Friday, February 28, 2014

Bear Bryant - At a Touchdown Club meeting...

At a Touchdown Club meeting many years before his death, 
Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant told the following story:


"I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a pretty good player and I was havin' trouble finding the place. Getting hungry I spied an old cinder block building with a small sign out front that simply said "Restaurant."


"I pull up, go in and every head in the place turns to stare at me. Seems I'm the only white fella in the place. But the food smelled good so I skip a table and go up to a cement bar and sit. A big ole man in a tee shirt and cap comes over and says, "What do you need?" I told him I needed lunch and what did they have today? He says, "You probably won't like it here, today we're having chitlins, collared greens and black eyed peas with cornbread. I'll bet you don't even know what chitlins are, do you?" I looked him square in the eye and said, "I'm from Arkansas, I've probably eaten a mile of them. Sounds like I'm in the right place." They all smiled as he left to serve me up a big plate. When he comes back he says, "You ain't from around here then?"


"I explain I'm the new football coach up in Tuscaloosa at the University and I'm here to find whatever that boy's name was and he says, yeah I've heard of him, he's supposed to be pretty good. And he gives me directions to the school so I can meet him and his coach.  As I'm paying up to leave, I remember my manners and leave a tip, not too big to be flashy, but a good one and he told me lunch was on him, but I told him for a lunch that good, I felt I should pay.


The big man asked me if I had a photograph or something he could hang up to show I'd been there. I was so new that I didn't have any yet. It really wasn't that big a thing back then to be asked for, but I took a napkin and wrote his name and address on it and told him I'd get him one and shook his hand and left."


"I met the kid I was lookin' for later that afternoon and I don't remember his name, but do remember I didn't think much of him when I met him. I had wasted a day, or so I thought. When I got back to Tuscaloosa late that night, I took that napkin from my shirt pocket and put it under my keys so I wouldn't forget it. Back then I was excited that anybody would want a picture of me. The next day we found a picture and I wrote on it, "Thanks for the best lunch I've ever had."


"Now let's go a whole buncha years down the road. Now we have black players at Alabama and I'm back down in that part of the country scouting an offensive lineman we sure needed. Y'all remember, (and I forget the name, but it's not important to the story), well anyway, he's got two friends going to Auburn and he tells me he's got his heart set on Auburn too, so I leave empty handed and go on see some others while I'm down there."


"Two days later, I'm in my office in Tuscaloosa and the phone rings and it's this kid who just turned me down, and he says, "Coach, do you still want me at Alabama?" And I said, "Yes I sure do." And he says OK, he'll come. And I say, "Well son, what changed your mind?" And he said, "When my grandpa found out that I had a chance to play for you and said no, he pitched a fit and told me I wasn't going nowhere but Alabama, and wasn't playing for nobody but you. He thinks a lot of you and has ever since y'all met." Well, I didn't know his granddad from Adam's house cat so I asked him who his granddaddy was and he said, "You probably don't remember him, but you ate in his restaurant your first year at Alabama and you sent him a picture that he's had hung in that place ever since. That picture's his pride and joy and he still tells everybody about the day that Bear Bryant came in and had chitlins with him."


"My grandpa said that when you left there, he never expected you to remember him or to send him that picture, but you kept your word to him and to Grandpa, that's everything. He said you could teach me more than football and I had to play for a man like you, so I guess I'm going to.  "I was floored. But I learned that the lessons my mama taught me were always right. It don't cost nuthin' to be nice. It don't cost nuthin' to do the right thing most of the time, and it costs a lot to lose your good name by breakin' your word to someone."


"When I went back to sign that boy, I looked up his Grandpa and he's still running that place, but it looks a lot better now; and he didn't have chitlins that day, but he had some ribs that woulda made Dreamland proud and I made sure I posed for a lot of pictures; and don't think I didn't leave some new ones for him, too, along with a signed football."

"I made it clear to all my assistants to keep this story and these lessons in mind when they're out on the road. If you remember anything else from me, remember this. It really doesn't cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable."



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

So, Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.
























Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.
                                
