Today in 72...

Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)
Right fielder Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 1966, as well as 12 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. In 1973, he became the second Hispanic-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clemente, who was dedicated to charity work, was traveling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. At the ceremony in 1973, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn honored him by creating the "Roberto Clemente Award", the highest award in baseball for sportsmanship and community activism. Kuhn spoke proudly about Clemente, "He was so very great a man, as a leader and humanitarian, so very great an inspiration to the young and to all in baseball, especially to the proud people of his homeland, Puerto Rico."


Today in 1890...

Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)
The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict between the Lakota Sioux and the US. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux, led by Big Foot, fled south, but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. On December 29, the Sioux were ordered disarmed. During the tension that ensued, a weapon discharged, US troops opened fire, and within minutes almost 200 men, women, and children were dead.
The majority of the massacre fatalities occurred during the initial ten to twenty minutes of the incident, but the firing lasted for several hours as the army chased after those who tried to escape into the nearby ravine. According to recollections by some of the Indian survivors, the soldiers cried out "Remember the Little Bighorn" as they sportingly hunted down those who fled -- evidence to them that the massacre was in revenge of Custers demise at Little Bighorn in 1876. To read more detailed events and moments please visit this site "The Wounded Knee Massacre".


A Strong Leader Resigns...

George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783) After demonstrating exemplary leadership as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief and retired to Mount Vernon, Virginia. This act established the important precedent that civilian elected officials, rather than military officers, possess ultimate authority over the armed forces. Six years later, Washington was elected US president. Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. For months the Nation mourned him. Great leaders are usually the ones needed the most in times of need. Please join me in remembering a great man that had the courage to continue the fight for what was right on this day.


So far so good...

I just got done reading an article on CNN.com that was titled 'Illegal immigrants packing up and leaving Arizona'. I want those of you reading this to understand that when I talk about illegal immigrants I'm focusing on the 'illegal' portion of it. I do not question their work abilities or their loyalty to their families, what I do question is their knowledge of the laws that surround them and all of the others that know that it's being broken but still choose to ignore it. With Arizona implementing this law it's only a matter of time before the other states that harbor illegals catch on, and all I can say is 'Good Job'.

I can tell you from experience how a Hispanic family reacts when being disrespected in their home. When entering the home of a Hispanic or any other race or nationality for that matter is that respect comes first then the greetings. If these families that chose to break the law and come here illegally then they have disrespected the most common law known to all - Do not enter my home unless invited. Come in legally and then work to your hearts content, if that's too hard to follow then you've got bigger problems aside from the illegal issue.


Why do it?!?

I have seen many tattoos in my lifetime thus far heck I have even seen some that look really good that they should be put on canvas and then framed for all to see. What these guys are doing is something I like to call "UM Dumb". These guys apparently don't understand the concept of tattoos. I can understand the love of family and the love of your friends and crew but to have these marks on your face for all to see is pretty much moronic. All this is going to do is prove that even in prison these guys aren't all that bright about what is right for themselves.


Saturday Photo Hunt - Small

This entry is only one I can submit for today's theme without upsetting my other family members. This is a picture of Annica my grand-daughter and me at the hospital a day after she was born. I chose this picture because this will be the only time where this cute adorable child will be small because before you and I know it the small child will go from small to tall in no time. Then comes the wish lists and the trips to the zoo and the museum. I can't wait!

Come and join in the fun each and every Saturday!


Are you kidding me?!?

I want to send Mr. Nathan Jones a special note:
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about I would like to inform you that we have a few more idiots/morons amongst the human race. These clowns decided to dress up as VT victims. No not the survivors but the ones that died during the US's worst school shooting. They thought that this would of been something that would be acceptable for a costume party. Watching the video of this guy just made me feel some anger towards him an those who participated. I'm curious, if it was one of his friends or maybe a family member - would he have done this regardless? I say yes, I don't think this guy or any of the others have any remorse now or ever.


Added Source...

During last night's news broadcast I heard them mention a site where you can go and get detailed information on closed roads and delays due to construction. The site is called Buckeye Traffic. Take a look and see for yourself how it looks like and try out some of their features. I currently use it to see what roads are going to be closed as well as which ones are being detoured. Check them out and have fun with it.

Nationwide Help...

The holidays are here and you find yourself wishing you can get that special someone that very special gift but the only problem you have is that of bad credit. If you are in a similar situation where you need that extra boost or a Loan or know of someone who is, then please visit the site and see if you can Consolidate Debt Loans and get yourself back on track. Getting a Personal Loan shouldn't be a nightmare for you or anyone else. Their online financial services offers individuals with poor credit the chance to come back and build a better credit score.


