Monday, April 30, 2012

GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS

Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why.

A couple in Sweetwater, Texas had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.

She let out a very loud scream.

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.

The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on the stretcher, and started carrying him out.

About that time, the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch.. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now, the police had arrived.
Breathe here...

They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!

The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, neighbors saw the burning drapes and called in the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

And that's when he shot her.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

E-Mail Tracker Programs

The man that sent this information is a computer tech.  He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed.  All forwards are not bad, just some.  Be sure you read the very last paragraph. 

He wrote:
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.com and/or truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that:  true/false or fact/fiction.  Both are excellent sites.
 
Advice from snopes.com   VERY IMPORTANT!
1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to.  The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other spammers.  Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus --- that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience.  These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them.  Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" --- email tracking.  Ignore them and don't participate!

2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.  All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers -- to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.
 
You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them.  You will be providing a service to your friends.  And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future!

 
Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't!   It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more.

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!

Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached!  Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich!  Let's not make it easy for them!

ALSO:  Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization - i.e. social security, etc.  To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Where To Retire...

You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where...
 1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade.
 2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
 3. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town.
 4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
 5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open the oven door.
 6. The four seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!


 You can live in California where...
 1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
 2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
 3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
 4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
 5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there, rather than how many miles away it is.
 6. The four seasons are: fire, flood, mud, and drought.


 You can live in New York City where...
 1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
 2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
 3. You think Central Park is "nature".
 4. You think that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
 5. You've worn out a car horn.
 6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.


 You can live in Michigan where...
 1. You have only four spices: salt, pepper, Ketchup, and Tabasco.
 2. Halloween costumes fit over Parkas.
 3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
 4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
 5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.


 You can live in the deep South where...
 1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
 2. "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
 3. "he needed killin'" is a valid defense.
 4. Everyone has two first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.


 You could live in Colorado where...
 1. You carry your $4,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
 2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.
 3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
 4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.


 You can live in the Midwest where...
 1. You've never met any celebrities, but the Mayor knows your name.
 2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
 3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
 4. You end sentences with a preposition, "Where's my coat at?"
 5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"


 AND you can live in Florida where...
 1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
 2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind....even houses and cars.
 3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
 4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
 5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Is the FBI taking down the Internet?

Last year, the FBI nabbed the hacker group responsible and replaced the malicious servers with clean servers. This was a temporary solution to give people with infected computers time to remove the virus.

Unfortunately, many people still haven't taken action. When the FBI shuts down the temporary servers on July 9, those people could lose Internet access.

Tens of thousands of computers are infected with a virus called DNSChanger, which redirects their Internet traffic to malicious domain name servers.

Why is that a problem? Well, the DNS, or Domain Name Server system, is a critical part of how the Internet works.  A DNS server turns domain names into IP addresses that computers use to contact websites.

In other words, a DNS server is like your cellphone's address book. The address book has the names and phone numbers of all your friends and family. You just pick the name you want and the phone dials the number.

Normally, your computer connects to your Internet service provider's DNS servers. DNSChanger, however, modifies your computer's DNS settings to use hacker-run DNS servers.

The hacker-run servers send you to malicious websites filled with viruses and spam, or substitute legitimate site ads with malicious ads. Imagine someone got into your phone's address book and changed all the numbers to 900 numbers. The names in the address book are the same, but the phone numbers are all wrong. Yikes!

Back in November, after a two-year investigation, the FBI arrested a major group of hackers involved in this DNSChanger scheme and confiscated its servers. The FBI replaced the malicious DNS servers with temporary, clean DNS servers.

The idea was that this would keep infected computers safe while the users removed DNSChanger. Unfortunately, few people bothered to clean their computers.

It's estimated that 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies still have computers with DNSChanger installed. That doesn't count all the personal computers that still have it, which is estimated at 500,000. That actually isn't that much by malware standards, but it's still significant.

Currently, the FBI is scheduled to shut down the temporary DNS servers on Mar. 8. That's when the FBI's court order for the operation expires. There is a chance, however, that it might receive an extension.

When those DNS servers shut down, all the computers and websites still using them will be knocked off the Internet. That might include your computer or sites that you visit.

What can you do? Well, you can make sure your computer doesn't have DNSChanger installed.

