Friday, November 30, 2007

Dallas Cowboys 12-1

Could this be the year for the Cowboys to go far in the playoffs. Last nights game was a good one, except for Favre getting knocked out of the game. Tony Romo had a great game throwing 3 td's and having only 1 pick. Hey, it was Al Harris's first one of the season!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Second Life

Has anyone ever seen this virtual 3D game that has been out for at least a year now. I found out about it from watching CSI: New York.
You can even purchase land, clothes,etc.. with real cash. Trying to live in this life is hard enough.
This game is very entertaining and is worth checking out. It is incredible what you can do and the people you can meet.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Obama Speaks at New Hamphire Forum

There was a meeting today in New Hampshire, and during this meeting, Obama had mentioned about how the current Administration lied to the American people about the invasion of Iraq and I started to wonder. Food for thought.
This question has always been on my mind and I don't believe it has ever been answered or really pursued. Why is it ok for this present administration to lie and deceive the American people about the invasion of Iraq, and they got away with it, and Bill Clinton was in the hot seat for having sex. I know he lied, so what! We are talking about a war that has cost us billions and billions of dollars. What did it really cost us on Clinton's lie, wasted tax payers dollars because he cheated on his wife? How can one compare. Shows you that the most influenced people have the power.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Go Browns!

With their fifth straight victory at home and fifth win in six games overall, the Browns (7-4) stayed within striking distance of first-place Pittsburgh in the AFC North and among the wild-card contenders. Jamal Lewis rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Winslow had 10 catches as the Browns, whose season has been filled with drama, controversy and overtimes, improved their playoff profile with a routine 27-17 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I know that I have alot to be thankful for. I hope everyone has a safe holiday, since many will be traveling. Best wishes to all!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Google Gone Ga Ga

A Credit Suisse analyst hiked his price target on Google Inc. to $900, the highest among Wall Street analysts, on expected gains as advertisers move online to lure more consumers.
Credit Suisse's Heath P. Terry called Google the best Internet investment and expects the company to gain as all advertising goes digital.
"As Google has built up its online services, we believe the company has created a sustainable competitive lead in online search," Terry wrote in a client note.
Terry forecast sales growth of 35 percent and earnings growth of at least 30 percent over the next five years.
Terry expects growing numbers of consumers using broadband connections to boost demand for online advertising, as well.

If this holds true then Google will be pricier than Gold. This is mind boggling! I know, I am on the Google band wagon.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center

If you are planning to go to Manhattan on November 28, the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center will be from 7pm-9pm. For those of you who don't know, this event is the most famous of events.
If interested, here are more tree lighting events that are taking place.

In Washington, D.C., the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place December 6 at 5 p.m. at the White House Ellipse. Tickets are required; details at (202) 208-1631. Entertainers and a military band perform and President Bush will speak. On December 5 at 5 p.m., the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.


In Los Angeles, on November 18 at 7 p.m., celebrities including Patti Labelle and Smokey Robinson will appear at The Grove for an annual Christmas tree-lighting, Hollywood-style. At the California state capitol in Sacramento, the tree-lighting usually takes place the first Tuesday in December. Last year Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who officiated at the ceremony with his wife Maria Shriver, took the bold step of calling it a Christmas tree, ending the use of the term "holiday tree."


In Boston, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree every year as thanks for relief sent from Massachusetts following the Halifax Explosion in 1917. This year's tree, a 45-foot tall white spruce, will be lit November 29 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Common.


Chicago's 94th annual tree-lighting ceremony takes place November 23, starting at 4:30 p.m., in Daley Plaza.

Cincinnati's Norway spruce will be lit at Fountain Square on November 23, 6 p.m.

Atlanta's tree-lighting tradition takes place at Macy's in Lenox Square, November 22, 7-8 p.m.

In Charleston, S.C., the "tree" of lights will be lit December 1, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. in Marion Square. Kids love to run around beneath the illuminated "branches," and the ceremony is followed by a parade of lit-up boats on the waterfront.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ohio Turnpike Postpones Projects

I would like to commend the Ohio Turnpike officials for their fiscal responsibilities. I applaud you and so should everyone else.
Because revenues were below budget, projects have to be postponed. This is a good example of an entity with common sense. There is no mention of raising the tolls either. Maybe the city of Toledo and Lucas County entities should learn from this. If there is no money, you cut costs!

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Battle of The Border

The big game is tomorrow! Who will prevail? If Ohio State plays like it did against Illinois, then goodbye Bucks!
I look forward to this game every year. I'm looking for Michigan to come back with a vengeance. May the best team win! Good Luck!

