Aug 23, 2008

This man caught record fish using Barbie rod

He will never hear the last of this from his fishing buddies!

David Hayes' granddaughter asked him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom.

He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.

Alyssa's father had bought the pink Barbie fishing rod for Christmas and she had caught a few bluegill before her grandfather hauled in the catfish.

The fish was 32 inches long, 2 inches longer than the rod!


What Biden said about Obama and McCain

It didn’t take long for the McCain campaign to jump all over the negative comments Biden made about Barack Obama in the primaries and the favorable comments about John McCain.

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Biden said:

I would be honored to run with or against John McCain…I think the country would be better off…

Joe Biden’s idea of a novice in the White House

In a 1988 Joe Biden presidential primary campaign ad he said:

The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, the economic future of the next generation. A president has got to know the territory.

The irony is that Biden is running under a man that will need to use the White House to “learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace,” etc.

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Senator Joe Biden lost out to Michael Dukakis in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries. Yes, that Dukakis … the guy in the Army tank photo op … the photo-op that tanked his presidential aspirations after beating Biden and others in the primaries.

Aug 22, 2008

It’s now official: Biden for vice president

The not so carefully guarded secret is out and it’s now official: Senator Biden (pictured) of Delaware will be Obama’s Vice Presidential running mate.

Balancing the ticket with an older congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues was surely considered essential to have a chance at the White House.


Its gotta be Biden for VP

Hillary was snubbed - not even vetted as a possible vice presidential running mate for Obama.

Kaine has been caned and you can say bye to Bayh. They are both out.

If it isn’t Biden (pictured), then the bustle of activity at his estate in Wilmington must be there to throw everyone off.

The big tip-off: a Secret Service protective detail has been dispatched to protect the Delaware Senator.


Texting decision highlights Obama inexperience

Obama announced last week that he would disclose his running mate choice through text messaging, which was expected to happen Friday night or Saturday.

Obama’s inexperience is well documented, but one would think that someone in his campaign could have warned him that his texting decision would invite hoax messages.

It’s not as if he were in high school texting to see what his date plans to wear to the prom.

There is a report at the link below titled, Text hoaxes plague Obama VP plan.

By the time Barack Obama is ready to announce his vice presidential pick, will anyone believe him?

In recent days, as speculation and anticipation has mounted, so too have phony text messages declaring Obama’s supposed running mate.

Already the hoax text messages have declared Obama;s running mate to be Evan Bayh, Hillary Clinton and evern Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. How long before Madonna or Michael Jackson make the list?

There also were reports it was John Kerry, Walter Mondale and even Eliot Spitzer.

One thing this exercise has shown is that Madonna or Michael Phelps would probably bring experience to the ticket.


BMX cycling at Beijing Olympic Games

This Reuters photo shows competitors jumping during the men's quarterfinals run for the BMX cycling competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

NYC Mayor backing off on windmills everywhere

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocated windmills atop buildings and bridges in the city.

Now his honor is spinning backwards (pun intended) on the windmill plan.

Nnewspapers mocked the idea with photo illustrations of turbines on the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

It is a typical flip-flop for the mayor who is easily swayed by public opinion.

Bloomberg sought to dial back his windmill proposal while speaking to reporters on Wednesday after returning from Las Vegas, where he gave a speech at the National Clean Energy Summit imagining, among other things, harnessing wind power with turbines on bridges and skyscrapers.

More of the story here.

President Bush the billion dollar man

George W. Bush (pictured) is as low in popularity polls as Jimmy Carter was in the late 1970’s but that doesn’t hinder him from raising record amounts of cash for Republicans.

In all, Bush has personally raised more than $968 million for the Republican Party, GOP candidates and his own re-election campaign and inauguration during his two terms in office. And he's not finished.

He's now lost a big part of the national spotlight to presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama, but he remains a formidable force on the fundraising circuit.

Bush spent 90 minutes recently at a California winery tucked in a hillside in Napa Valley to help wring $850,000 from deep-pocket donors. That's $9,444 a minute.

The billion-dollar man keeps rakin’ it in.


Barbara Streisand off-guard pic

Aug 21, 2008

Denver homeless getting makeover for DNC

The city of Denver wants everything to look nice for the Democratic National Convention - including the homeless.

There was talk of giving the homeless bus fare and tickets to the Denver Zoo and movie theater tickets. They can’t get ‘em all out of downtown so the city is giving them $20 haircut vouchers to spruce them up a bit.


Face of Homer Simpson found on Euro coin

A sweetshop owner in Spain found a Euro coin with the face of Homer Simpson instead of Spanish King Juan Carlos.

The other side of the one Euro coin was left untouched and displayed the map of Europe like all the others.

The coin must have been done by a professional because the work is impressive.


Frigid temps for global warming relay

The GetUp! climate change lobby group organized a torch relay in Australia.

Enthusiasm for the cause waned on a freezing afternoon when the campaign moved to a mountain top where the wind chill factor is below zero.

Ironically, global warming would probably have been welcomed by the handful of hardy souls who turned up to lend their support to the campaign on one of the coldest days of this or any other year.

Didn’t they know that the Australian winter is from June 1 to August 31? Maybe they thought that “global warming” would keep them from getting cold.

They must be members of the mythical Flat Earth Society.

Remember the “walk across the North Poll” a couple of years ago by some Al Gore inspired wacko’s? It was an attempt to prove the ice cap is melting. Their frozen feet and severe frostbite hurt them even more than their pride.

They were also members of the same society.


Aug 20, 2008

Rules for future Obama confrontations

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Cow chases bear from her favorite tree

Residents of Hygiene, Colorado said a cow named Apple chased off a bear that had climbed into her favorite apple tree.

Jack McDonald of Hygiene, about 30 miles northwest of Denver, said the bear had climbed out of the tree when the cow approached it Sunday afternoon.