Pay a visit to http://dns-ok.us   This site will indicate if your computer is looking up websites correctly. If it shows green, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Here's the bad news: DNSChanger might prevent you from visiting security software websites. It will also complicate things if your Internet connection is down.

If that happens, download the security programs on another computer and then transfer via flash drive. In extreme cases, you might need a last-ditch solution like Microsoft Security Sweeper.

Once the virus is gone, your computer should revert to the original DNS settings. If it doesn't, you'll need to contact your ISP to learn what DNS settings you should be using.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The largest flower in the world

This is Incredible!
One of nature's jewels that so many may never see.
The largest flower in the world was blooming in Veracruz , Mexico.
Two meters (6 5/8 feet) high and weighing 75 kilos (165 1/3 lbs).
It has the peculiarity of blooming only  three days every 40 years.

You'd only see it once or twice in a lifetime!
Shouldn't this qualify as the "8th Wonder of the World"?






“Do you suppose God gave us a flower that represents the 40 years in the desert”.  "And it only blooms for 3 days -
 the length of time Jesus died and rose."
Just a thought!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Your Online Personal Information is being threatened.


Your Personal Information ... everything you do online ... is being threatened.

Please, help Conservative Action Alerts keep your information safe and private, and away from government agencies!

THIS THURSDAY, the House plans to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

CISPA strips the privacy rights of all Americans. It has a good chance of passing because lawmakers were able to get Internet giants on board with them. These online companies may have gotten what they wanted out of CISPA, and they are protected from litigation under these bills...but, the individual is not.

There are several bills in the House and Senate that threaten our online privacy...and Harry Reid has one in the Senate, sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. These bills are bad because:


  • There is no limit on the information that can be shared with government agencies. And because that info is shared "notwithstanding any law," privacy laws do not apply.
  • The government will begin monitoring even more of your private communications.
  • Cybersecurity control will shift from private companies to government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Once the information is captured by the government, it can be used for any purpose and given to whatever other agency or organization the government chooses.
  • H.R. 1981 requires online service providers to spy on your online activities and provide that information to the government. Information like your internet activity, name, address, bank account numbers, IP addresses, etc., must be accessible to the government regardless of whether or not you have been accused of a crime.

Everything you do online ... reading political blogs, checking your bank statements, purchasing products, signing up for the latest coupon offer ... everything you do online will be captured by your service provider and given to the U.S. government. They can then use this information however they want; and they can shut down any website they want to, without judicial review.

... Unless we take up the fight to protect our personal information.



Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither. 

--Benjamin Franklin  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It’s a pity that so many great poems turn into commercialized clichés because, when we’ve heard them before, we don’t concentrate hard enough to listen to the messages.


A good example is the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling.


It includes some of the best advice a parent could give a child:


If you can keep your head when all about you


Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;


If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,


But make allowance for their doubting too;


If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,


Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,


Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,


And yet don’t look too good nor talk too wise;






If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;


If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;


If you can meet with triumph and disaster


And treat those two imposters just the same;


If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken


Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,


Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,


And stoop and build ’em up with worn out tools;






If you can make one heap of all your winnings


And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,


And lose, and start again at your beginnings


And never breathe a word about your loss;


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew


To serve your turn long after they are gone,


And so hold on when there is nothing in you


Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;






If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,


Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;


If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;


If all men count with you, but none too much;


If you can fill the unforgiving minute


With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,


Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,


And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Monday, April 23, 2012


I'm sure most of us have read the so-called comparison of Lincoln and Kennedy, but did you ever consider the relationship between Obama and Lincoln?

You might be surprised...

1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration.
    Obama used the same Bible.

2. Lincoln came from Illinois.
    Obama comes from Illinois.

3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature.
    Obama served in the Illinois Legislature.

4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President.
    Obama had very little experience before becoming President.

5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.
    Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.

6. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

7. Lincoln was a Republican.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

8. Lincoln was in the United States military.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

9. Lincoln believed in everyone carrying their own weight.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

10. Lincoln did not waste taxpayers' money on personal enjoyments.
      Obama is a skinny lawyer.

11. Lincoln was highly respected.
      Obama is a skinny lawyer.

12. Lincoln was born in the United States.
      Obama is a skinny lawyer.

13. Lincoln was honest, so honest he was called Honest Abe.
      Obama is a skinny lawyer.

14. Lincoln saved the United States by uniting us.
      Obama is a skinny lawyer.

Amazing the coincidence, isn't it?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Viaduct de Millau - Architectural marvel!

