It’s been several seconds since you asked this. Ask it again. Not to make yourself petulant or frustrated — just to see if it’s possible to choose anything, and I mean any little thing, that would make your present experience more delightful. Thus continues the revolution.



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The longest slumber ever! A snail can sleep for three years, at a stretch.



On a pleasant weekend in March, the McGrath family invited the man who killed their son to stay. Alexander Bell-Irving’s visit wasn’t awkward or strained, but nor was anyone able to talk about what had happened two months previously.

Instead, the McGraths and their guest ate together, went to the point-to-point races and played with the three dogs that slide and scrabble through the family’s bright Kent country home. At one stage, Alexander slipped out to visit the church graveyard where his friend Benedict “Benet” McGrath is buried.

The two young men had last been together as they left a pub in Oaksey, near Marlborough, where they were celebrating the beginning of a new term at the Royal Agricultural College in Gloucestershire. After three hours of drinking, the pair climbed into Alexander’s Vauxhall Corsa and began a winding journey into driving rain. Within a few minutes, the car had swung off the road and into a tree. Alexander, 22, who was more than twice the legal limit, escaped with minor injuries. Benet, just 20, died at the scene.

For most victims’ families, Alexander’s recklessness would be enough to cut him off for ever, to say nothing of their wishing for a lengthy prison sentence. But for the McGraths, the decision to forgive was instant and instinctive.

“We never sat down and discussed it – it was a conclusion we all came to from the first moment,” says Benet’s father, Donal, a banker. “We were unanimous that what happened was a tragic accident that had already cost one life, and we would all hate to see it ruin another.”

Benet’s life was “a series of passions”, says his father, from rugby to hunting and sailing, and he was devoted to his girlfriend of two years, Fleur. A colour sergeant major in his school’s cadet force, he planned to go to Sandhurst after college.

“He was an adventurer and a romantic from another age,” says his mother, Anna. The theme from Brideshead Revisited was played at his funeral, when St Peter’s church in Hever was packed with 450 mourners, Alexander among them.

Earlier this month, Alexander asked to visit the family home for a second time. For over two hours, he and Anna sat and talked. “He started off by saying sorry. He didn’t remember the accident and I wouldn’t have asked him to describe it, because that would have been too harsh. I think he knew by then that he would go to prison and he just wanted to apologise.”

Having pleaded guilty at Swindon Crown Court to causing death by careless driving, Alexander was sentenced to serve a little under three years.

It was a sentence that might have been longer had the McGrath family not pleaded in court on his behalf. “I had to listen to all the details of the accident itself,” says Donal. “But it didn’t change our decision. We never wavered. We still wanted to support him.”

For some, it was difficult to share the clarity with which Benet’s parents and sisters Rachel, 23 and Imogen, 18, see the situation. After Donal stood before the court and in a clear voice explained that the family had no desire to see Alexander’s promising life cut short in the way Benet’s had been, a hardened defence lawyer said he had never seen anything like it in 30 years.

“Some people said: ‘They’ll just let him out on the streets to kill more people,’ ” says Anna, “but that’s absolute nonsense. When people speak to us, almost everybody says we are doing the right thing. And if they don’t” – a momentary steeliness passes over the former nursery teacher’s face – “well, we know it was right.”

The happy memories they hold of Benet helped them to confront a difficult truth: he too had been drinking and he chose to get into the car. Anna is frank on that point. “It could have been the other way around, with Benet driving and Alex as the passenger. We would never, ever condone drink-driving, but we also know what 20-year-olds are like.

“Benet’s death was not premeditated. Alex didn’t bludgeon him – it was an awful accident.”

Anna intends to visit Alexander in prison, and speaks regularly to his mother, Janet. “There’s a bond between us as mothers of young men. We both understand the situation and to fight each other would be destructive. There’s been enough destruction already.”



‘Columbo’ actor Peter Falk dies


Actor Peter Falk has died. He rose to fame as the TV police detective Lt Columbo, synonymous with dressing a creased raincoat and always wanting to know “just one more thing”.

The 83-year-old actor died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home.

Peter Falk was a renowned movie and stage actor. He earned 2 Oscar nominations in the early ’60s for his secondary roles in “Murder, Inc.” (1960) and in “Pocketful of Miracles” (1961).

He was last seen in local theatres playing a small part in the sci-fi thriller “Next”, starring Nicolas Cage. The film was released in June 2007.

The police series “Columbo” (which ran from 1971 till 2003) remains a popular series with Maltese audience. An Italian TV station is still running the episodes.



Amidst the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs, every kind of salad known to man and fireworks to cap off a day or weekend full of celebrating, we hope you take the time to remember what Independence Day is all about and take a moment to remember those who are responsible for affording us the freedoms we enjoy.


For the 235th time, The United States of America will be celebrating its birthday as part of its independence from Great Britain.


On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress and signed by many of our forefathers, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. This came nearly a year after the start of the Revolutionary War.



For more than two centuries Americans have enjoyed the many freedoms associated with that document and since that day, Americans have celebrated Independence Day every Fourth of July.


It is easy to take for granted the freedoms which come with the Declaration of Independence.


But for at least this one day, we hope all Americans realize the importance of it as many of us participate in annual celebrations. For some it may be enjoying a cookout with friends or family. Others might enjoy attending a baseball game, which is affectionately called “America’s Pastime.” Some may go away on a vacation to a family cottage and sit along the lake.


Others might take their children to a parade. And at night, fireworks will fill the air in many communities around the area.


There is not a wrong way to enjoy the day. After all, within the name of the document is independence. We all have the right to decide exactly how we will celebrate the day. We hope that you stop and remember the many people who fought for our freedom, as well as the many soldiers who continue to fight for our constitutional rights every day.


This weekend truly is a time to celebrate. We also hope it is done safely and wisely, and if you drink too much, do not drive. Let someone who is sober – either a friend or a cab driver – do the driving instead.


Make sure you find an outfit full of red, white and blue to show off your pride.


Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and this Fourth of July weekend is a memorable one.


But throughout the fun and parties, the fireworks and parades, make sure that you remember exactly why were are celebrating the oldest birthday on our soil: The United States of America.



Happy Birthday, well…”Happy Birthday”

On this day in 1859, Happy Birthday to You was first sung by Hill Sisters, but the song is apparently copywrighted until 2030. Does that mean you can’t sing it without paying the sisters? Actually it means that you can sing it, but not use it in movies, advertisements or any other profit. Royalties for the song legally should go to the Hill family, but this copywright is rarely enforced as it is one of the most popular songs in the country, if not the world.



I am off for a weekend this month…who’s in?

Zip line meets African safari at the Wilds in Muskingum County

The “zzzzzz” echoed across the valley and past the bison herd, two rhinos and a sprinkling of camels and zebras grazing in the pastures.

The animals didn’t seem to notice the new, humming sound in their environment from people shooting across steel cables stretched high above them.

The Wilds, the Muskingum County open-range habitat for endangered species, has a new adventure – a nearly mile-long zip-line course that opens to the public today.

“We’ve been trying to figure out things we can do to attract more excitement and return visits, and when you look at the topography of the rolling hills, what a great place to have a zip line,” said Tom Stalf, chief operating officer and senior vice president of the Wilds near Cumberland and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell.

The 2 1/2-hour course is made up of cables strung between 10 platforms built on towers or, in one case, in a chestnut oak. Participants zip one at a time from one platform to the next while dangling from a metal trolley hooked to the cable and to a harness system they wear. The trolley running over the cable creates a soft zipping sound.

At least five zip lines operate in Ohio, said Julieann Eckel, one of six co-owners of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. The Wilds hired the Columbus company, which operates a zip line in the Hocking Hills and in Georgia, to build and operate its version.

Only a few zip lines in the country are in animal habitats, she said.

“It’s the thrill of zipping and the thrill of a safari,” Eckel said as she stood on one of the zip-line platforms during practice runs last week. She said each zip-line guide will point out the animals, explain their background and talk about the Wilds in between zips.

Each platform is 20 to 50 feet high, and the longest line – at 750 feet – is more than twice the length of a football field. Three of the lines go over lakes, and two go through trees.

Zippers travel 40 to 50mph, with each line designed so its pitch slows them down toward the end, Eckel said.

Still, participants usually need to brake themselves by pressing the palm of one hand, covered with a leather glove, onto the cable as they come in for a landing on each platform. Guides train them on a short practice zip before they climb the steps of the first platform to begin the course.

Dan Beetem, director of animal management at the Wilds, tried out the course he helped design last week and was happy to see that the trumpeter swans, Pere David’s deer and Sichuan takin far below the zip lines didn’t seem to notice.

He expects the giraffes to be more cautious; they’re being kept in another pasture until the zip-line construction is complete. They’ll be moved back to the main pasture, where the zip line is, later this week.

Stalf said the Wilds’ biologists, scientists and veterinarians investigated whether a zip-line course would hurt the animals and concluded it would not.

“The animals are content in their very large areas,” he said. “The zip line will be like when a plane flies overhead. They notice, but then they just keep eating.”

Stalf is aware that some people think a zip line doesn’t fit with the Wilds’ goal of conservation. But the facility has had trouble raising enough money to operate, and Stalf hopes this and other activities added this year, such as horseback riding and fishing, will improve the bottom line.

“If we don’t generate enough interest from guests, it’s hard to keep the facility active,” he said. “My goal is to make the Wilds sustainable.”

The zip line will operate daily through August and on weekends through October this year, in concert with the Wilds’ operating hours. Groups will be limited to eight people, with the cost at $84 per person. Some discounts are offered. Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 70 pounds.

Stalf hopes to expand the Wilds’ season next year, and the zip-line season will expand also, Eckel said.


BOOKS: Not really a Book BUT a Great Read

Well not book, but a document

Declaration of Independence

Here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence.
The original spelling and capitalization have been retained.

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But
when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton








John Lennon was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals, according to his former assistant. (Supplied Photo/WENN.COM)

John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death – according to the tragic Beatles star’s last personal assistant.

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”



Yankees kick Keith Olbermann to the curb on Old-Timers’ Day.

For 11 years, Olbermann was the in-stadium color commentator for the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day festivities, sitting alongside Bob Wolff.  However, the Yankees opted to relieve him of his duties in advance of Sunday’s event, replacing him with Suzyn Waldman.

Olbermann was informed of the switch a week ago from someone outside of the organization, and he blogged about being disappointed no one from the team told him about the switch.  The New York Post speculated that the Yankees made the switch because of the controversy caused by Olbermann on Opening Day, when he tweeted pictures of a Yankee employee sitting behind home plate relaying signals while wearing a headset.

Olbermann wasn’t certain whether that had anything to do with it:

I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of the motive described in The Post because this is the first time I’m hearing about it. But on a macro level, that does worry me in terms of the suppression of information. I might have been sitting in the stands when I tweeted the photos in question, but I saw nothing that any eagle-eyed guy in the press box couldn’t have seen (and trust me, they started looking).

There was little fallout from the Opening Day incident at the time, and GM Brian Cashman himself assured Olbermann that there was no problem with what he did.  However, it looks like Olbermann might have lost what was probably a pretty fun gig because of it.


Ugliest dog: How to congratulate this winner?

My dog is uglier than yours? Huh? Every year, owners of ugly dogs come together to celebrate hideousness in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California.

This year’s champion: Yoda, a 14-year old half Chinese Crested and Chihuahua. Judges, very big on ugly.

For Yoda, the mix of hairless ears, frizzy fur, cloudy eye, and a protruding tongue were enough to take home the top prize of $1,000 and a series of “pet perks” at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California.

Owner Terry Schumacher said that, at first sight, she thought that 2-pound Yoda was a rat.

…Since I am now a “penguin” lover…these guys that saved this lil guy

Lost penguin more lively, eating fish post-surgery

New Zealand’s favorite penguin visitor is more lively and eating fish after undergoing endoscopic surgery Monday to remove some of the beach sand and twigs it swallowed, apparently mistaking it for snow.


Full recovery for the young emperor penguin – affectionately dubbed Happy Feet – may take months, and officials are unsure when or how it could return home to the Antarctic, about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away.


The bird was recovering well after the an endoscopy performed by one of New Zealand’s leading surgeons – for human patients.


Doctors at the Wellington Zoo guided a camera on a tube through the penguin’s swollen intestines and flushed its stomach to remove the swallowed sand and pieces of driftwood. Penguins eat snow to hydrate themselves during the harsh Antarctic winter.


To ensure the health of its newest star, the zoo brought in Wellington Hospital specialist John Wyeth to help with the procedure, New Zealand Press Association reported.


Monday’s surgery went well, and doctors removed about half of the remaining sand and several twigs from the bird’s digestive system, zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker said. Medical staff hope the rest of the debris will pass naturally, but an X-ray is scheduled for Wednesday.


“It’s positive news, but he’s definitely not out of the woods yet,” Baker said.


The penguin is now dining on fish slurry and has been standing and appearing more active than when it arrived, Baker said. The bird was moved to the zoo Friday after its health worsened on the beach.


The penguin is being housed in a room at the zoo chilled to about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius), Baker said, and has a bed of ice on which it can sleep.


Happy Feet, nicknamed from the 2006 animated movie, was discovered last week on a North Island beach, the first spotting of an emperor in New Zealand in 44 years. Emperors typically spend their entire lives around Antarctica.


After landing on Peka Peka Beach last week, the penguin appeared health at first, but it became dehydraded, suffered heat exhaustion and was eating large amounts of sand.


What’s next for Happy Feet still remains to be decided.


Peter Simpson, the program manager of diversity for the Department of Conservation, said he is meeting with penguin experts Wednesday at the zoo to consider options. He said it’s not simply a matter of tossing the penguin back into the ocean off New Zealand’s coast.


“There’s no great rush to decide,” Simpson said. “It will most likely need more medical work over the next three months.”


Simpson said the penguin will likely remain at the zoo for that time while it recovers.


Gareth Morgan, a New Zealand investment adviser, has offered to transport the penguin back to Antarctica next February when he leads an expedition to the southern continent. But Simpson said that, while officials appreciate the offer, they may want to act before then.


Simpson said the penguin may be older than experts first thought – perhaps up to 2 1/2 years old rather than the initial estimate of 10 months. It stands about 3 feet (80 centimeters) high.


Experts still don’t know if it’s a male or female, Simpson said, although DNA samples should soon provide an answer.



North Korea blame loss to U.S. on players getting struck by lightning

A couple of second-half goals gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over North Korea and a strong start to their Women’s World Cup run. The eighth-ranked North Koreans have the youngest team in the tournament with an average age of 20. Still, their discipline and skill gave the U.S. a lot of trouble in the first half before controversial starter Lauren Cheney justified her selection by heading in the first goal in the 54th minute and defender Rachel Buehler scored a second in the 76th minute.

After the match, North Korea manager Kwang Min Kim shocked the congregated press by revealing that his side isn’t just the youngest team, but it is also the only team in the tournament that’s been struck by lightning.

“When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised,” said coach Kim.

“Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.

“But World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don’t want to think about anything but football.

“The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will.”

Given the secretive nature of the North Koreans, we may never know if this is true or not. The players aren’t allowed to speak to the press, their training sessions are protected by security guards and closed to outsiders, and their public appearances regularly get canceled. Plus, it is curious that Kim only mentioned this freak occurrence after his team lost.

If it is true, a lightning strike that injured four defenders and disrupted their training could explain why their back line seemed to fall apart in the second half after holding the U.S. scoreless in the first. But even if it’s not true, it’s still a tremendous excuse that others might now try in everyday life.



U.S. Veteran Faces Legal Action for Flying American Flag in Front Yard

A retired U.S. Army chaplain is being threatened with legal action for flying the American flag in his front yard, the Daily Mail reports.

Fred Quigley, 77, of Macedonia, Ohio, a minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told by the homeowners’ association that his flagpole violates the property rules.

The HOA rules state that a flag can only be displayed if affixed to the home, but that would mean Quigley would have to remove the flagpole and put up a smaller flag.

The association has offered to fly the flag at the entrance of the building development, but Quigley refused the offer.

“If they can dictate to me that I cannot fly an American flag in America, then, to me, the country is lost,” Mr. Quigley told the paper.

Quigley’s lawyer Gerald Patronite said the association has no right to stop his client.

According to the Mail, Joseph Migliorini, the representative for the homeowners’ association and former mayor of Macedonia, which is between Cleveland and Akron, said he plans to take Quigley to court if the flagpole is not removed.

Migliorini said: “We just want the rules and regulations followed. “
Members of the local American Legion post joined Quigley last week in a flag-raising ceremony in protest at the association’s policy.

Quigley said that he’s been given until Monday to remove the flag, or legal action will be taken by the association.

“As a minister and a chaplain, I have fought for people,” Quigley said. “Now I fight for myself.”

Sean Burroughs focusing on the positive

When Sean Burroughs was 12 years old, he not only threw two no-hitters while leading his Long Beach (Calif.) team to the Little League World Series championship, he also appeared on the David Letterman Show and had the wit to tell Dave and several million viewers that when he grew up, he wanted to be a gynecologist.


When Burroughs was 17, he was a first-round draft pick. When he was 20, he represented his country at the Olympics and wore a gold medal around his neck.


When Burroughs was 21, he was in the major leagues with Sports Illustrated touting him as the year’s “can’t miss” prospect. “Life is about experiencing everything you can,” he told the magazine. “I don’t know how my baseball career will go, but I know I want my life to be an adventure.”

Sean Burroughs hit .250 in 24 at-bats for the Diamondbacks before he was sent back to the minor leagues earlier this month.

And by the time Burroughs was 29, he was out of baseball, checking in and out of the cheapest motels he could find, wandering the streets of Las Vegas at all hours and abusing every substance he could ingest. He says he was living a “Leaving Las Vegas” existence, a reference to the Oscar-winning and thoroughly depressing Nicolas Cage movie about a man who commits lengthy suicide via alcohol abuse. There was no Academy Award for this lifestyle, though. Burroughs says he was so desperate and paranoid that if you picked a couple particularly bad days in 2010, you could find this Little League hero, this Olympic gold medalist, this former big leaguer … eating cheeseburgers out of garbage cans. Yes, garbage cans.


Life certainly had been an experience.


Fortunately, that is not the amazing part of the Sean Burroughs story. No, the amazing and happy part of the story is that at age 30, Burroughs has put the wheels back on his life, returned to sobriety and is back in baseball, including a month in the majors.


“Last May, June, I kind of was getting things back together and thinking, ‘I’d love to play baseball again,’ but it was in the back of my mind because I didn’t know how to do it,” Burroughs said. “I knew it would be a long journey, but it shows when I put my mind to something and want it and persevere, it’s possible. It really is. It’s incredible I’m where I’m at. People are lucky to even have me alive, forget to see me play baseball and smiling every day. My worst day now is better than my best day then.”


Burroughs said this recently in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ clubhouse, one month into a big league callup. The Diamondbacks sent him to Triple-A Reno a few days later but given the journey he had made, few people could ever be so satisfied playing in the minor leagues.


“It’s been an incredible journey. It really has,” Burroughs said. “It was just a year ago I was eating cheeseburgers out of garbage cans and living in Motel 6. I’d be shuffling around from hotel to hotel. On the streets until 4 in the morning. These were rat motels, we called them, ones that weren’t very nice. That was a year ago — then fast forward and I’ve got everything back together.”


When he was younger, Burroughs indeed had everything together. Son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs, he was the most famous Little Leaguer this side of Kelly Leak. With his dad coaching, his Long Beach team won the Little League World Series in 1993 (and also was awarded the 1992 title after a forfeit by a team from the Philippines).


Unlike many Little League stars, Burroughs continued to excel at the game. He was the San Diego Padres’ first-round pick in 1998, a gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and in the majors in 2002. Baseball America named him the fourth-best prospect in the game that year. Burroughs hit .286 with seven home runs his first full season in the majors (2003) and Arizona general manager Kevin Towers, who was the general manager in San Diego at the time, says he remembers talk that Burroughs “was the next Tony Gwynn.”


Well, maybe not.


Burroughs had a sweet stroke and good eye at the plate, but he never developed the power desired in a third baseman. By 2005, he was back in the minors. The Padres traded him to Tampa Bay before the 2006 season, but the Rays released him that August. The Mariners signed him the following winter and assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma. He played exactly four games there in 2007, then walked away from the sport that had been a huge part of his family’s life for two generations.


“I just didn’t have the drive or the passion,” Burroughs said. “I was spent physically and spent mentally. It just wasn’t there. I was emotionally drained. I still loved the game and respected the game, but I didn’t have the drive to go to the park every day. I kind of lost the desire.”


Far worse, Burroughs had developed a deep craving to over-indulge after games. “I was hanging out with some bad people and had done some bad things,” Burroughs said. “That was more important my last couple years playing ball, and the last few years.


“I was doing a lot of things that were morally not correct and physically not correct. I was knocking at death’s door. I was flirting with going to jail and getting locked up someplace. It was scary. Some people kind of came to my rescue. It was pure insanity, but I got myself back together and I’m coming back out of the haze I was in for so many years.”


Asked what his substance of choice was, Burroughs replied, “A lot. Everything. I really haven’t talked too much about what it was, but it was stuff that definitely wasn’t healthy taking for a long, long time, that’s for sure. I was kind of like a garbage can. Whatever I had or needed, I would find and take it. … I wasn’t an out-on-the-town type of guy. I would just try to fill myself with as much substances as I could, legally or illegally.”


He says his binges were an everyday thing. “I didn’t have any brushes with the law or anything, fortunately,” Burroughs said. “But it was inevitable. It was going to happen. It was just, ‘Not yet.”’


Burroughs moved to Las Vegas and into a house that was party central. Each year he partied more. He missed a Christmas with his family, as well as weddings. He didn’t return phone calls for months.


His mother, Debbie, says she and Jeff knew it was getting bad when Sean’s friends told them they were worrying he was out of control. “That was the big tipoff because they were the ones partying with him,” Debbie said. … “It was terrible. We were terribly worried. Baseball is important, but I just want my children to be happy and healthy. As a mother, you’re only as happy as your saddest child.”


“It’s been an incredible journey. It really has. It was just a year ago I was eating cheeseburgers out of garbage cans and living in Motel 6.”– Sean Burroughs

Burroughs’ agent, Joel Wolfe, says Sean would call once a year or so, threatening a comeback, but it never materialized. “I would be more in contact with his parents,” Wolfe said. “That was more on the personal side, just trying to find him or see what we could do, if there was anything we could do to fish him out of Vegas. But he was just totally non-responsive. Every once in a while he would pop up. The closest I got to seeing him was the year the winter meetings were in Vegas. We traded some voice mails and texts about getting together but he never showed. …


“We were all very worried. At some point, though, it becomes exhausting. How many times can you call a guy or text a guy and he doesn’t call you back, before you give up?”


Burroughs says he is always one to argue, so when friends expressed concern, he would tell them he didn’t know what they were talking about, that he was fine. But “fine,” he says, was not even close to accurate. “I always wanted to put the blame on somebody else. I never was man enough to step up and put it on myself and say, ‘You guys are probably right.’ But after a while I thought, ‘Why is everyone saying this? They might have a point.”’


One thing that helped turn Burroughs around was the day he looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize his face — or his body. “I didn’t pick up a weight or walk into a gym for 2½ years,” Burroughs said. “It was just one of those crazy kind of diets where I was drinking eight Slurpees a day and eating an In-N-Out burger whenever I could. I weighed 260 pounds or whatever [he weighs about 220 now]. I was out of shape with big, black bags under my eyes. Bad hair, hadn’t shaved for weeks on end. Hadn’t taken vitamins. Hadn’t eaten anything other than french fries and Slurpees.


“It was that ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ scenario. Motel hopping. I was living in all these motels because I was scared to stay in my house. I was paranoid of people following me. It was totally crazy, insanity. The guy I was then was paranoid and out of synch with reality.”


Wolfe wonders whether the major league life just came too quickly for Sean to handle, that success had always come too easily until it suddenly did not. “As soon as he had to deal with repetitive failure, the wheels started to come off,” Wolfe said.


Burroughs says the expectations placed on him had nothing to do with his life spiraling out of control, but Towers wonders whether they might have. “You have to think about it,” Towers said. “He was a Little League hero. His dad was an All-Star. The Olympics. There were a lot of things and so there were huge expectations. Maybe alcohol and other things became something to alleviate that pressure that was on his shoulders.”


Eventually, Burroughs decided he had had enough and it was time to turn around his life. He left Las Vegas on two feet and moved back into his parents’ house, back into his old bedroom, the one with the surf stickers on the door and the Little League photos on the walls. He received a curfew, a budget and love.


“I had to break down and become a kid again,” he said. “But it was what I needed. I needed to, well, not be locked up, but be under the care and supervision of friends and family and be responsible for my actions. Left to my own devices, I’m a different type of guy.”


As he straightened out his life, Burroughs helped his mother teach first grade in Long Beach, using the Spanish he learned in baseball to help in a classroom where that was the first language for many of the students. Debbie says Sean is a natural teacher, and having him home was just like the old days again. “He and Jeff talked baseball every day.”


“My life in baseball started coming back,” Sean said. “I started to read the newspaper again. I hadn’t read the sports page or gone on the Internet for years. I started to pick that up again to see what was happening. I started working out. Playing baseball again was in the back of my mind, but I knew it was going to be tough.


“I didn’t know how I was going to do it so I just kept it simple. I got myself back in baseball shape. I called my agent and had him set up some tryouts. I was just hoping for an invitation anywhere, be it an independent league or what. I just wanted to play baseball again. It was something I loved for so long and wasn’t doing it. It just seemed like it was missing from my life.”


When Burroughs contacted Wolfe about a comeback last fall, the agent was initially skeptical. “I needed to see him,” he said. “After five years or however long he was out of the game, you would be skeptical that it would even be realistic that someone would make a comeback. I thought, maybe he’ll have to play independent ball. But he showed up and he was a completely different person. He was a man now. His body had completely changed, his body language had completely changed. He was calm and he looked you right in the eye. It was clear that whatever had gone on in his life was behind him.”


Burroughs worked out over the winter at UCLA with several players including Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who goes back to Little League days with Sean. “I knew he had been through some tough times. But in the time I was with him this offseason, he worked extremely hard,” Utley said. “I was pretty proud of how he worked in the gym and in the batting cage. You could tell he was definitely motivated. He was always early. It seemed like he was driven.”


Towers said he had lost track of Burroughs until Wolfe called and told him Sean wanted to make a comeback and that the Diamondbacks should take a look at him. Towers and Wolfe have a good relationship, so when the agent told him Burroughs had a good look in his eye, he figured why not. Burroughs signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks and went to spring training. He played well enough to get assigned to Reno out of spring training. Barely a month later, he was in the majors.

sean Burroughs became a Little League sensation when he led his Long Beach (Calif.) team to Little League World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

Burroughs broke down and cried when he got the callup.


“Yes, I was worried but he is such a good kid so I’m always positive that something great would happen for him, whether it was teaching or baseball or whatever, something great would happen, and something great did happen,” Debbie said. “I was talking to someone in Vegas and they said if they were placing odds, it would be 2 million to one. But if anyone could do it, it would be Sean. I’m just so happy and so thrilled. Just delighted.”


Diamondbacks utility player Xavier Nady was Burroughs’ former roommate with the Padres and when Sean was called up, Nady offered to have him live with his family in their house.


“We’re just happy we could have him around and provide, to be there,” Nady said. “I thought that would be a little better situation than sitting in a hotel on a nightly basis. I thought that having him there would be a little better.”


Towers says Burroughs does not undergo any drug tests beyond the standard testing to which all players are subject.


“I trust him,” Towers said. “I trust he knows this is probably his last chance. And he’s not going to spoil it. The last thing we want to do is say, ‘Yeah, let’s play at the big league level but we’re going to test you individually once a week to make sure.’ I think he realizes what’s at stake. He’s a lot more mature than he was when he was at San Diego. He’s going to take advantage of this opportunity and I don’t see him screwing up.”


Burroughs hit .250 in a mostly pinch-hit role for the Diamondbacks, but again showed a lack of power as he only had one double and no RBIs in 24 at-bats. Arizona outrighted him to Reno last week. Reno may be minor league compared to its more glamorous Nevada sibling, but given where Burroughs was in Las Vegas just over a year ago, it still represents an impressive and promising leap back to his life. As he said, even his worst day now is better than his best day then.


“It was still great, I’m just grateful to be playing,” Burroughs said of the demotion to Triple-A. “The callup was only supposed to last a week and it lasted a month. I’m just approaching this as a chance to play every day again. I’m with real good people and a good coaching staff. …


“Right now, I’m living in the present. Live for today. Get myself ready to play ball again, be a good son, be a good brother, a good friend, a good teammate. Try to focus on the positive, I don’t want to focus on the negative, that already took up too much of my life.”



“I’m going basically back to a home. I am from N.J., but I bleed Scarlet and Gray & that was it right there. My stomach & my gut kept pulling me back to columbus & I couldn’t deny that.” – Chris Jent, Buckeye & new hoops asst coach.



Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)


God Will Guide Your Steps


I talked with Chris today and he said you were really stressing out due to the fact that you cannot seem to find a good job right now. I think you need a pep talk. Here a couple of thoughts for you to consider. As you will see in the Scripture verse I will list below from the prophet Jeremiah – God will now be giving you a brand new future and a brand new hopefor your life.

You Are Now Operating On A Different Playing Field!

Now that you have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and have made a complete and full surrender of your entire life over to God the Father – He is now in complete and total charge of your life! When you make this full surrender with God, it is now His job to take full and complete care of you in every detail of your life – including finding the next new job that He will want you to move into.

There is not an area or detail in your life that God will not be willing to help you out with – no matter how small or trivial you think it may be. The Holy Spirit is called “the Helper” in the Bible. It is now His job to help you in every single area of your life where you will need His help.

Here is what you will really need to ground on in your own personal walk with the Lord. Now that you are walking in God’s perfect will for your life – God will now be the One to fully guide you into whatever jobs He will want you to have from here on in. The choice is no longer yours!

God now has a perfect divine plan and destiny set up for your life – and He will now be the One to guide you every step of the way into the fulfillment of that divine plan!

What specific jobs you will now be taking will be very important in your own spiritual growth and development with the Lord. The jobs you will now be taking will be building blocks that will lead you into whatever His specific plan and destiny is going to be for your life. This now takes the burden off of you in trying to find the next right job. You obviously will still have toseek after the next job – but God will now be guiding your steps as you continue to seek after this new job, making sure that you always land in the specific jobs that He will want you to have at the exact time He will want you to have them.

You are now operating on a different playing field where the rules have changed a bit for you. What this means is that if you go on a job interview and do not get the job, this means that God did not want you to have this job in the first place – and He was the One who closed the door on you getting that job so as to make sure that you did not go down a wrong path.

So when you keep getting rejected after several interviews, do not look at these rejections like you are a failure. Look at it that these were jobs that God did not want you to have in the first place, and that He was the One who was running interference so as to make sure that you did not end up taking those wrong jobs.

Remember – God already has your next new job all set up and planned out for you. All you have to do is simply wait for His timing to bring it to you!

I know the waiting can really get to you, but this is how God develops the fruit of patience and faith in your personality. You simply have to have full faith, trust, and belief that God now has your life completely in His hands and that He will now bring you the right job at the right time.

And not only does God have a set plan and a set future for your life – but He also has a set timetable in which all of these plans will manifest in your life. You simply have to learn how to have patience during these waiting periods. In the meantime, God will make sure and arrange that you have enough money and support coming in to help keep you afloat until this next job comes through. This is where you have to learn how to have complete faith in the Lord to do all of this for you.

Trust me, both Chris and I have been put through the waiting ringer plenty of times, and God has never failed to keep us afloat and open the door to the next step in our walk with Him when the time was right. You can take that fact to the bank!



I will now give you some of the best verses from Scripture that will show you that it is now God’s job to fully guide you every step of the way as you now embark on this new journey with Him.

Study these verses very carefully! This is where many Christians really miss the boat with God. Too many Christians are running there own lives and making their own choices instead of turning the reigns of their life over to God the Father for Him to fully handle.

Only God knows what your true potentials are in this life – and He is the only One who can arrange to have those full potentials maximized and realized in this life!

1.  This first verse will specifically tell you that God now has a definite PLAN and FUTURE set up for your life. This is from the prophet Jeremiah and it is a very popular verse.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Notice the words “to give you.” God is going to give you, to bring to you His specific plans and future that He now has in store for your life.

2.  Memorize this next verse. This one liner is extremely powerful.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23) 

Another way to look at this is that a step is one day in your life. What this means is that God now has each day of your life perfectly planned out for you to the day that you depart from this life. You are now on the yellow brick road with the yellow color now being the light of God Himself.

Your job is to now live each day to its fullest, always trying to do the best at whatever God will be calling you to do for Him on that particular day. If you can learn how to keep this kind of mindset, you will be less likely to throw pity parties when things do not go the way you think they should. 

3.  Study this next verse very carefully as it really applies to your situation

 ”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

What this verse means is that at times you will have to plan things out, try to figure things out, start testing things out. As you are doing all of this, God will then direct your steps as you are walking them out, and before you know it, you will then end up at the place where God will want you to be at.

This verse perfectly fits into what you are dealing with right now on your job situation. You now have to seek after this next new job, but as you are in the process of seeking after this next new job – God will then make sure that He perfectly guides your steps all the way so that you can then land in the next job that He will want you to have. You will thus find it as you are seeking after it.

4.  Here is another very powerful verse that will tell us that God will provide us with His divine protection if we are willing to listen to Him and follow His ways.

“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33)

Notice the words “listen to me.” God leads – you follow. If you do, then God will give you safe and secure dwelling in this life and protection from evil things!

This is a very powerful promise for all believers. Many Christians find themselves in one dire circumstance after another as a result of not listening to God and doing what He wants them to be doing with their lives.

5.  The next 5 verses will tell you that God will now be fully guiding your steps in this life.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)


Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)


“I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)


“For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:14)


“The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)

Notice the specific words that God will “guide you continually, be our guide even to death, guide you with His eye, leads you by the way you should go, teaches you to profit, instructs you and directs your paths.”

These are extremely powerful words. All of these verses make it very clear that it is God’s job to fully guide and direct your steps in this life. And all of this is given to you free of charge. This is why you can let go and let God. This is why the Bible tells us that we can now cast allof our burdens and cares upon the Lord – because it is now His job to take full and complete care of all of us from the moment we fully surrender everything over to Him.

6.  This next verse now goes one step further and specifically tells us that it is not our responsibility to direct our own steps in this life, that this responsibility now belongs to God and God alone!

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

Put this verse together with all of the other ones listed above – and it becomes quite clear that it is God’s job to direct our steps in this life – not ours!