The Rock

Someone from work sent me these pics and I thought they were worth sharing. This is the info I have on the rock.

There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy. 25 in rural Iowa . For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. The artist is seen in the last pic. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

2012 Olympic Stadium

London unveiled the 2012 Summer Olympic Stadium. The stadium will be located at Marshgate Lane in Stratford in the Lower Lea Valley and will be able to hold approximately 80,000 people. Land preparation for the stadium will begin in mid-2007, with construction beginning in mid-2008 and completion scheduled for mid-2011.
I went to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. What an experience!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Licenses For Ilegal Immigrants?

What the......
Why would you give illegal immigrants drivers licenses?
Is this the best idea our so called intelligent leaders can come up with? Try again!
I understand that they take the jobs that Americans don't want. What about making the employers that hire them be responsible for making them legal. If caught not doing so, then they pay a hefty fine. Let the employer pay the application fee for each illegal and make sure each has to go through the proper channels like everyone else. I could live with that.
New York Governor Spitzer abandoned the idea, seeing that the New York State could not address the problems themselves. At least he tried. He said he wanted to act because of the failure of the federal government to deal with immigration policy and the impact that failure was having on New York.
I would like to hear some new ideas by other people who aren't politicians.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Crude Oil Down More Than $3

According to Bloomberg, crude oil fell more than $3 a barrel, the biggest decline in three months, after the International Energy Agency cut its forecast for global demand through 2008 as record prices curb fuel use.
The IEA said that consumption next year will average 87.69 million barrels a day, 300,000 barrels a day less than a previous estimate. Fourth-quarter use will be 500,000 barrels a day less than expected, the adviser to 26 oil-consuming nations said in a monthly report.
``The IEA report today had a sizable decline in demand expectations for this year,'' said James Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch & Associates, in Galena, Illinois. ``It looks like they were too optimistic about demand and didn't figure on the impact of high prices.''
Crude oil for December delivery fell $3.42, or 3.6 percent, to $91.20 a barrel at the 2:30 p.m. close of floor trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices are heading for the biggest drop since Aug. 6. Oil touched $90.13, the lowest since Oct. 31. Futures climbed to $98.62 on Nov. 7, the highest price since trading began in 1983. Oil is up 55 percent from a year ago.
A Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. report on Nov. 9 said oil may test $100 today when options expire. An oil options contract gives a buyer the right to buy or sell a specific quantity of crude-oil by a specific date and at specified price.
``It looks like the market may have found a top,'' Ritterbusch said. ``It was widely anticipated that the crude- option expiration would facilitate a run on $100.''

It was also reported today that the oil market is being driven by speculation. No kidding! Right now the market is still volatile and oil could still see $100.00 a barrel. The consumers will still see an increase at the pumps by about 20-30 cents. The price has not caught up to the market yet.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What The....Wolverines, Awww Bucks

What the.... happened to Michigan! It didn't help that Hart was not running and the senior quarterback was not playing either. Even better, go Bucks!! At least we beat Illinois! It makes it worse for you because you are suppose to be the best in the country. Guess that makes us even!

Bad Day for Lions, Cleveland Came Close

Detroit did not look good at all today! The defense looked better than the offense at least. I think Arizona was on a mission, considering their season is in a hole.
Calvin Johnson was not even a factor and Kevin Jones was held in check on his running game,even though he scored a rushing touchdown. Oh well, there is always next week.

Cleveland almost pulled the game out! They need a kicker with a stronger leg in my opinion. They looked good against Pittsburgh's defense. Be proud Brownies, you did good!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cool Game

America's Army

I've been playing this internet game for the last couple of weeks. It's called America's Army. The game is a recruiting tool that the Army uses and has become a hit all over the world. The graphics are outstanding and is so life like as far as weaponry is concerned.
There is a training mode where one starts in order to qualify for ranking and desired position. I'm qualified for expert sharpshooter! Looking forwarded to picking off the enemy.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Mortgage Problems

For anyone who is having a problem meeting their mortgage payments, there is help out there. The Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke has recommended to lenders to sit down with people who are having financial difficulties meeting their mortgage obligations and making other arrangements with them instead of the home going into foreclosure. Foreclosures are costly to the lenders, so resolving financial problems would benefit both parties. I have provided a couple of links
which will help you get started. These links can also be found on the right under Mortgage Help.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

More Tainted Toys

Drug-tainted toys put kids in comas
Millions of Chinese-made toys have been pulled off shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful "date rape" drug when ingested. Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads -- marketed as Aqua Dots in the United States.
The toy beads are sold in general merchandise stores and over the Internet for use in arts and crafts projects. They can be arranged into designs and fused together when sprayed with water.
Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested, metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. When eaten, the compound - made from common and easily available ingredients - can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.
Naren Gunja from Australia's Poisons Information Center said the drug's effect on children was "quite serious ... and potentially life-threatening."
The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday several hours after published reports about the recall in Australia.
The two U.S. children who swallowed Aqua Dot beads went into nonresponsive comas, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Wednesday afternoon.