Structural statistics:

17 December 2004 : Opening of bridge to traffic

 (15 December 2004 : Inauguration)

10 October 2001 : Construction work started

343 m : Height at top of pylons

270 m : Height of roadway over the Tarn

2,460 m : Total length of roadway

8 spans resting on 7 piers

span widths: 204 m between abutments and first and last piers

342 m spans between remaining piers

2230 tonnes : Weight of each of the 16 sections of road-deck. Each section is built up from 60 tonne deck-units, each 4 m wide by 17 m long. The deck-units are built in Eiffel’s factories at Lauterbourg and Fos-sur-Mer.

Heights of the 7 piers :
 P1 : 94,50 m
 P2 : 244,96 m
 P3 : 221,05 m
 P4 : 144,21 m
 P5 : 136,42 m
 P6 : 111,94 m
 P7 : 77,56 m

97 m : Height of the 7 pylons
 each pylon is in the form of an inverted Y. The height of the legs of each Y is 38m.

154 : Number of stays supporting the road-deck from the pylons

36,000 tonnes : Total weight of roadbed’s steel structure
 (5 times that of the Eiffel tower)

19,000 tonnes : Steel used for reinforcing the concrete piers

5,000 tonnes : Steel used for the stays and cables

Type of deck : steel orthotropic (orthogonally anisotropic)

4.20 m : Thickness of steel road-deck

32.05 m : Width of road-deck

205,000 tonnes : Concrete

85,000 m3 : Total volume of concrete

3% (approximately) : Slope (for safety, to enable better visibility)

9,000 tonnes : Road tarmac - specially flexible bitumen laid to 6 cm thickness

4,000 tonnes : Standard bitumen for the emergency strips on either side

520 workers

300 million euro : Cost. The cost has finished at half the anticipated estimate.
 (plus 20 million euro for the toll station 6 km from the bridge’s North end).

120 years : Predicted lifespan
Architect:  Norman Foster

Constructor:  Eiffage Group. Their website has a number of short web films on the bridge as construction progresses and an animation of the bridge in use. (Note: commentaries in French.)

Paris-Clermont-Ferrand-Béziers : The Viaduc de Millau will complete this north-south motorway through the heart of France, crossing the Massif Central.

Tolls - 4.60 euro: off-season, 6.50 euro: during July and August; both charges for light vehicles.

Lorries: 20 euro throughout the year. The rest of the 340 km A75 autoroute is free.

Constructed for the  A75 motorway (autoroute) - the Méridienne. The weblink provided is to the English version of the motorway company’s “complete file”, which details the original planning for the route taken and for the final choice of bridge structure (includes maps, photos and diagrams).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

CHP Issues 1,000 Citations During I-15 Freeway Campaign

RIVERSIDE, Calif. --  More than 1,000 moving violation citations were issued by the California Highway Patrol during a two-day "speed compliance" campaign on Interstate 15 from northern Riverside County to the Nevada state line, authorities said Monday.
 A total of 1,206 motorists were stopped on the heavily traveled corridor between Jan. 9-11, resulting in 1,110 citations.

Most of the citations -- 849 -- were for excessive speed, according to CHP Officer George Foard. Another 46 motorists were cited for failure to wear seat restraints, and three drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, he said.


Two of the California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, North of MCAS Miramar. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching near the crest of a hill.

The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked onto a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander.

Back came a reply in true USMC style:

 Thank you for the message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, and air to ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar was destroyed.

Thank you for your concerns.




Friday, April 20, 2012

Making a Cake

The best part of making a cake is licking the bowl...

YUM!!!



mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm




















oooh, i feel sick...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This is a letter from a kid to Mum and Dad in Eromanga.

 (Eromanga is a small town, in the far south west of Queensland)

 

Dear Mum & Dad

 I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no troughs to clean - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!

 At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!!

 This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody dingo's arse and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!

 Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster. Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.