7.  Stephanie, this next verse is especially for you. Notice the last sentence where it tells you to trust in God, to wait patiently for Him, and that He will bring it to pass!

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass … Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:4,7)



Stephanie, I know it can get rather stressful and trying while waiting for God to bring this next job to you – but this is where you really have to give yourself pep talks from time to time when you start to get too down, just like a professional athlete does when he starts to go into a slump. The professional athlete can either quit, or talk himself back into the game until he gets his swing or shot back.

In this game with God, we have to give ourselves pep talks from time to time, telling ourselves that God has complete control of our entire situation, that the ship is not going to sink, and that our breakthrough will come at the exact time that He has it set up to occur on His timetable.

Until that happens, do what the last verse says to do – “Rest in the Lord.” Otherwise you will drive yourself crazy with all of the nervous energy that will start to eat at you and rob you of your peace and joy that you now have in the Lord. When it is all said and done, you will look back on all of this and see that you had wasted a tremendous amount of negative energy, since it will have been shown to you that God finally came through for you.

Trust me – I have seen God come through time and time again without fail. There is a saying that many have heard – “God is never late, but He is never early.” This means that God will come in with the breakthrough on His time schedule – not ours!

I hope all of the above will help give you some peace of mind. The Bible is truly the infallible Word of our Holy God, and you can totally and completely rely on what all of the above Scripture verses are trying to tell you.



Holy 140 characters! Pope tweets for Jesus

Pope Benedict XVI has fired off a tweet to the world, launching the communications-challenged Vatican into yet another new media realm. It’s already on Facebook and YouTube.

According to the Associated Press, it read:

Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.


For the those who have been waiting impatiently for Rome to get it’s message act together, the announcement of the new portal intended to be an easy, up-to-date aggregate site for Vatican information, was a hopeful sign.


Earlier this year, the Vatican had a blogger summit that encouraged the Catholic voices to help spread it’s message. Whispers in the Loggia Rocco Palmo tweeted #vbm11 that officials say


We want to hear what people think — on their blogs.” Ergo, friends, have at it.


The initiative is none-too-soon if you go by critics such as National Catholic Reporter columnist John Allen who calledVatican communications a “train wreck.” He was speaking at a seminar sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center with theologian and papal biographer George Weigel.


Weigel whacked Vatican officials who, he said,


… “can appear to be dissembling or disinterested when there is no well-formed intent to deceive, they just don’t know what’s going on,” And their default position — no story is a good story — “is completely dumb.”


So, what’s up on the new portal besides touting the papal tweet?


There’s a link to Benedict’s homily for the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul; plans for his upcoming trip to Spain and a link to the latest from Vatican Radio.


But it does veer into Vatican-speak. Take the intro to a feature on the celebration of Benedict’s 60 years as a priest. He was ordained in 1951. It begins:


In his essential and limpid autobiographical account published in 1997…


Limpid?? Well, it’s the first day so perhaps folks will cut his web team some slack.


What you won’t see on the new portal: Folks who make headlines saying women will one day be ordained Catholic priests. John Allen writes that a veteran prelate, Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, has said such ordination will happen


… only “when God wants it,” although not in our lifetimes, and that now is not the time to raise the question.


Theologically there is no fundamental obstacle,” Policarpo was quoted as saying. “We could say there’s a tradition, because it’s never been done.”



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Summer is the season for kicking back and doing nothing, which means it’s always summer in Lexington, Kentucky

Summer is the season for kicking back and doing nothing, which means it’s always summer in Lexington, Kentucky. In fact, folks there didn’t need to lift a finger to be named America’s Most Sedentary City, since movement of any kind means you’re not a committed couch potato.


Now, we don’t doubt the Lexington work ethic—it’s the workout ethic we question. We looked at where and how often people exercise (Experian Marketing Services); the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable a week and buy more than 11 video games a year (Mediamark Research); and the rate of deaths from deep-vein thrombosis, a condition linked to a lot of sitting (CDC). And since some people define “exercise” loosely, we gave credit for any physical activity in the past month (CDC).


Least active

100 Lexington, KY F

99 Indianapolis, IN F

98 Jackson, MS F

97 Charleston, WV F

96 Oklahoma City, OK F

95 Tulsa, OK F

94 Little Rock, AR F

93 Nashville, TN F

92 Laredo, TX F

91 Birmingham, AL F


90 Charlotte, NC F

89 Corpus Christi, TX F

88 Memphis, TN F

87 Wichita, KS F

86 Sioux Falls, SD F

85 Fort Wayne, IN F

84 Omaha, NE F

83 Toledo, OH F

82 Lincoln, NE F

81 Louisville, KY D-

80 Greensboro, NC D-

79 Des Moines, IA D-

78 Columbus, OH D

77 Las Vegas, NV D

76 Cincinnati, OH D

75 Jacksonville, FLD

74 Billings, MT D

73 El Paso, TX D

72 Lubbock, TX D

71 Buffalo, NY D+

70 Houston, TX D+

69 Columbia, SC D+

68 New Orleans, LA D+

67 Tampa, FLD+

66 San Antonio, TX D+

65 Winston-Salem, NC D+

64 Plano, TX D+

63 St. Louis, MO D+

62 Bakersfield, CA D+

61 Cheyenne, WY D+

60 Fargo, ND D+

59 Fresno, CA C-

58 Cleveland, OH C-

57 Detroit, MI C-

56 Dallas, TX C-

55 Virginia Beach, VA C-

54 Chesapeake, VA C-

53 Kansas City, MO C-

52 Milwaukee, WI C-

51 Durham, NC C

50 Fort Worth, TX C

49 Raleigh, NC C

48 Orlando, FLC

47 Pittsburgh, PA C

46 Albuquerque, NM C

45 Riverside, CA C

44 Stockton, CA C

43 Jersey City, NJ C+

42 Newark, NJ C+

41 Providence, RI C+

40 Richmond, VA C+

39 Sacramento, CA C+

38 Philadelphia, PA C+

37 Santa Ana, CA C+

36 Baton Rouge, LA C+

35 Phoenix, AZ B-

34 Norfolk, VA B-

33 New York, NY B-

32 St. Petersburg, FLB-

31 Chicago, IL B-

30 Baltimore, MD B-

29 Colorado Springs, CO B-

28 Aurora, CO B

27 Los Angeles, CA B

26 Boise, ID B

25 Anchorage, AK B

24 Honolulu, HI B

23 Burlington, VT B

22 Wilmington, DE B

21 San Diego, CA B+

20 Madison, WI B+

19 Tucson, AZ B+

18 Boston, MA B+

17 San Jose, CA B+

16 Manchester, NH B+

15 Portland, OR B+

14 Austin, TX A-

13 St. Paul, MN A-

12 Miami, FLA-

11 Bridgeport, CT A-


Most active

10 Minneapolis, MN A-

9 Denver, CO A-

8 Atlanta, GA A-

7 Portland, ME A-

6 Reno, NV A-

5 Salt Lake City, UT A-

4 Washington, DC A

3 Oakland, CA A

2 San Francisco, CA A+

1 Seattle, WA A+

SUCCESS is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best u a are capable of..

I may not find “success” BUT  “No man is a failure who is enjoying life.” ~William Faulkner



“Everything that Happens to Us has a Blessing Built into it” ~Wayne Dyer



A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. – E.M.

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.- Jim Elliot

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves. ~ Bob Proctor



“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton.

Although sometimes difficult~ Try to be loving while showing kindness and compassion for they are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference… in our own lives and those of others



On this Birthday weekend celebrating the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, I’m Matt Sexton. Remember if attending a parade…STAND UP WHEN THE VETS AND OUR NATIONS COLORS GO BY! It is not only patriotic, BUT RESPECTFUL of why we have weekends like this, Here’s whats Happenin’

4th Of July Events
Franklin County

• Grove City: Saturday, Blast at Beulah, 5:30 p.m., Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd., family events, music and food; fireworks, 10 p.m. Join 95.5 The Hawk’s Miss Lisa starting at 8pm and listen to the Blast at Beulah Fireworks Soundtrack on Wink 107.1

• Columbus: Friday, activities begin 10a.m., Downtown, music, food, vendors and kids activities; parade, 6 p.m. from COSI Columbus; fireworks, 10p.m. July Fourth, Doo Dah Parade, 1 p.m. on Buttles Avenue in the Short North

• Bexley: Monday, John Barr Bexley Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk, 165 N. Parkview Ave., 8 a.m.; parade, 9:30 a.m. from 2754 Maryland Ave.; community celebration, 5:30p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m., launched from soccer fields near College and Astor avenues

• Clintonville: Monday, Activities start 8a.m., end with fireworks, 10p.m., Whetstone Park

• Gahanna: Monday, Freedom Festival, 6:30 p.m., music, food and drinks; fireworks, 10 p.m., Gahanna Municipal Golf
Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Rd.

• Groveport: Friday, Craft for Kids, 7 p.m.; fireworks, dusk

• Hilliard: Monday, Parade, 10 a.m.; food, family games and entertainment, 6p.m., Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

• New Albany: Monday, Festival, parade, 11a.m., New Albany Middle School parking lot; fireworks, 9:45p.m.

• Upper Arlington: Monday, Parade, 9 a.m. from Zollinger Road and Northwest Boulevard; festivities with bands, teen dance, 5 p.m., Northam Park, 2070 Northam Rd.; fireworks, 10p.m.

• Westerville: Monday, 5K walk and run, registration, 6:30 a.m., Hoff Woods Park; parade, 1 p.m. along State Street; Westerville Symphony free concert, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., 9p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.

• Worthington: Monday, Family picnic, food and entertainment, 4 p.m., Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.; fireworks, 10 p.m.

Delaware County

• Delaware: Monday, Parade, 3 p.m. from county fairgrounds through downtown; Central Ohio Symphony free concert, 7:30 p.m., Ohio Wesleyan University; fireworks, 10 p.m., campus fields along Henry Street

Fairfield County

• Buckeye Lake: Friday, fireworks over lake, dusk; July Fourth, boat parade, noon, Lieb’s Island State Park

• Lancaster: Monday, Parade, 10 a.m., and fireworks, 10 p.m., both at county fairgrounds; if rain, will be July 5

• Pickerington: Monday, Parade, 6 p.m., and fireworks, 10 p.m., both at Victory Park.

Licking County

• Granville: Friday through Monday, carnival rides, games, food and entertainment, start 6:30 p.m. Friday, fireworks, 10 p.m., Wildwood Park. July Fourth, Firecracker 5K race, 8:15 a.m, Denison University Mitchell Center; parade, 10:45 a.m. E. and W. Broadway.

• Heath: Saturday, Star-Spangled Banner Celebration, 5 p.m., food, games and entertainment; fireworks, 10 p.m., Geller Park

• Johnstown: Sunday, fireworks, dusk, Johnstown High School

• Newark: Sunday, Independence Day Celebration, food and entertainment, 6 p.m., Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College; Newark Symphony, Martha Grace Reese Amphitheater, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 10p.m.

Madison County

• London: Friday, activities all day until 9 p.m.; Sunday, activities start 1 p.m., entertainment, food and music; fireworks, 10 p.m.; July Fourth, parade, 11 a.m., Cowling Park

• Mount Sterling: Events Thursday through Monday; July Fourth, parade, 10 a.m., Vets Field

• Plain City: Monday, Parade, 3:30 p.m., Pastime Park; fireworks, dusk

Pickaway County

• Ashville: Thursday through Monday, fish fry, entertainment and midway rides, Ashville Community Park; parade, 11 a.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.

Union County

• Marysville: Monday, Parade, 10 a.m.; fireworks, dusk, Union County Fairgrounds

Owl City   and Mat Kearney play The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Red, White & Boom!
Dates: July 1, 2011
Location: Downtown riverfront
Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-midnight. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Admission: Free

Phone: 614-421-BOOM

The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest will be fired from its location at Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus, displaying a vibrant look with an exciting environment. Enjoy great food, live music and fireworks at the 31st celebration of Red, White & BOOM!

JR Brow performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ rated “PG-13.” This is a movie, I can’t see. Not because it is bad, but the action is so intense, I get motion sick, and my ADHD goes off the chart, and no…I am not kidding.
Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in ‘Larry Crowne’ rated “PG-13.”

A movie I kinda liked ‘Beastly’ rated “PG-13.”  ‘Beastly’ is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty.

Mark Wills   releases “ Looking for America”

Limp Bizkit is BACK with “Gold Cobra”


Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Good Guys Car Show at The Ohio Expo Center July8-11th

Tough Mudder Wisconsin July 22nd-24th

Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31


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Greetings from The “Isle” of Dublin Ohio, with a gun toting “Island Boy”

GREETINGS from the Home Office in Dublin Ohio, in route to my weekend in the “Islands” well…at least a ‘Sand Bar” with friends and my buddy Uncle Kracker at Crew Stadium.

It feels good to be home for an extended period, but it has not been a relaxing week. I have been working on projects and landed 3 national contracts. I am not saying I deserve them, but I am happy to get them and know I am lucky!


What I do deserve is to feel safe in my own home…this was not the case this week. Well actually I did feel safe due to the small arsenal I own and collect. But I guess there is someone out there that did not know that. I guess the same person did not know I have a LARGE dog, who, while may want to have you rub her belly…she CAN eat your leg off. And from her recent size she put on at my parents, I think she could and still be hungry.


I had just come home from my parents from getting my dog after 6 long weeks. I came in, and went upstairs to unpack some of my new gear from PFI Western (by the way some amazing products, and a great staff! ANYWAY…I went upstairs to unpack and wind down my day , and Pepper who is usually snoring and asleep jumped up and began barking profusely. I assumed it was a bird (she thinks birds are her mortal enemy-yet leaves, cats, squirrels CHIPMUNKS, alone) or someone outside walking a dog late at night. She then sprinted down the stairs and…well I followed to yell at her to relax! As I came down stairs I wondered why I heard rain (it was storming, and I thought maybe I had a leak in my back slider door?). As I came down the stairs, the blinds were rustling and the door was open (it was NOT open when I came home).

I grabbed one of my pieces and surveyed the area, the potential perp got away, but it still startled me. I called Dublin PD and they arrived.


“We came by quicker than normal for a non emergency to make sure you didn’t go after them.” Hmm DPD knows me well LOL. We did a walk through, and nothing was gone, and made some jokes. I found it funny that DPD said “it’s a good thing your dog got to them before you did, they may have been scared, but at least alive.”


Yes I (and the perp) are lucky that the World Famous Pepper Dog were home for a whole 15minutes after 6 weeks. I was a lil startled to find out that after further review, there was no water, or “damp” areas on the carpet inside the door. Either the perp was inside when we came home and Pepper heard them leave, or she heard the door open.

I have always had an open door policy to all my friends. This is still the case, but to protect my dog, my property, and the safety of any attempted perp…my open door policy now requires a key (I have plenty and can get anyone who needs one a copy).


I am from a small town with Good Ole American Values. Those values include hard work, appreciating what you got, and taking care of those you care about. It is also about this GREAT Country and the freedoms and rights we

have. One of those is the Right to protection, and THE RIGHT to Bear Arms. All of these mean a lot to me.


I was thinking I will do anything I need to do to protect my house, my property, and my life. The question I ask is…Is a plasma screen TV worth your life? Cause protecting it is!


In the words of Charlie Daniels “If ya ever wanna try again son, come on back cause I’m the best there’s ever been!” To make official, my address is 6287 Tara Hill (wanna try me?)

Busy week and a busy weekend not just for me, but all of C-Bus. This weekend is ComFest. This could be a great event for the community of arts, crafts, unity, and music. BUT while it is thought of as this, it is truly not.


ComFest is an event that while labeled “open minds” the only “minds” who are welcomed are; artists who perform for free, those who are open to ALL Gay rights, and those who ONLY support Liberal Ideas. Wanna argue with me? Walk with me when I wear my Bush/Chaney 2004 T-shirt. See how “welcomed” I am by the “open minds.”


I don’t have a problem with ComFest, just label it what it is….closed minded Bi*ch Fest where no one is happy with anyone who does not share their same mindedness. But I will be there on Sunday to show support, cause while I have my own opinions…I am open minded and support all!!!

The Summer has officially come. The fireflies are out in full buzz, the days are longer with the days hot and the nights cool…and Chesney is here this weekend to make sure that “Summer time is finally here and that ole 

ballpark man is back in gear”


I am putting together my playlist for the Crew Stadium Parking Lot Pre-Party. I got my new hat, new boots, and a brand new attitude.


Listening to Kenny I am reminded of a few things, many things that Country Music does…life-CAN SUCK but gotta find the good and even appreciate the bad-NEITHER WILL LAST, and both will make you enjoy life to the fullest.


Even with all the heartache, bad times, and WAY TOO EARLY MORNINGS WITH LATE NIGHTS.

I am proud of my upbringing in Nerk! While listening to KC, I am reminded that while Nerk Ahia, did not provide the opportunities I needed for success it is not a bad place, and IT WAS THE PERFECT PLACE for me to grow up. The down home values of hard work and faith are finally coming to resolution in my life and I am very happy and proud to say I am from NERK AHIA.

Well in the town where I was raised,

the clock ticked and the cattle grazed

Time passed with amazing grace,

Back where I come from


You can lie on a river bank,

paint your name on a water tank

Miscount all the beers you drank,

Back where I come from


Back where I come from

Where I’ll be when its said and done

I’m proud as anyone

That’s where I come from


We learned in Sunday school,

who made the sun shine through

I know who made the moon shine too,

Back where I come from


Blue eyes on a Saturday night,

tan legs in the broad daylight

TV’s they were black and white,

Back where I come from


Back where I come from

Where I’ll be when its said and done

I’m proud as anyone

That’s where I come from


Some say it’s a backward place,

narrow minds on a narrow wage

But I make it a point to say,

that’s where I come from


Back where I come from

Where I’ll be when its said and done

I’m proud as anyone

That’s where I come from


That’s where I come from

Well Im proud as anyone …


Now I am not saying I get along with everyone in Nerk, I was home this week and lifted at a local gym. I heard all the “isn’t that…” and “he thinks he is so…” NOPE none are true and I am realizing that what makes Nerk (or any small town) the perfect place for me to grow up and leave…is also what holds some back and in a bubble of what they don’t understand. Getting out or staying in any small town is a matter of comfort zones, this does not make anyone bad and not all that different…cause any small town kid can say;


That’s where I come from!!!


Again I am happy where I am in life and know that I am truly blessed to have the chances to do whatever the hell it is I do! My life is great, but not perfect-


Everybody thinks I’ve got it all

Nobody really does, do they?

I’ve got more than I deserve, more than I ever dreamed

But there’s always a price you pay

It’s been an amazing road

I’ve been blessed, I know

But at the end of the day I go home alone


Regardless I wake up every day happy…and working hard to either accomplish what is needed for my own perfection…or move on to what is needed and in the plans of the Big Dude above. But no matter what I want to bring some joy to someone

I was wastin her time, waitin on dreams that just weren’t comin true

And this old highway seems to understand

Leadin me on to somewhere that no one knows my name

I got the window rolled down, I got the radio up

I’m doin all that I can to get my mind off us


Now the sun’s goin down on my broken heart

Lord, I gotta go bak before I get too far-Kenny Chesney


So this “Tin Man” is off to enjoy the weekend of “Islands in the Sun” Sipping on Tequila and Cruzan Rum, and yes I will be in My “Old Blue Chair” maybe even take my Tractor…I am a PROUD “Ohioan” but yet in my mind I am an “Island Boy” who is “French Kissing Life” while “Wanting to go to Heaven”…just enjoying “The Good Stuff.”


Yes I may want to “do a lot of things different” but “life is good” and I WILL find out how “forever feels.”


Well the Sun is going down on this week. Make it a great one!


Finally…there is a NASTY ear infection going around. I have had 3 friends in the hospital in the last 4 weeks. If you start feeling bad, get to the DR quickly! This thing is sneaking up on folks and they are ending up in the Hospital.




Cocktails at the Commons

Friday, Jun 24, 2011 — 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy happy hour and music at Columbus Commons and start the weekend off right!

DJ Matt Sexton, Challenge Inflatable’s and Rock Climbing Wall

($5 All-Access Pass)

Complimentary Beer Tasting – While supplies last!




Wink 107.1/ 95.5 The Hawk Kenny Chesney Tailgate Party

Saturday, June 25 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Crew Stadium parking lot


Look for Wink 107.1 & 95.5 The Hawk in the parking lot of Crew Stadium Saturday starting at 4pm with our RV and HUGE Kenny Chesney tailgate broadcast with Sandbar tickets, ticket upgrades and BACKSTAGE passes plus music from DJ Matt Sexton!!! Brought to you by the Herb & Garden Center, Alum Creek RV & Marine, Dream Seats, Subway, Miller Lite, the UA Pub & your Country Concert Combo! 95.5 The Hawk & Wink 107.1!




Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?




Long St Boom Stage at Red White and Boom

presented by the U.S. Army

Friday, July 1 · 12:00pm – 11:30pm

Kaplan Artists Group LLC and Central City Recording have partnered with Red White and Boom in 2011 to bring you the entertainment for this year’s Long St. Boom Stage Presented by the U.S. Army.


You will see and hear a “WOW” factor from Columbus Ohio’s best local performers like you have never seen before!! Come early to get the best seat that you can as the view of the fireworks is PRIME from this location as well!!!


MC/DJ All Day: Matt Sexton


12:00p Alex White

1:00p Maza Blaska

2:00p Misfit Toys

3:00p The Forties

4:00p She Bears

5:00p Alleyes Path

6:00p The Compressions

7:00p Ghost Shirt

8:00p Phantods

9:00-9:45p Mr. Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys


10:30p Mr. Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys


Red White and Boom!!!




4th of July before the Fireworks. Bring your family to Thomas Worthington High School


Thomas Worthington HS, Worthington, OH 43085

Mon: 4:00 pm      –        12:00 am

4th of July before the Fireworks.

Bring your family to Thomas Worthington High School

4pm through the Fireworks.


Parking Lot

Public Transit-COTA bus route 2X to SR-161. Buses are not scheduled to run after the fireworks.



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ALSO,  It is perfect weather for the pool, let me help you get into your best shape (inside and out!) Send an e-mail to for availability and specialized individual workout plans.




To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are. – Unknown


“Stop, look around and realize just how many people are using your light to illuminate their path.” ~ David Carrizales




Feelin this way the last few weeks-I may be “The Highwayman” BUT I’M STILL ALIVE!


I miss my mullet, I miss the 80’s!


Classic! They were AWESOME last week at The Show Me Fest


I have new admiration for this band…but this song kinda hit me last Sunday (My friends in “fill in the blank”)


This week was the Summer Solstice, and HE is in town this Saturday-It’s Summertime!!!


Reminds me of Nerk, not only a kid with Rock & Roll dreams stuck in a small town like “Ren” from Footloose, but also hangin at Tony’s Bar with my “fake ID”



Fear does not come from yourself; it comes from those that think themselves above you. Do not fear. Do not live in fear. Stand up to fear, and be who you are. All anyone can ask from you is your best, and that is what I’m going to give. Are you?-Luke Fickell





Meal Groups at

Ronald McDonald House


Families at the Ronald McDonald House depend on the generosity of people like you in the community to provide, prepare and serve meals each and every night.


We currently have 3 open dates in early July, and our families need your help. Those dates are:


July 4 – Dinner

July 7 – Dinner

July 8 – Dinner


By providing a meal for our guests at the Ronald McDonald House, your group will make a direct impact on the families of seriously ill children being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals in Columbus. The stress of having a child in the hospital can be very challenging. That is why it is so important that we have friends like you who can alleviate stress by providing our guests with a home cooked meal every night. Please consider how you can help us fill the gaps in our meal schedule this summer. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Meal Program, please call the Meal Line at 614-227-3769. Thank you for your support.


Please Provide a Meal

Call 614-227-3769





Yuengling finally coming to Ohio


D.G. Yuengling and Son will enter the Ohio market later this year — possibly as early as October.


“It’s going to be so exciting,” said Pat Noone, the brewery’s business development manager and the one spearheading the move into the Buckeye State.” The launch in your state is going to be huge. It’s probably going to be the most successful launch in Yuengling’s history.”


Yuengling is the oldest operating brewery in America and has a cult following for its popular brands, which include Traditional Lager, Original Black & Tan, Porter and Lord Chesterfield Ale. The company — which is in 14 states now — isn’t distributed in Ohio, forcing hardcore fans to drive to neighboring Pennsylvania to stock up.


“The reason we haven’t been in the state is because we haven’t had the beer to service the state,” Noone said. “Ohio is one of largest states in the country and in terms of beer consumption, and we needed to make sure that when we did come, we were able to service the state properly.”


The company, based in Pottsville, Pa., is expanding its Mill Creek brewery in Pennsylvania to handle the move into Ohio. No one recently traveled around the state meeting with potential distributors, retailers and customers.


“The level of excitement across the entire state is high, very high,” he said. “They want us and they can’t wait until we get here.”


The company is shooting for an October launch. It may be later than that, though, depending on the expansion and time involved setting up a distribution network, Noone added. Yuengling is the fourth-largest brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.



‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn dies in fiery Pa. crash

“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who along with his cast mates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in afiery car crash. He was 34.

Dunn, a daredevil who gained notoriety for diving into a sewage tank and performing other unsavory stunts, was driving his 2007 Porsche in suburban Philadelphia when it careened off the road, flipped over a guardrail and crashed into the woods before bursting into flames. A passenger, Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, Pa., was also killed, and speed may have been a factor in the crash, West Goshen Township police said.

The force of impact shattered the vehicle into several twisted and blackened pieces, leaving the Porsche 911 GT3 unrecognizable except for a door that was thrown from the crash and not incinerated. A 100-foot-long tire skid marked where the car left the roadway.

Both Dunn and Hartwell were severely burned. Police said they were able to identify Dunn through his tattoos and hair.

Dunn appeared on MTV shows “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam” and the three “Jackass” big-screen adaptations. He also was the star of his own MTV show, “Homewrecker,” and just began hosting the show “Proving Ground” on the G4 cable network.

G4 spokesman Dave Welch said “Proving Ground,” which premiered June 11 with the second episode slated to air Tuesday, was being pulled for now until the network can discuss the show’s future.

Dunn’s longtime friend and fellow “Jackass” daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted on Monday afternoon, “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.”

Dunn also starred in the yet-to-be-released film “Living Will.” The film’s website describes Dunn’s character as a “party bum slacker (who) returns from the dead as a mischievous and perverted ghost.”

In a statement, MTV praised Dunn’s humor and enthusiasm and said he would be missed.

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade,” said Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music/Films Group. “The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.”

Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at age 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met Bam Margera on his first day of high school, according to a biography posted on his website.

Dunn, Margera, Christopher Raab (known as Raab Himself) and Brandon DiCamillo, under the moniker CKY for “Camp Kill Yourself,” started making videos that featured them skateboarding and performing stunts.

Dunn was working as a welder and at a gas station when Knoxville, a friend of Margera’s through the skateboarding circuit, asked the crew to allow their videos to be part of the series “Jackass,” which became a hit on MTV and ran from 2000 to 2002.

Perhaps his most famous stunt, in 2002’s “Jackass: The Movie,” involved inserting a toy car into his rectum and going to an emergency room, where he made up a story that he was in mysterious pain after passing out at a fraternity party. Dunn’s X-ray from the hospital became a popular T-shirt for “Jackass” fans.

That first movie, filmed on a budget of just $5 million, went on to make more than $60 million in the United States alone. The most recent installment, released in 3-D in 2010, brought in $50 million on its opening weekend alone.

In a 2000 stunt, he dived into a tank at a raw sewage plant wearing flippers, a mask and a snorkel.

A few hours before the 3 a.m. crash, Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking with two friends. The photo has since been removed.

Autopsies were to be conducted Monday, though it was unclear when the results would be released.

According to court documents, Dunn was charged in April 2005 with driving under the influence after crashing his car in West Whiteland Township, about 2 miles north of Monday’s crash site. The documents show he successfully completed a program designed for first-time, nonviolent offenders that allows charges to be dismissed after defendants finish the program.



Penn Badgley Cast As Late Singer Jeff Buckley In Biopic

According to Deadline, the “Gossip Girl” star will play the late rocker in the upcoming “Greetings From Tim Buckley.”


The film is based on the true story of Jeff attempting to come to grips with his father, Tim, abandoning him and is centered on the days leading up to the famed 1991 tribute concert to the elder Buckley in 1991, which launched Jeff’s career before he died in 1997 at the age of 30.


“To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologized as a human being… it’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project,” Penn said in a statement.


According to Patrick Milling Smith of Smuggler Films, the company producing the film, the search for right actor to play the singer took time.


“We had been searching well over a year for an actor that can come close to Jeff’s spirit while also having the serious musical chops required to authentically tell this story. Penn’s audition blew us away and we knew we found our star,” Smith said.


Badgley’s project is not the only movie in the works about Jeff Buckley. According to the Los Angeles Times, a different biographical film is being developed about the late singer that will be directed by Jake Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”). Buckley’s mother will serve as an executive producer on that movie.

“Greetings from Tim Buckley” is slated to start shooting in August in New York City.




Tone Loc Arrested For Domestic Violence
‘Funky Cold Medina’ MC released on bail after alleged altercation with a woman on Saturday.

Rapper Tone Loc was arrested on Saturday afternoon for suspicion of felony domestic violence, following an alleged physical altercation with the mother of one of his children.

The 45-year-old Los Angeles MC (born Anthony Terrell Smith), best known for his late 1980s rap hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina,” was arrested around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday at an apartment complex inBurbank, California, according to TMZ.

At press time, it was reported that the sometime actor had posted the $50,000 bail and was released from jail after three hours. Police did not reveal who the alleged victim in the incident was.

Best known for his gravelly voice and laid-back attitude, Loc’s two best-selling singles came from his 1989 debut, Loc-ed After Dark, which was followed by the less-successful 1991 disc Cool Hand Loc. After his music career cooled off, the rapper used his unmistakable voice to launch a second career as a voice-over star and sometime movie actor, appearing in films such as “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” and “Posse.”

He’s also lent his voice to the movies “FernGully: The Last Rainforest,” “A Cool Like That Christmas” and “Titan A.E.,” as well as the TV shows “King of the Hill” and “C-Bear and Jamal.”

Last December, Loc was arrested for DUI, but his manager told TMZ that his client does not drink and it was a seizure that caused him to drive erratically.


Like its multi-hyphenate author, Jay-Z, Decoded is many things at once. At its core, Decoded is an eloquent and candid memoir detailing the story of a man who was born in a Brooklyn housing project, spent his teen years dealing drugs on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up to be one of his generation’s most successful artists and businessmen. But Decoded is much more than a memoir: it is an intensely personal homage to hip-hop, as written by a man who so clearly adores the art form; it is a rare glimpse of the unexpectedly deep meanings behind the most recognizable rap lyrics of the last decade; and it is a truly moving collection of essays on topics ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the decline of the music industry. Unconventional type design, line drawings, and photographs visually emphasize the author’s message that rap is a form that transcends and defies easy categorization. There’s not much in the way of celebrity gossip here, but what we get, instead, is a gritty and enormously compelling look inside the cultural phenomenon of rap, from one of the men who contributed so much to its shape. 

When you’re famous and say you’re writing a book, people assume that it’s an autobiography–I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that’s not what this is. I’ve never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too.

Decoded is first and foremost, a book of rhymes, which is ironic because I don’t actually write my rhymes–they come to me in my head and I record them. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics–stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80’s and 90’s, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But it always comes back to the rhymes. There’s poetry in hip-hop lyrics–not just mine, but in the work of all the great hip-hop artists, from KRS-One and Rakim to Biggie and Pac to a hundred emcees on a hundred corners all over the world that you’ve never heard of. The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives–mine–and will show you how the things I’ve experienced and observed have made their way into the art I’ve created. It’s also about how my work is sometimes not about my life at all, but about pushing the boundaries of what I can express through the poetry of rap–trying to use words to find fresh angles into emotions that we all share, which is the hidden mission in even the hardest hip-hop. Decoded is a book about some of my favorite songs–songs that I unpack and explain and surround with narratives about what inspired them–but behind the rhymes is the truest story of my life.




Sgt Reckless – Korean War Horse Hero

Here is a video about a warrior you may never have heard about. Sgt. Reckless was a Korean War veteran of a different kind. She was a Marine with the 5th Marines Recoilless Rifle Co. SSgt. Reckless was wounded twice in action and went through some of the toughest campaigns of that war.  Reckless was an American icon at the time of the Korean War, but is, sadly, unknown today. There will never be another story like this one. Enjoy and pass it on.



Community helps two women with disabilities move into place of their own

Moving out of her parents’ house might be scary at first, but Chelsea Babione is excited as part of her new house arrives in Marysville.


The first half of the 1,450-square-foot home rolls out of a warehouse where about 50 Marysville High School students in a construction-trades technology program and other volunteers had spent two years building the home.


Like most other 21-year-olds, Chelsea Babione dreamed of one day moving out of her parents’ home.

A disabling birth defect made that a challenge. The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities and dozens of volunteers made it a reality.


“I’m so excited to move in and get out of my parents’ house,” said Babione, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Soon, she’ll be sharing a new house with a roommate, Elaine Pope, who has Down syndrome.

After more than two years and 18,000 man-hours of labor, half of the 1,450-square-foot home was moved to its foundation at 310 W. 8th St. yesterday. About 50 people cheered as police escorts led the flatbed truck carrying the half-house out of the parking lot of the warehouse where it had been built.

Construction began in January 2009, after the board received $160,000 from the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, said Kim Miller, superintendent of the board.


The home was built with the help of 50 Marysville High School students involved in Ohio-Hi Point Career Center’s construction-trades technology program, said Carol Scheiderer, spokeswoman for the board.

The students and others built the two sections inside a warehouse about five minutes from the home site to keep it out of the elements. However, when it came time to move each section, neither would fit through the warehouse doors.


So, a bigger door was installed, one with a $66,000 price tag.

Everyone knew the original doors were too small, but “there was commitment from all that it would be worked out,” Miller said. “Everyone went forward in faith.”


To pay for the new doors, Developmental Disabilities used $33,600 from its general fund; the warehouse owner, U-Co Industries, a sheltered workshop, kicked in $25,000; and Delaware Creative Housing contributed $8,000, Miller said.


The final construction cost for the home was $105,000, so the board had money left over from its federal grant, said Mike Corbett, executive director of the Delaware Creative Housing. The nonprofit corporation works with Developmental Disabilities to find housing for those with developmental disabilities.


After moving the first half of the home to its foundation, workers decided the ground was too wet to move the second half to the site and join them together. Still, Babione and Pope should be able to move in next month. They’ll pay $350 a month in rent.