42 years and growing...

Kecksburg UFO Incident (1965)

Many believe that the large fireball observed in the sky above Ontario, Canada, and six US states was nothing more than a passing meteor. However, residents of the small town of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, claim that a car-sized, acorn-shaped object with hieroglyphic-like markings crashed in a nearby wood. The military denied these allegations of course. Dozens of others - including fire fighters, newspaper reporters, and a news director at radio station WHJB who was on the scene taping interviews - describe the military presence at the crash site, the cordoning off of the area, and the retrieval of an object transported by an army truck. Many witnesses have provided signed affidavits for investigator Stan Gordon, who has been working on the case for over three decades. Now something like this would be great for the city of Toledo. What I'm saying is that if something of this magnitude happened here it would of brought up a lot of money from tourists looking for the strange and unusual.

Get the facts...

As most of you know I'm dealing with an over weight issue. Although I do not have the funds to get a LAP-BAND procedure done. Now an LA weight loss program would help but the procedure would be nicer then the program. This procedure is well known and it has a strong record of success throughout the many customers who have tried it. If you are considering this procedure and are still a bit skeptical about the ins and outs of this surgery then please visit the site and research all of the details and read the stories of those who have done it and are living the life they really want.


Snapping the streak...

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (UPI) -- Andres Nocioni scored 22 points Friday and Chris Duhon hit a key three-pointer to propel the Chicago Bulls past Detroit 98-91.
The Bulls snapped the Pistons' five-game winning streak.
Luol Deng added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of five. Detroit was within three points as the game entered the final three minutes, but Deng hit a jumper and Duhon followed with his three-point shot that gave the Bulls a 91-83 advantage. The Pistons were led by Chauncey Billups with 27 and Richard Hamilton with 24. Chicago has won both meetings between the teams this season and has beaten the Pistons five times in their last six games.

I got to watch some of the game last night but was unable to see the entire thing. I can say that from what I saw it looked pretty good on their part. I would like to see more from Noah but I can understand that they are playing him periodically to make sure that when it's game time all the way he'll be ready. Congrats Chicago on another win.

Football Pool...

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Saturday Photo Hunt - Long

The stair case you see to the right is just one percent of the how many my family and I climbed and came down that Fall afternoon last year. These stairs along with the thousands of others that followed are located at Old Man's Cave in Southern Ohio by Hocking Hills. If you're ever in the area please visit and see for yourself the beauty of this area. Also make sure to bring a good driver because the hills there are awesome to drive on.

Join in on the fun each and every Saturday!


A day to reflect...

Before I begin this post I would like a moment to ask those of you reading this to perform a moment of silence for those who died during that attack 66 years ago today...
Thank You
The Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor (1941)
The Imperial Japanese Navy's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, severely damaged or demolished 19 American naval vessels, destroyed 188 aircraft, killed 2,280 American servicemen and 68 civilians, and wounded more than 1,000 military personnel. The following day, the US declared war on Japan. Pearl Harbor is now a national historic landmark; a memorial has been built over the sunken hulk of the USS Arizona.
sailor plays tapsThis year, survivors and their family members are dedicating a new memorial for the USS Oklahoma, which lost 429 sailors and Marines -- the second greatest loss of life among any of the battleships in Pearl Harbor.
About 18 of the estimated 90 living survivors who were aboard the USS Oklahoma were expected to join Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and other dignitaries for the dedication of the $1.2 million memorial. The monument includes 429 white marble standards, each with the name of a fallen sailor or Marine, surrounded by black granite panels etched with a silhouette of the battleship and notable quotes from World War II-era figures that were selected by some of the survivors, said retired Navy Rear Adm. Greg Slavonic, co-chair of the USS Oklahoma Memorial Committee.

VIDEO - Casualty List


Another win for Da Bulls...

CHICAGO (UPI) -- Luol Deng scored a game-high 30 points Wednesday, enabling the Chicago Bulls to upend the Charlotte Bobcats 91-82. The Bobcats led by 36-28 in the second period before the Bulls grabbed a 42-39 halftime advantage. Charlotte led 66-61 with about eight minutes remaining before Chris Duhon and Andres Nocioni keyed a 19-4 Bulls run that put Chicago on top 80-70 with 3:14 left.
Charlotte never led again. Nocioni had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Ben Gordon had 13 points and five assists. Duhon added 12 points, five rebounds and nine assists for the Bulls, who won for the third time in their four games. Charlotte was led by 22 points and eight rebounds from Gerald Wallace. Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton scored 17 points apiece, and Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who suffered their seventh straight loss.
Charlotte lost to the Bulls for the second time in less than a week.