Maybe it is time to stop buying Chinese goods. Thank you NAFTA! I wonder what else will be dicovered.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Wetland Veto

I found this through the AP about the wetland veto.

"An increasingly confrontational President Bush on Friday vetoed a bill authorizing hundreds of popular water projects even though lawmakers can count enough votes to override him.Bush brushed aside significant objections from Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, in thwarting legislation that provides money for projects like repairing hurricane damage, restoring wetlands and preventing flooding in communities across the nation.
This level of opposition virtually assured that Bush would have a veto overridden for the first time in his presidency. He has used the veto very sparingly for most of the time he has been in office, but has made more use of it recently.
"When we override this irresponsible veto, perhaps the president will finally recognize that Congress is an equal branch of government and reconsider his many other reckless veto threats," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev."More than two years after failing to respond to the devastation and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, he is refusing to fund important projects guided by the Army Corps of Engineers that are essential to protecting the people of the Gulf Coast region."The $23 billion water bill passed in both chambers of Congress by well more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto and make the bill law.Bush objected to the $9 billion in projects added during negotiations between the House and Senate. He hoped that his action, even though it is sure not to hold, would cast him as a friend to conservatives who demand a tighter rein on federal spending.But Bush never vetoed spending bills under the Republican Congress, despite budgetary increases then, too. Attempting to demonstrate fiscal toughness in the seventh year of his presidency, Bush risks being criticized for doing too little, too late and of waging a transparently partisan attack against the Democrats who now run Capitol Hill.The president took the gamble, though without any public fanfare, making it part of a broader effort to take on Democratic leaders frequently and more pointedly.White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush issued veto threats under the GOP-controlled Congress that were enough to do the job."Republicans heeded the president's concerns, stayed within his spending caps, and avoided vetoes," he said. "Democrats are intent on exceeding those caps, and if they do the President will veto those bills."The water project legislation originally approved by the Senate would have cost $14 billion and the House version would have totaled $15 billion. Bush and a few Republicans complained that the final version was larded with unneeded pet projects pushed by individual lawmakers -- sending the overall cost of the bill much higher."Only in Washington could the House take a $14 billion bill into a conference with the Senate's $15 billion bill and emerge with a compromise that costs taxpayers over $23 billion," said White House press secretary Dana Perino.Bush vetoed the bill because it is "fiscally irresponsible" and falls outside the scope of the mission of the Army Corps of Engineers, she saidCritics noted the Corps already has a backlog of $58 billion worth of projects and an annual budget of only about $2 billion to address them.If Bush is overridden, the measure would give a green light to projects in virtually every state. It only authorizes the projects; the actual funding must be approved separately.

It never stops amazing me how hidden agendas are placed into bills. For once it would be nice if our beloved elected officials would think of our country and not their own agendas. What is it going to take for the American people to stand up and say "Enough is Enough". This country is slowly deteriorating and our elected wonders don't seem to care.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Go Blue!

What a great game between Michigan and Michigan State. Got a little hairy there for a bit. However, the better team prevailed. Hopefully the Ohio State game will be just as exciting ! Looks lile the Wolverines still have a shot at the Rose Bowl. They would have to be absolutely flawless for them to pull that one off. Just trying to be realistic. My heart will forever be a Wolverine!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Chrysler Layoffs

Jeep cuts tied to poor sales; 750 Toledo jobs among Chrysler's plan to slash 11,000

What a shock?! I guess signing the new contract made no difference. But you knew this was coming. You got to feel bad for the people who are losing their jobs. I wonder if learning a skill trade would help most of them.
Hopefully, Chrysler will start to design a more fuel efficient car which would help their bottom line. Considering what is going on in the markets (oil at 95.00), new design would be a good idea. Maybe then everyone would be hired back.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Oil Out Of Control

It is predicted that crude oil at the end of the year will be priced at 125.00 a barrel. Incredible! It is also predicted that gas will be at 4.00 a gallon. Good luck to the low income people who are having a hard time making ends meet as it is. To bad this side of the country snows, I would ride my motorcycle all the time. I would even consider riding my bicycle to work.
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