Yesterday’s move drew curious neighbors as workers maneuvered the truck around trees and cars and under power lines. Babione recorded every second with her BlackBerry.


“Isn’t this cool, Chels?” said Babione’s father, Steve, hugging his daughter.


Mr. Babione said he initially was worried about her moving into the home without his supervision, but now he is comfortable with the arrangement.


The two women won’t be entirely on their own; caretakers will be available around the clock if problems arise.

“It might be a little scary at first,” Chelsea said, “but I’ll get the hang of it.”



The entire staff at PFI Western in Springfield Mizzouri. I had the chance to work with this group, and their store last week at The Show Me Festival. Not only is it an amazing staff…but also a GREAT place to order all your tack, and Western Swag from. They hooked me up, and I suggest ANYONE check them out on the web!



Minn. woman hides stolen $6,500 mink coat in her underwear for three days

A woman inMinnesota has admitted to stealing a $6,500 mink coatand hiding it in her underwear.

Stephanie Moreland, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony theft of property after being arrested on New Year’s Eve,  reports CBS station WCCO.


Police reportedly detained Moreland after the Alaskan Fur Company reported that a short mink coat was stolen by a woman who had been in the store acting suspiciously.


According to police, a sales associate accused Moreland of taking the coat, but she denied it and left. The sales associate took down Moreland’s license plate number and called police, reports WCCO.


When police located the car, they say they found the coat’s hanger but no coat.

They searched Moreland for weapons and booked her into jail for the weekend on possible theft charges. Three days later, a detective interviewed Moreland who then admitted she stole the coat but claimed she had already sold it.


When the investigator informed Moreland he would be sending her to the Hennepin County Jail downtown, he was shocked when she lifted up her dress and pulled out the mink coat from her underwear.

It turns out Moreland had apparently hidden the coat in her underwear for three days while being questioned by police in jail.


“She had modified her underwear. She actually cut the rear of the underwear out so that from the back it appeared she was not wearing underwear and then stuffed it down the front,” said Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehlik, at the time of the incident, reports WCCO.


Moreland’s sentencing has been set for Aug. 8.


 Don’t sue Mark Cuban right before the Mavs win a title
By Kelly Dwyer

If you own a small part of the Dallas Mavericks, a team that has won over at least 50 games for 11 straight years and ended up winning a title in 2011, it’s probably best not to term the team’s outspoken owner “reckless” in a lawsuit that can be thrown back in your face.
Minority partners in the Mavericks, the Hillwood Investment Properties, had sued Mark Cuban, alleging that he spent too much money on the team and should have instead paid out to the partners. These were the minority owners who owned the Mavericks before Cuban when the team was one of the worst in the league.
And what did Cuban do? Well, he tried to end the lawsuit against him by using a photo of the team .

Cuban can be annoying, though we wouldn’t term him “reckless.” He performs on reality TV shows. He enjoys wearing T-shirts that wouldn’t look out of place on online scribes that ask LeBron James(notes) about “shrinking” in the fourth quarter, after James had spent an entire fourth quarter initiating a potent offense and dominating on defense. Cuban is full of conspiracies, frailties, and he hardly respects what people like me do for a living.

He’s also a fantastic team owner. He lets the people he’s hired do the job he’s hired them to do, without attempting to do that job for them. And though he probably (read: definitely) knows the on/off court per-possession stats of particular players more than any other owner, and though he had a strong hand in his team’s first wave of trades and signings after taking over as Mavericks owner in 2000, Cuban has by and large meddled less than most other owners in his decade-plus of running the team. And earlier this month, his team medal’d, winning its first NBA championship.

Which is what makes a Mavericks’ minority owner’s lawsuit against a “reckless” Cuban so ill-timed. Which is also why Cuban took great joy in handing in a response to the minority owner Wednesday in a Dallas court. This isn’t a humblebrag, my friends. This is an owner that wants you and his minority shareholder and the court to know exactly what the Dallas Mavericks did a week and a half ago.

Sorry, the “World Champion Dallas Mavericks.”

Has there ever been a legal case decided by a judge yelling “SCOREBOARD” while he or she slams their gavel?



Ohio State University president Gordon Gee apologized to a group of Toledo nuns for remarks he made last year comparing smaller universities to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Gee made the public apology at the Ohio Statehouse where the organization was recognized by the Ohio Legislature.

Last fall, Gee suggested that college football teams like Boise State were not worthy of playing for a Bowl Championship Series title because major schools like Ohio State don’t play the “Little Sisters of the Poor.”

“Having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools,” Gee said last year. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.”

Gee’s remark made national headlines and even spurred retaliation.  In January, a Texas Christian University interest from outside Ohio purchased 20 electronic billboards across Columbus that read, “Congratulations to TCU for their BCS Rose Bowl Victory.  From the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

“I made the unfortunate comments about the fact that I compared some other football teams to the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Gee said on Tuesday.

“He didn’t know we were real,” said Sister Cecilia Sartorius of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Toledo-based group is on a mission to care for the poor elderly across Ohio.

“I am delighted about the fact that Sister Cecilia and I have now developed a wonderful relationship,” Gee said.  “I understand her work and value it deeply.”

Gee said that he will visit the Little Sisters of the Poor on Aug. 17.

“We’ve got some great new friends who are helping us,” Sartorius said.  “We won’t work him too hard when he comes to the home, maybe just cleaning here and there.”



You had nothing to do with the making of ur lungs, eyes, ears etc.. Relax God got this! Ull be fine!!!-Rev Run



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Near the end of his running career, Fairfield County farmer pushes through pain to chase Olympic berth one last time


When Rob Myers returned home in 2009, he traded his spikes for boots to work on the family’s Fairfield County farm. It eased his frustration with running, and the hard work reinforced the value of being resilient and optimistic. The next year he signed with a sponsor and started running again, training in the morning and working on the farm in the afternoon.


Rob Myers knows he might not make it to London, but whatever the outcome, a good life on the farm awaits.

The roar of thunder drowned out church bells ringing nearby, and lightning sliced the sky as Rob Myers tugged on his hat, rain dripping off its bill.


“I put my ball cap on to see where I’m going,” he said.


Torrential rain be damned, one of America’s most successful middle-distance runners was set for a 50-minute training run through downtown Lancaster.


Myers has forever burned to run, first pounding the fields and country roads as a child on his family’s farm in nearby Rushville, about 40miles southeast of Columbus.


The farm was on his mind this wet April morning. Locals will long recall the spring of 2011, when the heavens opened for two months of rain, fertile land turned to ponds, and farmers muttered with apprehension.

“We’re losing money by the day,” said Myers, whose stress and uneasiness were intensified by his other trade.

Pain and disappointment define running, especially for those who try to make a living at it.

Myers has won three U.S. indoor championships in the 1,500 meters since graduating from Ohio State in 2004, but his recent years have been strained by injuries and inconsistency.

Since 2008, he has been dropped by a sponsor, changed coaches three times and moved twice. He has dealt with the frustration of his body breaking down and had to ignore the devil of doubt whispering in his ear.


At 30, Myers is old for his event. Retirement looms. Yet, so does the 2012 London Olympics, his dream.

So Myers stepped out into a cold, hard rain. His right Achilles tendon ached. Lightning flashed.

He pulled his hat low and took off running toward a swollen creek, its current carrying the flotsam of daily life to who knows where.


Room with a view

Every day counts! 2012 Olympic Team!


The words are scribbled on paper and taped to a chest of drawers next to a Remington shotgun and a bed with no frame in the 107-year-old house Myers rents from his parents in Rushville.

Beneath the words, Myers wrote the number 57 four times, signifying the split times he hopes to run on each of the four laps in the 1,500 on Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The specter of Myers’ career fills his room.


A framed USA jersey that he wore in a World Championship meet hangs above his bed. Two other world championship jerseys are in a closet, along with a tangled mass of medals.


Those relics of accomplishment remind Myers of his younger self, the kid who finished third at the Olympic Trials in 2004, back when the world seemed an open path.


Running has taken Myers to 15 nations around the world, an odyssey once unimaginable when he was an Opie Taylor in spikes winning three state titles at Fairfield Union High School in 1998 and 1999.

Running took him home again in August 2009.


Myers was miserable at the time. He had left his longtime coach the previous year and moved to Michigan, only to have a hamstring pull sour his 2009 outdoor season and torpedo his self-confidence. Myers, a natural worrier, saw his inner compass going haywire.


“You train so hard to do everything you can to dedicate your life to perfection in something,” Myers said. “When it doesn’t work out, it’s hard to handle. Sometimes you feel like you’re wasting your life if it doesn’t pay off. It can crush you.”


Nothing seemed to make sense in the blur of competition, training and travel.

“I was running for all the wrong reasons,” Myers said. “It was my identity, and it wasn’t going well.”

Off the track, Myers struggled from the 2006 annulment that ended his two-year marriage to his high-school sweetheart. He also knew Reebok, his sponsor since turning pro, planned to drop him when his contract expired.


“Am I done?” Myers said to himself.


Seeking the answer, he returned to Rushville and moved in with his brother, Ben Myers, up the road from his parents on part of the 2,000 acres of farmland the family has owned since 1834.


“I missed being in the country and the way I was raised,” he said. “I wanted to get back to my roots.”


He taped a fortune cookie saying on his dresser:

Your home will be a pleasant place from which you draw happiness.

Outside the window lay the land of his youth, where Myers went searching for himself.


Digging in the dirt

The old runner looked a lot younger behind the wheel of his Jeep, the mud-splattered green machine with 33-inch tires on 15-inch rims.


“Not too redneck,” Myers said with a smile.


Loretta Lynn was singing about being a coal miner’s daughter as Myers stomped the gas pedal and tore down his farm’s gravel road, flooded in spots by the spring’s relentless rain.

Mud flew, bullet shell casings bounced off the dash and Myers laughed.


“I am a little kid,” he yelled. “This is what it’s all about.”


His eyes shined under the cloudy April sky, as if he had rediscovered paradise at home.

Shady Maple Farms has been in the Phillips-Bope family for seven generations. Darrell Myers, Rob’s father, grew up on a nearby dairy farm, and married Nancy Bope in 1968. The couple still lives in the house where they raised three sons.


“There’s history with the farm, and it teaches you trust and faith,” said Chad Myers, Rob’s older brother and coach.

Darrell Myers still runs the farm, which switched from livestock to grain in 1975. Ben, his middle son, is a full-time employee.


“Being able to spend time with your family is a great way of life,” Darrell Myers said.

Returning to that life reminded his youngest son of who he is and why he runs.


Rob first ran the back roads of Fairfield County as a fifth-grader trying to emulate his father and brothers. They ran track or cross country in college, but nobody pushed Rob into running.


“He has a competitive edge, and he wanted to beat us,” Ben Myers said.

The older brothers would tell Rob that they would time him if he’d run up to the barn and fetch a soda, and off he’d go like the wind. Soon, the mix of talent and drive had him crossing finish lines first in high school.


“I succeeded early on, got addicted to that success, and wanted more,” he said.


The desire flickered with uncertainty, though, when Rob returned home in 2009. He put training aside and volunteered to work on the farm, just as he had through high school. Perhaps some dirt under his fingernails could give meaning to the blisters on his feet.


“As soon as I started, I felt happy,” Myers said. “It’s a way of life that I missed.”

He plowed the fields and planted corn and soybeans. He did odd jobs around the machine shop, dug ditches and harvested.


Trading track shoes for work boots eased his frustration with running. He went on the farm’s payroll. For the first time in his career, Myers skipped the indoor track season in the winter of 2009-10.


“A resiliency comes from farming, and that carries over into running,” Chad Myers said. “It’s very tough not to be pessimistic when you’re a farming family. You learn to become more optimistic.


“That’s something Rob needs a reminder of: ‘This is a tough day, but you got to move on.'”


In the spring of 2010, Myers signed a sponsorship deal with the shoe company Saucony. He trained in the mornings and worked the farm in the afternoons.


Then another calf injury ended his season last June. The question rose again:


“Do you have the courage,” Myers asked, “to take the risk that you might fail?”

Pain for gain


A spring morning began with so much pain in each of his Achilles tendons that it took Myers about three minutes to descend the steps at home – sideways.


“That means less bending on my calves and arches,” he said.

After stretching, Myers ran 3miles to warm up, 3more miles in times of 5:08, 5:09, and 5:09, jogged for 10 minutes, then ran a 4:49 mile, before concluding his workout with a mile cool-down.


The morning ended with Myers lying face-down on a therapy table at Focused Fitness Pilates in Columbus, his body poked by acupuncture needles – six each in his lower back and right leg, three in his lower left leg, two in his upper back and two in each Achilles.

Minutes earlier, Myers endured a manual therapy massage from Dr. Robin Hunter that was so strenuous his fists sometimes clenched and ears turned red.


“The public looks at elite athletes as bulletproof, like how can they be hurting?” said Hunter, a chiropractor who has worked with Myers for 12 years. “The athletes who hurt the most are the elite athletes because they put the most stress on their bodies.”


Myers knows well the toll of pushing his 5-foot-8, 140-pound body to the limit. He has had hip and back problems, a stress fracture in his leg, pinched nerves in his feet and multiple muscle issues. Once, he ran so hard that two of his ribs popped out of place. “Thought I was having a heart attack,” he said.

His pain tolerance is legendary. As a junior at Ohio State, a blister tore open on Myers’ foot and a staph infection traveled through his entire leg.


“It looked like they were going to have to amputate,” Robert Gary said. “He said it was like that for five days, but he didn’t want to say anything because he wanted to get in his workouts.”

Gary, coach of the OSU cross country and men’s track teams, said Myers is the toughest athlete he’s ever worked with.


“Probably 98 percent of the runners, if they had to go through what he’s gone through physically in the last two years, wouldn’t have stayed with it,” Gary said. “It’s a credit to Rob that he’s kept himself in the game.”

Myers doesn’t run for riches. Only about 20 American 1,500-meter runners have a sponsorship deal. Saucony provides Myers with gear, travel money and a quarterly salary from a bonus-structured contract. Some appearance fees and prize money help.


Myers makes enough to pursue his passion, but money has nothing to do with his desire to make the 2012 Olympic team.


“I want to finish my career on my own terms,” he said.

So with his family’s support, Myers cut back on his farm work in April to focus on training despite the tendinitis he developed in both Achilles tendons after the U.S. Indoor Championships in March.

Some days, he ran at Ohio State. Others, he stayed home and took off down the road, past the flooded fields, and hurt the way an elite athlete must.


“Pain is the purifier,” Myers said. “The more you can handle in training, the better you’re going to do in a race, and the more you can handle in a race, the better you’ll do. That’s what running is – pain. It’s all about how you handle it.”


So at the end of another gray morning, Myers laid on a table, physically spent, 19 needles in his body.

A Japanese saying tattooed on his left side was visible: Fall down seven, stand up eight.


Here comes the sun

Rain continued. Thirteen inches fell in April and May, until water covered the fields, soil turned to quicksand, and nerves frayed at Shady Maple Farms.


By the end of May, the Myers family had planted only 350 acres of their 1,000 acres of corn fields, and only 50 acres of beans instead of 800.


“Everyone is stressed out,” Rob said.

Weather and crops were good the previous two years. This year, the family hopes to break even.


“You pray for a break in the weather,” Myers said. “You can’t do anything about it.”


A day in late May gave reason to smile despite estimates that the spring rains could cause losses of nearly $1 billion for the state’s corn and soybean farmers. Early-morning clouds burned off, and the sky turned spectacular blue.


The weather reflected Myers’ training outlook. He was healing in body and spirit, gaining confidence by the day, miles passing faster under his feet.


“Things are coming around,” he said, tying his orange running shoes.

Looking fit and with sweat glistening on taut muscles, Myers headed down the hill from his parents’ home, turned left, and started running up Bope Road, past his grandparents’ home, and on to other country roads that he has known forever – Gun Barrel, Coonpath, Snake Run.


He grew up in these fields and forests, camping, hiking, hunting and riding four-wheelers. Home is in his blood, like running.


One day, he and his younger brother will take over the farm when their father retires. Until then, Myers will keep running, the 2012 Olympics in London as his beacon.


“I felt good today,” he said, his 11-mile training run finished in 68 minutes. “I was clocking off 5:40s (each mile) and I thought, ‘Man, I’m moving.’ I love that feeling.”


He might not make it to London. The U.S. has a deep and talented field in the 1,500 meters, a race that rewards young legs.


Myers will be 31 in August, and in the past three Olympics, only two of the nine U.S. runners in his event were older than 26.


No matter the outcome, the journey satisfies. That was evident as Myers sat outside a cabin built by his father and looked over a pastoral scene from one of Fairfield County’s highest points.


“Ah, it’s beautiful,” he said.


He could see for miles.



Nobody can go back & start a new beginning, but anyone can start today & make a new ending. -M Robinson


There’s only one thing a man can do when he’s, suffering from a spiritual and existential funk …… go to the zoo, flip off the monkeys?



Great White is still “twice Shy” at The Alrosa Villa

The Monkees at The LC, Lifestyle Communities

Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, and my buddy Uncle Kracker play Crew Stadium-and I will see you for the parking lot party!

Umphrey’s McGee, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears play The LC The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion


Chris Tucker is at Veterans Memorial
Bret Ernst performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

Lightning McQueen and the gang are back with Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ starring Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy , Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Caine

Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel star in the HILARIOUS ‘Bad Teacher’ rated “R.”

Matt Damon stars in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ rated “PG-13”


‘Unknown’ staring Liam Neeson , rated “PG-13”

LMFAO   has  “Sorry for Party Rocking”


Matt Nathanson releases “ Modern Love”

Weird Al Yankovic has “Alpocalypse”

Justin Moore rocks with  “Outlaws Like Me”


Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Red, White & Boom Long Street Stage Friday July 1st


Worthington Family Picnic Monday July 4th (Worthington High School)


Good Guys Car Show at The Ohio Expo Center July8-11th


Tough Mudder Wisconsin July 22nd-24th

Pro-Football Hall of Fame Festival July 30-31


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Greetings from Port Columbus Airport-NOT where I was hoping to be at this time!

GREETINGS from Port Columbus Airport…where I have been since just after 1am, as I was notified my flight was cancelled at 11:30pm…due to “weather.” While I am very appreciative of the info (glad the e-mail alert woke me up), I was more than a little frustrated that the 800 number that I was told to call was “down for 3 hours,” and no questions were being answered.


I elected to be proactive and come to the airport since my flight was scheduled to leave at 6:20am. As I was sitting here, I called again and the 800 folks told me I had to talk to a representative at the counter…that was not open till 4am! So I wait and do some work (more work than just keeping my eyes open-which actually caused me to break out in a cold sweat because it was so difficult).


I wait and when a person showed up at 10 till (4am), I approached them and was told they couldn’t do anything till the systems were up and running. This was frustrating cause I was looking at all info FROM MY COMPUTER! But whatever they are the professionals and I don’t ask too many questions. When I did chat with the young lady, she was very nice and tried to be helpful. What did I find out? SHE TOLD ME TO CALL THE 800 number. I swallowed hard, took a deep breath and informed her what I was told. She explained all options and that was none, except to wait till Friday morning to fly out.


I left messages to with the guys I am working with to see what they wanted me to do…I also had not eaten since 5pm the day before so I blew my diet on an Oreo Bar and hot chocolate.


I decided that yes…the airline did not control the weather, however I was given the wrong info, and ya know what? I AM THE CUSTOMER!!! I went back asked for the manager spoke to him in a non-aggressive, yet firm demeanor (and no not the tone like when I worked at concerts). We came to 2 conclusions/agreements 1.) They don’t control the weather 2.) MATT IS RIGHT!


So I got my refund, and on a later flight.  Who is this fine organization? It is AirTran, and they are now bought out by Southwest…guess we will see what happens. I am NOT real impressed right now!


BUT BIG PROPS (and I don’t mean prop plane props…) go United, for gettgin me out ahead of schedule.


Here we go…In route to The Show Me Fest in Springfield Mizz. First off Happy Father’s Day to everyone this applies to. Especially my Dad, and my hero my Grandfather. This weekend,  I am missing my baby girl (I have not seen her in a few weeks). On this Father’s Day weekend, to the smart a**es out there, quit sending the Father’s Day cards to me, it is no longer funny!


It has been a VERY Busy week stemming from a few AWESOME Days in NashVegas watching others do what I love-while learning and admiring. Then into a RAIN SOAKED Park Street Festival on Friday (I actually found a pair of shoes still wet on Tuesday). To an AMAZING day on Saturday at Flying Horse Farms (awesome charity and BEAUTIFUL campus up in Mt. Gilead), and then back to Park Street for Night 2. Sunday caused me to do something I NEVER do…a 4 hour nap! Monday was with Robert Plant (phenomenal artist TRUE rock star), Hoggy’s Bike Night on Saturday, and Weds working with a client and picking up 2 new clients. I AM VERY THANKFUL AND HAPPY to have the opportunities I have…even this one in the airport!


This week I was asked by a friend what happened to me. I did not know what she meant and …immediately I was defensive (guilty conscious?) She reminded me how miserable I was at one time, and how the last year or so I seem a lot happier. We also swapped stories of a time she didn’t know I was on a “death bed” and still DJ’ed her son’s Bar Mitzvah. She didn’t even know I was sick and was happy with the job I did…before being rushed to the Hospital for an infected Limpf Node. ANYWAY, the important thing is, today I am alive and some great lessons have been learned.


Whatta ya mean?


“Matty what happened to you did you find God?” Hmmm…I didn’t know he was lost, but that is beside the point.


Yea I guess you could say that. I have re-evaluated my faith in all things including the Big Dude above, and I had a special person walk into my life. I may not be with her, but she brought a happiness to my spirit that cannot be described, only lived. I also found the small things to enjoy…those everyday moments that we all look past or take for granted. I also started to B.S. others into thinking I was happy, and somewhere along the way…I B.S.’ed myself, and in turn I realized I AM HAPPY!


I just started thinking happy, allowing my emotions to be what they are, and it all came along and allowed me to be happy. Even if it started as just TRYING to convince myself…it is now true! Now it may be from a person (who I think about everyday and smile), it could be faith in a higher power, it could be from a positive outlook on life, it could be just finding small pleasures in the day…they all add up to something and that is waking up everyday, and looking forward to finding something to be thankful for and enjoy! Life is way too short to not enjoy it, and LIVE IT!

 when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can’t change.
Life’s too short to be anything… but happy


These thoughts also allow me to shrug off the everyday B.S. that is spun by some others, even in attempt to try and realize things are not ALWAYS personal. Sometimes someone is just having a bad day or their best does not mesh with your own worst. Like the song says “there ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy…there’s only you and me and we just disagree.”


This week I was jumped on when trying to help someone. It is kinda funny that this exact same thing happened late last summer as I was trying to help someone. Both instances I was attacked. In the past I would have said some mean things and tried to come out the better person. This is not a priority anymore. Actually I tried to learn from these things and I found an appreciation for both involved. PLUS there is only one common denominator…me. I need to re-evaluate my role in the interaction.


In both instances neither makes someone the bad person….it just means they are passionate about their causes, and that is respected. Even if I don’t agree or like how they approached me-there is admiration in their desires to succeed, and a learning experience for growth!


I stole this from one of the people mentioned above, very appropriate


In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining who we are. ~Max DePree



EVERY TUESDAY-Hoggy’s Polaris Bike Nights

Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?


THIS FRIDAY June 17th Help provide a vehicle and transportation for a friend of mine who is a missionary in Haiti.


In addition to a good dinner and a GREAT CAUSE, we have a chance for you to bid on some killer prizes including 2 Tickets to see Keith Urban July 19th at Nationwide Arena (courtesy of Dream Seats-Your Total Ticket Source), and 3 hours of DJ service (limitations apply)

Friday, June 17 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Licking Valley High School


Texas Roadhouse Dinner (pizza for children) will be served from 6:00 – 7:30pm


Cost: $20.00 per ticket for steak dinner. Dinner includes Steak, salad, baked potato, rolls, drink and dessert.

Pizza ticket is $5.00 and includes pizza, drink, salad and dessert.


The proceeds will go towards the purchase of a vehicle for Ginny Andrews who is working in Haiti. She currently is using the Haitian public transportation system and is very limited in her mission work with no vehicle. Ginny works Angel Missions Haiti where she oversees getting medical visas for children who need life-saving surgery in the states.

Please see her blog for more information on her work in Haiti:


For questions regarding the Benefit Dinner and Silent action please email Summer Conley at


Donations are being accepted for the Silent Auction. Contact Summer if interested.



RED, WHITE, & BOOM Friday July 1, 2011

Join me on the Long Street Stage with

Noon Alex White      
1pm Maza laska      
2pm Misfit Toys      
3pm The Forties      
4pm She Bears      
5pm Alleyes Path      
6pm TheCompressis      
7pm Ghost Shirt      
8pm Phantods      

10:25 – 11:20

 The Queen Tribute Band-Mr Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys      

Worthington Family Picnic Monday July 4th

Thomas Worthington HS, Worthington, OH 43085

Mon July 4th: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm

4th of July before the Fireworks. Bring your family to Thomas Worthington High School


Good Guys Car Show July 8-10

14th PPG Goodguys Nationals (Jul 8-10, Columbus, OH)

At The Ohio Expo Center

The 14th annual Goodguys PPG Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals returns to the Ohio Expo Center July 8-10. Huge Indoor & Outdoor Happenin’ at the Ohio Expo Center featuring over 6000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks thru ’72. Shop at 100’s of vendor/exhibitor booths or take a trip to the Swap Meet for automotive related parts and Cars 4 Sale. Check out the Street Challenge 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!


Please “suggest” “like” or become a “fan” of our new “fan page” Matty Sexton on facebook.
PLEASE check out the updated website (please let us know what you think?)


ARE YOU READY for your Summer Vacation? I can help put you on point and in shape! Send an e-mail to for availability and specialized individual workout plans.



A nap every once in a while is not a waste of time. It’s an investment in dreams.


All that u need, to have all that u want, will be provided, as if by magic, once u know what u want and do something about it every day.-Jason Mraz


“Your life is yours and yours alone. Rise up and live it.” – Terry Goodkind




“Born Free”


Fast, on a rough road riding

High, through the mountains climbing

Twisting, turning further from my home.

Young, like a new moon rising

Fierce, through the rain and lightning

Wandering out into this great unknown.


And I don’t want no one to cry,

But tell ’em if I don’t survive:


I was born free!

I was booooooorn free

I was born free, born free.


Free, like a river raging

Strong, if the wind I’m facing.

Chasing dreams and racing fathered time.

Deep like the grandest canyon,

Wild like an untamed stallion.

If you can’t see my heart you must be blind.

You can knock me down and watch me bleed

But you can’t keep no chains on me.


And I’m not good at long goodbyes,

But look down deep into my eyes,


I was born free!


Calm, facing danger,

Lost like an unknown stranger,

Grateful, for my time with no regrets.

Close to my destination,

Tired, frail and achin’,

Waitin’ patiently for the sun to set.


And when it’s done believe that I

Will yell it from that mountain highhh!


I will bow to shining seas

And celebrate God’s grace on me!




Saw Robert Plant on Monday with my Buddies from Dream Seats, and our good friend S.B., it was an AMAZING SHOW with great friends!

for now I smell the rain, and with it, pain

and it’s headed my way

Aw, sometimes I grow so tired

but I know I’ve got one thing I got to do

A-ramble on, and now’s the time, the time is now

Sing my song, I’m goin’ ’round the world


Reminds me of growing up back in Nerk Ahia. Plus it is MY form of Country-True Hick Hop!




What won’t Meatloaf do for love???

…maybe he is onto something



If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. – Dalai Lama


Anyone know any info on these two?

Sara Apple & 4-year-old son Max missing: Father’s plea, vigil Tuesday

While friends were organizing a candlelight vigil for Tuesday evening to show their support for the family of Sara Apple and her 4-year-old son Max who both vanished Thursday, Sara’s father was issuing a statement and plea for their safe return and thanking people for the overwhelming love and support they have already received.

Sara and Max Apple were last seen Thursday evening between 5:30 and 6 p.m. when Sara picked Max up from daycare. Sara had sent her husband a text saying she was planning to stay at her mother’s home that night. She never made it there and neither she nor her little boy have been heard from or seen since. Police are “looking carefully” at her husband and at all other possible scenarios of their disappearance.


Sara’s father, and Max’s grandfather, Mark Yohman issued the following statement:


“I just wanted to say that Trish [Mark’s wife] and I are overwhelmed by the love and support. We can’t tell you how much it is appreciated. No matter how many times we say thank you it will never be enough. Sara and Max are very loved.


“We spoke to the detectives today and they are leaving no stone unturned. As you may be aware, the FBI is assisting in the search. They are looking in Ohio as well as outside of Ohio. They said to spread the word to everywhere.


“One if the important keys is to find the car. Please share the flyers that are out there. Not only does it have their beautiful pictures, but it lists the make and model of the car.”


“With people like you,” Mark said, “we are going to find them. We cannot wait to Hug Sara and kiss Max’s face all over.”


Important details about Sara’s car

Sara’s car is a 2004 White Saturn Ion. It is missing a passenger side mirror.

There is a family-of-four stick figure sticker on the back window. The license plate is FCQ-5079.



Upper Arlington approves new entertainment district


The Upper Arlington City Council opened the door for seven more liquor licenses when it approved a Lane Avenue entertainment district last night.


With all members present, the council voted unanimously in favor of the proposed 40-acre development area from Welsford Road to east of North Star Road.


“It is a good economic development tool and it is something that can enhance and protect one of our commercial corridors,” Mayor Frank Ciotola said this morning.


With passage of the ordinance, the area could add up to seven “D-5j” liquor permits, which allow the sale of beer, wine or liquor in the district. The city has 17 other permit holders, the maximum allowed by state law for its size.

More than a dozen residents voiced continued concerns last night about parking issues in the area, Ciotola said. Most opposed the ordinance.


Critics have said that development along the stretch of Lane Avenue would essentially turn their residential roads into commercial parking lots, and some have pushed for a precinct-wide alcohol ban.


Ciotola said the Council listened to residents’ concerns but that zoning laws already regulate parking issues.

To ban alcohol in the area now, residents would have to force a citywide vote to prohibit alcohol throughout the entertainment district. City officials said it would be difficult to gather wide support for such a ban because the parking issues don’t affect most residents.


Entertainment districts are intended to revitalize communities by promoting sporting, cultural and arts and entertainment establishments. In addition to Easton Town Center, which earned the designation in 1999, Grandview Yard, the Continent, the Arena and Brewery districts and Upper Arlington’s Kingsdale Shopping Center carry the designation.


For an area to qualify as an entertainment district, state law requires at least $50 million in future development for cities of 20,000 to 100,000 residents.


Now that the district has been created, business owners can apply for a liquor license through the state. Ciotola said that, to his knowledge, no applications had been filed yet.


GREAT STORY (of a text that should have been):

Girl : hey

Boy : hii =)

Girl : how are u ??

*Boy types : I’m miserable! I need u back! I miss u ! I LoVe U!

*Then erased it…

and typed,,

Boy : I’m fine

Question is…should the text have been erased?



James Arness, Marshal on ‘Gunsmoke,’ Dies at 88

James Arness portrayed Marshal Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke” for 20 years after the series debuted in 1955.

James Arness, who burnished the legend of America’s epic West as Marshal Matt Dillon, the laconic peacemaker of Dodge City on “Gunsmoke,” one of the longest-running dramatic series in television history, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88.


A family spokeswoman, Ginny Fazer, confirmed the death. Mr. Arness was terribly shy and had almost no training as an actor. A wartime leg wound made it painful for him to mount a horse. But he became the best-known tin star of his era, portraying the towering, weathered marshal for 20 years, from 1955 to 1975. He also made some 50 films and television movies, mostly westerns, in a career that stretched across five decades.


To a generation of television viewers, Mr. Arness and “Gunsmoke” embodied a new, more adult vision of the mythic Old West: a quiet, vulnerable lawman facing not stereotyped villains and clichéd situations but a chaotic frontier freighted with moral judgments and occasional failure. He might be too late to stop a killing. He could save a girl from kidnappers, but not from her father’s brutality.


Audiences had long been accustomed to western heroes who never were, having been sanitized by the trail songs of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and the righteous gunplay of the Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy . But Marshal Dillon never got the girl, did not love his horse, wore only one gun and fired it reluctantly, usually drawing last but shooting straightest in dusty street duels. Over the years, the marshal was shot 30 times.


Mr. Arness, a 6-foot-7 giant whose stoic personality was remarkably like his character’s, was ideal for the part. He had been reared in a family of Norwegian descent in Minnesota and became an outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He came home from World War II a wounded, decorated and aimless veteran. He worked menial jobs, tried radio and was collecting veterans’ benefits when he drifted to Hollywood.


He developed slowly, appearing in 30 movies before his mentor, John Wayne, rejected the Dillon role and recommended him instead. “Gunsmoke,” which began in 1952 as a radio show with William Conrad, landed on the CBS television network as a half-hour black-and-white drama set in a raw Kansas town in 1873.

In the premiere, which established the tone for the series, Marshal Dillon faces a gunslinger who had killed an unarmed man. The outlaw insists on a showdown, and the marshal, always a moral touchstone, must accommodate him.


“He’s a gunman, Doc,” Dillon says to Doc Adams. “He has got to be eliminated.”


The supporting cast was a snug family, stock but multilayered characters who spent much time talking: the beer-drinking philosopher, Doc (Milburn Stone); the careworn Long Branch saloonkeeper, Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake), her love unrequited; and the lame sidekick, Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver). Characters and actors came and went in tales that often focused on travelers passing through on their way west.


“Gunsmoke” was not an instant success. But from 1957 to 1961, when it became a one-hour series, it was the top-rated show on television, seen every week by 40 million Americans and millions more in Britain, where it was called “Gun Law.” It bred dozens of copycats, including “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Rifleman” and “Bonanza.”


The ratings declined until 1967, when color and a new time slot sent “Gunsmoke” back into the Top 10 until the 1973-74 season. The show was still in the Top 30 when it was canceled in 1975. In its 20-year run, there had been 635 episodes. Mr. Arness had been in the saddle for all of them, and would ride again through decades of reruns and sequels.


He was born James King Aurness in Minneapolis on May 26, 1923, one of two sons of Rolf Aurness, who sold medical supplies, and the former Ruth Duesler. (His parents divorced in the 1940s.)


Mr. Arness’s younger brother was the actor Peter Graves, who starred for years on television in “Mission: Impossible” and appeared in scores of movies, including “Airplane!” (1980) . He died in March 2010.

James attended public schools and graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1942.