Once again the Bulls are showing some hope, I would like to see some more out of Noah and Ben but it seems that they are still adjusting. Either way I'm proud of their achievement last night and hope to see more in the near future.

Insurance issues...

In 2008 my wife and I are really looking into getting a home here in South Toledo. We know that for this to happen we're going to need a really good Home insurance policy that would cover quite a bit and that would be suitable for us as a family. So far I have not needed to compare car insurance yet because the coverage i have now seems to be really good. Now my 18 year old daughter needs to get a better Car insurance policy because her current one is set too high for a deductible, so if and when she gets into an accident her insurance won't kick in until she pays her high deductible. Remember that even though your payments are low you want to make sure that your deductible is set to a reasonable level.

Don't make it worse...

Reading and watching a story from Miami Dade yesterday I found myself wanting for this idiot to be caught and thrown in prison for a long time. I can't imagine the fear in the police's eyes when they have to try and catch crooks without hurting others. Watch the video and notice how this guy did not have any problem putting others at risk for his crime. He performs several u-turns and then decides to drive against oncoming cars to try and shake the police.
He eventually runs into a dead end (literally) and has no where to go. I'm glad that the police were able to grab him and take him away. What I had a problem with was the way they had him down and preparing him to be handcuffed. The crook throws himself to the ground and police move in to arrest him but instead of taking the two arms and cuffing the idiot they proceeded to punch and kick him several times. I don't think they knew that a helicopter was above filming the scene and from what it looks like the area in which this guy was on the ground it didn't seem to be out in the open too much where police thought they can abuse him without being noticed.
Look, I know that most of you reading this and have watched the video are probably saying that if he didn't do the crime he would of been ok. I agree, but you have to ask yourself even if it wasn't this guy this kind of behavior would of come out on someone else. Yeah he probably deserves a good butt whooping but the boys in blue have to find it within themselves to not make matters worse.
Now this clown can sue the department for police brutality and from what I saw on the tape he looks to be settling for lots of cash. CMDR Linda O'Brian says a few words but she basically gave an excuse for the police officer's behavior. It doesn't matter what this or any other guy or gal does you have to show some professionalism while at work.


Caught under wrong terms...

(CNN) -- Debra Lafave, a former Florida middle school teacher convicted of having sex with a student, was arrested Tuesday for "inappropriate but non-sexual contact" with a teenage coworker, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
"I can only characterize this as somewhat of a bizarre and unusual violation," said Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons. Lafave pleaded guilty in November 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old boy and was sentenced to three years under house arrest and seven years of probation.

This woman is complying with many stips and because she was talking about her crappy life to some chick in a restaurant she's arrested for violating the rules. I don't want to know the behind the scenes on this one because I don't want to know. What I do know is that if she was working at a restaurant you would think that the owner would not of hired her if there was an employee under the age of 18 or on the flip side hire a 17 year old knowing that Debra was working there. Just a little common sense folks that's all.

Hope they listen...

My Parents are coming in to visit some time this month and they have decided to drive my dad's new RV from Connecticut to Ohio. I told them they should rent a car and go online and visit Hotel Reservations.com and take a look and see what they have available under one of the following hotels, motels or resorts. I hope they visit the site because from what I saw the site is very user friendly and has a very well structured layout so that it makes it easy on the viewer to navigate.

Extra Security...

Seems that PayPal's security key isn't necessarily so secure. [A] user discovered a bug that makes the key useless in certain situations. By entering his valid PayPal login and password, answering a security question and entering ANY six-digit number, he can make a purchase. It is important to note that that PayPal and EBay have not been able to reproduce the error ...
The entry above was written by Dan Goodin in San Francisco. I haven't met anyone who has one of these but it seems like a good idea especially if you think that their is someone out there watching every move you make.

New in America...

NameYourLoan.com Diversifies Current Lending Environment for Borrowers with New Approach to Online Mortgage Loans.

New online mortgage auction site, NameYourLoan.com, has revolutionized the way borrowers obtain mortgage loans online. As a unique and creative online community, borrowers can easily connect with the best mortgage lenders while lenders benefit from a wealth of real time mortgage leads and opportunities for business growth.