 I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is. Your loving daughter, 

Sheila

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mark Twain was Right

It just occurred to me... With all the noise the media is making about Romney's wealth, I don't recall such bluster and hand-wringing over the Kennedy fortune. Or, for that matter, John Kerry. Or the fact that John Kerry gave virtually nothing to charity while Romney gave something on the order of $4 million... in addition to giving away his entire inheritance from his father.

Oh. Wait. I just remembered. Romney is Republican. Kerry and the Kennedys are Democrats. Also, Romney worked for his money. Kennedy inherited his. And Kerry married it.

Never mind. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.


"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the
newspaper, you're misinformed." Mark Twain

Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, says that America will cease to be a developed nation within 4 years, crisis will be “worse than the great depression”

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.comThursday, November 13, 2008

The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012.

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.

Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas….we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place….putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the great depression”.

“America’s going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for,” said Celente, noting that people’s refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as “The Panic of 2008,” adding that “giants (would) tumble to their deaths,” which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.

The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.

The prospect of revolution was a concept echoed by a British Ministry of Defence report last year, which predicted that within 30 years, the growing gap between the super rich and the middle class, along with an urban underclass threatening social order would mean, “The world’s middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest,” and that, “The middle classes could become a revolutionary class.”

In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the subject of revolution in America.

“There will be a revolution in this country,” he said. “It’s not going to come yet, but it’s going to come down the line and we’re going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen.”

“The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That’s going to be the big one because people can’t afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You’re going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop.”

“It’s going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we’re going to see many more.”

“We’re going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It’s going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It’s going to come as a shock and with it, there’s going to be a lot of crime. 


And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people’s minds weren’t wrecked on all these modern drugs – over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How Blonde Was She?

She was Soooooooo Blonde
* She thought a quarterback was a refund.
* She thought General Motors was in the army.
* She thought Meow Mix was a CD for cats.
* She thought Boyz II Men was a day care center.

She Was Soooooooooooooo Blonde..
* She took the ruler to bed to see how long she slept.
* She sent a fax with a stamp on it.
* Under "education" on her job application, she put "Hooked On Phonics."


She was Sooooooooooooooooo Blonde...
* She tripped over a cordless phone.
* She spent 20 minutes looking at the orange juice can because it said "Concentrate."
* She told me to meet her at the corner of "WALK" and "DON'T WALK."
* She tried to put M&M's in alphabetical order.


She was Soooooooooooooooooooo Blonde...
* She studied for a blood test.
* She sold the car for gas money.
* When she missed bus #44 she took bus #22 twice instead.
* When she went to the airport and saw a sign that said, "Airport Left"
she turned around and went home.


She Was Sooooooooooooooooooooo Blonde...
* When she heard that 90% of all crimes occur around the home, she moved.
* She thought if she spoke her mind, she'd be speechless.
* She thought that she could not use her AM radio in the evening.

She is sooooooooooooooooo Blonde...
*She thinks Taco Bell is the MEXICAN PHONE COMPANY 

* She had a shirt that said "TGIF," which she thought stood for "This Goes In Front." 
*At the bottom of an application where it says "Sign here:" she wrote "Sagittarius."

Monday, April 16, 2012

COLOR IS GOOD!

























Yesterday I went to the doctor  
 for my yearly physical. 

My blood pressure was high.
My cholesterol was high.
I'd gained some weight,
and I didn't feel so hot.

My doctor said eating right doesn't
have to be complicated and it would
solve my physical problems.

He said:
Just  think in colors. 


Fill your plate with bright colors. 
Try some greens, oranges, reds, 
maybe something yellow, etc. 


Maybe eat an entire bowl of 
bright colors.
 


I went with that thought...




Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Wrong Funeral

Consumed by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness of the pew where I sat.  I was at the funeral of my dearest friend - my mother.  She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times.Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held a box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father's death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life. 

When mother's illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle female child without entanglements, to take care of her.  I counted it an honor.  'What now, Lord?' I asked sitting in church.  My life stretched out before me as an empty abyss.  My brother sat stoically with his face toward the cross while clutching his wife's hand.   My sister sat slumped against her husband's shoulder, his arms around her as she cradled their child.  All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I sat alone.  My place had been with our mother, preparing her meals, helping her walk, taking her to the doctor, seeing to her medication, reading the Bible together.  Now she was with the Lord. My work was finished, and I was alone.