In his first year at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Mr. Arness was drafted into the wartime Army as an infantryman. During the invasion of Anzio, Italy, in 1944, his right leg was shattered by machine-gun fire. Hospitalized for nearly a year, he underwent a series of operations but for many years suffered pain, especially when mounting a horse, and walked with a slight limp. He won the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.


After the war he returned to Minnesota, took odd jobs and was a radio announcer before moving to Los Angeles in 1946. He began acting at an amateur theater and met the producer Dore Schary, who put him in a few movies in 1947. Unsure of his future, he drifted around Mexico, but returned to Hollywood determined to be an actor called James Arness.


In 1948 he married Virginia Chapman and adopted her son by a previous marriage, Craig. The couple had two children, Jenny and Rolf, and were divorced in 1963. In 1978 he married Janet Surtees; they lived in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. She and Rolf Arness survive him, along with a stepson, Jim Surtees. Survivors also include six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Jenny Arness died in 1975, and Craig in 2004.


Critics praised Mr. Arness’s performance as an unjustly accused man in “The People Against O’Hara” (1951), and he was memorable if unrecognizable in the title role of the science-fiction thriller “The Thing From Another World,” better known as just “The Thing” (1951). In the next few years he was in dozens of films, including “Big Jim McLain” (1952) and “Hondo” (1953), which both starred John Wayne.


Wayne was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars then, and a television role did not seem the right move for him. But Mr. Arness, his protégé, turned out to be a masterly casting choice. Its 20-year tenure made “Gunsmoke” the longest-running scripted prime-time show in American television history, a record that stood until it was broken by “The Simpsons” in 2009. (“Law & Order” reached the 20-year mark in 2010, but was canceled before it could overtake “Gunsmoke.” No other show currently on the air comes close.) Besides reruns, it spun off books, board games, a trove of merchandise and endless nostalgia.


Mr. Arness was nominated for three Emmy Awards in the “Gunsmoke” years and later made dozens of television movies, including “The Alamo” (1987) and “Red River” (1988). He also starred in the mini-series “How the West Was Won” (1977) and the short-lived crime series “McCain’s Law” (1981). From 1987 to 1993 he also made five

“Gunsmoke” television-movie sequels. “James Arness: An Autobiography,” written with James E. Wise Jr., was published in 2001.



This week in 1775 and in 1777, two of the nation’s three most important events took place.

The creation of the Continental Army — in 1775 — and the design of the American flag — in 1777 — were done by resolutions passed by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia.


Of course, sandwiched between those two events was the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

It seems strange that the Continental Congress first decided it had to have an Army, before independence was declared and before soldiers had a national flag under which to fight.


But, like any legislative body, past, present or future, that’s how things work.

In 1775 the resolution which was adopted called for a small military force totaling 810 men in 10 companies.

The decision stated: “Resolved that six companies of expert riflemen be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland and two in Virginia; that each Company consist of a captain, three lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, a drummer or trumpeter; and 68 privates.


“That each company, as soon as completed, will march and join the Army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry under the command of the Chief Officer of that Army.


“That the pay of the officers and private be as follows: a captain 20 dollars per month; a lieutenant at 131⁄2 dollars; a sergeant at 8 dollars; a corporal at 71⁄2 dollars; a drummer or (trumpeter) at 71⁄2 dollars; privates at 62⁄3 dollars; to find their own arms and clothes.


“That the form of enlistment be in the following words: ‘I have this day, voluntarily enlisted myself as a soldier in the American Continental Army, for one year, unless sooner discharged. And I do bind myself to conform in all instances to such rules and regulations as are, or will be, established for the government of said Army.’ ”

Hence started the nation’s land forces, which during the past 236 years have fought in many wars and other lesser engagements as the Army flag with its 183 battle streamers, attests.


There are 16 streamers issued for the Revolutionary War, six for the War of 1812, 10 for the war with Mexico, 25  for the Civil War, 14 for Indian campaigns from 1790 through 1891, three for the Spanish American War, three for the China Relief Expedition, 11 for the Philippine Insurrection, one for the Mexican Border Service, 13 for World War I, one for the World War II American Campaign, 21 for World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign, 16 for the World War II European-African-Middle East Campaign, 10 for the Korean War, 17 for the Vietnam War, three for Armed Forces Expeditionary conflicts, three for Southwest Asia Service, one for the Kosovo Campaign, one for the Afghanistan Campaign, one for the Global War on Terrorism and one for the Iraq Campaign, as well as numerous presidential citations and other commendation streamers.


Whenever the Army flag is with all it’s streamers it is a reminder of the service’s 236 years, beginning with a little more than 800 soldiers.


As for the creation of the American flag, it was established by a resolution 234 years ago today.

The decision simply stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States, be 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”


Often the design of the Betsy Ross flag —   with 13 stars in a circle in the blue union — has been touted as the first.

But, historically there is no such evidence, while there is some the design did not appear until the 1790s, and there is no connection the design was actually hers. However, she did make flags of various designs.


As each new state was admitted a new stripe and star was added until someone realized if it continued the size of the flag would become unwieldy, which led to a decision to limit the stripes to 13, one for each of the original states, and to add a star for each state, which now numbers 50.


Today is a day to honor two special parts of our history — the Stars and Stripes and the soldiers pledged to defend the national banner, and by doing so, the freedom and liberties of every American citizen.


Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. —–. Ferris Bueller

“Life moves pretty fast,” as a famous teenage philosopher once said, and before you know it, a quarter-century has gone by. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the release of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (on June 11, 1986).

Though dated in some ways (there’s a lot that clearly marks it as a product of the ’80s), the movie feels as fresh as ever, thanks to the eternal exuberance of Matthew Broderick in the title role and the ability to accurately evoke timeless teenage concerns that was writer/director John Hughes’ trademark.

And time certainly hasn’t diminished the movie’s impact, which continues to be felt to this day. Here are some of the ways ‘Ferris Bueller’ has influenced pop culture — not just movies, but also TV, music and beyond.

‘Ferris Bueller’ earned $70.1 million, making it the 10th biggest hit of 1986. It cemented the reputations of teen star Broderick (famous since 1983’s ‘WarGames’) and teen-life comic auteur Hughes (who had already released ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’). It was actually the last teen movie Hughes would direct (he wrote one more, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ which was essentially a rewrite of ‘Pretty in Pink’ with the sexes reversed); after ‘Ferris,’ he turned to writing comedies about clueless adults (‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ which featured another memorable role for ‘Ferris’ co-star Edie McClurg) or very small children (‘Home Alone,’ ‘Baby’s Day Out,’ which were largely ‘Ferris’ rewrites with much younger protagonists).

Still, ‘Ferris’ made a big impression on young, aspiring filmmakers who saw it. Kevin Smith’s movies have numerous references to ‘Ferris,’ and his Jay and Silent Bob characters frequently break the fourth wall to address or wink at the audience, à la Ferris. Jason Reitman, who would grow up to make ‘Juno’ (featuring perhaps the smartest-talking screen teen since Ferris) and ‘Up in the Air,’ has said that seeing ‘Ferris’ changed his life.

‘Ferris’ made stars out of most of its cast. Mia Sara, who played Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloane, enjoyed a run, however brief, as a leading lady in movies and TV miniseries. Alan Ruck (glum pal Cameron), who cited it as the best movie role he’s ever had, went on to a successful run on TV’s ‘Spin City.’ Jeffrey Jonesand McClurg have enjoyed long careers as character actors, but both are best remembered for their roles as vengeful principal Rooney and his bubble-haired secretary, Grace.

Jennifer Grey parlayed her role as Ferris’ sulky sister Jeanie into a lead the following year in the movie that cemented her fame, ‘Dirty Dancing.’ Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett, who played Ferris’s sweet, clueless parents, fell in love and married in real life; they also played parents again in the 1992 horror film ‘Sleepwalkers.’ And the film offered most moviegoers their first glimpse of Charlie Sheen, as the bad-boy drug offender who charms Jeanie. (Not a big stretch, perhaps, though he proved his versatility by playing a straight-arrow soldier later that year in ‘Platoon.’)

And Matthew Broderick? As he noted during his tribute to Hughes at the 2010 Oscars, “For the past 25 years, nearly every day someone comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘Hey, Ferris, is this your day off?'” For all his career success in movies and on Broadway over the last 25 years, Ferris remains his signature role. He seems a little irritated by that notion, as if fans won’t let him move on, but he’s also used it to his advantage. Fans’ fondness for Ferris is what made Broderick’s shocking performance as an embittered high school teacher in 1999’s ‘Election’ work. To see a gone-to-seed Broderick scrambling to crush irrepressible student Reese Witherspoon’s perky ambitions is to realize with horror that Ferris Bueller has grown up to become Mr. Rooney.

Even Ben Stein, playing a droning economics teacher who didn’t even have a name, turned his brief ‘Ferris Bueller’ appearance into a career. His flat, dull voice and know-it-all manner made him an in-demand comic actor, commercial spokesman, even game show host (‘Win Ben Stein’s Money,’ in which he matched wits with contestants over trivia challenges). He’d been a speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, but still, he owes his prominence as an economic pundit to the fact that he played one in a teen movie.

Ben Stein’s career wasn’t the only incidence of ‘Ferris Bueller”s impact on the small screen. There were some direct attempts to duplicate the film’s success by converting it into a sitcom. One was NBC’s ‘Ferris Bueller,’ which starred Charlie Schlatter (later of ‘Diagnosis Murder’) as Ferris and an unknown namedJennifer Aniston as Jeanie; the other, a knockoff called ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,’ aired on Fox and starred Corin Nemec. Both shows debuted in 1990. Curiously, the ‘Ferris’ show was canceled due to low ratings after 13 episodes, while the ersatz Ferris on Fox lasted three seasons.

The movie’s frequent breaking of the fourth wall wasn’t new to TV (George Burns had done it for years in his 1950s sitcom), but it became an increasingly popular device after Hughes and ‘Ferris’ popularized it. The smart-alecky teen leads on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ frequently turned aside to address the viewers.

The parade scene’s use of ‘Danke Schoen’ introduced a whole new generation to Wayne Newton, and it sent the Beatles’ 23-year-old recording of ‘Twist and Shout’ rocketing back up the singles chart. Years later, alt-rockers Save Ferris and Rooney would take their band names from the movie.

The film’s most lasting musical legacy, though, was popularizing Swiss band Yello’s song “Oh Yeah.” Played while the camera lingers lovingly over Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari, the song started popping up in othermovies and TV shows and turned into a sonic cliché, quick shorthand for the on-screen introduction of a drool-worthy hot car or hot babe.

And Beyond …
In 1990, First Lady Barbara Bush quoted Ferris’s “Life moves pretty fast” epigram during a college commencement speech. (Her husband’s vice president, Dan Quayle, cited ‘Ferris’ as his favorite movie.) Stein’s “Bueller … Bueller …” and “Anyone? … Anyone? …” became popular catchphrases.

Academics have debated what ‘Ferris Bueller”s ultimate meaning is. For some, it’s a relic of the Reagan ’80s, a celebration of wealth, privilege and selfishness set to a drum-machine beat. And it is that, though if it were just about snobbery and solipsism, moviegoers would resent Ferris as much as Jeanie does. Yet he remains popular among people of all backgrounds. (“The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him,” says Grace. “They think he’s a righteous dude.”)

Why does everyone want to be Ferris, or at least befriend him? It’s that urge to enjoy life’s pleasures and experience freedom, as Stein has noted in the DVD commentary. That’s why the film will live forever, he says. “We want to be free. We want to have a good time. We know we’re not going to be able to all our lives. We know we’re going to have to buckle down and work. We know we’re going to have to eventually become family men and women, and have responsibilities and pay our bills. But just give us a couple of good days that we can look back on.”



Robert Plant’s new album nominated for all kinds o sh*t…BUT this aint’t yer daddys country, but maybe yer Grand Daddys!


On Monday Night I got to see Robert Plant….arguably the greatest rock star, AND HE SANG BACK UP while letting the other musicians onstage shine! Talent & Gentleman!


Singer reinvigorates Zeppelin material, blues

Robert Plant last night converted the merely surprising comeback of his two recent albums into a near-miraculous transformation during a thrilling 90 minute set in the Palace Theatre.


The Led Zeppelin singer who set the standards and limits for rock gods to follow, not only performed selections from his semi-acoustic 2007 outing with Alison Krauss and last year’s Band Of Joy, but revisited Zeppelin hits with a liberty that made Bob Dylan’s reinventions sound tame.


With a near-perfectly structured set, Plant also illuminated the folk influences of those old warhorses and showed his inspirations to be impressively constant over more than 40 years.


Merely hearing the lyrics from a handful of manically-delivered Zeppelin originals was alone a generous gift.


Ramble On finished the show proper with a gentle introduction built with acoustic guitar, standup bass and bouzouki. Tension was built by guitarist Buddy Miller on one of his many vintage guitars before Plant and singer Patty Griffin exploded on the chorus. An amazingly right recasting of What Is And What Should Never Be confounded expectations by retaining the bluesy swing of the original and, without ever exploding, its crescendo.


Black Country Woman drew new roots out of the previously-electrified country blues.


In The Mood from 1983 highlighted Plant’s longtime fascination with English folk by quoting Fairport Convention’s (Come All Ye) Rolling Minstrel; last night’s performance of Fairporter Richard Thompson’s House of Cards drew the connection again.


But it was Plant’s deep connection with blues and gospel that hit hardest. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down was the show’s most profound moment not just because of the spooky delivery but because it nearly exploded with tension, borne of Plant’s career-long understanding that the blues depends on the implicit and dangerous appeal of evil.


The song also included Plant’s first of just a few shrieking passages.


North Mississippi All-stars opened with a short set that nonetheless set the stage as near perfect as could be imagined. The trio is now a duo of guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer brother Cody. The two filled the stage with a mean bunch of boogie and gospel that stuck to the spiritual essence of the music even while it ranged to Bo Diddley beats, to Allman Brothers melodies and bent sound effects.


Convicted Killer Confesses to Shooting West Coast Rapper Tupac Shakur
According to a statement he gave to, Isaac says he was paid $2,500 by Richmond to shoot the West Coast rap icon.

“In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.”

Isaac even implies Sean “Puffy” Combs knew about the plan all along.

The Quad Studios robbery and shooting occurred less than two years before Tupac was murdered on Sept. 7, 1996.

Isaac is currently serving a life sentence for unrelated crimes at MDC Brooklyn.

Rosemond is CEO of Czar Entertainment who manages performer such as The Game and Sean Kingston.

According to the Smoking Gun, Rosemond is currently a fugitive from justice; he’s wanted by the DEA and federal marshals in connection with his alleged leadership of a cocaine trafficking ring.

Isaac’s full statement:

My name is Dexter Isaac. On Monday, May 23, 2011, James Rosemond released a statement in which he named myself and another individual, a Mr. Winston Harris (who I do not know), as government informants. I would like to clear the record on that statement: I have never been a rat for anybody and I do not have any deals nor was I made any promises by any government agency for information on Mr. Rosemond. Mr. Rosemond has crucified good reporters like Chuck Philips, at the LA Times, and Alison Gendar, at the Daily News, for telling the truth about him and his activities. He claims they had no proof that he was a rat for the government, which is an outright lie, because Mr. Rosemond, you signed a proffer agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York on 10-20-1998. Mr. Rosemond, I have copies of your presentence report fromNorth Carolina dated 1-13-1997 and other documents about you working with the government sending people you befriended to prison so you can maintain your own freedom. I have met with individuals on whom Mr. Rosemond has told.

Jimmy, I say to you: I have kept your secrets for years. You have never been arrested because of me, or anyone of our friends because of me. How dare you call me an informant! I have stayed silent in prison for the past 13 years, doing a life sentence like a real soldier should, when you and everybody have turned your backs on me. I have never gotten any help nor asked for any help from you or anyone since being locked up.

As a matter of fact, when I was first notified a couple years ago that the feds and Chuck Philips were investigating you, I wrote you and sent you everything they sent me. I kept it real with you because that’s what real G’s do. Anyway, that was before I found out that you were, in fact, already a turncoat rat for the government. Mr. Rosemond, if I was an informant like you, I would’ve been home years ago with my family, not doing life in prison.

Now I would like to clear up a few things, because the statute of limitations is over, and no one can be charged, and I’m just plain tired of listening to your lies.

In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.

Now I’m not going to talk about my friend Biggie’s death or 2Pac’s death, but I would like to give their mothers some closure. It’s about time that some one did, and I will do so at a different time. Jimmy, you and Puffy like to come off all innocent-like, but as the saying goes: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

Mr. Rosemond, I ask you: Are you going to flip on Puffy when the feds get you? To save yourself like you have done in the past? Because that’s what a rat does. So in closing, we shall see who the rat is, in the near future.


Anyone who knows me, knows my affection towards The “Peanuts” Gang. While I may have at one time related to the lovable loser Charlie Brown…while trying to act like “Joe Cool”-Snoopy on stage I think WE ALL have characteristics of all the characters wrapped up into our own personas.


‘Peanuts Guide To Life’-Charles M. Schulz


Essentially, this is the best of the best of 50 years of Peanuts, the comic strip by the late Charles Schulz featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the rest of the beguiling little gang. Peanuts debuted in 1950 and became a global phenomenon, with book collections selling more than 300 million copies in 26 languages and television specials rerun year after year. To create this all-new Peanuts Guide to Life, we’ve combed through decades of comic strips to find those single panels which contain such pithy observations as “Babysitters are like used cars. You never know what you’re going to get,” and bits of wisdom like “Never lick ice cream off a hot sidewalk.” Each droll, stand-alone “speech bubble” or punchline appears with cartoon art. The panels are organized into short chapters, such as “Love” and “Life’s Little Quirks.” For the millions of faithful Peanuts fans, this is a collection of “greatest hits” to cherish and enjoy again and again.



‘There are days when I say one term is enough’ -President Barack Obama


Here in O-H-I-O

Gov. Kasich on Ohio’s Budget and Making the Difficult Decisions


While recently speaking to the American Institute of Architects, Governor Kasich spoke about the difficult decisions that his team and the leadership in the Ohio Legislature have made to balance Ohio’s budget and create an environment for job growth. You can watch a highlight below:



Watch this news story about the training and the bravery of some of the nation’s most interesting warriors.   One of them went along with Seal Team 6 into the compound in Abbattabad, Pakistan to get Osama bin Laden.  These warriors make the title “man’s best friend” mean something tangible.  We thank these four-legged warriors for their unflinching dedication and loyalty. Pass this on to your friends.



Chiefs TE Pope saves 6-year-old boy from drowning

When Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope(notes) recently went back home to Georgia, he probably didn’t expect that he’d be talked about as a hero, but that’s just what’s happening after he saved six-year-old Bryson Moore from drowning while he was at a pool party last weekend. Bryson’s mother Anne, who has known Pope since the two were children, told the Amercius Times-Reporter what happened.


“Bryson was in the water with the other kids. All of a sudden, I saw Bryson going down in the water and I started screaming. Leonard was inside, and he came out of nowhere and dove into the water without any hesitation, cell phone in his pocket and all. He saved my son’s life, and I am so thankful that he was there for me and my child.”


The boy is said to be understandably afraid of the water after the incident, but okay otherwise.


Apparently, Pope was the only adult at the scene who knew how to swim, which — let’s go ahead and say it — speaks to some less-than-stellar planning when it comes to a pool party.

And as Mrs. Moore pointed out in the paper, it’s possible that the lockout saved her son’s life. “The fact that he is normally at camp and could have been in Kansas City just proved to me that he was placed here to save my son from drowning … I thank God that he was here. He truly lived up to his nickname “Champ” because he was truly a champion for me and my son this past weekend.”


“I didn’t think twice about it,” Pope said on the NFL Network’s Total Access show on Monday. “You know when you hear that motherly voice, and it’s something serious when they’re screaming. She was like, ‘He’s drowning!’ and I didn’t drop anything — I just dove into the water. I brought him back up and handed him to his mom. Patted him on the back and he coughed a couple of times, but he was pretty good for the rest of the day.”


Pope said that Bryson probably lost his footing and wound up in the deep end of the pool by accident, and that he didn’t see Bryson’s head above the water; just the young boy’s hands were visible.


Pope was then joined on the show by Mrs. Moore via phone, and she voiced her gratitude without reservation. It was a great moment.


Marcus Johnson(notes), Marketing & PR Director at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, told the paper he wasn’t surprised that Pope went to save Bryson without hesitation. “He is always doing things for the community, and he truly loves the kids and they love him. He is truly a hometown hero and this is just another reason for us to be proud.”


Pope, who played in Super Bowl XLIII with the Arizona Cardinals, caught 10 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City in 2010. The five-year veteran is a free agent under 2010 league rules.




“70 years after WWII., LeBron James has America rooting for the German… Congratulations


 Macy’s ad wrongfully congratulates Heat

The Dallas Mavericks’ win over the Heat is a huge upset for fans in Miami. Making matters worse, an ad in the local paper has mistakenly congratulated the Heat on winning.


A full-page ad that ran in Monday’s Miami Herald reads “Congratulations Miami” next to photos of Heat championship T-shirts and hats from Macy’s. One T-shirt reads “Heat 2011 NBA Finals Champions” and the ad shows the Heat’s logo on a hat with the words “NBA Champions.”


The ad ran under a story about the Heat’s loss.


The newspaper has issued a correction and apologized for any inconvenience. A Macy’s spokeswoman called it an unfortunate error and apologized to Heat fans.


The Mavericks beat the Heat 105-95 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Miami.



Speaker Boehner’s advice to Ohio State graduates today: “If you do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen.” to OSU Summer Commencement Grads 2011


Isaiah 55:12
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.


Psalm 19:14

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.



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I work out daily, but we all don’t need to be in the gym to “lift.”

Be a LIFTER. Lift people up. You never know when you may need them to lift you.


Always have a smile, you never know who is watching.



If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~Wayne Dyer


Life hurts those who try 2 do it all at once.. U must remove a mountain by carrying away small stones-Rev Run




Happiness is being at peace, and being with loved ones being comfortable. But most of all it’s about having those loved ones-Johnny Cash
…2 out of 3 ain’t bad-Meatloaf


The person who is clearly filled with joy preaches without preaching-Rev Run



You Will Be Mine By Takin’ Our Time-Robert Plant


Do all the good you can, …to all the souls you can, …with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.- John Wesley




Ohio Rockers from “Kent State,” Devo “Whip It” at The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

Ray Fuller rock’s out with Frank Harrison at Hoggy’s on Polaris Parkway


Help provide a vehicle and transportation for a friend of mine who is a missionary in Haiti.

In addition to a good dinner and a GREAT CAUSE, we have a chance for you to bid on some killer prizes including 2 Tickets to see Keith Urban July 19th at Nationwide Arena (courtesy of Dream Seats-Your Total Ticket Source), and 3 hours of DJ service (limitations apply)

Licking Valley High School

Texas Roadhouse Dinner (pizza for children) will be served from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost: $20.00 per ticket for steak dinner. Dinner includes Steak, salad, baked potato, rolls, drink and dessert.

Pizza ticket is $5.00 and includes pizza, drink, salad and dessert.

The proceeds will go towards the purchase of a vehicle for Ginny Andrews who is working in Haiti. She currently is using the Haitian public transportation system and is very limited in her mission work with no vehicle. Ginny works Angel Missions Haiti where she oversees getting medical visas for children who need life-saving surgery in the states.

Please see her blog for more information on her work in Haiti:


For questions regarding the Benefit Dinner and Silent action please email Summer Conley at



“Danville-Howard Turkey Festival” at The Danville Village Park in Danville with Little Texas


In what appears to be the worst marketed event ever. The Newark Fire Department is having a Fundraiser at Licking Valley High School with McGuffey Lane. No clue on times or other info (only saw mentioned on a support artist page)



Father’s Day, Happy Fathers Day to all the dads including my Dad Rick and my Grandfather, My Hero Bob!


The originator of “Geek Rock,” Elvis Costello plays The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion




Ralph Harris performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center




Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest. At The Olde Gahanna and Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna

This music festival is the showcase for the best blues and jazz music in Ohio, if not the Midwest. Music isn’t all that this renowned event has to offer. Centered around Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival promises something for everyone with more than 90 hours of entertainment (presented on five stages), Musical Discovery Zone, Jog for Jazz, Sunday Jazz Brunch at Mezzo Italian Kitchen & Wine, amusement rides, craft vendors, and of course, great food! General Admission: $3; Children under 12: FREE; Military (with ID): FREE Time: Friday, 5-11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 12-N. – 6 p.m. Location: Olde Gahanna and Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St. For more information: (614) 418-9114 or http://www.creeksidebluesand


Zeppelin Airship Passenger Excursions, at The Ohio State University Airport

One of only two Zeppelin Airships flying anywhere in the world, the Farmers Airship is truly big news, both literally and figuratively – not only is this the Zeppelin’s first-ever visit to the area, but at 246 feet long, the Farmers Airship is the largest in the world!


ZooFari 2011 at The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

This annual, adults-only fundraiser features more than 100 central Ohio restaurants and bars serving appetizer portions of their signature dishes and specialty drinks. Guests “graze” their way through the Zoo enjoying live entertainment on stages scattered throughout Zoo grounds. Come with friends, wine and dine your business associates, entertain your out-of-town guests, or reward hard-working employees—don’t miss Columbus’ best summer party! It is bound to be one wild night as the Zoo’s adult only premier fundraising event takes place. It’s a whole new park after dark!




The Box office will rack up “The Green” with ‘The Green Lantern,’ rated “PG-13,” starring Ryan Reynolds


Not a fan of Jim Carey, but am a fan of “penguins,”  Jim Carrey stars in ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins,’ rated “PG.”


My pick of the week, ‘The Art of Getting By’ rated “PG-13.” For more info,+OH&dq=the+art+of+getting+by&sort=1&mid=d8c44261fe023490&sa=X&ei=RrH5TeTWPIv4gAe6pdifBQ&ved=0CCIQwAMoAg


A great story, and AMAZING scenery; ‘Buck’  (the story of horse trainer/whisperer Buck Brannaman) starring Robert Redford, rated “PG.” (JMI You HAVE to see this one!)




Red Riding Hood rated “PG-13.”


A movie with a lot of potential but a let down, ‘Hall Pass’ rated “R.”


‘Battle: Los Angeles’ rated “PG-13.”


AMAZING MOVIE: Based on the True Events of 1976 in Cleveland Ohio,

‘Kill The Irishman,’ rated “R.”



All 3 films in the franchise have had GREAT Soundtracks, “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”



Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Columbus Commons Cocktail Event Friday June 24th, and Commons Family Movie Night June 25th (my crew covering I am at Chesney)

Red, White & Boom Long Street Stage Friday July 1st

Worthington Family Picnic Monday July 4th (Worthington High School)


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Greetings from 10,000 feet above Music City USA, home of Goo Goo Clusters

GREETINGS from 10,000 feet up in the air, in route to Music City USA, Nashville Tennessee, home of (as I just found out Goo Goo Clusters). This is one of my favorite towns in America, and surprisingly, there is no water here for this “Pirate” born 200 years too late!


I have been blessed to have some great opportunities to travel this Great Country and see many different cities and meet many people. My favorite city is still Charlotte, followed by Nashville, then L.A. It is kinda funny since Nashville is Charlotte with music, and L.A. is Nashville…”with a tan.” (Reference to Shaun Mullins ‘Lullaby’). Don’t get me wrong, I still dig Vegas, and San Antonio (as well as my beloved Queen City ‘Nasti!). I would however still consider relocating to a town I have not been able to spend much time in, Denver. Some good people have lived there!


This trip is not really a vacation (oh he** who am I kidding, my life is a vacation- with a lot of hard work!). I am in NashVegas for FanFest and The Country Music Television Awards-here is a lil inside hint, for those watching on TV, the show is made for TV, the production in the arena is NOT very good. BUT you do get up close and personal with many of the stars of the night and industry (and NO I am not one of them…YET!!!)


My mic, computer, and turntables are down here with our good friends from Jive Records, and looking forward to doing an event with Bob, Hank, and Rob (for those not getting the name dropping, that is Kid Rock, Bocephus, and Vanilla Ice), for at least one night…I get to be one of the “Rowdy Friends” doing my thang!


Being here and there is a lot of fun! Hangin’ with some of the folks I look up to is even more fun, and for just a split second seeing what goes into what it takes to be one of the “Super Stars” is inspiring and at times, a party in itself.


But I gotta be honest. All the hard work, all the “vacation life,” all the concerts, all the whatever experience I am allowed to have from being on coat tails…don’t mean nutin’ without someone to share it with.

“And up until you came along-No one ever heard my song…” “The traveling, the singing, it don’t mean nothing without you. The fast cars, the guitars, they are all just second to this life this love…all as good as gone without you.”-Keith Urban


Maybe that is why I gravitated towards The Hick Hop Style of Rock & Roll…this unique Country Thang.


I like the down home life the outdoors with a pinch of bright lights and rock & roll. Kinda like the character “King George” played in the second greatest Country Music Movie (no not ‘Little Whore House in Texas’), Pure Country! Way back when, I was just a young punk who knew it all, and after seeing that movie (and leaving with a lump in my throat), I knew I wanted to be the guy in “The Hat” with the lights, the cute strawberry blond girl (who was feisty, and broke his heart), yet enjoying the outdoors, horses and just life off stage.

“When you hear twin fiddles and steel guitar, you’re listenin’ to the sound of the America Heart!”-George Straight


NOTE: I said second best Country Music Movie ‘cause the best Movie is now ‘Country Strong!’


If you have not seen ‘Pure Country’ or ‘Country Strong’ they are great rentals this weekend to escape the heat (even if not a Country Music fan!), after you stop by The Park Street Festival on Friday and Saturday Nights, and up at Flying Horse Farms for the Byers Auto Charity Car Show on Saturday Afternoon of course!


Anyway all this chasing a dream, rock & rollin, and GREAT life experiences cause me to wake up in hotel rooms, couches, and even my own condo holding onto a dream…the dream who’s face I see when I look at the sterol hotel pictures, and the same as the picture next to my bed at home. All the experiences are different, yet they all have the same thing, the memory that is becoming only a dream…


But it ain’t all bad…cause everyday is a new experience, a new day to grow, a new day to ROCK, and a new day to do something for someone else/say something to someone/or use one of my own examples of life to keep someone from messing up (or at very least offering guidance so when they do mess up, I can say-TOLD YOU SO). It is an exciting, lonely, and busy time…BUT I LOVE MY LIFE, and enjoy doing whatever the he** it is I do!


Never know where I am and guess I am living out Jimmy Buffett’s song “Volcano” (I don’t know where Imma gonna go when the Volcano blows)


I actually got to spend a few days at “The Home Office in Dublin Ohio” this week and I blew my diet again on Tuesday, but I had to! It was a National Holiday!?!?!

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

It’s June and the summer heat and humidity is here.  With the kids home from school, chances are pretty good you are looking for just the perfect summertime treat to cool off.  Well, you’re in luck – today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!  The delicious combination of chocolaty goodness with the delightful creaminess of cool ice cream is sure to hit the spot no matter how old or young you are!

Although the origins of this annual June 7th “holiday” are unknown, you’re probably checking out your kitchen freezer as we speak.  Whether you prefer your sweet treat in a crispy cone, in a glass or scooped in a bowl, go ahead – have a dip. Indulge!


But better watch the weight cause I have some new stage gear!


I am going to have some new stage gear thanx to Brad at Rusted Custom Apparel. I am honored to have Brad and RCA in my camp. Check out some of his work-guess he has branded “Matt The Hat” as the “Cowboy from Hell”


Here we go…to do what I do in front of a few thousand, and a few million watching on TV. All these faces, yet I only see one who is not anywhere near (on the road or at home)


In the words of my buddy David Babner…time to “Giddy Up” and in the words of my Buddy (and as some say, a person my image resembles), Larry The Cable Guy-“Get ‘Er Done!”


Tires just touched down, and it is time for another town, a few more stages, and another chance to do what I love….experiencing life, and pursuing a dream. I may or may not make it…but I will have some GREAT STORIES to tell around a camp fire like the old farts that used to mesmerize me …but I am sure my stories will be true, I think. I am off to get a Goo Goo Cluster!




Park Street Festival is back and better than ever this year! With activities and entertainment fit for any age, Park Street Festival is fun for the whole family.

This year’s activities include Bike Night, Autograph sessions with local athletes, Kids Fair, 9 live bands, and much more!


Benefiting the Second and Seven Foundation, The Park Street Festival merges food, entertainment, and family fun all in to one event. The festival is a joint effort among the bars on Park Street and runs the length of the street. Admission is free, so make sure to come out to Park Street Festival for a great weekend.


Music Schedule:

FRIDAY (opening at 5pm)

The 17th Floor

Travelers By Dawn

Johnny White

Six Panel Driver

Dot Dot Dot

DJ Nobody/Matt Sexton


SATURDAY (opening at 3pm)

Lovesick Radio

Kicking Dixie


Union Rose

Of Human

DJ Matt Sexton/DJ Nobody

Visit for more information!



Great Food, and GREAT drink specials. What goes better than Hogs with Hog?


RED, WHITE, & BOOM Friday July 1, 2011

Join me on the Long Street Stage with

Noon Alex White      



Maza laska




Misfit Toys




The Forties




She Bears




Alleyes Path




The Compressis




Ghost Shirt








10:25 – 11:20


The Queen Tribute Band-Mr Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys




Matt Sexton



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“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.” 


We must remind ourselves we have what it takes and we are enough


“TODAY is a Great day to tell the people in your life that you love them!”





I don’t ask for many things…just a small request


Sometimes not giving up, is just part of everyday living, no matter how bust ya are


Some songs are powerful just from its message, this is one of those. I hold onto a love I have daily. No reason, no reward…just because it feels right. This may not build a bridge between me and someone…but it did build a bridge between myself and daily happiness.


Happy B-Day Purple One! “We are Gathered here today to celebrate…THIS THING CALLED LIFE!!!”


Rockin and Boppin to some hits from a time of THE TRUE GREATEST GENERATION on this D-Day Anniversary! Instead of music-try listening to one of their stories, they are even more inspiring than any music, or book!


Everyday I wake up with the same picture and still…prayin for daylight

Prayin’ for daylight waiting for that morning sun

So I can act like my whole life ain’t going wrong

Baby come back to me, I swear I’ll make it right

Don’t make me spend another lonely night



Have you had a bad day this week? Something bad happen to ya’?

You never know when an untied shoelace saves you from an onrushing car. On September 11th, one man was saved because he had to get donuts for his team; another because he developed a blister on his foot from wearing new shoes. 

Don’t live in fear of the unknown or “what if’s” Live the questions. -Rainer Maria Rilke



If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. – Dalai Lama


Help provide a vehicle and transportation for a friend of mine who is a missionary in Haiti.