McDonald said the animals touched noses and hung out together for a bit before Apple chased the bear off.


Forget global warming - “little ice age” coming

Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the UNAM, warns that we will se a “little ice age” for the next 80 years.

In the event, the specialist in remote sensing systems said that the recent rupture of the Argentine Perito Moreno glacier, unusual for having produced a full austral winter, was not due to global warming.

The event was due, he said, a natural process caused by temperature and precipitation of the river.

More of the story here.

You’re feeling warmer…warmer…..

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Aug 19, 2008

Store robber locked his keys in getaway car

He had it all planned out -- wrap a caulking gun in a dark cloth -- leave the car running outside for a fast getaway.

It started out as planned. John Wilkinson, 24, of Big Spring, Texas entered the Stanton Drug Store, grabbed the Zanax and hydrocodine and raced to his getaway car parked just outside with the engine running.

There was only one problem. He locked his keys inside the car.

Stanton Police Chief Mike Adams said Wilkinson then tried to get away on foot. Police, who thought he had a gun, shot him in the top of his shoulder during the short chase.

Some days nothin’ turns out right.

You just can’t make up stories like this.


When to toss leftover food

Do you keep food in your refrigerator until it looks like a high school science project?

Scientists answer the age-old question of when do you toss out food.

To toss or not to toss. Exactly when leftovers become trash has fueled arguments of couples, roommates and co-workers since the dawn of the refrigeration.

Does moldy bread go in the trash, or just get a trim around the green spot? Can Sunday's leftovers be Friday's meal? What about that day-old ground beef?

Food science and safety experts have some tips at the link below.

One of the basic rules for storing food in the refrigerator is what the article calls the “rule of four:”

o more than four days at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees centigrade.

About 25 percent of the refrigerators in the country are operating at a temperature that can make food unsafe.

The article goes on to say:

We're using the refrigerator as a food safety device and most people have no clue, no idea what temperature it should be.

Forty degrees Fahrenheit buys people three days for safety with raw chicken and ground beef, three days with cuts of beef and lamb and four days for leftovers.

Allowing anything to go above the cold 40 degrees along the way from store to frying pan can make the difference between illness and safety.

Other actions that could put you at risk include:

Leaving groceries in a hot car for hours during other errands and taking a ‘doggy bag’ home from a restaurant and then go to a movie or shopping on the way home.

There is much m ore of the story here.

Aug 18, 2008

That carcass found in Georgia: bigfoot or big lie?

There is a report at the link below about that so-called bigfoot carcass found in northern Georgia.

Bigfoot remains as elusive as ever.

Results from tests on genetic material from alleged remains of one of the mythical half-ape and half-human creatures, made public at a news conference on Friday held after the claimed discovery swept the Internet, failed to prove its existence.

One of the two samples of DNA said to prove the existence of the bigfoot came from a human and the other was 96 percent from an opossum, according to Curt Nelson, a scientist at the University of Minnesota who performed the DNA analysis.

An opossum is about the size of a house cat.

Looks like the hunt for a real bigfoot is still on.


Watch man texting on motorcycle in heavy traffic

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This YouTube video shows a man texting on his mobile phone in speeding traffic while laying back in almost recumbent fashion on his motorcycle.

We wonder how long it would take this idiot to sit up and grab the handlebars in case of emergency?

This video was found here.

Obama hand salute disappearing from the web

The “hand salute” shown above was designed to indicate you support Barack Obama. It seemed to be all over the Internet until the new, revised Obama ‘hand salute” below appeared.

Aug 17, 2008

Hummer owners fiercely loyal even with high fuel prices

A report at the link below says:

Hummer owners, battered by gas price and critics, refuse to surrender their behemoths.

They rumble in on treads called Super Swampers, wearing their hearts on their license plates.

"PLAYDRTY," declares one behemoth from New York. "HUM THIS," dares another, from Ohio.

One Shell station, with an obvious unlimited supply of diesel fuel, has a sign that reads: Hummers Welcome. A smaller sign says: Diesel, $4.97 9/10 a gallon.

There are still Hummer enthusiasts even though sales have dropped 40% this year. They love their behemoths in spite of the soaring price of diesel fuel and the environmentalists who've always hated Hummer owners.

There's no apologizing or self-pity in the ranks of Hummer die-hards. They're here to goad machines that can top 5 tons over boulders the size of Smart cars, through stewpots of mud obscuring who-knows-what and across obstacle courses of stumps, logs and stones — it's "like riding a slow-motion rollercoaster," one says.

It takes a certain kind of person to love a Hummer.

Its hulking body — more than 7 feet wide without mirrors — sat way up off the ground while simultaneously hunkered down in a low crouch, like an overgrown teenager trying to slip into a movie at kid's admission. Its wheels were pushed out past its corners and its drivetrain was yanked up into the middle of the interior, putting a huge hump between driver and passenger.

"It has no aesthetics," AM General spokesman Craig Mac Nab says. "It screams at you from across the street: I look this way because I need to."


Hickman Nebraska: a one horse town as long as Peter Rabbit stays

A 32-year-old brown Morgan-quarter horse crossbreed named Peter Rabbit lives in a pasture in Hickman, a town of about 1,000 just south of Lincoln, Nebraska.

With houses having sprung up around Peter Rabbit's pasture, Mayor Jim Hrouda and five of the six City Council members are determined to enforce the livestock ban.

Shortly after a council meeting Tuesday, the horse's owner, 76-year-old Harley Scott, was served an eviction notice that orders the animal off the land.

Scott said he has no intention of complying with the Sept. 15 deadline. He faces the prospect of being fined up to $100 a day if he's convicted of violating the ordinance.

More of the story here.

Barack’s job as Hillary’s Vice President

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