I heard a door open and slam shut at the back of the church.  Quick footsteps hurried along the carpeted floor.  An exasperated young man looked around briefly and then sat next to me. He folded his hands and placed them on his lap.  His eyes were brimming with tears.  He began to sniffle. 'I'm late,' he explained, though no explanation was necessary.  After several eulogies, he leaned over and commented, 'Why do they keep calling Mary by the name of 'Margaret?''   'Because, that was her name, Margaret.  Never Mary, no one called her 'Mary,'' I whispered.  I wondered why this person couldn't have sat on the other side of the church. He interrupted my grieving with his tears and fidgeting.  Who was this stranger anyway?

'No, that isn't correct,' he insisted, as several people glanced over at us whispering, 'her name is Mary, Mary Peters.'   'That isn't who this is.' 'Isn't this the Lutheran church?'   'No, the Lutheran church is across the street.' 'Oh.' 'I believe you're at the wrong funeral, Sir.'  The solemnness of the occasion mixed with the realization of the man's mistake bubbled up inside me and came out as laughter. 

I cupped my hands over my face, hoping it would be interpreted as sobs.  The creaking pew gave me away. Sharp looks from other mourners only made the situation seem more hilarious.  I peeked at the bewildered, misguided man seated beside me.  He was laughing too, as he glanced around, deciding it was too late for an uneventful exit.  I imagined Mother laughing.

At the final 'Amen,' we darted out a door and into the parking lot.  'I do believe we'll be the talk of the town,' he smiled. He said his name was Rick and since he had missed his aunt's funeral, asked me out for a cup of coffee.

That afternoon began a lifelong journey for me with this man who attended the wrong funeral, but was in the right place.  A year after our meeting, we were married at a country church where he was the assistant pastor.  This time we both arrived at the same church, right on time.

In my time of sorrow, God gave me laughter.  In place of loneliness, God gave me love.  This past June, we celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary.  Whenever anyone asks us how we met, Rick tells them, 'Her mother and my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it's truly a match made in heaven.'

If you Love God for all the marvelous things he has done for you, send this on to others.

REMEMBER, God doesn't make mistakes. He puts us where we are supposed to be.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

NEW School prayer: "New Pledge of Allegiance"


BY a 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID

who got an A+ for this entry
(TOTALLY AWESOME)
Since the Pledge of Allegiance 
And  
The Lord's Prayer 
Are not allowed in most 
Public schools anymore 
Because the word 'God' is mentioned..... 
A kid in Arizona wrote the attached 
NEW School prayer: 
"New Pledge of Allegiance"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now I sit me down in school 
Where praying is against the rule 
For this great nation under God 
Finds mention of Him very odd. 

If scripture now the class recites, 
It violates the Bill of Rights.  
And anytime my head I bow 
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, 
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.. 
The law is specific, the law is precise. 
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. 

For praying in a public hall 
Might offend someone with no faith at all.. 
In silence alone we must meditate, 
God's name is prohibited by the state. 

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, 
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks... 
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. 
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, 
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King. 
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, 
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.. 

We can get our condoms and birth controls, 
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles ..  
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,  
No word of God must reach this crowd. 

It's scary here I must confess, 
When chaos reigns the school's a mess. 
So, Lord, this silent plea I make: 
Should I be shot; My soul please take! 
Amen 

Friday, April 13, 2012

F. W. Woolworth Co. 1950s Era Menu

For many years, we enjoyed Breakfast entrees, luncheon specials and desserts at their lunch counters. I came across this old 1950's era menu from their lunch counters recently, and thought that you may enjoy seeing these prices on today's tight budgets. Most of the Woolworth stores began phasing out lunch counters during the early 1980's due to changing trends and economic concerns. Happy memories everyone!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Cowboy and the Stranger

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, 'If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?'

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers; 'Sure, Why not?'

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany

Within mere seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data is stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, 'You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.'

'That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,' says Bud..

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, 'Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?'

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, 'Okay, why not?'

'You're a Congressman for the U.S. Government', says Bud.

'Wow! That's correct,' says the yuppie, 'but how did you guess that?'

'No guessing required.', answered the cowboy. 'You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows...this is a herd of sheep. . . .

Now give me back my dog.