In addition to a good dinner and a GREAT CAUSE, we have a chance for you to bid on some killer prizes including 2 Tickets to see Keith Urban July 19th at Nationwide Arena (courtesy of Dream Seats-Your Total Ticket Source), and 3 hours of DJ service (limitations apply)


Friday, June 17 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Licking Valley High School


Texas Roadhouse Dinner (pizza for children) will be served from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost: $20.00 per ticket for steak dinner. Dinner includes Steak, salad, baked potato, rolls, drink and dessert.

Pizza ticket is $5.00 and includes pizza, drink, salad and dessert.


The proceeds will go towards the purchase of a vehicle for Ginny Andrews who is working in Haiti. She currently is using the Haitian public transportation system and is very limited in her mission work with no vehicle. Ginny works Angel Missions Haiti where she oversees getting medical visas for children who need life-saving surgery in the states.


Please see her blog for more information on her work in Haiti:


For questions regarding the Benefit Dinner and Silent action please email Summer Conley at


Donations are being accepted for the Silent Auction. Contact Summer if interested.





Forgiving Her Son’s Killer: ‘Not An Easy Thing’


It would be easy — expected, even — for Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel to be enemies. After all, he killed Johnson’s only son, in 1993. He went to prison for that — and toward the end of his sentence, he and Johnson made peace.


As a teenager in Minneapolis, Israel was involved with gangs and drugs. One night at a party, he got into a fight with Laramiun Byrd, 20, and shot and killed him. Oshea is now 34; he finished serving his prison sentence for murder about a year and a half ago.


Israel recently visited StoryCorps with Johnson, to discuss their relationship — and the forgiveness it is built upon. As Johnson recalls, their first face-to-face conversation took place at Stillwater Prison, when Israel agreed to her repeated requests to see him.


“I wanted to know if you were in the same mindset of what I remembered from court, where I wanted to go over and hurt you,” Johnson tells Israel. “But you were not that 16-year-old. You were a grown man. I shared with you about my son.”


“And he became human to me,” Israel says.


At the end of their meeting at the prison, Johnson was overcome by emotion.


“The initial thing to do was just try and hold you up as best I can,” Israel says, “just hug you like I would my own mother.”


Johnson says, “After you left the room, I began to say, ‘I just hugged the man that murdered my son.’


“And I instantly knew that all that anger and the animosity, all the stuff I had in my heart for 12 years for you — I knew it was over, that I had totally forgiven you.”


Johnson founded From Death To Life: Two Mothers Coming Together for Heal­ing, a support group for mothers who have lost their children to violence.


And for Israel, Johnson’s forgiveness has brought both changes and challenges to his life.


“Sometimes I still don’t know how to take it,” he says, “because I haven’t totally forgiven myself yet. It’s something that I’m learning from you. I won’t say that I have learned yet, because it’s still a process that I’m going through.”


“I treat you as I would treat my son,” Johnson says. “And our relationship is beyond belief.”


In fact, the two live right next door to one another in Minneapolis.


“So you can see what I’m doing — you know firsthand,” Israel says.


And if he falls out of touch, Israel is sure to hear about it from Johnson — who calls out to him, he says, “‘Boy, how come you ain’t called over here to check on me in a couple of days? You ain’t even asked me if I need my garbage to go out!’ ”


“Uh-huh,” Johnson says with a laugh.


“I find those things funny, because it’s a relationship with a mother for real,” Israel says.


“Well, my natural son is no longer here. I didn’t see him graduate. Now you’re going to college. I’ll have the opportunity to see you graduate,” Johnson says. “I didn’t see him getting married. Hopefully one day, I’ll be able to experience that with you.”



Hearing her say those things, Israel says, gives him a reason to reach his goals.


“It motivates me to make sure that I stay on the right path,” he says. “You still believe in me. And the fact that you can do it, despite how much pain I caused you — it’s amazing.”


But Israel is not the only one who’s impressed.


“I know it’s not an easy thing, you know, to be able to share our story together,” Johnson says. “Even with us sitting here looking at each other right now, I know it’s not an easy thing. So I admire that you can do this.”


“I love you, lady.”


“I love you too, son.”



All the GREATS are gone!

Happy Birthday, Dean Martin!

Dean Martin would have turned 94 on Tuesday, June 7.

Born Dino Paul Crocetti to a poor Italian immigrant family in the hardscrabble industrial town of Steubenville, Ohio, Dean Martin was arguably the most successful and popular entertainer in 20th century America.

When Dean died on Christmas day in 1995, he could look back on a spectacular five-decade career in which he excelled as a singer, comedian, nightclub performer, movie actor and TV star.

While other entertainers might have mastered one or two of those idioms, almost no one had the universal success and popularity of Dino – and certainly no one was as cool and charming as him.

Dean reportedly only spoke Italian as a small child, and never fully mastered the English language. As such, he had an Old World modesty and reticence, despite the global fame, and incredible wealth and glamour he eventually amassed.

As a teenager, he dropped out of school, knocked around in various jobs, including delivering bootleg liquor, steel mill worker, casino croupier, and even boxer.

But it was singing that was his forte, and ultimately allowed him to escape the work-a-day world of Steubenville. He was heavily influenced by the vocal mannerisms of both Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers.

Still, finding a successful career as a singer was difficult. Dean bounced around, first singing for theErnie McKay Orchestra and various other bands in the early 1940s.

In 1946, Dean’s life and career arc changed forever when he met Jerry Lewis, a struggling comic in New York.

This unlikely pairing of a goofy Jewish comic and a handsome Italian crooner eventually became the hottest act in show business and lasted for ten wildly successful and remunerative years, including nightclub shows, radio performances, television appearances and hugely profitable movies.

In 1956, the Martin and Lewis team broke up, and it remains a mystery to this day why they did so. Allegedly, Martin was tired of playing the straight man in the act and he as reportedly jealous of the critics’ favoring Lewis as the real talent in the partnership.

While some worried that Martin’s career would not survive without Lewis, he proved everyone wrong by moving seamlessly into films (including even dramas and westerns), while resurrecting his singing career.

By the early 1960, Dean became closer to Frank Sinatra and the so-called “Rat Pack” which included Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and (for a brief while) Peter Lawford. They took over Las Vegas and became yet another successful chapter for Dean.

There would be more movies and TV shows to follow.

Although Dean is widely associated with Sinatra, the two could not have been more different. Whereas Sinatra was intense, overly-emotional, tightly wound and prone to violent outbursts, Dean was quiet, cool and imperturbable.
Sinatra was also insecure about his looks (he was of slight build, wore a toupee and dentures even as a youngish man. In stark contrast, Dean was tall, broad-shouldered and blessed with spectacular good looks that lasted well into old age.

More importantly, while Sinatra desperately craved the approval of the critics and wanted to be hailed as an “artist,” Dino disdained such pretensions and did not care what critics thought.

Dean reportedly did not drink nor womanize to the extent that his “image” had suggested. Rather, as he settled into middle age, he was homebody close to his family and obsessed with golf and watching westerns on TV.
By the mid-1980s, Dean largely withdrew from show business and the public spotlight.

He suffered a horrendous loss in 1987 when his son Dean Paul was killed in an airplane accident. He reportedly never overcame his sorrow over his lost son and went deeper into his private world in Beverly Hills.

Dean Martin died at his home on Christmas morning 1995 at the age of 78.


STILL one of the best shows I have seen:

Happy Birthday, Prince! The Purple One Turns 53

Prince is celebrating his 53rd birthday Tuesday, and at this point it’s a safe bet he can look down from his royal throne and enjoy the fact that he’s as popular today as he was two decades ago. The Purple One recently put on a series of 21 sold-out shows in Los Angeles, sending fans and critics into a frenzy with his stellar performances of songs from his ever-growing catalog. Prince Rogers Nelson is truly an icon. And at 53, for a musician to be at the top of his game is a rarity.


How will Prince actually celebrate his birthday? That’s not clear, but given his work ethic, the Minneapolis phenom will probably get in the studio and record something that will send women swooning and crowds cheering for more. Critics who’ve caught recent Prince concerts gush about his infectious energy and his ability, even well into his 50s, to move as well as any performer half his age. And truly, few can rival his musical skills, particularly on guitar.


Happy birthday to an ultimate showman: Prince! Can you believe he’s 53? When did you first see him in concert? If you’ve seen any recent shows, how do you think they compare to shows from 10 or even 20 years ago?


Pink Gives Birth to Baby Girl!
Pink and hubby Carey Hart welcomed a baby girl on Thursday.

“We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart,” the singer, 31, tweeted. “She’s gorgeous, just like her daddy.”

Pink (real name: Alecia Beth Moore) met Hart, 35, in 2001 at the X-Games. Following a brief separation in 2003, Pink proposed to her motocross beau in June 2005.

The two married in January 2006 and then separated in February 2008. But after marriage counseling and working through their issues, Pink confirmed in February 2010 that she and Hart were back together and expecting their first child.

In November, Pink told Access Hollywood about the unusual name she and Hart were considering at the time. “My dad’s name is James, and my brother’s name is Jason… Carey’s middle name is Jason, [and] Jameson–we like whiskey. That’s a no brainer.”

In November, she released her Greatest Hits…So Far!!! album, which included a new song dedicated to herunborn child. She wrote on her blog the significance behind the track, “F***ing Perfect,” saying: “I have a life inside of me, and I want her or him to know that I will accept him or her with open and loving and welcoming arms. And though I will prepare this little munchkin for a sometimes cruel world, I will also equip this kid to see all the beauty in it as well.”



Dad plays best prank ever on teenage son

Dale Price waving at his son’s bus on the last day of the school year. (courtesy Rain Price will never forget the first day of his sophomore year of high school. On the bus, packed with classmates from his suburban Utah school, Rain peered out the window, mortified.

“The school bus for the first time ever came down our street this year,” explains Rain’s dad, Dale, to Utah’s Daily Herald. “This was [my son’s] first year on the bus. My wife came running in the room and suggested we go wave at him to embarrass him.”

And so began Dale’s hazing ritual that continued every day for the rest of his son’s school year. The first day may have been the most shocking for Rain, but in the days to follow, the surprises kept coming.

Since the fall, Dale has waved at his son in 180 different outlandish costumes. The second day of school he wore a football helmet and jersey, and in the months that followed he opened the front door dressed as a blushing bride, a superhero, a Star Trek fan, Michael Jackson, and a giant chicken.  One day he even lugged an old toilet bowl onto the street and sat on it reading a newspaper, stopping to wave as the bus rolled by.

Over time, Rain’s most humbling moment became his most anticipated. “The first day of high school…it was really embarrassing,” Rain tells the Herald.  “But the last couple of months it has turned into more entertainment.”

The father of three, a stay-at-home dad, raided the family’s Halloween costume collection, borrowed outfits from neighbors, and managed to spend under $50 over the year to make his son’s bus ride the highlight of the day. To preserve the memories, his wife, Rochelle, photographed each day’s outfit and posted it on their blog called

Soon Rain’s friends weren’t the only ones anticipating Dale’s morning ritual. He’s become a local celebrity in their Utah suburb of American Fork and an international phenomenon in the blogosphere.

With expectations high, Dale developed a system. When his son leaves to catch the bus at 7:10 A.M., he is dressed in the bare bones of his costume to keep his outfit a surprise. Then he’s got 4 minutes to transform, with accessories and props, into a renegade paintball player, a Star Wars character or Terry Potter (Harry’s distant relative). Sometimes his son, Riot, a second grader, joins in the fun. On day 26, he played Batman to his dad’s Robin.

On the last day of school, Dale gave Rain a final send-off dressed as a “peg-leg” pirate, an alter-ego he’s reinvented throughout the year, as a nod to his own prosthetic leg. It will likely be the end of the routine that made the Price family famous.

Through it all, Rain, an honors student and a member of his high school marching band, has come to appreciate his dad’s efforts. “He is genetically predisposed to having a good sense of humor,” writes Rain’s mom, Rochelle, on their blog. “And yes, he did laugh at the waves. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you’ll see that he and his friends were waving back.”



This is a neat feel good piece

U2 dedicates “Beautiful Day” to Giffords at concert

U2’s Bono dedicated his performance of “Beautiful Day” at a concert in Seattle Saturday to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and her husband, Commander Mark Kelly delivered a message to the crowd from theInternational Space Station.

In the YouTube video, Bono dedicates one of injured Rep. Giffords’ favorite songs to her, then says to the crowd: “Imagine a man looking down on us from 200 miles up. Looking down at our beautiful crowded planet… What would he say to us…? What is on your mind, Commander Kelly?”

Commander Kelly then appears on the video screen, speaking from the international Space Station. He holds up a serious of words that read “7 Billion – One Nation – Imagi Nation – It’s a Beautiful Day.”

The words remain suspended in zero-gravity as he paraphrases a line from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”: “I’m looking forward to coming home. Tell my wife I love her very much… she knows.”



Eminem Audi A6 Avant Video Is Not An Advertisement, Audi Spokesperson Says

A U.S. spokesperson for Audi has responded to the lawsuit filed in Hamburg Regional Court in Germany this week by Eight Mile Style LLC, Eminem’s publishing company. The German automobile manufacturer is being sued for using an unauthorized sample of Eminem’s Academy Award-winning song “Lose Yourself” from his film “8 Mile.”

The Audi spokesperson told Yahoo! Music that the video that has sparked the debate is not a commercial. “The video referred to is not an advertisement,” he said via email. “Also, this does not involve Audi of America. The video was not shown here in the U.S.” The spokesperson added that due to the legal nature of the matter, he could not comment further.

In the European spot for the 2012 Audi A6 Avant, a professionally-dressed man drives the luxury vehiclethrough a city as the memorable guitar rift and snare taps from “Lose Yourself” play in the background.

The song choice and the video concept have also drawn comparisons to a 2011 Super Bowl advertisement Eminem made for Chrysler.

“We believe Audi not only used ‘Lose Yourself’ to sell their product without permission, but their spot actually feels inspired by elements of Chrysler’s commercial campaign,” a spokesperson for Eight Mile Style told Billboard.

In Eminem’s advertisement for the Chrysler 200, a faceless driver tours Detroit, showing both the rundown and flourishing parts of the city. The marquee on the town’s landmark Fox Theater reads, “Keep Detroit Beautiful,” a reference to Eminem’s 2009 song “Beautiful.” The rapper is revealed as the driver of the car.

The 2012 Audi A6 clip is a more pristine version of the Chrysler 200 spot.

According to Billboard, Chrysler had not announced any plans to also file a suit against Audi.



Laugh till you cry at Jimmy Fallon’s thank you notes

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “Late Night,” has turned his popular thank you notes segment into a new book, “Thank You Notes.”


Thank you post-Thanksgiving Dinner relaxation rituals, for being the one time when Uncle Gary can unbuckle his pants in front of the whole family and not get sent to jail.


Thank you people who give me homemade jam as a gift. What are we, Quakers? Exactly how much jam do you think I use? You know this is going to sit in my fridge for three years until I throw it out to make room for beer, right? Just checking.


Thank you horseradish, for being neither a radish nor a horse. What you are is a liar food. (I’m looking at you, too, Grape Nuts.)


Thank you people who say “Wow, you’re really photogenic,” for not saying what you really mean: “Wow, you’re really ugly in person.”



Summer is a time for grilling “Hot Dogs” or “Weiners”


White House Insider: Democrats Join with Republicans Against Obama

In a brief but informative update, our longtime D.C. insider tells of Democratic Party operatives joining with their Republican counterparts to ensure Barack Obama is a one-term president.

Sorry for delay in getting back to you.  So much now underway.  Do you recall when I told you of a meeting by Democratic Party operatives shortly after the Midterm Election?  The meeting that had people within the party questioning Obama’s viability as a candidate for 2012 and the future of the party after the defeat of 2010?  Another such meeting took place recently.  What was once an in-house dialogue though has now transformed into something far more formidable against the Obama White House, involving both Democrats and Republicans.  The primary focus is defeat of Obama in 2012.  Watch for an uptick in Democrats openly speaking out against Obama.  You have likely noted the most recent bi-partisan votes in Congress against Obama.  To have those kinds of votes against a sitting president who is now fully engaged in a re-election campaign is stunning.  It is also indisputable evidence of the divide I have been telling you of for some time.  The party is now so deeply divided between the Chicago Democrats and the more mainstream Democrats that the rift cannot be repaired so long as Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett occupy the White House.

The Republicans now have a plan underway to trap those Democrats attempting to utilize the Ryan Medicare plan to their political advantage. This is a plan that I fully approve of and frankly, must tip my hat in its creation as both a political weapon as well as sound and much needed legislation.  A number of Congressional Democrats have been made aware of the plan and are also supportive of it. This represents a powerful break from the DNC operatives who are so closely linked to Obama’s own OFA group.  The OFA is a direct extension of Valerie Jarrett’s office and a tool she continues to fully utilize to further protect her role as the primary power broker inside the West Wing.  Daley continues to counter that to great effect though.  Bill Daley is an ally.  History will prove this out down the road.  You have expressed doubts regarding this.  Trust me.  Daley is doing this country a far greater service than anyone outside of the immediate situation
can realize.
You indicated to me the much stronger stance Congressman Issa has publicly taken against Eric Holder and the Obama DOJ.  While I continue to remain suspicious of Issa’s ultimate willingness to take on Eric Holder to a conclusion that results in Holder’s resignation, my suspicions may soon be proven unjustified.  I hope that is the case.  A significant development is to be revealed regarding the DOJ very soon now.  That is the information I have been given most recently.

Where we are at in all of this is now a fully integrated operation against Barack Obama’s re-election bid that includes both Democrats and Republicans.  We will continue to work to further develop the political scandal, as well as limit as much as possible, the funding and organizational machine that allowed Barack Obama to be elected in 2008.  If the scandal is successfully buried prior to the 2012 election, we must ensure that Obama faces political defeat at the ballot box.  The powers now aligning against Obama are significant.  They are motivated.  And they are very-very serious about defeating Barack Obama.



For those with the t-shirts, bumper stickers, and hatefull speech (and assuming no jobs)-think your anti war reteric stating war does not solve anything? Take a look at a calender, or history book-The world could be a very different different place had 156,000 brave allied soldiers not landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. (thanx B.A.S. for the stats)

Vets wonder how they survived D-Day

Don Jakeway recalls that, as he fought in World War II, “I said to myself, ‘If I do get home, I’m going to try to pay back somehow.'”

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my days in the Army,” said Herman Zerger, a World War II veteran.
The thought has often gone through the minds of the two Ohio veterans in the past 67 years.

Why did they live through World War II when so many of their buddies died?

Jakeway, 88, of Johnstown, and Zerger, 87, of Woodsfield, in Monroe County, will be the first to admit they don’t know the answer. But both believe they survived because God had things for them to do back home in the Buckeye State.

“I said to myself, ‘If I do get home, I’m going to try to pay back somehow,'” Jakeway said.

“I thought of that hundreds of times,” Zerger said. “You have men falling on either side of you. I think it was the grace of God.”

Today, Jakeway and Zerger will join former Sen. Max Cleland, secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; other current and former members of Congress, including Rep Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo; and other American and French officials at the 67th observance of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Two other Ohioans, James H. “Pee Wee” Martin, 90, a decorated paratrooper from the Dayton area, and John Marshall of Columbus, a veteran and special assistant to Cleland, also will be part of the entourage.

The event will mark the re-dedication of a monument at Pointe du Hoc, the fortified cliffs where the Germans rained fire down on American forces charging ashore on Omaha and Utah beaches. On June 6, 1944, Americans scaled the steep cliffs at Pointe du Hoc and, despite suffering huge losses, eventually silenced the German guns.

The site has been closed for eight years because of deterioration, but the commission spent more than $1 million to stabilize the cliffs.

President Ronald Reagan was the last U.S. official to observe D-Day at Pointe du Hoc, in 1984.

Jakeway, who was born on a farm outside Johnstown, signed up in 1942 when he was 18 years old, to become a paratrooper (admitting, later, that he didn’t know what that was). He parachuted into Normandy as a human bomb, with half-pound blocks of TNT and plastic explosives attached to his body and small landmines in his pockets, all to be used later to destroy bridges and other German targets.

“The anti-aircraft fire coming up was just unbelievable,” he said. “I could hear the bullets going through my chute. How I didn’t get hit, I don’t know.”

In extensive duty in France, Holland and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Jakeway was injured twice; he still has pieces of shrapnel in his body nearly seven decades later. He also collected other metal: fourBronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and the Knight of the Legion of Honor, the highest award given by the French government.

When he returned home after the war, Jakeway made good on his promise to “pay back somehow.” He is a legend in Johnstown, working on a range of projects with schools, sports teams, elected officials and civic organizations.

Zerger joined the infantry and shipped out to Italy as part of the 36th Texas Infantry Division and participated in the invasion of France. He was captured by the Germans on Feb. 3, 1945, and was a prisoner of war for 95 days in five different camps.

Because of his German heritage, Zerger said he was subjected to particularly brutal treatment. Somehow, he survived and managed to hide the Lord Elgin wristwatch his parents had given him as a graduation present. He has it to this day – and it still works, Zerger said.

He won a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Knight of the Legion of Honor and Combat Infantry Badge.

Returning to Ohio, Zerger got involved in politics, first as a township trustee and later as Monroe County Democratic Party chairman, a position he’s held for 48 years. He’s the longest-serving county chairman in the state.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my days in the Army,” he said. “That’s what gets me by – politics and my veterans groups.”



NATO-Finally doing what the world needs, ousting roug dictators!

Gadhafi: ‘We will not surrender, we will not give up’


Gadhafi speaks as his compound is bombarded by NATO airstrikes

“Dead, alive, victorious, it doesn’t matter,” he says in vowing to stay until the end

At least 35 loud explosions are heard around midday in Tripoli


Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed Tuesday that “we will not surrender,” even as NATO airstrikes bombarded his compound in Tripoli.


“I am now speaking as planes and bombs fall around me,” Gadhafi said in a live audio broadcast on state television. “But my soul is in God’s hand. We will not think about death or life. We will think about the call of duty.”


At least three explosions rocked Tripoli late Tuesday night; it was not immediately clear what they hit.


Earlier in the day, NATO targeted a military base and Gadhafi’s compound, state television reported. A spokesman for the Libyan government said that at least 31 people were killed, including a number of civilians, and dozens more were wounded after 60 missiles struck the capital city.


The compound was under “intensive continuous bombardment,” according to state TV, which reported buildings and infrastructure were destroyed.


“We will not surrender, we will not give up,” Gadhafi said. “We have one option — our country. We will remain in it ’til the end. Dead, alive, victorious, it doesn’t matter.”


The blasts Tuesday, and others Monday that Libyan officials said hit state television buildings, elicited heated responses from the government spokesman.


“We believe NATO understands that its military campaign is failing miserably,” said spokesman Musa Ibrahim. “No one has the right to shape Libya’s future except for Libyans.”


Ibrahim said Tuesday’s morning blasts hit the popular guard compound and revolution compound, which are military barracks near Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound.


The spokesman said the attack on the television network killed two people and wounded 16.


NATO disputed the account.


“We did not target or hit the Libyan broadcast facilities. What we did target was the military intelligence headquarters in downtown Tripoli,” the alliance said. “The story coming from Libyan officials that we targeted and hit the state broadcaster’s building is bogus.”


The back and forth between Libyan officials and NATO continues a public relations war between the two sides.


Libyan officials have continually charged that NATO airstrikes have damaged civilian facilities and killed hundreds of civilians.


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said recently that his forces have made “significant progress” in its U.N. Security Council mandate to protect Libyan civilians.


This week, the Libyan government said it had evidence that alliance airstrikes were harming civilians.


Officials took journalists to Tajura, a city east of Tripoli, to show them a small crater that held what appeared to be the remains of a rocket.


The reporters were also taken to nearby homes that the government said had been damaged by airstrikes.


NATO said it had been active in the area hitting military sites but could not say whether the attacks had caused the damage in the residential area.


Reporters were also taken to a nearby hospital to see Nasib, a comatose baby who was a victim of the airstrikes, the government said.


A woman, who the government said was Nasib’s mother, cried over the child’s listless body.


Journalists were not allowed to talk to the woman or to the doctors. But one doctor quietly slipped a note to one of the journalists that said the girl was injured in a car accident, not a bomb attack.


British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking Tuesday to British lawmakers, said the European Union has added six additional ports controlled by pro-Gadhafi forces to its sanctions list in an effort to starve Gadhafi’s troops of military supplies.


He said the United Kingdom intends to push for additional sanctions against Gadhafi’s regime.


“Any political settlement in Libya requires an end to violence and Gadhafi’s departure,” Hague said.

YOU DA MAN (actually woman):



 Shaquille O’Neal’s girlfriend schools him on sleep apnea

Apparently Shaquille O’Neal(notes) snores. We probably could have guessed that. But who knew that snoring would be a danger to the big man’s health?

Anyone who’s ever been hit (or, as they call it, “lightly nudged”) by their better half in the middle of the night knows that snoring can be pretty frustrating for the person who isn’t the actual snorer. And anyone who’s ever done the hitting (I don’t “lightly nudge,” dangit, because I’ve got sleep to catch on) can tell you that it is about as high on the annoyance list as annoyances get.

But most tend to get over it, as their pretty little bird tweets away deep into dreamland. That said, not everyone has to share chambers with Shaquille O’Neal, all 7-1 and 300-pound whatever of him. If your better half sounds like a hummingbird, then this guy has to come off like a full blown diesel semi-engine.

That’s why his girlfriend, TV’s (they tell me) Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander, asked him to take part in a sleep apnea study sponsored by Harvard University. Because, jokes aside, it must be more than a little scary when those snores briefly turn into outright silence, which apparently has happened to Shaq a few times recently.

Provided he’s in a good mood, and isn’t being petty, is Shaq ever not funny?
The consequences of sleep apnea, as described by the litany of doctors early in this video, is pretty frightening. So if the little bird next to you sounds like he or she is suffering from the same condition, get them hooked up to a “poly-what?” (as Shaq puts it) as soon as you can.



Knight: Rule Ohio St players broke was ‘idiotic’

Bob Knight criticized the NCAA and called the rule Ohio State football players broke when they sold and traded their personal memorabilia “idiotic.”

The former Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach, and an Ohio State alum, spoke to reporters Monday night before the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards ceremony, where he was scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

“I understand what’s happened and there was a rule that was violated,” Knight said. “But it was an idiotic rule.”

Five Ohio State players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season after it was revealed they traded jerseys, rings, trophies and other items for tattoos.

“I think this NCAA that we’re currently involved with is so far out of touch with the integrity of the sport that it’s just amazing,” Knight said.

Jim Tressel recently resigned as Ohio State coach after he admitted to withholding information from his bosses and the NCAA about his players receiving improper extra benefits.

The Iba Awards, named in honor of the Oklahoma State’s Hall of Fame basketball coach, recognize positive role models in sports. NFL star Jason Taylor and former women’s international soccer star Kristine Lillyreceived the awards Monday night.

Knight, who now works as an analyst for ESPN, said he was glad his days of roaming the bench are over.

“The microphone, to me, is like the whistle is to an official,” Knight said. “Now I just simply say ‘now that is one of the worst calls I’ve seen in basketball.’ I love the microphone.”


I think every other attribute is laced in mystery.  Can we know God?  Yes. Can we know Him fully?  Not on this side of eternity.

William Jennings Bryan, famous for his role in the Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1925, once likened themystery of God to a watermelon seed.  “I have observed the power of the watermelon seed. It has the power of drawing from the ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight. When you can tell me how it takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of it a white rind and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each one of which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight–when you can explain to me the mystery of the watermelon, you can ask me to explain the mystery of God.”

If we cannot understand the mystery of the watermelon seed, how can we even begin to understand the mystery God.-Mark Batterson



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I am in the process of getting back into things, and shape. I have put together a program for myself that can be used for anyone…novice or body building pro. The key is to go lighter that normal and increase sets/reps and shortened down time..


There are 5 excercises in each flight for 4 sets of 20. In between each flight 1 set of abs and offset 20 calves, and 20 forearms each day.


I call this program the “20” workout. It increases heart rate, works strength, and works endurance-all helping physic. Also adding hour long cardio sessions on Mon & Fri, Sprint Sessions Tues & Thursday, and long runs Weds & Sat…with some type of cardio on Sunday.



Incline (Smith Machine)-90x20x4


Decline (Smith Machine)-140x20x4


Flat Bench Dumbells-30x2x20x4


Cable Cross Overs-20x2x20x4


Stable Ball push up-20×4




Assisted pull ups to warm up 20, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8


Squating high lat pulls-27.5x20x4


Standing straight arm push downs-30x20x4


Standing bent over pulls-90x20x4


Back extensions-20×4


Pull Ups (non assisted)-10×4



WEDNESDAY: Legs/Heavy Chest work

(I am doing rehab work)

Warm up treadmill incline up to 15′ and 3.5 for up to 20mins


Laying Side Leg Rise x3 (hold for 1min each),

50’decline squats 20 both legs x3

Standing Barefoot walking foot raise 1min, x3

Standing barefoot big toe raise 10×3,

Elevated calve raise 10×3 (double foot raise, using single to lower),

single leg big/little toe heel crunch stable (hold 60secs) ALL TIMES 3.


Add 10 sets of 2 flat bench press 45-50% of max (currently doing 275)



THURSDAY: Shoulders

Lat/delt alternating dumbbell raise-20x2x20x4


Shrugs 80x2x20x4


Rear delt fly 12.5x2x20x4


Shoulder Press 25x2x20x4


Laying single arm side dumbbell raise/standing rear single arm raise(rehab work)-10x2x20x4



FRIDAY: ARMS (this is longer workout due to 2 body parts. Do Bi/Tri work as one set, with no rest)


Single Arm concentration curls 15x2x20x4

Double Dumbell overhead press 15x2x20x4


Sitting incline dumbbell curls 15x2x20x4

Standing bent over dumbbell tricept kick backs 10x2x20x4


Standing dumbbell single arm cross body hammer curls 20x2x20x4

Standing cable tricept rope pulls 60x20x4


Sitting preacher curls 45x20x4

French curls 45x20x4


Standing cable hurcules curls 20x2x20x4

Single arm tricept cable push downs 15x2x20x4


SATURDAY: Leg rehab and Heavy Chest  (I am doing rehab work)

Warm up treadmill incline up to 15′ and 3.5 for up to 20mins


Laying Side Leg Rise x3 (hold for 1min each),

50’decline squats 20 both legs x3

Standing Barefoot walking foot raise 1min, x3

Standing barefoot big toe raise 10×3,

Elevated calve raise 10×3 (double foot raise, using single to lower),

Single leg big/little toe heel crunch stable (hold 60secs) ALL TIMES 3.


Add 10 sets of 2 flat bench press 45-50% of max (currently doing 275)


SUNDAY: Power Cleans

Pyrimid up weight with reps of 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and back up while lowering weight


This is a program than not only WORKS, but can also be catered to your needs. Shoot an e-mail to to have us help you with your goals or to show this program first hand.


If you have lived, take thankfully the past. ~ John Dryden




This little guy just learned to ride his bike, and this is GREAT!


Your story may not have a happy beginning but it’s the rest of your story, who you choose to become, that is the most important now. – Keith Cameron Smith



“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”-Steve Prefontane



“Used to say Oh God it’s Morning, now I say Good Morning Oh God”-Wynonna


‎”Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.”

Strangers only have a few seconds to decide if we are truly who we say we are when it comes to being faithful, trustworthy and reliable. Are you being a good example of these things in your first encounters with others? Watch how you act, sometimes you only have a few seconds to make or miss out on a friendship.- Wayne Dyer


“The past can hurt – you can either run from it or learn from it.”




Panic! At The Disco plays The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

Thursday I am playing multiple events with The Country Music Television Awards follow us on Facebook at                      




Deana Martin, the daughter of Dino, plays the Historic Midland Theatre. For more info,





Paula Poundstone plays the Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center. For more info,




One of my favorites, John Witherspoon (From Boomerang and The “Friday” series) performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center





Park Street Festival

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Join me at The Flying Horse Rendezvous, Presented by Byers Imports at Flying Horse Farms (5260 State Route 95 Mount Gilead, OH 43035)

Love to show off your sports car and raise money for a good cause? This event is open to all sports cars and sports car enthusiasts. The Flying Horse Rendezvous will be held at the camp and will include a cruise-in, poker runs, entertainment. Registration is $25 per car.




The suspenseful  ‘Super 8’ rated “PG-13”


Heather Graham stars in the “Tween Flick” ‘Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,’ rated “PG.” IT ALSO IS THE COME BACK FOR URKEL!!!




A true “throw back Western” True Grit staring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. This re-make does the original justice!


This is not a feel good piece, but a GREAT movie with real themes. Hitting true to the current state of the economy, ‘The Company Men’ staring Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kevin Costner, and Craig T. Nelson


The stay at home date movie, ‘Just Go With It’ staring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman



Show Me Fest, Springfield Mizz. June 17th-19th

Weekly Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Red, White & Boom Long Street Stage Friday July 1st

Worthington Family Picnic Monday July 4th (Worthington High School)


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Sometimes…a “Warrior” is just a person watching the pictures on hotel walls as time tick away

GREETINGS FROM SIDE STAGE OF THE COLUMBUS COMMONS! As I am setting up Production for an event for Mike Vrabel and his ‘Second and Seven’  group-In Route to Warrior Dash!

What are you doing this weekend? Partying? Sitting On The Couch? Resting? My Crew and I will be rockin’ 2.91 miles of INSANITY down in Logan Ohio. Fire, Mud, Barbwire, Hurricane tunnels, ropes…and a lot of booze await all who dare!


This week the weather here in Central Ohio has been amazing, but while enjoying, sending prayers to our friends in Springfield Massachusetts.


Wednesday was an amazing day beautiful sun, light breeze, and it was National Running Day. To capitalize on both I ran outside for the first time since last September. I only did 2 miles, and gassed a lil at the end but averaged a 9:20 pace, and knees held up-and felt ok.


On Thursday my knees felt ok, so after doing my time in the gym, I decided to go for another “knee test” light jog. I also needed some things from the store, so I went for a jog over to Kroger’s. What did I need? Aleve for my sore knees (ironic huh?), and light bulbs. One was dumb to RUN to get and the other? Well glass banging around is not a good idea.


The problem is both did not make it back home…I the bag opened and I lost my Aleve and one bulb fell out, so I guess someone else running on the path will be able to take some Aleve for their own pain, and well…be able to light their way with the light bulb…combination for a perfect night run?


In addition to being on the paths runnin’ I also have had a VERY BUSY WEEK, especially with it being shortened with last Monday, a day for picnics and remembering and CELEBRATING the BRAVE MEN & WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED!!!