                           
I know....it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50p  light bulbs with £5 light bulbs ..... well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.
                           
                       
                                 
                               
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes, FOUR DAYS - by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.  And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.
                                           
        
                  
I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt.  Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.



Yes, folks, Mt.  Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it!!!!


Of course, I shouldn't spoil this 'touchy-feely tree-hugging' moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.



And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years.   And it happens every year.


Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus 'human-caused' climate-change scenario.

  
Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention 'Global Warming' anymore, but just 'Climate Change' - you know why? It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past few years and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.


And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme - that whopping new tax - imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.  It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.



But, hey, relax......give the world a hug and have a nice day!"


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest


Something to think about:
   
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. 

However, this prize has rules.

    
The  set of rules:

   
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that    day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over"! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
   

What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?

Not only for yourself, but for all people you love. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?


You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?

  ACTUALLY, this GAME is REAL!
    

Shocked??  YES!!

Each of us is already a winner of this PRIZE. We just can't seem to see it.

This PRIZE is *TIME*!

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life,

2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

3. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time, - WITHOUT WARNING.


SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?


Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about that, and always think of this: enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
  
So take care of yourself, be happy, and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a beautiful day.

Start spending...

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Fortune Teller

In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, 
the mystic delivered grave news.


"There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'll just be blunt.


Prepare yourself to be a widow. 


Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year."


Visibly shaken, Laura stared at the woman's lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands.


She took a few deep breaths to compose herself and to stop her mind racing.


She simply had to know.  


She met the Fortune Teller's gaze, 
steadied her voice and asked,





 
"Will I be acquitted?"


Congratulations TEAM USA !!

For 15 days, we've made history. Together.


Every Team USA athlete competing in Sochi is here because of your support.
Remember, our athletes don't rely on government funding; they rely on people like you
 -- the team behind Team USA -- to make their Olympic dreams possible.

































Congratulations  USA !!!



Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Adam Got Eve

Adam was hanging around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely. 


So, God asked him, 'What's wrong with you?'


Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.


God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.


He said, 'This pretty lady will gather food for you, she will cook for you,


and when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you


she will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you,


And will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement.


She will praise you! 


She will bear your children.


And never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them.


'She will NEVER have a headache and will freely give you love and  passion whenever you need it.'


Adam asked God, 'What will a woman like this cost?'


God replied, 'An arm and a leg.'


Then Adam asked, 'What can I get for a rib?'





and of course the rest is history!  ....




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cold Temperature Advisory - Animal Safety

Please remember, now that its winter, animals seek out the heat of vehicles to stay warm. Before starting your car, please check around the wheels and engine for these cold animals. You may not even notice they are there. 






Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A SHORT POEM YOU WON'T FORGET


"A bump in the road" .... remember that calloused statement? I don't know the author of this poem. Very thought provoking and poignant. I do recall, however, the President referring to the Benghazi incident as "a bump in the road." Today I heard an ex-Navy Seal being interviewed on Fox News regarding a book he has written about how to handle crisis situations in our lives. At the end of the interview he asked if he could make a comment on Benghazi and of course the anchor said yes. He then thanked Fox News for keeping the Benghazi story in the news, since other news organizations are not. He said the Seals who died deserve the public knowing the truth about the whole affair.

This poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON).



THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI

We're the battling boys of Benghazi

No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.

Just a fiery death in a blazing hell

Defending our country we loved so well.

It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,

fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.

We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate

Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us, and foes by the score,

But we stood fast to bar the door.

Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,

So we fought, and we fought, and we fought 'til we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,

But Barack Obama didn't give a damn.

Just two dead seals who carried the load

No thanks to us.........we were just "Bumps In The Road".


So will this reach every American with a computer? Or do we act like the press and give a pass to the incompetent people who literally sat there in the White House and watched the Seal's execution on live streaming video and did absolutely nothing? The Obama Administration obviously won't be held accountable because we apparently accept Hilary Clinton's statement,"What difference does it make?"



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hints on how to liven up your idle hours...

 To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity


1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars...watch 'em Slow Down!