(PRWEB) – In today’s tough lending environment, littered with deceitful lenders and cunning tactics, it’s high time for a revolutionary tool that can empower borrowers yet still benefit lenders. NameYourLoan.com has answered the need with the launch of a new online mortgage auction site designed to give consumers access to an increasing mortgage lenders network to ultimately obtain great online mortgage loans.
“For centuries, auctions have been the most efficient and effective way to get the best deals in everything,” says Al Salahi, President and CEO of NameYourLoan.com. “Why not have auctions for all mortgage loan types?”
NameYourLoan.com is an online community where borrowers can easily connect with the best mortgage lenders. Lenders compete with one another in an online auction to win the borrower’s business. As numerous lenders submit loan offers, the site enables consumers to see “apples to apples”, compare mortgage interest rates and achieve the lowest rate mortgage online such as the best home equity loan rate or home refinance loan.
The site’s sophisticated computer system compiles and calculates all the information submitted by lenders (interest rates, points, fees, terms, etc.) and then ranks loan offers, based on their true worth relative to the borrower’s stated preferences (lowest rate, lowest fees or best combination of rates and fees). This simplified process gives borrowers a coherent presentation of information without having to do the math themselves.
Unlike other online mortgage comparison shopping services, only those lenders who come out at the top of the auction with the lowest interest rates and fees get a chance at the borrower’s business. Moreover, borrowers can invite their friend or relative lender to participate in the borrower’s auction quickly and without cost. Lenders who refuse to participate are most likely high priced and not the best mortgage lenders.
“Through advanced technology, we are starting to make haggling and deceptive lending tactics a thing of the past,” explains Salahi. “At the same time, we are transforming a generally stressful and complicated process into a very pleasant and easy experience for borrowers. Our multiple bid auction format, coupled with constant consumer feedback, will make it easy for us to weed out dishonest lenders—and hopefully put them out of business!”
Use of NameYourLoan.com is completely free for borrowers. Borrowers are under no obligation to accept any of the online mortgage loans offered in the auction. To protect against identity theft and fraud, site users are never asked for sensitive information, and lenders that receive multiple consumer complaints will be barred from future auctions.
For more information, visit NameYourLoan.com.
About NameYourLoan.com:
NameYourLoan.com is the world’s first online mortgage auction, designed to advance the lending process by helping honest and competitive lenders grow their business, and at the same time, make it possible for borrowers to instantaneously reach multiple lenders and receive competitive loan offers online, in an auction format. NameYourLoan.com uses a patent-pending concept powered by sophisticated proprietary software that has been developed by a number of technology heavyweights from the Fortune 500 arena.

Finally something that will work for those of us out there that need that extra lead and opportunity to get the right loan at a low and fair price. NameYourLoan.com, America's 1st Online Mortgage Auction shoule of been created years ago - can you imagine how many individuals or families for that matter that could of taken advantage of this new setup. Well they're here now and it looks very promising for those still lokking and interested.

25 years ago today...

China Adopts its Current Constitution (1982)
The Constitution of the People's Republic of China, modeled after the 1936 Soviet Constitution, reflects Deng Xiaoping's determination to lay a lasting foundation for domestic stability and modernization and is unique in its encouragement of foreign participation in China's economy. It provides a legal framework for the liberalizing economic policies of the 1980s and drops the previous constitution's guarantee of the right to strike. Much of the PRC Constitution is modelled after the 1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union, but there are some significant differences. For example, while the Soviet constitution contains an explicit right of secession, the Chinese constitution explicitly forbids secession. While the Soviet constitution formally creates a federal system, the Chinese constitution formally creates a unitary multi-national state.


Just focus...

"I think he went around back."
"I just saw him over by the barn."
"If we only had some telescopes we could of spotted him from back there and then snuck up on him."
The few words that you have just read were said by myself and my teammate Tony when we engaged in many good games of paintball wars in the woods back in the day. If you are a current player and would love to own some hardware that can place you at the top of all teams then you will want to take some time and visit OpticsPlanet.net. They have absolutely everything you need to get an added edge on the competition. If you aren't too familiar with what it is that I'm talking about then please choose one of the following links. If you still have someone left on your list and that special person enjoys the outdoors as much as I do but without the running and shooting then please consider visiting today.


Where it all started...

Henry FordFord's Assembly Line Ushers in Era of Mass Production (1913) Henry Ford, an American engineer, introduced the world's first moving assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant. The new technology reduced chassis assembly time from 12½ hours to less than 3; however, these innovations were hard on the factory workers, and many left the company. Ford's innovative solution to his employee turnover crisis was simple; he doubled pay and reduced shifts by one hour.

Model TFord was launched in a converted factory in 1903 with $28,000 in cash from twelve investors, most notably John and Horace Dodge, who would later found the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company. Henry Ford was 40 years old when he founded the Ford Motor Company, which would go on to become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, as well as being one of the few to survive the Great Depression. The largest family-controlled company in the world, the Ford Motor Company has been in continuous family control for over 100 years.