Speaking of celebrating and working hard what better way than one of the greatest donuts of all time? While Wednesday was National Running Day…Friday is Nation Donut Day. Krispy Kreme is CELEBRATING!!!


On Friday, June 3, Krispy Kreme will give back to its guests by offering one FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut on National Doughnut Day at participating retail locations.

National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army to raise funds to help people in need. In honor of the 73-year-old holiday, Krispy Kreme is once again giving each guest who visits a participating U.S. Krispy Kreme shop on June 3 one FREE doughnut of any variety. No purchase is necessary to redeem the offer.

“In honor of National Doughnut Day, we’re inviting doughnut fans to stop by a local Krispy Kreme shop for a complimentary doughnut,” says Ron Rupocinski, corporate chef of Krispy Kreme. “With several delicious, one-of-a-kind doughnuts to select from, including our signature Original Glazed®, you can pick your favorite or discover a new preferred sweet treat for FREE.”

The free doughnut offer is good for one doughnut of any variety per customer at participating U.S. Krispy Kreme retail shops. Visit our store locator page at to find a participating Krispy Kreme location near you.

For updates on special promotions, exclusive offers and local events, join “Friends of Krispy Kreme” by visiting


But again to be able to eat those things I have to make sure I workout, take my Visalus shakes, and it DOES help to finally have good weather, with my knees are feeling better!


I realized most of the Spring I was laying in bed and moping-kinda down and just letting the rain, cold, and blah get to me.


I just let the hands of the clock tic tock and I was not doing anything to keep up. Last weekend in the midst of all my gigs I had a hard time keeping up with…well, time!


At one point I looked down and saw the time change. This is not that big of a deal, but wondered how long it had been since I had seen a minute turn to another or even onto an hour. I stood there and wondered how many minutes have I missed in this lifetime, OR better yet how many moments missed?


Far too often I (and let’s face it all of us) either get stuck in a rut and don’t appreciate the time we have, or we get too caught up in the mundane and let the smallest moments get away from us.


I had the chance to enjoy something that at one time I would have hated. Last week I did a JR. High Dance. For some they may be above this (and at one time I may have felt the same way). BUT an old friend asked me to and I went back, back to when my future was all ahead if me.


Going back to how it began, a JR. High dance! It was kinda funny 1.) Just like when I was in JR. High; all the kids were taller than me that night. 2.) The same bad taste in music was prominent. I wonder if these kids will look back at this time like many of my friends and I do and laugh at our Vanilla Ice and New Kids stuff-this was until both the New Kids and Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) were retro cool! But I played, one of those songs…ya know the Bieber kid, the kids all screamed, and for one minute I felt cool, or at the very least felt Canadian…but he has better hair


Last week was not all fun and games. I have lost a lot of weight purposely, but with not having a lot of motivation, I have lost some “size.” Being smaller in stature is good for me, and more healthy than trying to be the biggest baddest mutha in a venue, but it has at times been hard to adjust on the inside. Even though I am just a strong as I once was-actually even stronger, I struggle with (what I consider) a lack of neck and arms-but at least I am down to 2 chins!?!?!?


Anyway, some situations cause me to become self conscious even more. I know I can still handle myself; the problem is…many don’t feel the same way. At an event last week I saw some dude in the front making a slashing sigh across his throat and yelling at us from the crowd as we were spinning (waiting on the band to get through some sound issues). I couldn’t take it anymore and went to find out if he was screaming at us, or of he was having a seizure-either way I would have had no problem sticking my wallet in his mouth (and maybe a boot up his a**).

I approached him with my normal “what up sparky?” He responded back “Hey Hamster.” He stated he came to see the band and didn’t want to hear us. I informed him we were saving the bands a** and keeping stage while they worked through some tech issues. He then stuck out his hand and apologized.


3 things came from this, I was reminded of times I had been the jack a** in a crowd yelling when I did not like something. I also was reminded when I am in the wrong…apologize. But mainly it was a moment of growth. In the past someone would have made that hamster comment, and I would have taken them on the ground, bloodied them…and while making them look like an a**, I too would have been an A**, and probably lost the gig. I am glad he said this it made me realize how far I have grown, and how far still need to go-cause the comment still bothered me. I am glad this guy was a jerk…I needed it, and learned from it!


So yet another moment in time to learn and another stone on my path to whatever. This weekend also had me physically all over this GREAT STATE of Ohio!

My travels took me up to Cleveland and yes, while it was a short drive I did realize I am on a “Ride of life”


All of these experiences I am having (all the good and the bad/all the ups and downs/all the love and heartache) allow me to grow in the areas of Business, physical, maturing, and spiritual…and all things that make up life.


I wouldn’t trade this journey for any fast track rise to wherever I may end up!


It is all great but…there is one thing missing, and I wrote another song while on the way to Cleveland on Saturday…yes I did it on my Droid.

One verse, I already reached out and shared some of it with someone…kinda wanted to share some more.

Another night ‘Nother gig full of 1000s of  smiling faces all lovin’ me and wantin’ to be my friend….another town full of nice folks but not (the) ONE GREAT person.

Another plush Hotel room with a huge bed, but not as comfortable of my simple home.

 The same picture in every room not, on wall not on nightstand…but in my heart.

It is the same in every city, and of the same person I wake up with from my dreams as I continue to picture her in my thoughts.

…It is always same, including the feeling of loneliness


As I was driving, and texting (by the way don’t do that kids it is very dangerous), this song came on and it was appropriate.

got rice cooking in the microwave 
Got a three day beard I don’t plan to shave
And it’s a goofy thing but I just gotta say
Hey I’m doing alright

Yeah I think I’ll make me some homemade soup
Feelin pretty good and that’s the truth
It’s neither drink nor drug induced
No I’m just doin alright

And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neigborhood
But why can’t every day be just this good?

It’s been fifteen years since I left home
Said good luck to every seed I’d sown
Give it my best and then I left it alone
Oh…I hope their doin alright

Now I look in the mirror and what do I see?
A lone wolf there starin back at me
Long in the tooth but harmless as can be
Lord I guess he’s doin alright

Sometimes it’s lonely
Sometimes it’s only me
And the shadows that fill this room

Sometimes I’m fallin
Desperately callin
Howlin at the moon…

Well I might go get me a new tattoo
Or take my old Harley for a three day cruise
Might even grow me a Fu Man Chu…
Oh Aww!

And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neigborhood
But why can’t every day be just this good?

And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neigborhood 
But why can’t every day be just this good?

But even as good as my life (and let’s face all of our lives really are)…it is kinda rough being a Buckeye right now


For all those Buckeye Fans who made fun of USC, and their violations…I guess we found out that while Ann Arbor is a Whore, her seester Karma is a Bi*ch!

But regardless…”Time and Change will Surely Show How Firm Thy Friendship O-HI-O!”


I am off to hit the Warrior Dash Course to (as my dad used to say when he stole a French fry) “Test It to make sure…”


Have a great weekend and enjoy the minutes…but also the moments!



 Tallan Noble Latz

June 2nd from 7-10 PM with Terry Davidson and The Gears at Hoggy’s Live! Delaware. This family-friendly show is also free to the public and all media are welcome to all three events.



Park Street Festival is back and better than ever this year! With activities and entertainment fit for any age, Park Street Festival is fun for the whole family.

This year’s activities include Bike Night, Autograph sessions with local athletes, Kids Fair, 9 live bands, and much more!


Benefiting the Second and Seven Foundation, The Park Street Festival merges food, entertainment, and family fun all in to one event. The festival is a joint effort among the bars on Park Street and runs the length of the street. Admission is free, so make sure to come out to Park Street Festival for a great weekend.


Music Schedule:

FRIDAY (opening at 5pm)

The 17th Floor

Travelers By Dawn

Johnny White

Six Panel Driver

Dot Dot Dot

DJ Nobody/Matt Sexton


SATURDAY (opening at 3pm)

Relive the Thriller (Michael Jackson Tribute Show starring Corey Melton)

Lovesick Radio

Kicking Dixie


Union Rose

Of Human

DJ Matt Sexton/DJ Nobody


Visit for more information!



RED, WHITE, & BOOM Friday July 1, 2011

Join me on the Long Street Stage with

Noon Alex White      



Maza laska




Misfit Toys




The Forties




She Bears




Alleyes Path




The Compressis




Ghost Shirt








10:25 – 11:20


The Queen Tribute Band-Mr Fahrenheit & The Lover Boys




Matt Sexton



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‎A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort-Rev Run


“To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself”  -Kierkegaard


To love what you do and feel that it matters, how on earth could anything be more fun. Katherine Graham


If ya wanna earn livin ya gotta put on a show




Opening lines just hit way too close to home


This has been a theme for me for a few years







 What is the cost of living? The only thing you must pay is attention. Focus and confront what is important. You cannot conquer or change what you are not willing to confront! Things change when you change them. What will you confront today?



The gift of sharing your joy with the world has no expiry date. ~ pj johnson

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. – Dalai Lama


Help provide a vehicle and transportation for a friend of mine who is a missionary in Haiti.


In addition to a good dinner and a GREAT CAUSE, we have a chance for you to bid on some killer prizes including 2 Tickets to see Keith Urban July 19th at Nationwide Arena (courtesy of Dream Seats-Your Total Ticket Source), and 3 hours of DJ service (limitations apply)


Friday, June 17 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Licking Valley High School


Texas Roadhouse Dinner (pizza for children) will be served from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost: $20.00 per ticket for steak dinner. Dinner includes Steak, salad, baked potato, rolls, drink and dessert.

Pizza ticket is $5.00 and includes pizza, drink, salad and dessert.


The proceeds will go towards the purchase of a vehicle for Ginny Andrews who is working in Haiti. She currently is using the Haitian public transportation system and is very limited in her mission work with no vehicle. Ginny works Angel Missions Haiti where she oversees getting medical visas for children who need life-saving surgery in the states.


Please see her blog for more information on her work in Haiti:


For questions regarding the Benefit Dinner and Silent action please email Summer Conley at


Donations are being accepted for the Silent Auction. Contact Summer if interested.



Went in for a colonoscopy. A can-cam. Dr asked if I wanted to watch the screen. No, thanks. I know my sh*t is up to no good.-Ron White



Few things capture the public’s curiosity like Area 51. The top-secret military base (which doesn’t officially exist) has been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades. What actually went on there? Something tells us we’ll never know for sure.


However, a recently revealed series of photographs provides some tantalizing new clues. The photos, which were published by National Geographic show a titanium A-12 spy plane. In one image, the satisfyingly sci-fi-looking plane hangs upside down while it is prepared for radar testing. In another shot, a group of officials with heavy equipment “remove all traces of the A-12 spy plane” after it went down in the Utah desert in 1963.



Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes died Thursday after fighting pancreatic cancer.


Karnes died at about 12:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.


Karnes began his law enforcement career in 1963 as a deputy in the corrections division. He retired as a lieutenant and was first elected sheriff in 1992.


Flags are flying at half staff at Franklin County Sheriff’s headquarters.


Karnes, known as ‘Big Jim’ to his friends, became the longest serving sheriff in Franklin County history in Aug. 2007.


“He was a good guy, one of the guys, started in 1967, been a deputy for 48 years,” said Special Deputy Dave McMannis.


Karnes spoke to NBC4’s Mindy Drayer in 2010 about the importance of serving as long as he has, and being married to the same woman.


“I begin my 47th year at the sheriff’s office in June,” he said. “In that 47 years on the same job, I’ve had the same wife. I’m what’s known as a rarity.”


Karnes made the announcement of his cancer diagnosis in April, saying he would undergo aggressive chemotherapy.


Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman issued the following statement Thursday:


“I am saddened today by the loss of a good friend, Jim Karnes, who served the people of this community for almost half a century. Sherriff Karnes was both tough and compassionate, and he will be missed by all the people of Franklin County. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”


In May, county officials renamed one of the county buildings on South High Street that housed many of the sheriff’s offices after Karnes.


Karnes was in his final term in office. He said he wanted to serve as sheriff until the new Franklin County Courthouse was in place because he wanted to make sure the building was secure and safe for the public and his deputies.


The Franklin County Board of Commissioners convened an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon to appoint Franklin County Deputy Chief Stephan L. Martin as acting sheriff of Franklin County.


Martin said funeral arrangements haven’t been made at this time, but he will update the community when they are.


Acting Sheriff Martin will assume all of the rights and responsibilities of Sheriff until the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee makes a new appointment within the next 45 days.


Karnes leaves behind his wife, Sandy, three daughters, Paige, Brooke and Shannon, and three grandchildren. He was 71 years old.




‎Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood: Hollywood legend has fans remembering his movies

Clint Eastwood has appeared in countless movies, directed dozens of scripts and is still going strong. The Hollywood legend celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, May 31. Born in 1930, he will be 81 years young.  Celebrating the contribution he has made to the movie business isn’t hard as his career spans over a vast amount of time with great classics.

Entering the world of entertainment in 1955, Clintwood has been in the business for over 50 years and he has projects lined up to continue for years to come. However, he wasn’t always the producer and director we see today, he career started with some legendary movies including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly andDirty Harry. His career of acting includes Play Misty for Me, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, In the Line of Fire, The Bridges of Madison County, and Gran Torino. Taking on directing, his films have received national acclaim with titles like Invictus, Hereafter, and Million Dollar Baby.

“Everybody wonders why I continue working at this stage. I keep working because there’s always new stories…. And as long as people want me to tell them, I’ll be there doing them,” said Clint Eastwood in the DVD The Eastwood Factor in 2010.

So to that there is only one thing to say: Happy Birthday Mr. Eastwood. Have a great day of celebration, cake and delight. And the fans will be celebrating right along with you by watching their favorite Eastwood flick.




TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda


When Shapiro tells Fred Pierce, the president of ABC in the 1980s who was instrumental in Disney’s acquisition of ESPN, that “It’s very difficult for people who are politically conservative to break in” to television, he responds: “I can’t argue that point.” Those who don’t lean left, he says, “don’t promote it. It stays underground.”


Another video rolling out soon has ” House ” creator David Shore acknowledging that “there is an assumption in this town that everybody is on the left side of the spectrum, and that the few people on the right side, I think people look at them somewhat aghast, and I’m sure it doesn’t help them.”


In the book, subtitled “The true Hollywood story of how the left took over your TV,” Shapiro also tells anecdotes of bias against conservatives. One example is Dwight Schultz, best known for his roles as Murdock in ” The A-Team ” and Barclay in ” Star Trek: The Next Generation .”


The late Bruce Paltrow knew that Schultz was a fan of President Ronald Reagan. When Schultz showed up to audition for ” St. Elsewhere ,” a show Paltrow produced, to read for the part of Fiscus, Paltrow told him: “There’s not going to be a Reagan [expletive] on this show!” The part went to Howie Mandel.


“Most nepotism in Hollywood isn’t familial, it’s ideological,” Shapiro writes in the book. “Friends hire friends. And those friends just happen to share their politics.”

Another video Shapiro will release shortly has producer-director Nicholas Meyer being asked point-blank whether conservatives are discriminated against in Hollywood. “Well, I hope so,” he answers. Meyer also admits his political agenda for “The Day After,” a TV movie he directed for ABC that was seen by 100 million people when it aired in 1983.


“My private, grandiose notion was that this movie would unseat Ronald Reagan when he ran for re-election,” Meyer says.


Even seemingly harmless shows like ” Happy Days ” and ” Sesame Street ” have been used to advance a progressive agenda, according to Shapiro.

For example, William Bickley, a writer on ” The Partridge Family ” and a producer on “Happy Days,” says he infused Vietnam War protest messages into the latter. “I was into all that,” he says in a soon-to-be-released video.


“Television has been perhaps the most impressive weapon in the left’s political arsenal,” Shapiro argues in the book.


Other upcoming videos include: ” Family Ties ” creator Gary David Goldberg explaining how he tried to make Republican character Alex Keaton the bad guy but that actor Michael J. Fox was too darn lovable; and president of MTV Networks Entertainment Group Doug Herzog talking about his network having “superpowers” when it comes to its influence over young people.


The advancement of a gay and lesbian political agenda is mentioned by multiple executives, including Marcy Carsey, a producer of “Soap” and ” Roseanne ,” and ” Desperate Housewives ” producer Marc Cherry, who is a rarity in Hollywood: a gay Republican.


In her video, Carsey also says she insisted on portraying characters smoking marijuana in ” That ’70s Show .” “If this is a problem for you, we certainly understand, and we just won’t do the show,” she told executives at Fox.


Shapiro released two videos Tuesday, one featuring ” COPS ” creator John Langley saying he’s partial to segments where white people are the criminals, and the other has Fred Silverman, the former head of ABC and later NBC, saying

“there’s only one perspective, and it’s a very progressive perspective” in TV comedy today.


Shapiro said the executives felt comfortable talking about politics with him because they assumed, incorrectly, that he is on the left.


“Most of them didn’t Google me. If they had, they would have realized where I am politically,” he said. “I played on their stereotypes. When I showed up for the interviews, I wore my Harvard Law baseball cap — my name is Ben Shapiro and I attended Harvard, so there’s a 98.7 percent chance I’m a liberal. Except I happen not to be.”


Shapiro said he’ll time the debut of certain videos for maximum effect. One that slams Sean Hannity, for example, is reserved for his scheduled appearance on Hannity’s show on the Fox News Channel.


And conservative pundit Ann Coulter has a new book out June 7. “I have two people ripping her by name, so I’ll release those the day Ann’s book is released,” Shapiro said.


One of those slamming Coulter is George Schlatter, who directed and produced ” Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In ” in the 1970s, using the show to knock Republicans and the Vietnam War. “The fact we [ticked] the Pentagon off, that pleased me enormously,” he says before calling Coulter a vulgar word.


In his video, Schlatter also goes off on right-wing radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham.


Shapiro says he didn’t disclose that he’d be releasing the tapes, but that his subjects have no reason to complain.


“I asked them for permission to tape, and there’s no reasonable expectation of privacy when you’re being interviewed for a book,” he said.


“If they’re going to be shocked at something, it should be themselves, not me,” Shapiro said. “They should be shocked that opinion is so one-sided in Hollywood that it’s OK to say, ‘I’m fine with discrimination.'”


“My whole book is a plea for openness in the industry,” he added. “Hire people from the other side of the aisle once in a while, or at least stop mocking them.



Jay-Z on What Makes Classic Track. The rapper’s introduction to Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs

A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything — it just is.

When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production. Think of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen. That song had everything — different melodies, opera, R&B, rock — and it explored all of those different genres in an authentic way, where it felt natural.

When I’m writing a song that I know is going to work, it’s a feeling of euphoria. It’s how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when you’re in that zone. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling. Songs like that come out in five minutes; if I work on them more than, say, 20 minutes, they’re probably not going to work.

When I was starting out, I was just trying to tell stories. I wasn’t thinking about melodies. Then I started to marry storytelling with every­thing I was learning from all these other great records: the great writers like Babyface and Lionel Richie; Rakim’s technique and syncopation; Dre’s whole package on the Chronic albums; Quincy Jones, the greatest producer of all time; Rick Rubin, who’s not too far behind because of all his genre-jumping.

Technology has caused the songwriting process to lose some of the magic. A lot of times now, people working on a song aren’t in the same room. Imagine if Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones hadn’t been in the same room! Those records would have been totally different. I’ve had times when I changed one word because of something that somebody said in the studio, and it changed the whole song. It’s so important to have other people in the room, vibing, saying, “No, this part is good, put that there.”

I spend a lot of time fighting myself to stay out of the way of a great song. It’s hard for me to leave a song alone, in its natural state. I want it to have that mass appeal, but once I start trying to push it too far, you can feel that something isn’t right. When you can hear what a writer is trying to do, it’s like watching a dancer and seeing him counting his steps. Music is emotional — if you’re singing that you’re in love with somebody but it doesn’t really feel like you are, people can tell.

Some of my best songs aren’t the biggest ones. A song like “Can I Live” is so full of emotion to me — it was better than “Hard Knock Life” or “Empire State of Mind,” but it lacked that accessibility. ­Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album may not have been bigger than Thriller, but the songs had better melodies.

But when a phrase gets stuck in your head like a great melody and becomes part of everyday culture, that’s when it can become something great. When your music signifies a time in the culture or continues on in everyday life, like “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud” or “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Or when something like “Bling Bling” even makes it into the dictionary. Then you know you’ve done your job.



I saw this movie and it WAS AWESOME, not a feel good piece, but really good!

Provinces of Night: A Novel
William Gay (Author)

In his second novel, Provinces of Night, William Gay re-creates the oppressive, evocative atmosphere of the American Deep South that he first explored in his debut novel, The Long Home. Against the backdrop of rural Tennessee in the 1950s, our teenage protagonist, Fleming Bloodworth, finds himself alone in the family home after his father, Boyd, abandons him to hunt down and kill his wife’s lover. At the same time, Fleming’s grandfather decides to return to his family after 20 years of self-imposed exile. He returns to discover that his remaining two sons, Warren and Brady, are in turn an alcoholic womanizer and a Bible-quoting fantasist who enjoys putting curses on his enemies.

This is a self-consciously big novel in the Southern tradition that could easily have buckled under the weight of its own ambition. Instead, Gay pulls it off with ease, presenting us with a stream of unforgettable characters. While the central themes of love, loyalty, and forgiveness are explored seriously and sensitively, the finely wrought prose is also sprinkled with moments of genuine humor as Gay proves that he’s not afraid to gently mock his gang of Southern eccentrics. This is a wonderful novel and a worthy successor to the tradition it so obviously admires. –Jane Morris, –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Like one of Wallace Stevens’s best-known poems, Gay’s (The Long Home) second novel begins with a jar on a hill in TennesseeDonly this one appears to contain tiny human bones. That’s a suitably ominous prelude to the dark saga of the Bloodworth clan, which revolves mostly around 17-year-old Fleming, an aspiring writer trying to evade the family legacy of violence and self-destruction. It is 1952 and his father, Boyd, has left their decrepit mountain home “seventy miles back of Nashville” for Detroit, not to work in an automobile factory like the other “hillbillies” but to search forDand killDthe peddler who has run off with his wife. Meanwhile, Fleming’s grandfather, E.F. Bloodworth, a blues musician, is on his way home after having suffered a “stroke of paralysis” 20 years earlier. His handsome Uncle Warren, a former war hero now at loose ends, is a dissipated womanizer with an even more dissolute and unstable son, and his Uncle Brady “witches” for water, tells fortunes and casts hexes on those who do him wrong. Even as the Tennessee Valley Authority is moving in to clear and flood their valley and bring in “the electricity,” Fleming’s relatives and neighbors live by the backwoods code of violence exemplified by E.F., a man whose exploits are legendary among the locals. Only Raven Lee Halfacre, the 16-year-old daughter of a promiscuous alcoholic and the “prettiest girl in a three county area,” offers the boy a glimpse of another way of life. Fleming’s name echoes that of one of Faulkner’s most memorable characters, and Gay’s prose resembles that of Faulkner at his most florid. His stylistic quirksDespecially his refusal to set off dialogue with quotation marksDtake some getting used to, but the pitch-perfect rendition of the cadences of Southern speech and deeply poetic descriptions of the landscape more than compensate.



Romney: ‘Barack Obama has failed America’


Mitt Romney is opening his first formal day as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate by pitching himself as the one to heal the economy and issuing a direct challenge to the man he wants to replace: “Barack Obama has failed America,” he says.


In excerpts released ahead of his formal kick-off speech Thursday, Romney homes in on the economic woes that are frustrating voters: a lack of jobs, persistent foreclosures and runaway spending in Washington.


It’s a pitch tailored to the conservatives who hold great sway in picking the GOP’s presidential nominee in Iowa and South Carolina — and the independents who are the largest politic bloc in New Hampshire. And it is as much a thesis on his viability as it is an indictment of Obama’s leadership.


“A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place,” Romney says, describing the man he hopes to meet head-to-head in November 2012.


“At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a president he would make. … Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America.”


In the speech, the former Massachusetts governor launches into a scathing critique of Washington, a place where he has never served. Decrying federal spending, the one-term governor promises, “My generation will pass the torch to the next generation, not a bill.”


Romney comes to a presidential contest that lacks a front-runner. In the past week, the still-jelling field became less certain with hints that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was considering a bid. Tea party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is inching toward a run, perhaps giving the anti-tax, libertarian-leaning grassroots movement a candidate to rally around.


Romney sought to claim a slice of that constituency when describing families struggling to get by.


“It doesn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat, independent or libertarian,” Romney says in remarks he planned to deliver at a farm in Stratham. “They’re just Americans. An American family.”


Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, her party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, continued a bus tour that not only highlighted her potential to upend the race but also served as a contrast to the lackluster enthusiasm for those already running for president. She was set to appear in New Hampshire at a clambake Thursday, although her aides and advisers were not providing schedules and her supporters in the state were left looking for guidance.


Romney has built an experienced political team, collected serious campaign cash and crafted a campaign that is ready to go full-bore. While his likely opponents have jostled for the spotlight, Romney largely has worked in private to fine-tune his political machine. He has chosen to weigh in through statements and editorial pages instead of interviews with journalists or town hall-style meetings with voters.


On Friday, Romney starts to shift that strategy. He has scheduled his first town hall meeting for Manchester and later planned to speak at a Faith and Freedom forum in Washington.


Party leaders have yet to rally around him. Romney hopes his tough talk will inspire support.


“We are only inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy,” he says, decrying Obama’s health care overhaul — a federal version of the one Romney signed into law for Massachusetts.


“From my first day in office my No. 1 job will be to see that America once again is No. 1 in job creation,” he says.




Six Seconds to Live
“Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”

BY LT. GEN. JOHN KELLY – May 1, 2011
This article from the May issue of The American Legion Magazine is an excerpt of a speech Lt. Gen. John Kelly gave to the Semper Fi Society of St.

Our country today is in a life-and-death struggle against an evil enemy, but America as a whole is certainly not at war. Not as a country. Not as a people. Today, only a tiny fraction of American families – less than 1 percent – shoulder the burden of fear and sacrifice, and they shoulder it for the entire nation. Their sons and daughters who serve are men and women of character who continue to believe in this country enough to put life and limb on the line without qualification, and without thought of personal gain, so the sons and daughters of the other 99 percent don’t have to. No big deal, though. Marines have always been first to fight, paying in full the bill that comes with being free for everyone else.

The comforting news for every American is that our men and women in uniform are as good today as any in our history. As good as their heroic, underappreciated and largely abandoned fathers and uncles were inVietnam, and their grandfathers were in Korea and World War II, they have the same steel in their backs and have made their own mark, etching forever places like Ramadi, Fallujah and Baghdad in Iraq, and Helmand and Sangin, Afghanistan, that are now part of U.S. military legend and stand just as proudly alongside Iwo Jima, Normandy, Inchon, Hue  City, Khe Sanh and A Shau Valley, Vietnam.

While some might think we have produced yet another generation of materialistic and self-absorbed young people, those who serve today have broken the mold and stepped out as real men, and real women, who are already making their own way in life while protecting ours. They have learned, at the same time they have served and fought for us, that the real strength of a platoon, a battalion or a country is not based on worshipping at the altar of diversity or separateness. On the contrary, they know that our immigrant and castoff ancestors, many of whom came here in chains, forged a nation that was a melting pot stitched together by a shared sense of history, values, customs, hopes and dreams, all of which unified an earlier America into a whole, as opposed to an unruly gaggle of hyphenated names or multicultural individuals.

Our servicemen and women also come to understand that it’s not about color, but about character. That it’s not about where in the world you came from, but all about why you came. That it’s not about the God you worship, but that you will respect and even fight for the right of your neighbor to venerate any God he or she ***** well pleases. That it’s not about individual achievement, but all about achieving together as a people for the common good. That there is an exceptionalism about America, and that we should cherish who we are and why we are extraordinary. Those of us who serve or have served in America’s armed forces have a profound understanding of these truths. Unfortunately, many in our great country today seldom fully appreciate them, or even hear of them beyond rhetoric every couple of years.

And what are they like in combat in this war? Like Marines have been throughout our history. These young people demonstrate their commitment to us not in words, but in action. In my three tours in combat as an infantry officer and commanding general, I never saw one of them hesitate, or do anything other than lean into the fire and, with no apparent fear of death or injury, take the fight to our enemies.

As anyone who has ever experienced combat knows, when it starts, when the explosions and tracers are everywhere, and the calls for the corpsman or medic are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying – when seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at the same time, and the only rational act is to stop, get down, save yourself – they don’t. When no one would call them a coward for cowering behind a wall or in a hole, slave to the most basic of all human instincts – survival – none of them do. It doesn’t matter if it’s an IED, a suicide bomber, mortar attack, sniper, fighting in the upstairs room of a house, or all of it at once – they talk, swagger and, most importantly, fight today in the same way America’s Marines have since Tun Tavern. They also know whose shoulders they stand on, and they will never shame any veteran of any service, living or dead.

We can also take comfort in the fact that these young Americans are not born killers but are good and decent young men and women who, for going on 10 years, have performed remarkable acts of bravery and selflessness to a cause they have decided is bigger and more important than themselves. Only a few months ago, they were delivering your paper, stocking shelves in the local grocery store, serving Mass on Sunday, or playing hockey on local ice.

Like my own two sons – who are Marines and have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan – they are also the same kids that drove their cars too fast for your liking, and played the god-awful music of their generation too loud, but have no doubt they are the finest of their generation. Like those who went before them in uniform, we owe them everything. We owe them our safety. We owe them our prosperity. We owe them our freedom. We owe them our lives.

Any one of them could have done something more self-serving with their lives, as the vast majority of their age group elected to do after high school and college. But no, they chose to serve, knowing full well a brutal war was in their future. They did not avoid the most basic and cherished responsibility of a citizen: the defense of country. They welcomed it. They are the very best this country produces, and have put every one of us ahead of themselves. All are heroes for simply stepping forward, and we as a people owe a debt we can never fully pay.

Just yesterday, two were lost, and a knock on the door late last night brought their families to their knees in a grief that will never go away. Thousands more have suffered terrible wounds since it all started, but like anyone who loses life or limb while serving others – including our firefighters and law-enforcement personnel, who on 9/11 were the first casualties of this war – they are not victims; they knew what they were about, and were doing what they wanted to do.

Indeed, they were in exactly the place they wanted to be: among the best men and women America produces. The chattering class and all those who doubt America’s intentions and resolve, endeavor to make them and their families out to be victims, but they are wrong. We who have served, and are serving, refuse their sympathy.
I have a story I wish to relate about the kind of people they are, about the steel in their backs, and the kind of dedication they bring to our country.

When I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, on April 22, 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8, were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion was in the closing days of its deployment, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.

Two Marines, Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, our allies in the fight against terrorists in Ramadi – known at the time as the most dangerous city on earth, and owned by al-Qaeda.

Yale was a dirt-poor mixed-race kid from Virginia, with a wife, a mother and a sister, who all lived with him and he supported. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines, they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple Americas exist simultaneously, depending on one’s race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, education level, economic status, or where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible, and because of this bond they were brothers as close – or closer – than if they were born of the same woman.

The mission orders they received from their sergeant squad leader, I’m sure, went something like this: “OK, take charge of this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?” I’m also sure Yale and Haerter rolled their eyes and said, in unison, something like, “Yes, sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point, without saying the words, “No kidding, sweetheart. We know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry-control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later, a large blue truck turned down the alleyway – perhaps 60 to 70 yards in length – and sped its way through the serpentine concrete Jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest 200 yards away, knocking down most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was caused by 2,000 pounds of explosive. Because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers in arms.

When I read the situation report a few hours after it happened, I called the regimental commander for details. Something about this struck me as different. We expect Marines, regardless of rank or MOS, to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site, and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event – just Iraqi police. If there was any chance of finding out what actually happened, and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it, because a combat award requires two eyewitnesses, and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police, all of whom told the same story. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.”

The Iraqi police related that some of them also fired, and then, to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated, and with tears welling up, said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”

What he didn’t know until then, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion, he said, “Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”
What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned after I submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras recorded some of the attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives.

I suppose it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. No time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time, the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed. Here the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were, some running right past the Marines, who had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines firing their weapons nonstop.  The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a ***** trying to get past them to kill their brothers – American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground.

Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty. Those are the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight for you, and as amazing as this selfless act of sacrifice may seem, it is the norm.

In all the years I have been both enlisted and an officer of Marines, I have praised them and have chewed them out. I have promoted them and unceremoniously disciplined them. I have hung decorations on them and court-martialed them. I have visited them mangled and broken in military hospitals around the country, in lonely defensive positions across Iraq, and in brigs. I have known thousands of them over nearly 40 years, and I can tell you without hesitation or qualification that I never met one who would have run from his post that morning – who would have done anything other than to have stood there and died.

I have the name of the most recent hero, killed in Afghanistan a few hours ago, but I cannot share with you his name because a Marine officer and Navy chaplain have not yet executed their honored duty of notifying the next of kin. That family, right now, somewhere in America, is in the final minutes of blissful ignorance before their entire lives change forever. I know God will help them bear this inconceivable burden – a burden I am told by those who know that never goes away or even gets lighter – and help them find comfort in the fact that their son was doing exactly what he wanted to do, was doing it with the finest men on this earth, and for a cause that meant more to him than his life. The reality, however, is that it doesn’t matter if we are comforted, or if we accept it or not. It only matters that he did.

We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow on man while he lives on this earth: freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious – our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines – to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away.

Rest assured that our America, this experiment in democracy begun over two centuries ago, will forever remain the land of the free and home of the brave so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down and kill those who would do us harm. God bless America, and semper fidelis.

Lt. Gen. John Kelly is senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Kelly delivered this speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on Nov. 13, 2010, four days after his son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan.



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Ray Lewis Helps NY Boy Who Lost Mother, Siblings

Ravens star Ray Lewis reached out to help the young survivor of a tragic accident.

On April 12, 10-year-old La’Shaun Armstrong’s mother drove her family’s minivan into the Hudson River in New York, killing herself and three of La’Shaun’s younger siblings.


The story of his escape and survival touched many, including the Ravens All-Pro, who tracked the boy down and offered to become his mentor.


“He grabbed me from afar. The first words out of my mouth were, ‘I need him,'” Lewis said.


“When I first met Ray Lewis, I was shocked,” La’Shaun said. “It was, like, so cool. He’s like a brother to me.”


In April, Lewis and other current and retired NFL players held a black tie event to help raise money for counseling, tutoring and a college fund for La’Shaun.



Man Bites Off wife’s Eyelid
A 32-year-old Clinton Township man could spend up to 10 years in jail if convicted of biting off his wife’s eyelid during an argument.