2. On all your cheque stubs, write 'For Marijuana'! 

3. Skip down the street Rather Than Walk and see how many looks you get.

4. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat,with a serious face.

5. Sing Along At The Opera. 

6. When The Money Comes Out of The ATM, Scream 'I Won! I Won!'

7. When Leaving the Zoo, start Running towards the Car Park, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives!  They're Loose!'

8. Tell Your Children over dinner:  'Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go...

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity:

9. PICK UP A BOX OF CONDOMS AT THE PHARMACY, GO TO THE COUNTER AND ASK WHERE THE FITTING ROOM IS.

   Send This To Someone To Make Them Smile.      
   
It's called 'therapy'!



Monday, February 17, 2014

Senator Rand Paul's Extravagant Vacation

We've heard all about Obama's extravagant vacations at taxpayer expense but not much about KY Senator Rand Paul's summer break.  He and a partner teamed up to do pro bono eye surgeries for the poor.  People who came to the surgery center "legally blind or much worse" were all seeing before they left.



Isn't it interesting what the media considers newsworthy?  Wonder why the media isn't interested in this?  Guess it doesn't fit the image they try to create for conservatives.  If you feel this information merits distribution, feel free to pass it on.  Let's help spread the world.




Sunday, February 16, 2014

God's Wife ?

God's Wife
IT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF
I especially liked number 5!

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
Talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the contest
was to find the most caring child.
 
The winner was:
 
1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor
was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old
Gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had
said to the neighbor, the little boy just said,
'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
 
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2. Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were
discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture
had a different hair color than the other members.
One of her students suggested that he was adopted.
A little girl said, 'I know all about adoption,
I was adopted..'
 
'What does it mean to be adopted?’,
asked another child.
 
'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew
in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!'
 
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3. On my way home one day,
I stopped to watch a Little League baseball game
that was being played in a park near my home.
As I sat down behind the bench on the first-
base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was
'We're behind 14 to nothing,’
he answered with a smile.
 
'Really,' I said. 'I have to say you
don't look very discouraged.'
 
'Discouraged?', the boy asked
with a puzzled look on his face...
 
'Why should we be discouraged?
We haven’t been up to bat yet.'
 
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4. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot
in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.
 
Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play.
His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being
in it, though she feared he would not be chosen..
 
On the day the parts were awarded,
I went with her to collect him after school.
Jamie rushed up to her,
eyes shining with pride and excitement..
'Guess what, Mom,’ he shouted,
and then said those words
that will remain a lesson to me....
'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'
 
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5. An eye witness account from New York City,
on a cold day in December, some years ago:
A little boy, about 10-years-old,
was standing before a shoe store on the roadway,
barefooted, peering through the window, 
and shivering with cold.
 
A lady approached the young boy and said,
'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'
 
'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,’
was the boy's reply.
 
The lady took him by the hand, went into the store,
and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks
for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin 
of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
 
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store
and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed
his little feet, and dried them with the towel.
 
By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks..
Placing a pair upon the boy's feet,
she then purchased him a pair of shoes..
 
She tied up the remaining pairs of socks
and gave them to him.
She patted him on the head and said,
‘No doubt, you will be more comfortable now..'
 
As she turned to go, the astonished kid
caught her by the hand,
and looking up into her face, with tears
in his eyes, asked her:

'Are you God's wife?'
 
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SEND TO ALL WHO LOVE AND CARE FOR CHILDREN.
Hope this put a smile on your face it
Sure did mine!
 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

More extreme frozen weather - ooohh new scary name - "Polar Vortex" - oooohhh

Hell, Michigan has indeed frozen over during winter storm Hercules,
with wind chills of -37 degrees. 
A lighthouse is encased in ice after a
blizzard on Lake Michigan

Water from Niagara Falls still flows during subzero temperatures, but ice floes and giant
 icicles form on the falls and in the Niagara River above and below the falls every year

It's no miracle, just a solid block of ice for these dogs to walk on

A car door handle snaps off during extreme freezing temperatures

These are frozen trees and cars during an ice storm in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Sub-zero temperatures can turn boiling water into snow,
though many who have tried this trick were still burned