Rahsaan Lavonte Thedford is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $100,000 bond. St. Clair Shores 40thDistrict Court Judge Mark A. Fratarcangeli on Tuesday ordered Thedford’s case bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

He’s scheduled to be arraigned on one felony count of assault with intent to maim on June 13.

“I find this crime absolutely heinous,” St. Clair Shores Police Detective Margaret Eidt said today. “In 18 years of being a police officer and detective, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a case like this.”

Eidt said Thedford’s wife called police from her car outside her St. Clair Shores home at 4 a.m. on May 8,Mother’s Day.

The argument began when the woman told Thedford to leave her home, according to Eidt. The couple had been estranged after the woman’s 17-year-old daughter was assaulted in February. Thedford has been charged with misdemeanor assault in that incident and the case is pending in 40th District Court.

In the Mother’s Day incident, Thedford is accused of punching his wife in the face when: “He was on top of her, leaned over and bit her eyelid off,” Eidt said.

Police caught him about a block away, trying to climb under a chain-link fence to hide in a yard, Eidt added.

Thedford’s attorney, Robert Vandenbroucke, was not immediately available for comment this morning.



Doomsday believer donates entire inheritance to Family Radio

When the world didn’t end on May 21, many people who had given up their earthly possessions were left with nothing.


But one believer never lived to see the day. She left nearly her entire estate — around $300,000 — to the group behind the failed prediction, leaving some family members out in the cold.


Eileen Heuwetter was shocked to find out that her aunt left the majority of her estate to Family Radio, the group responsible for the doomsday warnings that the world would end on May 21. She and her sister were each left $25,000 from their aunt’s estate. The rest is going to Family Radio.


The network of Christian radio stations based in Oakland, Ca., is almost entirely funded by donations. According to IRS filings, the group brought in $18 million in contributions in 2009 alone.


Heuwetter, the executor of the will, knew how much her aunt loved the radio station and admired its leader, Harold Camping, who is viewed as a prophet by many of his followers.


While other family members insisted it was crazy to let her aunt give all that money to a radio station, Heuwetter didn’t initially contest the conditions of the will. She knew little about the Christian radio station, but knew her aunt, Doris Schmitt, found comfort in it.


Schmitt had lived a tough life, struggling with alcoholism and losing her two children to drug addictions before dying alone at 78 on May 2, 2010 in her small home in Queens, New York.


“This was not a woman who had anything. She literally had Family Radio on day and night — she went to bed with it and woke up to it,” said Heuwetter. “That was all she had.”


It wasn’t until recently that Heuwetter learned who was really getting her aunt’s bequest. She said she first realized this was the same group when she saw buses driving around New York City the weekend before the supposed end of the world, spreading the doomsday message. “I’m looking at these brand new buses drive around with Family Radio’s name on them, saying ‘Doomsday is May 21’, and I said, ‘Oh my god, this is who my aunt gave all of her money to,” Heuwetter said. “I didn’t know he was so crazy, and at this point I was incensed that this man was going to get everything my aunt had left.”


While Heuwetter says she didn’t necessarily need the extra cash, other family members were struggling and could have used a little help, she said.


Even worse, Heuwetter said, was that Camping’s prediction never came to fruition. Heuwetter’s family members were just as angry when they learned about Family Radio’s failed prophecy, so they brought the case to several lawyers, who sympathized with the family, but agreed they had no case. Family Radio did not respond to requests for comment.


The estate is within weeks of closing, and Heuwetter knows it’s a lost cause.

“It’s just so frustrating because I know there’s nothing I can do about it — this man is going to get hundreds of thousands of dollars from my aunt,” she said. “And she wasn’t a rich woman.”


Though Camping later clarified that his prediction actually extends until October, many followers were disappointed when the rapture didn’t happen on May 21. Heuwetter said there is no way her aunt would have given the money to Family Radio, had she lived to see Camping’s doomsday-gone-wrong.


“She would have been devastated,” Heuwetter said. “Listening to him say things would be better in paradise made her feel better — she totally believed she would leave this world on May 21, and she needed to believe that.”


If she were here to watch the world continue after May 21, she would have likely given her money to other family members, said Heuwetter.


“It was a good amount of money that would have helped a lot of people live better today — but now it’s not helping anyone.”






 Since the memorial is in town

Richie Ramsay teaches us all to never leave early from a qualifier
There have been instances of PGA Tour stars leaving golf courses before the leaders finish because they know they have no chance of making a playoff. Vijay Singh has done it. Tiger Woods is in the club. And so far, none of that has ever come back to bite someone in the rear.

Until now. Richie Ramsay, the 27-year-old professional out of Scotland, was playing his U.S. Open qualifier at Walton Heath in Surrey, England, and after rounds of 71-69, he figured he had no shot of making it in the top 11 that was needed to get a spot at Congressional.

So Ramsay left, headed to Heathrow Airport to catch a flight to Belfast for a wedding only to get a call to tell him that 4-under was in a playoff, and he needed to get back to Walton Heath immediately. That was bad news for Ramsay, who was so far away he was driving when it was pitch dark, missing out on being in a three-man playoff for a spot to get into the U.S. Open, and the Scot isn’t so happy about it, according to the Herald Scotland.

“I feel suicidal,” he said. “I got a call from Stevie to say four under was in and to get back here. To miss out on the chance to play the US Open makes me feel sick.
“I’ve been to Heathrow, missed my flight because of the traffic, come back, and I’ll probably get a couple of speeding tickets, only to be told I’ve missed out. Even when I was driving back it was pitch black but the play-off goes ahead. But I’ve only got myself to blame. It’s my own fault as I should have played better, and if it wasn’t for my putting today, I might be heading to the US Open.”

It’s good to see Ramsay blaming himself, because really, why would you ever leave something like that if you felt there was a snowball’s chance at a playoff? I’ve finished qualifiers and seen guys waiting a shot away from missing out with half the field still on the golf course, just because they’d never want to be that guy kicking himself for being careless.
One thing’s for sure — I bet Ramsay took full advantage of the open bar at his friend’s wedding if he would have made that flight and the reception.



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What would Jesus not do? Chew tobacco, religious leaders say


A coalition of 25 religious denominations, including Christians and Muslims and Jews, is throwing some heat toward Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and the players, saying the time has come to ban smokeless tobacco in the upcoming contract negotiations.


Leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church (the two largest Protestant denominations in the country) and many others are pushing MLB to adopt the ban that has already been imposed on the minors and in college sports and the National Hockey League.


Their release today notes:

Tobacco use was banned in the minors in 1993. The NCAA and the National Hockey League have instituted prohibitions on tobacco use. Major League

Baseball lags behind. The God side of this, the


They wrote to Michael Weiner, the executive director of the MLBPA that:

In our calling, we see the impact that tobacco use has on families and communities. This is a product that maims and kills those who use it.


Their release draws heavily on a New York Times op-ed this weekend from former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, an analyst for ESPN. Valentine said

… Smokeless tobacco use among high school boys has climbed 36 percent since 2003. The tobacco industry is spending record sums to market smokeless products, and is promoting them as a substitute for cigarettes. Major League players who chew tobacco on the field are, in effect, providing free advertising for these efforts.


And he cited tragic results that many link to the habit:


Last fall, Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who is now the coach at San Diego State University, announced he had parotid cancer, which he suspects was caused by years of chewing tobacco. Bruce Bochy, who managed the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title, has talked extensively about his own difficulty in quitting.

So has Stephen Strasburg, the phenomenal young pitcher for the Washington Nationals who played for Gwynn in college and is now trying to quit tobacco, a struggle even though he is recovering from surgery and thus away from the familiar rhythms of baseball that make it so easy for players to start chewing.


So far, 10 major medical and public health groups have for this ban, the release says, and Selig announced it as a priority on opening day of the season. Now, it appears up to the players and Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spelled out:


The players must recognize that they are harming their own health and jeopardizing our children’s futures by continuing to make it look as though smokeless tobacco is integral to the major league mystique.



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An end to AIDS?

For his doctors, Timothy Ray Brown was a shot in the dark. An HIV-positive American who was cured by a unique type of bone marrow transplant, the man known as “the Berlin patient” has become an icon of what scientists hope could be the next phase of the AIDS pandemic: its end.

Dramatic scientific advances since HIV was first discovered 30 years ago this week mean the virus is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to tests that detect HIV early, new antiretroviral AIDS drugs that can control the virus for decades, and a range of ways to stop it being spread, 33.3 million people around the world are learning to live with HIV.

People like Vuyiseka Dubula, an HIV-positive AIDS activist and mother in Cape Town, South Africa, can expect relatively normal, full lives. “I’m not thinking about death at all,” she says. “I’m taking my treatment and I’m living my life.”
Nonetheless, on the 30th birthday of HIV, the global scientific community is setting out with renewed vigor to try to kill it. The drive is partly about science, and partly about money. Treating HIV patients with lifelong courses of sophisticated drugs is becoming unaffordable.

Caring for HIV patients in developing countries alone already costs around $13 billion a year and that could treble over the next 20 years.

In tough economic times, the need to find a cure has become even more urgent, says Francoise Barre Sinoussi, who won a Nobel prize for her work in identifying Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). “We have to think about the long term, including a strategy to find a cure,” she says. “We have to keep on searching until we find one.”

The Berlin patient is proof they could. His case has injected new energy into a field where people for years believed talk of a cure was irresponsible.

Timothy Ray Brown was living in Berlin when besides being HIV-positive, he had a relapse of leukemia. He was dying. In 2007, his doctor, Gero Huetter, made a radical suggestion: a bone marrow transplant using cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation, known as CCR5 delta 32. Scientists had known for a few years that people with this gene mutation had proved resistant to HIV.

“We really didn’t know when we started this project what would happen,” Huetter, an oncologist and haematologist who now works at the University of Heidelberg in southern Germany, told Reuters. The treatment could well have finished Brown off. Instead he remains the only human ever to be cured of AIDS. “He has no replicating virus and he isn’t taking any medication. And he will now probably never have any problems with HIV,” says Huetter. Brown has since moved to San Francisco.

Most experts say it is inconceivable Brown’s treatment could be a way of curing all patients. The procedure was expensive, complex and risky. To do this in others, exact match donors would have to be found in the tiny proportion of people — most of them of northern European descent — who have the mutation that makes them resistant to the virus.

Dr Robert Gallo, of the Institute of Virology at the University of Maryland, puts it bluntly. “It’s not practical and it can kill people,” he said last year.
Sinoussi is more expansive. “It’s clearly unrealistic to think that this medically heavy, extremely costly, barely reproducible approach could be replicated and scaled-up … but from a scientist’s point of view, it has shown at least that a cure is possible,” she says.

The International AIDS Society will this month formally add the aim of finding a cure to its HIV strategy of prevention, treatment and care.

A group of scientist-activists is also launching a global working group to draw up a scientific plan of attack and persuade governments and research institutions to commit more funds. Money is starting to flow. The U.S. National Institutes of Health is asking for proposals for an $8.5 million collaborative research grant to search for a cure, and the Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR, has just announced its first round of four grants to research groups “to develop strategies for eradicating HIV infection.”

Until recently, people in HIV and AIDS circles feared that to direct funds toward the search for a cure risked detracting from the fight to get HIV-positive people treated. Even today, only just over five million of the 12 million or so people who need the drugs actually get them.

HIV first surfaced in 1981, when scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered it was the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). An article in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of that June referred to “five young men, all active homosexuals” from Los Angeles as the first documented cases. “That was the summer of ’81. For the world it was the beginning of the era of HIV/AIDS, even though we didn’t know it was HIV then,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has made AIDS research his life’s work.
In the subsequent three decades, the disease ignorantly branded “the gay plague” has become one of the most vicious pandemics in human history. Transmitted in semen, blood and breast milk, HIV has devastated poorer regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, where the vast majority of HIV-positive people live. As more tests and treatment have become available, the number of new infections has been falling. But for every two with HIV who get a chance to start on AIDS drugs, five more join the “newly infected” list. United Nations data show that despite an array of potential prevention measures — from male circumcision to sophisticated vaginal or anal microbicide gels — more than 7,100 new people catch the virus every day.

Treatment costs per patient can range from around $150 a year in poor countries, where drugs are available as cheap generics, to more than $20,000 a year in the United States.

The overall sums are huge. A recent study as part of a non-governmental campaign called AIDS2031 suggests that low and middle-income countries will need $35 billion a year to properly address the pandemic by 2031. That’s almost three times the current level of around $13 billion a year. Add in the costs of treatment in rich countries and experts estimate the costs of HIV 20 years from now will reach $50 to $60 billion a year.

“It’s clear that we have to look at another possible way of managing of the epidemic beyond just treating everyone forever,” says Sharon Lewin, a leading HIV doctor and researcher from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
In some ways, we have been here before. Early AIDS drugs such as AZT came to market in the late 1980s, but within a decade they were overtaken by powerful cocktail treatments known as HAART, or highly active antiretroviral treatment. HAART had a dramatic effect — rapidly driving the virus out of patients’ blood and prompting some to say a cure was just around the corner.

But then scientists discovered HIV could lie low in pools or reservoirs of latent infection that even powerful drugs could not reach. Talk of a cure all but died out.
“Scientifically we had no means to say we were on the way to finding a cure,” says Bertrand Audoin, executive director of the Geneva-based International AIDS Society. “Scientists … don’t want to make any more false promises. They didn’t want to talk about a cure again because it really wasn’t anywhere on the horizon.”

The ultimate goal would allow patients to stop taking AIDS drugs, knocking a hole in a $12 billion-a-year market dominated by Californian drugmaker Gilead and the likes of Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.

It’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, but Brown’s case has opened the door to new ideas. “What it proved was that if you make someone’s cells resistant to HIV…then all the last bits of HIV, that hang around for a long time in patients on treatment, did in fact decay and disappear,” says Lewin.

Now scientists working on mimicking the effect of the Berlin patient’s transplant have had some success. One experimental technique uses gene therapy to take out certain cells, make them resistant to HIV and then put them back into patients in the hope they will survive and spread.

At an HIV conference in Boston earlier this year, American researchers presented data on six patients who had large numbers of white blood cells known as CD4 cells removed, manipulated to knock out the existing CCR5 gene, and then replaced.

“It works like scissors and cuts a piece of genetic information out of the DNA, and then closes the gap,” says Huetter. “Then every cell arising from this mother cell has this same mutation.”

Early results showed the mutated cells managed to survive inside the bodies of the patients at low levels, remaining present for more than three months in five. “This was a proof of concept,” says Lewin. Another potential avenue is a small group of patients known as “elite controllers”, who despite being infected with HIV are able to keep it under control simply with their own immune systems. Researchers hope these patients could one day be the clue to developing a successful HIV/AIDS vaccine or functional cure.

Scientists are also exploring ways to “wake up” HIV cells and kill them. As discovered in the late 1990s, HIV has a way of getting deep into the immune system itself — into what are known as resting memory T-cells — and going to sleep there. Hidden away, it effectively avoids drugs and the body’s own immune response.

“Once it goes to sleep in a cell it can stay there forever, which is really the main reason why we can’t cure HIV with current drugs,” says Lewin. Her team in Melbourne and another group in the United States are about to start the first human trials using a drug called SAHA or vorinostat, made by Merck and currently used in cancer treatment, which has shown promise in being able to wake up dormant HIV.

As scientists begin to talk up a cure, the old question of whether that’s the right goal has re-emerged. Seth Berkley, a medical epidemiologist and head of the U.S.-based International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is concerned.

“From a science point of view, it’s a fabulous thing to do. It’s a great target and a lot of science will be learned. But from a public health point of view, the primary thing you need to do is stop the flow of new infections,” says Berkley. “We need a prevention revolution. That is absolutely critical.”


Vuyiseka Dubula agrees. The South African activist finds talk of a cure for HIV distracting, almost disconcerting. “This research might not yield results soon, and even when it does, access to that cure is still going to be a big issue,” she says. “So in the meantime, while we don’t have the answer on whether HIV can be cured or not, we need to save lives.”


The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.—Voltaire




Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. – Unknown



You can’t be sure of how ppl will treat u.. But ur character & kindness is a quality u CAN control-Rev Run




… that everything that irritates you about others, is your key to understanding yourself. What angers you in another person is an unhealed aspect of yourself. If you had already resolved that particular issue, you would not be irritated by its reflection back to you.





Blues Prodegy, Tallan Noble Latz, plays Hoggy’s on Williams Street in Delaware




The Original King Of Bling, ‘The Rhinestone Cowboy’ himself, Glen Cambell plays The Palace Theater. For more info


Thompson Square plays Doughboyz Pizza. For more info




Sully Erna (lead singer of Godsmack) plays the LC-The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info




Robyn plays a make-up show at The LC-The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info






Dan Cummins performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center





We will be down in Logan for the Ohio Warrior Dash. This 2.91 Mile course takes you to THE EXTREAM and more. For more info on the insanity


Someone must have given “Leather Lips” enough whisky cause the weather is PERFECT for The Memorial Golf Tournament all weekend in Dublin at Muirfield Village Golf Club. For more info or for day passes


The annual Newark Strawberries of the Square Festival returns to the Licking County Courthouse Square this weekend, with a record 140 vendors — including arts, crafts, informational booths and food vendors — will be on hand, along with amusement rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, a strawberry booth by Newark Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the event.

ENTERTAINMENT: Inner City Blues Band; Mojo Theory; Christina Barth and Ohio Youth Entertainers; Shawna Corder and The Rising Stars; and Simba Jordan, a country singer from Columbus.


Columbus Arts Festival in The Discovery District for more info




Class is in session; ‘X-Men: First Class’ rated “PG-13.”




Another Nick Cage Movie about cars and whatever…’Drive Angry’ rated “R.”




Dave Matthews releases ‘Live at Wrigley Field’


The Irish Lads…Flogging Molly have ‘Speed Of Darkness’




Park Street Festival June 9-10
Byers Auto Car Show June 11th


Starting June 7th Weekly Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris


Show Me Fest, Springfield Mizz. June 17th-19th



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Hope this is not too long to read before the “end of the world”

GREETINGS FROM THE HOME OFFICE IN DUBLIN OHIO laying in bed dealing with some aches and pains and BATTELING MIGRAINS ALL WEEK, let me rephrase that…battling migraines all week (it hurts to yell)

This week I have had some weather blues, and some injuries have me down. I have not really done much and don’t want to get out of bed. The only exercise I have gotten has been fighting for space with The World Famous Pepper Dog who must also be down, cuase she thinks she belongs in bed also.

Even though I have not been out of bed much, I still have somehow managed to get a blister on my toe. I mean WHAT?!?!? Bed sores I could understand, but a blister with no activity?

Laying here I have been able to watch a lot of movies, and see quite a bit of coverage on the, alleged end of the world.

All of the movies I have watched this week were very good, and ALL made me think and hit home a lil bit. Two movies; ‘The 6th Sense’ and ‘No Strings Attached’ hit home. Both reminded me of getting my head out of my a**, quit being Billy Badd A** and let someone know how ya feel, cause a later time may be too late (plus no strings attached is good cause Natalie Portman is kinda cute)

A movie that was not only entertaining, but also VERY SCARY was ‘The Rite’ with Sir Anthony Hopkins. This flick allows the viewer to believe it is OK to question faith…however there is need to find faith, and how the faith can overcome some very real odds (or demons).

The last movie I watched was ‘Waiting on Superman.’ I was for HB5, due to my political views, after watching this movie…I AM CONVINCED HB5 is not only needed for the future of our schools, but WILL make them better. I say this as a person who has DOCUMENTED learning disabilities that were not found till I was in my 6th year at

The Ohio State University. Plus I had the moves put on me by a MALE ENGLISH TEACHER-but I was the bad guy when I let admin know about it.

NOT ALL TEACHERS ARE BAD…but those who feed the current monster are! No matter what side of the debate anyone is on, EVERYONE should watch this movie. If against HB5 or other “change incentives” you are supporting those not teaching, but just collecting a paycheck.

I have also seen a great bit of coverage of The End of the World at 6pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday.

A group claims the world will end Saturday, which is a shame because I wanted to see how Ashton Kutcher does on “Two and a Half Men.”

While I will admit I am thinking about this, I question these folks…

With the alleged end of the world this Saturday, and with all the recent rains, I was afraid of another flood; so I was getting 2 of all animals. Gathering some in the basement, then realized that according to the bible…

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32)

End of the world

Apocalypses That Weren’t

We’ve all heard of the prediction—loosely based on the Mayan calendar—that the world is slated to end on December 21, 2012. Now, members of a fringe religious group are preparing for an even earlier Armageddon, alerting their friends and neighbors that, according to the Bible, Judgment Day is just four days away. On May 21, 2011, they say, true believers will ascend to heaven while others will face destruction. While it is unclear how many people subscribe to this theory, it likely originated with Family Radio, a Christian network founded by Harold Camping. This is not the first doomsday prophesy for Camping, who warned of an apocalypse in 1994 and has made several similar predictions in the ensuing years. It is also not the first time individuals and groups have proclaimed the world’s impending destruction or the Messiah’s imminent return, only to grapple with the consequences when their forecasts prove incorrect. Find out more about some of
history’s most famous non-apocalypses below.

634 B.C.
According to ancient Roman legend, 12 mystical eagles told Rome’s founder Romulus that his great civilization would only last for 120 years. Panic gripped many Romans in the years leading up to their city’s 120th anniversary, which turned out to be entirely uneventful.

Pope Innocent III prophesied that the world would come to an end in 1284, 666 years—the number associated with the devil—after the rise of Islam. He died in 1216 and never saw his prediction invalidated.

February 1, 1524
In June 1523, several London astrologers warned residents that apocalyptic floods would engulf the city on February 1 of the following year, causing some 20,000 residents to flee their homes and others to stockpile food and supplies. The day came and went without a drop of rain.

Johannes Kelpius, leader of the Society of the Woman in the Wilderness, which believed the world would end in 1694.

In the late 17th century, the German theologian and astronomer Johann Jacob Zimmerman became convinced that the apocalypse would occur in the fall of 1694; more specifically, it would take place outside Germantown, Pennsylvania, known to be a haven for religious nonconformists. Just as Zimmerman’s followers prepared to cross the Atlantic and await the Second Coming in colonial America, their guru died, leaving his disciple, Johannes Kelpius, to lead the mission. Known as the Society of the Woman in the Wilderness, perhaps in reference to a passage in the Book of Revelation, the group settled near Wissahickon Creek, where they spent their days meditating, studying and practicing celibacy—even after Jesus failed to make an appearance.

An influential Puritan minister who played a decisive role in the Salem witch trials, Cotton Matherproclaimed in 1691 that doomsday would occur in 1697, basing the date on current events that he interpreted as the fulfillment of biblical prophesies. That year passed uneventfully, so he changed his forecast first to 1736, later to 1716 and finally to 1717. He died in 1728 without making any further predictions but still certain that the end was near.

Joanna Southcott, a self-proclaimed prophetess who said the world would end in October 1814.

October 19, 1814
In the late 18th century, an English domestic servant named Joanna Southcott grew convinced that she was a prophet with supernatural gifts destined to spread the word of Jesus Christ’s imminent return. Ignored by the established church and viewed by many as a lunatic, she began publishing her prophesies and amassing a growing movement of followers. At age 64 she announced that she was pregnant with the Messiah and that his birth on October 19, 1814, would herald the end of the world. Two months after that date passed without any sign of apocalypse, Southcott died.

October 22, 1844
During the Second Great Awakening, a Christian revival movement that swept the United States in the early19th century, a Baptist preacher named William Miller told members of his sect—known as Millerites—that Jesus Christ would return and the world would end in 1843 or 1844. One of his followers, Samuel S. Snow, refined the date to October 22, 1844. Some 50,000 Millerites across the country, some of whom had given away all of their worldly goods, eagerly awaited the event. Jesus’ failure to appear, which became known as the Great Disappointment, discredited Miller and drove many of his disillusioned faithful to join more mainstream denominations.

May 18, 1910
Celestial phenomena have triggered apocalyptic hysteria many times throughout history, perhaps most famously in 1910, when astronomers announced that the planet would pass through the tail of Halley’s Cometin May of that year. Alarmists and tabloids spread the fallacious rumor that poisonous gas within the comet could spell doom for the world’s population. Entrepreneurs capitalized on the resulting terror, selling “comet pills” and “anti-comet umbrellas” that could allegedly counteract any noxious effects (of which there were none).

Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the movement that would give rise to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, told his followers that Jesus Christ had returned to earth—albeit imperceptibly—in 1874, and that the world would end in 1914. When that did not happen, other prominent Jehovah’s Witnesses issued ever-later predictions for the year of Armageddon, including 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994.

December 17, 1919
Albert Porta, a respected American meteorologist, caused widespread panic—including mob violence and a handful of suicides—when he announced that the conjunction of six planets on December 17, 1919, would blast the Earth into oblivion. The world remained intact, but Porta’s reputation went up in flames: He spent the rest of his career writing a weather column for a local paper.

December 21, 1954
In the early 1950s, a housewife named Dorothy Martin with a longtime interest in psychic phenomena founded a cult known as the Seekers. She told her followers that extraterrestrials from the planet Clarion had sent her a message that cataclysmic floods would destroy the world beginning on December 21, 1954. On that day, the Seekers gathered at their leader’s home to await rescue by flying saucer. As it became apparent that neither torrential rains nor alien saviors were on the horizon, Martin assured her followers that the Seekers’ faith had persuaded the “God of Earth” to spare the planet, but the cult broke up soon after. Unbeknownst to Martin, psychologists had infiltrated the group to conduct a field study on apocalyptic beliefs, later writing the seminal text “When Prophecy Fails” about what happens when people’s strongest convictions are disproven.

July 1999
The 16th-century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus is best known for his numerous predictions, some of which people have linked to pivotal events in history. In one of his most famous doomsday verses, he wrote that a “king of terror” would descend from the sky in July 1999, which some contemporary theorists interpreted as a deadly meteor. The month went by without incident.

How about a playlist for the end of the world?


2.)  I don’t like hippies…but this is such a fun song




At least we know that according to the Bible, contrary to what we have been seeing in the skys…the next Armageddon will not be from another flood.

So on that note, I started smashing the spiders, ants, and mosquitoes. While letting the squirrels, raccoons, and cats outside…The World Famous Pepper Dog is glad the deer are no longer sleeping in her bed. However, the wolverines had to be put down though.

With the exception of Friday, THE WEATHER HAS BEEN HORRIBLE, with all this “flooding rain” and I am wondering if I am battling Migraines or I have some type of mutated, rare black mold growing in my sinus’.

Who’ll stop the rain

But even with the rain, we can make this best of it, The Baseball teams of Davidson and Clemson had some AWESOME antics during a rain delay!!!

With all the joking aside…yes I am thinking a lil about Saturday being the end. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. BUT I don’t think any “man” will know when it is. Plus we have not had a “second coming,” regardless of what The Obama supporters believe. I do know that while I am not perfect in my thoughts or actions. I am at peace with myself and past…I hope to be looking forward to my future after Saturday however!

I think we all have many more mistakes to make, wrongs to right, and journeys to be traveled.

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

So let’s ASSume we make it through 6:01pm Saturday Night…lets all try to do more for others, and in turn ourselves. This can be found in the easy places like charity work, but more importantly in relationships. YEA the easy romantic ones, maybe the easy friendships that will always last, OR MAYBE a relationship that is strained and needs just a little work, or some give and take by both people involved. It can be hard to give, however for some…it can be even harder to allow someone to give.

When giving & receiving become equal in your life, fairness will be established in all your relationships.

Always give without remembering, and always receive without forgetting. Brian Tracy

Hope we all are having a great week, even better before and after 6:01pm Saturday. Now I covering the windows, turning on the air, turning off ALL LIGHTS and SOUND, and trying to shake this Migraine I feel creeping in. If the world ends…at least that is one headache I won’t have anymore 😉



  • Commons Grand Opening (opening night) \”Rock The Commons\” live+local music showcase Food-Drinks-Give-a-Ways-Wonderland Games- Hot Air Balloon Rides, Picture on the Field b/t 6-7pm

FREE Event 4-11PM Plenty of parking off 3rd, Rich Street & Main Street Location 160 S. High Street at the corner of High and Rich more info visit

  • Columbus Band Showcase Schedule
  • Open 4-4:30PM DJ and Radio Station 97.9 WNCI with host Jimmy Jam and Angela An from Channel 10
  • 4:30PM – 5:15PM The Spikedrivers 22-50+ age range
  • 5:20PM – 6:20PM New Hollow 16-24 age range
  • 6:30PM – 6:50PM Speeches
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM Lovesick Radio 19-40 age range
  • 8:00PM – 9:00PM The Floorwalkers 21-35 age range
  • 9:00PM – 10PM The Websters 25-55 age range
  • 10:00PM – 11PM Naked Karate Girls 25-50+ age range
  • DJ’s Matt “The Hat” Sexton and DJ Nobody



Park Street Festival is back and better than ever this year! With activities and entertainment fit for any age, Park Street Festival is fun for the whole family.

This year’s activities include Bike Night, Autograph sessions with local athletes, Kids Fair, 9 live bands, and much more!

Benefiting the Second and Seven Foundation, The Park Street Festival merges food, entertainment, and family fun all in to one event. The festival is a joint effort among the bars on Park Street and runs the length of the street. Admission is free, so make sure to come out to Park Street Festival for a great weekend.

Music Schedule:

FRIDAY (opening at 5pm)

The 17th Floor

Travelers By Dawn

Johnny White

Six Panel Driver

Dot Dot Dot

DJ Nobody

SATURDAY (opening at 3pm)

Relive the Thriller (Michael Jackson Tribute Show starring Corey Melton)

Lovesick Radio

Kicking Dixie


Union Rose

Of Human

DJ Matt Sexton

Visit for more information!


Please “suggest” “like” or become a “fan” of our new “fan page” Matty Sexton on facebook.

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

ALSO, it is BEACH SEASON…let me help you get into your best shape (inside and out!) Send an e-mail to for availability and specialized individual workout plans.



Accept your own beauty and your limitations. No sense in trying to be who you are not.

No 1 can achieve fulfillment on your behalf. What u experience is the life you create yourself

“If your words are not kind, honest or necessary, keep them to yourself.”


All too true…but I try

TOO MANY DAYS…especially Sundays here in grey/gloomy O-H-I-O I am relating to this one

“Something about a Sunday it’s a most peculiar grey”

Just a simple request

This kid is amazing! He is only a freshman at Marysville and has come along way from being bullied. He has turned his experiences into positives!

This one goes out to all the nuns who told my parents I should be “committed to a facility.” You know what? I AM crazy. Crazy about life, Crazy about livin, Crazy about finding success, Crazy about helping others, and Crazy for a special someone. I dedicate this to all the nuns from Newark Catholic (many of whom are probably burning in hell for being such mean-nasty, aggressive-judgmental waste of “cloth”) who are now burning in hell!



“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ” -Winnie the Pooh



“until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life!”-Rocky

Lately I am hearing a lot of “oh woe is me,” “I can’t,” or “blame” on everyone/everything…even shadows. I have also fallen into this. BUT these are coward statements. Find some “sunshine and rainbows in this clip worth watching.” Watch-take the hits and get back up, if WE are willing to take the hits?


You are not here to save the world but you are here to touch the hands that are within your reach.~Kathleen Price

Each of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.-Mary Lou Retton

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. – Henrik Ibsen

Please help my GOOD FRIEND Chas Kaplan

Support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Man and Woman of the Year Campaign 2011!

Please check out my homepage for the campaign

Earlier this winter, I was nominated to be Man of the Year by Jon Will who is a former board member of The Central Ohio chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and an investment advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors in Dublin, Ohio . I am honored to be participating in this campaign to raise awareness and funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I ask that you join me by making a contribution to my fundraising campaign. Each dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate with the most donations is named the local Man or Woman of the Year.

I am raising money in honor of my mother, Wally Kaplan, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1996. Recently, however, she was diagnosed with MBL which can be a precursor to CLL, a form of leukemia. My mom is a survivor, a fighter, and an artist as well as one of the role models in my life. I love her very much and would like to help prevent anyone from having to watch their mother fight this fight. Let’s all help to find a cure! I am also raising money in honor or the Boy and Girl of the Year: Parker MacDonald, an 11 year old lymphoma survivor and Olivia Langwasser, a 10 year old leukemia survivor. Your donation will help to find a cure for blood cancers and is greatly appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible and will support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society programs, including research, patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.

Many thanks for your support for patients and their families who are battling blood cancers. Be sure to visit my web site often to check on my progress and please ask your friends to support my efforts!

Join me and help advance the mission of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For more information about LLS, please visit


Thank you for your support and donations!
If you prefer sending your donation by mail please send to:

ATTN: Chas Kaplan
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
2225 Citygate DR STE E
Columbus OH 43219-9807

Make checks payable to the “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society“.
Please include my buddy’s name “Chas Kaplan” in the memo line of the check as well.

The 2011 Man & Woman of the Year will be announced based on their success in generating funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a ten-week campaign which will begin at our Kick Off Party on March 9, 2011 and will culminate at our Grand Finale Gala on May 20, 2011 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Join us at the Grand Finale! Tickets available now! Come and support your favorite candidate in their quest for the title of Man or Woman of the Year!

Friday, May 20, 2011
6:30pm – 10:30p.m

Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Program For Grand Finale:
6:30 – 8:00 – Hors d’oeurves, cocktails & silent auction
8:00 – Dinner begins
8:45 – Program begins / Introduce Boy & Girl of the Year
9:15 – Live auction
10:00 – Introduce 2011 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates
10:30 – Announcement of Man & Woman of the Year

Prices for Grand Finale:

Tickets – $75.00 each

Table Sponsor – $1,000 for reserved table including 10 tickets, company signage at table and quarter page ad in Grand Finale program

Please contact Cassy Allyn at or 614-476-7194, ext. 230 for more information. Please make sure to let Cassy know you are calling on my behalf.

Thank you to BarrioDue AmiciCantinaFunny and O.A.R. for helping create some great charitable events!

Not sure where I stand on this

91-year-old stands by “exit kits” despite suicide furor

A 91-year-old California woman selling do-it-yourself asphyxiation kits for $60 apiece says business is booming since a depressed but otherwise healthy young man used her product to kill himself in Oregon.

Notoriety surrounding Sharlotte Hydorn’s home-based mail order operation near San Diego and the December suicide of one of her customers, Nicholas Klonoski, 29, has also sparked a move in Oregon to outlaw sales of such devices.

Oregon and Washington are the only two states with laws on the books legalizing physician-assisted suicide for people with incurable, fatal illnesses.

The Oregon Senate earlier this week passed a bill to make it illegal to sell or market products like Hydorn’s in the state. The chief sponsor, Democrat Floyd Prozanski of Eugene, expects the lower House to vote on the measure by next week.

Prozanski said he worries about individuals who impulsively order a suicide kit “as a permanent solution for a temporary problem,” and was especially concerned about minors.

He stressed that his bill would leave intact Oregon’s landmark 1997 Death with Dignity Act, which allows physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. A key provision of that law, however, requires patients to be physically capable of administering the drug to themselves.

State records show that 525 Oregonians have ended their lives under the act since 1997.

Hydorn says her product, consisting of a plastic hood that closes around the neck and tubing that connects the hood to a tank of helium or other inert gas, is intended to help terminally ill people end their lives with dignity in their own homes. Patients have to acquire the helium themselves.

A tall, sturdy woman for her age, with sun-worn skin and lively brown eyes, Hydorn acknowledges that she does not screen or ask questions of those ordering the kits, which she sells with instructions.

She confirmed from her records that Klonoski did purchase one of her kits last June, though he gave no reason.

But she rejects criticism that she is indiscriminately peddling death to people who may be emotionally vulnerable rather than terminally ill.

“I don’t call them suicide kits, I call them exit kits,” Hydorn said. “They’re for people who want some control over their lives, including control over how their lives end.”

She sells the kits under the brand name GLADD, which stands for Glorious Life and Dignified Death. She declines to say how much she earns from her business but denies that she makes as much as $98,000 a year, as some reports have suggested.

A retired science teacher who collects a pension and income from several rental properties, Hydorn said she became interested in helping the terminally ill after losing her husband to colon cancer in 1977.

“I’m not in it for the money — I have a huge number of checks I didn’t even cash,” she said.

Hydorn had been quietly selling the kit for about 20 years and said she is uncomfortable with the recent burst of publicity. Sales have risen sharply as a result of the media attention stemming from Klonoski’s death and reaction to it in the Oregon Legislature.

“I had two or three orders a month, maybe 25 a year, until all this happened,” she said. In the past month, “all hell broke loose, and I’ve gotten more than 100 orders, 70 or 80 of them from Oregon.”

Klonoski’s younger brother, Zach, sees the situation differently.

“With the sale of these helium-hood kits, the GLADD company smashed my family into a million pieces,” he said in recent testimony before the Oregon state Legislature.

Hydorn said she delved into the subject after reading Derek Humphrey’s book, “Final Exit.”

“We treat animals better than we treat dying people,” she said. “They keep people alive and do terrible, painful things to them because we can’t let go and patients just become cash cows.”

Hydorn said she adapted her “exit kit” from designs she first saw at a Hemlock Society meeting in the 1990s.

Hydorn said she will use one herself if it’s called for.

“I don’t want to end up helpless,” she said. “It’s all right if people don’t understand.”



I like this one!



Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage dies in car accident

Wrestler Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage, the Slim Jim pitchman known for his raspy-voiced “Ohh yeah” catch phrase, died in a car accident today in Seminole, Fla., possibly after suffering a heart attack, WTSP reports.

TMZ, which broke the story, reported that Savage lost control of the Jeep because he had a heart attack.

WTSP quotes the Florida Highway Patrol as saying Savage was driving a Jeep Wrangler that veered out of control, jumped a concrete median and hit a tree.

It says the accident report indicates that he may have suffered a “medical event” before the crash, but that a final ruling would depend on the results of an autopy.

His 56-year-old wife, Lynn, was a passenger in the car and suffered minor injuries, according to the accident report.

Savage, whose real name was Randall Mario Poffo, began wrestling with the WWF in 1985.

Another wrestling superstar, Hulk Hogan, tweeted Friday: “I’m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we’ve finally started to talk and communicate.”

In another tweet, Hogan says “He had so much life in his eyes & his spirit, I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him.

The Donald’s Bid for President

Election 2012: Donald Trump Losing Favor Even Before He Enters the Race

Is Donald Trump’s White House dream over before his campaign can even begin?

The casino mogul and reality-television star says he’s nearing a decision about whether to plunge into the 2012 presidential race. But the most recent polls contain some ominous signs for “The Donald.”

Trump’s numbers are so problematic that winning the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency, might be out of reach, several independent pollsters and analysts say. “The numbers are very daunting,” David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York City, said.

Marist College Poll director Lee Miringoff said, “The incline is very steep. He has all kinds of problems that would take a lot of undoing if he is really serious about it.”

Many pundits believe Trump’s testing-of-the-waters is nothing more than an effort to burnish the Trump brand. He has toyed with running twice before, in 1988 and 1999, but quickly decided against a candidacy.

Trump, 64, has said his most recent flirtation is no marketing ploy. He already has made two high-profile pilgrimages to New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first presidential primary, and he’s scheduled to appear in another early presidential proving ground, Iowa, headlining the state Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner June 10.

“The polls I have seen demonstrate that Mr. Trump is a top GOP contender,” Trump aide Michael Cohen said.

“If Mr. Trump elects to run … I believe he would win the Republican primary and would be the only candidate that could defeat [President] Obama in 2012.”

Trump has done little of the organizational work one might expect of a candidate sizing up a White House race.

In South Carolina, for example, one top Republican operative told ABC News, “Is he doing less than other potential candidates here? Yes. …Others are having conversations with prospective staff. Is Trump doing that? No.”

Trump began stoking speculation he might run with a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. After a whirlwind of publicity, Trump climbed into a tie for first in polls of Republican voters by CNN and Gallup in early April.

Since then, he has slumped.

Falling Poll Numbers

The most recent numbers by Gallup, a sampling of Republican voters from April 25 through May 8, found Trump supported by 16 percent of Republicans; tied for first place with former Arkansas Mike Huckabee, who has since announced he will not enter the race.

The poll also found that Trump is the most well-known of the potential GOP candidates, recognized by 98 percent of Republicans.

But the same survey found that the number of Republicans who dislike Trump has grown to 44 percent, higher than Sarah Palin’s unfavorable rating (25 percent) or Newt Gingrich’s (also 25 percent).

The combination of high negative ratings and high name recognition suggests it will be difficult for Trump to build support, pollsters say, because nearly every Republican already has formed an opinion about him.

“It’s a very, very steep challenge,” Birdsell of Baruch College said. “Not only do you have to create new perceptions, which is hard enough, but you have to change old perceptions, which tend to be entrenched. It is very, very difficult to create a new storyline.”

By contrast, potential candidates such as former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are relatively unknown, which “gives them an opportunity to craft an image that is positive,” Gallup Poll editor-in-chief Frank Newport said.

The most recent Gallup poll also found Trump last among 13 potential Republican candidates in a new measure of voter enthusiasm called the “positive intensity score.”

A ‘Terrible Handicap for Trump’

The score is calculated by determining the percentage of voters who have a strongly favorable view of a candidate and subtracting the percentage of voters who have a strongly negative view of that candidate. Trump’s rating fell to zero in the most recent Gallup survey.

By comparison, Huckabee topped the field with a score of 24. Palin and Gingrich had scores of 18 and 11, respectively.

“It’s a terrible handicap for Trump,” Newport said. “It’s not a good position at all for someone trying to get his party’s nomination.”

Added Birdsell: “Trump’s numbers might not be insurmountable if he didn’t have all the problems he would encounter in a campaign; opponents pointing out the massive flip-flops on social issues, on tax issues, on a whole host of policy questions, on abortion.”

First No Donald, now I will never be taught to Dougie

“Dougie” Rapper M-Bone Killed in Drive-By Shooting

M-Bone, a So-Cal hip-hopster with the Dougie-happy Cali Swag District, has died after being gunned down in a drive-by shooting late last night.

Police in Inglewood confirm that a man was killed by two gunshots to the head around 10:30 p.m. The victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when another vehicle pulled up alongside and unloaded “at least two rounds” into the car, according to Lt. Michael Marshall.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. He was just 22.

Was there a motive?

“It looks like they knew each other,” says Marshall. “It was not a traditional drive-by.” However, investigators don’t have any suspects and are asking for tipsters to call in.

Police didn’t immediately identify M-Bone (aka Mante Talbert) as the victim, pending notification of next of kin.

But a publicist for the group has confirmed to E! News that indeed the performer, who was the group’s comedic presence, was the one killed—and claims he wasn’t being purposely targeted

“Cali Swag District member Mante ‘M-Bone’ Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night,” the rep says, calling M-Bone “an inspiration to his family, friends and fans.”

Formed last year by M-Bone, C-Smoove, Yung and JayAre, Cali Swag District immediately hit the charts with the huge crossover hit “Teach Me How to Dougie.”

Says the group’s publicist of M-Bone: “He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed.”

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Slots go quiet as Sahara closes 59-year run on Las Vegas Strip

The Sahara saw many celebrities

The 59-year-old Sahara is officially closed, removing from the Strip one of the last Rat Pack-era hotel-casinos.

The Sahara, which has been owned by Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment since August 2007, was closed at about 1:40, 20 minutes ahead of schedule, with an announcement over loudspeakers. All slot machines were then turned off. The last hotel guests had checked out around noon.

Much of the hotel-casino closed down in phases over the weekend.

Dozens of former Sahara employees and customers crowded the casino in anticipation of closing.

Debra Burgos of Las Vegas, who’s father, Samuel Kitterman, was a Sahara casino executive from 1952 until 1995, came back for one last visit. She carried an employee newsletter with an article about her father which dubbed him, “Mr. Sahara.”

“I grew up here,” Burgos said. “I would wait for my father to get off work and the bartender would make me Shirley Temples. Las Vegas was such a different place and the Sahara was the place to be.”

SBE Entertainment announced the Sahara’s closing in March, saying “it was no longer economically viable” to operate the 1,720-room hotel-casino.

The Sahara opened in 1952 and became a haven for many of the Strip’s legendary performers in the 1960s and 1970s.

As development moved south on the Strip, the Sahara was left behind.



‎Bob Dylan and old rockers: will we still love them when they’re… 70?

Once upon a time, rock music was young – and its stars were, too. Now, as Bob Dylan nears 70, Neil McCormick asks whether an old rocker can still deliver the goods.

Bob Dylan will be 70 years old next Tuesday, May 24. Seventy! From one perspective, looking through the prism of youth-obsessed pop culture, it seems such an extraordinary thing. Pop freezes its icons in moments in time, and Dylan will always be there at the explosive birth of the modern pop age, manning the barricades of the Sixties revolution, captured in black and white: a skinny, grave-faced, curly haired, visionary twentysomething, strumming his acoustic guitar, blowing bony notes through his harmonica, warning the adult establishment to get out of the way (“Senators, congressmen, please heed the call/ Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall”) because the times they were a-changin’.

Well, the times have changed all right and Dylan with them. This year, he has toured the once mysterious and inaccessible land of China, allegedly submitting his set list to censorship by the powers that be. He didn’t play The Times They Are a-Changin’ but he did play his world-weary postscript from the year 2000, Things Have Changed, in which he growls with a defeatism that borders on defiance: “People are crazy, times are strange/ I used to care but things have changed.” Yet he ended his set in Beijing with his beautiful 1974 hymn Forever Young, in which he elegantly celebrates the most positive virtues of youth: “May your heart always be joyful/ May your song always be sung.”

We are still singing Dylan’s songs, in all their poetry, wisdom, contradiction and complexity. His sombre, gospel-tinged ballad Make You Feel My Love from 1997 has just spent more than 40 weeks in the British top 40, delivered with worshipful authority by 23-year-old star of the moment, Adele.

Shift the pop-culture prism, and Dylan at 70 starts to make a different kind of sense, because he has been here, right in front of us all this time, hair greying, jowels sagging, wrinkles spreading across his face, voice slowly turning from the barbed wire ululations of a youth in thrall to the ageless depths of folk to a rubbed raw bullfrog croak of an old man giving it whatever his ragged vocal cords still can.

And he is not alone, out there on the geriatric frontline. Paul McCartney (68) is on tour, and planning a new album. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (both 67) are considering another Rolling Stones tour. Brian Wilson (68) is currently on tour in Britain, no longer a Beach Boy, but still a celebrated musical genius. Paul Simon (69) has a new album and tour this year. Roger Daltrey (67) has been performing the Who’s rock opera, Tommy. Rock and roll once revelled in its youthful flash of energy, delighting in anti-adult sloganeering like “Live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse” and Pete Townshend’s aggressively nihilistic “I hope I die before I get old” (he is 66 today), but those who survived its first hedonistic impulses inevitably did get old, and along the way made some vital new discoveries. Music is for life. And life is long.

It is a good time to be a veteran rock musician. Bob Dylan’s last album, 2009’s Together Through Life, was number one on both sides of the Atlantic, his first British chart topper since Desire in 1975. Neil Diamond (70) had his first ever number one studio album in Britain in 2008. Leon Russell (69) staged a critically acclaimed comeback last year with The Union, made with Elton John (a mere stripling of 64).

Other spring chickens enjoying a second wind of recording and touring success include Greg Allman (63) and Robert Plant (a youthful 62), who, when challenged about being a sexagenarian rock star in a radio interview, smartly retorted “old people do it better”. Perhaps that could be a new slogan for our times. But it would be a mistake to get too carried away by the apparent triumph of age over beauty. As recorded music sales collapse and musical activity migrates towards the internet, it is older consumers still romantically attached to the notion of the long-playing record as a cohesive work of art who are keeping the album alive. Bob Dylan fans, in other words.

The young are still with us, illegally downloading Lady Gaga, Rihanna and provocative art rapper Tyler The Creator. And if you haven’t heard of him, then all it shows is that the generation gap is still wide open. But veterans are cleaning up on the still thriving live circuit, too, trading on reputations built over time. According to a recent report on the live music industry by Deloitte, a full 40 per cent of the frontmen of the top 20 highest grossing live acts in the States will be 60 or over next year.

Rock got old, and so has its audience. This is our music, and it still speaks to us, still tells us things about our lives, still brings us joy in the moment, still carries our spirits aloft. Because it turns out that we didn’t, as we perhaps might have once imagined in more innocent times, all slip into pipes and slippers and start listening to Mantovani and trad jazz. Certainly, we may have shifted the dial from BBC Radio One to Radio 2, but only to find the DJs were getting older with us, and are still playing our songs. And even if veteran artists are only talking to their own generation, we should celebrate the very fact that they are still talking.

Paul Simon, an artist working at the very heights of lyrical singer-songwriting, has spoken of being on “a new frontier”: the frontier of age. Prior to the Sixties, popular songs were essentially show tunes, dance tunes, novelty songs and love songs. Dylan and his contemporaries introduced the notion of the songwriter as a poetic chronicler of his life and times, they were artists of their own interior worlds, making pop music that aspired to the same heights as other art forms.

This remains the challenge, as Simon would have it: “The struggle of Dylan and the Stones and McCartney and Neil

Young is to see the possibility of talent continuing to evolve, as is the case in other arts. Nobody says you should stop painting when you’re 60.”

Dylan at 70 makes sense to us, because he is still helping his listeners make sense of the world. The final track on his most recent album is a masterpiece every bit as beautifully wrought and challenging as The Times They Are a-Changin’, even if its message might sound sour in the mouth of a firebrand youth. It’s All Good simultaneously rails against and accepts the injustices of life, juggling with the great and small in an almost mocking spirit, eyes fixed on an even bigger picture. “Big politicians telling lies/ Restaurant kitchens, all full of flies” barely seem to move Dylan at 70, as he declares he “wouldn’t change a thing, even if I could”.

It’s a song no child could have written, magnificent in its ambiguity, the great bard of pop culture barking out his indifference over a rattling rock and roll rhythm, snapping “throw on the dirt, pile on the dust”. It is, as he wryly notes, “all good”.

As we mark Dylan’s shifts from the raging fires of youth to the slow-burning embers of old age, we should celebrate not just his extraordinary legacy, but the even more extraordinary fact of his continuing creativity, reporting back from what may turn out to be popular music’s last unexplored frontier.


List of festivals and events in Central Ohio this summer


I have been honored to share a stage with Josh Turner, and he was less than friendly to me…actually boarderline rude. Maybe I took him wrong; maybe he was having a bad day. BUT when I see him on stage bum rushing this kid, I wonder if he didn’t want to have someone else sing his song…didn’t want an up and coming “new guy” outshine his own light?

Scotty McCreery Surprised By Josh Turner At Homecoming Concert

Top 3 “American Idol” finalist Scotty McCreery first made an impression auditioning with, and then repeatedly singing, “Your Man” by Josh Turner, aka the “baby lock them doors and turn them lights down low” song. As Scotty’s “Idol” star has soared, his audition song choice has turned out to be the best publicity Josh could ask for. So when Scotty returned to his hometown of Garner, North Carolina, this weekend for his big homecoming event (an “Idol” top 3 tradition), Josh repaid the favor by bum rushing the stage during Scotty’s welcome-home concert, giving Scotty the surprise of his life.

Scotty had started to sing “Your Man”–his first time performing it with a band–when Josh appeared unannounced onstage. When Scotty turned around he sort of experienced a delayed reaction, at first reaching out to grasp Josh’s shoulder, before suddenly realizing just who he was sharing the stage with. Observe his hilarious reaction below:

Josh’s band then came out to complete the song as a Josh/Scotty duet. Seventeen-year-old Scotty could barely contain his boyish excitement over getting to sing with his idol, yet still performed like an old pro and held his own.

“Thanks for singing my songs,” said Josh, to which Scotty answered, “Thank you for singing them first!” The duo then performed another Josh song Scotty once sang on “American Idol” (during Hollywood Week), “Long Black Train,” with both guys playing guitar.

“It’s good to see someone waving the country music flag out there in Hollywood,” said a torch-passing Josh, as what appeared to be the entire population of Garner cheered. It seems pretty obvious who Josh will be voting for next Wednesday night.


Rucker shows he’s country to the core at Sunset Cove

Darius Rucker performs at Sunset Cove Amphitheater.

True to country style, Darius Rucker first came out on stage at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in torn jeans, cowboy boots, Chevrolet T-Shirt, and ball cap. After all, though he may have been the lead singer of a rock band like Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker has serious country roots.

Originally born in South Carolina in 1966 (hence his recent album title Charleston, SC 1966), Rucker turned to country after first dabbling in R&B after leaving Hootie and The Blowfish. Whatever the genre, Rucker gave a performance with such heart you couldn’t help but want to get on your feet to watch for more.

He was more than happy to allow fans to look back at Hootie’s brightest moments, slipping popular songs like “Let Her Cry”, “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Hold My Hand” into his song list for the night.

As the show went on it was apparent Rucker was at his most comfortable by turning back to his roots. Rucker’s singing was undeniably coming from the core — even if he did slightly lose his wind in the middle of a few songs.

Singing crowd favorites such as “Come Back Song”, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, “All I Want”, and

“Southern State of Mind”, Rucker gave Southern lovin’ folk a show to remember.

Rucker then went on to show pictures of his family in the background, and dedicating his song “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” to all the parents, creating an excited buzz from the crowd. He then went on to announce his new single “I Got Nothin’”, which basing on the crowd’s reaction will soon be a popular single if it isn’t already.

Being the ever-pleasing entertainer, he then slowed things down a bit by singing “She’s Beautiful” and couples across the amphitheater were more than happy to dance.

In 2009, Rucker was the first African-American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association. If he keeps going strong, it won’t be a surprise when the awards keep coming and rightfully so.

Opening for Rucker was Tom Jackson. Even though this Jupiter-based singer and his band aren’t that well-known nationally, their attempts at getting the crowd hyped did not go unnoticed. Singing favorites such as Eddie Rabbitt’s

“Driving My Life Away” was a gold star attempt at trying to get the crowd up and active, albeit with little to no success. Other songs that did catch the crowds’ attention were “All About You”, and “Southern Thank Y’all”. Jackson’s show went a little short in my opinion; it was still a satisfying show nonetheless.



The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep-Michael Breus

Losing weight while you sleep may sound too good to be true, but in fact the connection between inadequate sleep and weight gain (among a host of other negative medical results) has long been recognized by medical researchers. Turning this equation on its head, clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus shows that a good night’s sleep will actually enable you to lose weight, especially if you have been chronically sleep deprived.

The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan is designed to help any woman who has been frustrated by her inability to shed weight by giving her the tools to overcome the stress, poor habits, and environmental challenges that stand between her and adequate rest. Sleep deprivation is a frustrating reality for many women faced with chronic stress or hormonal changes—and the fatigue, moodiness, and weight gain that come with it might just be the tip of the iceberg. While helping thousands of women implement simple health and lifestyle changes to improve the quality and the quantity of their slumber, Dr. Breus has witnessed not only an upsurge in their energy levels and a diminishing of myriad health concerns, but also significant weight loss achieved without restrictive dieting or increased amounts of exercise.

In The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan, Dr. Breus delves into the science behind this sleep–weight-loss connection, explaining exactly how sleep boosts your metabolism, ignites fat burn, and decreases cravings and overall appetite, and he presents a realistic action plan to help you get your best sleep—and your best body—possible. He shows how you can overcome your personal sleep obstacles with a slumber-friendly evening routine, stress management techniques—even recipes for healthy meals and snacks—to help you fall asleep more easily.

If you are ready to stop tossing and turning night after night, if you are done downing coffee to conquer nagging fatigue, and if you have bounced from one diet to another in an effort to find one that really, finally helps you lose the pounds you want, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan has the information, advice, and practical strategies you need to get deep, revitalizing sleep—and achieve a slimmer, healthier body in the process.


DA*N IT!!! I may start liking John Stewart after this one…

Jon Stewart Vs Bill O’Reilly Common Clash: Who Won?

FOX News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart have battled it out over the White House’s decision to invite rapper ‘Common’ to a poetry reading, despite his open support for two cop-killers and his celebration of Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Armywho was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1977.

Jon Stewart poked some fun at O’Reilly over his stance on the issue, also taking a shot at many conservatives who are upset over President Barack Obama’s invitation to Common to a poetry reading at theWhite House. “I’m not saying he’s promoting cop killing,” O’Reilly says. “Celebrating a cop killer, yes.”

Stewart counters, “What I think he’s doing is not celebrating, but honoring someone he thinks was wrongly convicted of cop killing. I think he believes she was convicted unjustly.”

O’Reilly shot back, “That’s fine. And if Common, who wasn’t even born when this crime took place, thinks that based on nothing because the evidence is overwhelming, he’s entitled as an American to do that.”

“The President of the United States though, takes him into the house, thereby validating him. Come on, that was a bad decision.”

“It elevates him as a poet or whatever. Do you know how many poets would have liked to be there?”

Stewart comically and rightly countered O’Reilly’s points by pointing out that Bono, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have all written songs about convicted killers – all of whom have been to the White House.

He also tells O’Reilly he’s got “mad love” for him that he’s something that shoots right into his “a*s.”

Bernie Goldberg later came on the show and both O’Reilly and Goldberg praised Stewart as a “smarter than most” liberal who is also very funny. And that he is. Watch the debate below.




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Loud Cell Phone Talker Arrested

A loud woman who was yapping loudly for hours on an AmTrak quiet car has been arrested after getting belligerent. She’s also gone viral.

A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.

Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn’t help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt “disrespected” by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train’s designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That’s when Beard got “aggressive,” KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.

Amtrak created quiet cars in 2001 when a group of passengers who rode the Philadelphia to D.C. route every morning asked if they could reserve a car where cell-phone loudmouths weren’t welcome. Ever since, the rare havens of quiet have become a battlefield between silence-loving rule-followers and rebellious cell-phone addicts. Gawker suggested, not without a dose of sincerity, that the cops who removed Beard from the train were heroes, and that Beard should be charged with “unspeakable crimes against humanity and sentenced to life on some distant planet where there are no reception bars, ever.”

According to a very scientific reader poll at The Huffington Post, 77 percent of people were happy the woman was hauled off the train. And CNN personality Anderson Cooper blasted the woman on his “ridiculist” last night, asking

“What could someone possibly talk about for 16 hours?” He even compared being stuck on the train with a person who would do such a thing to the “fifth circle of hell.”

GMA’s report is amusing–and the artistic rendering quite kind:

It’s bad enough that these people are so inconsiderate of their fellow passengers to necessitate the creation of “quiet cars” to begin with. It’s simply unconscionable to then get on one of these cars and behave in this manner.



Cleveland and Nick Gilbert: What’s Not to Like?
A new hero and new catch phrase was born yesterday! Fourteen year old Nick Gilbert, son of Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert,  selected the number #1 and #4 draft pick for the Cavs and gave Clevelanders a much deserved smile. Later in the press room, when the ESPN reporter Heather Cox asked him: “You’re the ambassador for the National Children’s Tumor Foundation and you’ve been dealing with a nerve disorder since you were born.  Your dad called you his own personal hero. How’s that make you feel?”

Nick replied: “Well, I mean, what’s not to like?”


Paralyzed student walks at graduation with help from robotics

When a car crash in 2007 paralyzed Austin Whitney, he promised himself that at his 2011 graduation, he would walk again, and pick up his diploma without a wheelchair. Luckily for the 22-year-old, he attended UC Berkeley, a school with one of the top robotics research programs in the nation, and made good on his promise with the help of a specially-designed robotic exoskeleton.

Working to build an affordable robotic helper for the young student, the UC Berkeley robotics design team was able to produce the exoskeleton many orders of magnitude cheaper than any before it. In all, the “Austin Exoskeleton” carried a $15,000 price tag, and while that might still seem like a hefty amount, most other options range upwards of $100,000.

As futuristic as robotic exoskeletons might seem, they are becoming more and more popular for applications ranging from everyday assistance (as is the case with the Austin model), to use in rehab clinics. And while we’re likely many years away from seeing exoskeleton technology as an easily affordable option, the advancements seem to be coming at an exciting and rapid pace.



Carlos Santana’s Immigration Law Rant During Phillies-Braves Game

During the Phillies-Braves game on Sunday, rock legend Carlos Santana was given the Beacon of Change Award prior to the 5th Annual Atlanta Braves Civil Rights Game.

When Carlos Santana took the podium to accept the award, that’s when things got really political and downright nasty.

Santana, lashed out about a new immigration bill that Governor Nathan Deal signed on Friday which mirros some of the immigration laws adopted by Arizona late last year. The law mandates that employers check the status of new hires for immigration status and it allows officers to check the status of some suspects.

Santana exclaimed, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

He went on to say , “It’s a cruel law, actually…This is about fear. Stop shucking and jiving. People are afraid we’re going to steal your job. No, we aren’t. You’re not going to change sheets and clean toilets … I am here to give voice to the invisible.”

They say there is a time and a place for everything. And, it was ill-advised for Carlos Santana to exploit this stage for his political agenda. He was being honored by the Atlanta Braves for making a difference. And, rather than take the high road he decided to exploit the moment and insult Atlanta citizens.

It can be argued that Arizona and Georgia’s immigration laws are extreme, but it’s insulting to Atlanta citizens to group them all together as right-wingers who are against immigrants.

Santana should be ashamed of himself for exploiting this ceremony for political purposes.



Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week.


Brandon Phillips shocks Twitter follower by showing up at his game

When it comes to youth baseball, players are sometimes responsible for bringing postgame drinks and snacks for the team.

Connor Echols, however, recently put a new spin on the tradition and brought an All-Star from his localMajor League Baseball team, instead.

In what may well represent the pinnacle of modern technological achievement, the 14-year-old CincinnatiFlames third baseman (@cecholzz) was able to lure Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes) (@datdudebp) to his U-14 select team game last week by issuing a simple suggestion over Twitter …
“@DatDudeBP should really come watch the 14u Cincy flames in West Chester tonight”

… and then by providing some directions after Phillips showed some initial interest (he had been eating at a nearby restaurant when he received Echols’ tweet).
A few hours and many autographs later, Echols was the most popular kid in the eighth grade and Phillips had increased his reputation around Cincinnati as one of the fan-friendliest players in the bigs.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
It was about 5:45 p.m. when Phillips received Echols’ invitation on his off day, the only one he and the Reds will have until June 2. Phillips said he was wondering what he was going to do with the rest of his day.

“I said, ‘Let me think about this,’ ” Phillips said. “His game was at 6:15. When I got finished eating, it was like 6:10 and I thought, well shoot, I’m going to go to his game. I had nothing else to do. I thought, ‘Let me go out and support the little man.’ I went out there and he had a great game. I met all his teammates. I met everybody in the park. It was fun. I had a great time.”

What makes this story even better is the fact that Echols had a great performance in front of one of his heroes, going 3 for 5 at the plate.  “I don’t really get nervous a lot, but that’s the most I ever had butterflies in my stomach in my life,” Echols told the Dayton Daily News. “I just didn’t want to embarrass myself.”

Man, if only it had been that easy to contact Ryne Sandberg when I was in Little League …

But what goes unsaid here, of course, is that many of today’s athletes get hundreds of requests via Twitter every day. It takes someone like Brandon Phillips — whose dedication to fans has been personally witnessed by BLS — to actually take it to the next level and do something that will forever leave a positive impression on those who buy tickets or spend their time watching the game on television.

It’s a sign of appreciation from Phillips that even a St. Louis Cardinals fan has to love.


Just a few degrees,

AND MORE GOOD NEWS regarding bad news

Nightclub tries to get OSU in more trouble

As if Ohio State isn’t having a hard enough time keeping itself out of trouble, now nightclubs are trying to get the school hit with NCAA violations. A nightclub in Huber Heights, Ohio was planning on having a graduation party of sorts for Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and his high school teammate Tre Moore. Both players graduated from high school earlier this year and enrolled early in college for spring practice, though Moore is attending Northern Illinois.

The club, Heat, had advertised the party on Facebook and since it used both Miller and Moore’s names, it was an NCAA violation and one that both players had to distance themselves from.

Even though [Miller and Moore] said they had no part in the planning of the event, they moved quickly to disassociate themselves from it after being questioned about their involvement by Wayne coach Jay Minton.

“I was coming home from Illinois after spring ball at Northern Illinois, and coach Minton gave me a call when I was in the airport trying to get to Ohio,” Moore said. “And then Braxton gave me a call and said, ‘We have to find out who did this and get it taken care of.’

“I’m guessing they found some people who knew me and Braxton, probably some Wayne kids. I don’t how they picked me and him, but I’m glad we can clean this mess up.”

The bar had been planning on charging $10 at the door for guys, and $7 for ladies.

Making things more interesting, the club was supposedly throwing a party for two 18-year old kids when it’s a 21-and over establishment. Local police said that it would be illegal for the club to even let Miller and Moore inside. Not that this club is averse to breaking the law, as the story points out that there have been 15 incidents with police, including arrests for drug possession, gun possession and an assault of an officer, at the club since it opened in December.

And it’s only open on weekends.


A buddy of mine who is a Youth Minister recently “tweeted;” “People are dying and going to hell and you are worried about the parking lot!”

This got me thinking and why I had turned my back on organized religion for so long. I grew up Catholic, and let’s face it…even the most devout Catholic cannot argue that the Catholic Faith (and many more) is about “image.” My buddy is not a Catholic, but it is still the same concept. Who cares about image? I do when I am onstage, but it is NOT important in the long run of this short life. I have found that religion is what is important not what “religious” people think.

John 7:24

“Stop judging by mere appearances”


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“Success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone.”

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very hard. Helen Gurley Brown

It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day. – Willie Mays

“Ppl with PRIDE tough to beat. If one has 4 D’s in Life watch out! DESIRE-DETERMINATION – DEDICATION – DISCIPLINE”-Dickie V

When you change how you feel, this is a powerful indicator that you have gained a level of control that you simply did not have before.


“I said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized I am somebody.” — Lily Tomlin

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf – Jon Kabat

Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” ~Joe Paterno

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.~ Jim Ryun

“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees” ~J. Willard Marriott


“Anyone who proclaims that he is enchanting, by definition, isn’t. It’s like bragging that your modest”

“Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it” -Agatha Christie

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. ~

Stevie Wonder

“The two most powerful warriors in life are time and patience” -Unknown.

“The shortest distance between two people is a smile.“ -Author Unknown

Be happy in the moment – that’s enough. Each moment is all we need – not more.  Mother Teresa

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.



“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Elliot

“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same of them.” -John Wayne

“You’re alive. Do something. The directive is life, the moral imperative, is so uncomplicated. It can be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounds like this: Look. Listen, Choose…Act.”

“Everything you do matters. Every move you make, Every action you take MATTERS! Be prepared to conquer the incredible if your ideals are threatened..”-Chad OchoCinco (just before he got on The PBR Bull Deja Blu)

A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better. Norman Ralph Augustine

My simple rule for an extraordinary quality of life: Anticipate problems & decimate them before breakfast!-Tony Robbins



Local Boys, and my buddies, O.A.R. play The LC, The Lifestyle Communities



“Rock On The Range” DAY I at Crew Stadium

Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Staind, Alter Bridge, Hinder, Sick Puppies, Rev Theory, Finger Eleven, Danzig, Escape The Fate, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Asking Alexandria, Trust Company, P.O.D. , AND MY BUDDIES Downplay

God Rock is also represented this weekend at Fredricktown High School with Seventh Day Slumber and Stellar Kart


Dierks Bentley, Uncle Kracker, Josh Thompson, and UNION ROSE play “The Miles for Miracles Festival” at The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

DAY II. “Rock On The Range” at Crew Stadium

A Perfect Circle, Disturbed, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Black Label Society, Saving Abel, 10 Years, Hollywood Undead, A Day To Remember, Trapt, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus                       




Martin Lawrence (He’s so crazy) plays Veterans Memorial


Brian Posehn performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center


Columbus Beerfest at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Over 75,000 square feet of beers from over 175 different vendors. For more info

75,000 square feet of beer tasting greatness! This year’s celebration of all things hoppy and malty has over 175 craft beers for beer fans to try and enjoy.

The 44th Annual All American Youth Horse Show at The Ohio Expo Center

Asian Festival at Franklin Park. For more info


Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ rated “PG-13.”

MY PICK OF THE WEEK, ‘Bloodworth’ the story of it is never too late to make right, rated “R;” staring Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, Hilary Duff, Dwight Yoaka, and Reece Thompson



Jason Statham stars in the action flick,’The Machanic,’ rated “R.”

Sir Anthony Hopkins stars in the AWESOME ‘The Rite’ rated “PG-13.” Yes it is one of those scary flicks…but will also make you think about your faith (ALL DEMONIATIONS)


John Rich releases two albums “For the Kids” and “Rich Rocks”

Seether rocks “Holding onto Strings”

Sick Puppies release “Tri-Polar”

Warrant has “Rockaholic”


THURSDAY May 26th Columbus Commons Grand Opening

Mt. Vernon Schools Event May 27th

Warrior Dash June 3-4-5

Park Street Festival June 9-10
Byers Auto Car Show June 11th


Starting June 7th Weekly Bike Nights at Hoggy’s Polaris

Show Me Fest, Springfield Mizz. June 17th-19th

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