Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Great news story!

I saw this online tonight and had to post it. What other words or phrases do you think should be added?

Lake Superior State's 2009 list of banished words
Associated Press - December 30, 2008 2:04 PM ET
Lake Superior State University's 2009 list of banished words:
carbon footprint or carbon offsetting
first dude
Wall Street/Main Street
3 (Emoticon for 'heart' used in text messages and e-mail.)
icon or iconic
game changer
desperate search
not so much
winner of 5 nominations
it's that time of year again

***Here are my personal ones that I would like to add:
engage in diaglogue
And this has to be done away with..............the word "random." I am tired of hearing someone say "he's (or she's) so random." What exactly does that mean?

Early Loser of the Week

Loser of the Week: Chip Saltsman
What's worse? The fact this guy did this or the lack of outrage by some of his colleagues? Have these guys turned the clock back to the volatile 60s? Yes, this is almost 2009...for most of us, that is.

'Magic Negro' flap might help Saltsman
Andy Barr Andy Barr – Tue Dec 30, 4:31 am ET
The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.
Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD that included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.

“When I heard about the story I had to figure out what was going on for myself,” said Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. “When I found out what this was about I had to ask, ‘boy, what’s the big deal here?’ because there wasn’t any.”

Alabama Republican committeeman Paul Reynolds said the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it “didn’t bother me one bit.”

“Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,” he said. “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.”

Brad v. Jennifer

I saw this on Yahoo! News this morning and have to wonder if the press will stop linking Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Their romance went by the wayside a long time ago. Why does the press think we still want to see these two together at some point because there seems to be an endless amount of stories linking the two when there's not really a connection.

Thankfully, we still don't see Justin Timberlake versus Britney Spears stories.

Jennifer Aniston Beats Brad Pitt at Box Office
By Us Magazine
December 29, 2008,
7:32 am PST
Us Magazine
Jennifer Aniston wins this round! Her puppy flick, Marley & Me, not only beat ex Brad Pitt's Curious Case of Benjamin Button on its Christmas opening day (earning $14.6 million vs. $11.8 million), but it also took in more cash over the weekend. Look back at Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's happier times. Marley & Me topped the box office by raking in an additional $37 million this weekend, while Button came in third place behind Bedtime Stories with $27 million. See adorable photos of Aniston and Owen Wilson filming Marley & Me.Tom Cruse's Nazi drama, Valkyrie, made $21.5 million, putting it in fourth spot, while Jim Carrey's Yes Man came in fifth with $16.5 million.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Browns mess

The Cleveland Browns are starting over.................again.

It's hard to believe that a team hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in six games! That's a long time!

This kind of turmoil in football-mad town makes for great talk radio as I have been flipping back and forth between 1100 AM out of Cleveland and 850 AM, also out of Cleveland.

This weekend has produced two memorable quotes in football:
(As of today) Former Detroit Lions football coach Rod Marinelli said after his team made history by going winless, "We deserve it." He was man enough to admit his team sucked. That takes guts when you are that bad.

Browns GM Phil Savage prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers game, when asked about his future with the Browns, said something along the lines of "I'll be smiling at the start of the game and I'll be smiling when I leave the game." Phil was fired shortly after the Browns lost 31-0 to Pittsburgh.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Winner for the Week

Winner of the Week: Jesus Christ
It's amazing what Jesus Christ can do and what He did for us. His pain makes a lot of what we go through on a daily basis very trivial. We look to Him for answers to a lot of our toughest questions. It's also important to be thankful to Him for blessings that we have now.
On a side note...
A few years ago, at a school I was working at, we had a Turkish instructor visiting for a couple months. He talked about how respectful and beautiful the churches are in Turkey. This man spoke very good English but had trouble a with a few words. "Jesus Christ" was one of them. The instructor would often reference these religious frescos in Turkey which are basically wall paintings. However, when he would talk about them, he would say something like, "The frescos are so beautiful...especially the ones with Cheez Christ." Some of us staff members would look at each other with look like, "Did he just say "Cheese"?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winners and Losers of the Week

Winners of the Week: The surgical team at the Cleveland Clinic.
Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals in Cleveland are always ranked among the best in the world. This week, CC proved it by doing the most extensive facial transplant. The surgery went for around 20 hours. To prep, I read where doctors were practicing taking facial tissue from cadavers and practicing. Practice is one thing but to do that over the length of almost a day is amazing. Props to those in the medical field.

Loser of the Week: Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
With hair as bad as his reputation, Blago is having a hard time dodging charges that he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He has been criticized for being very casual with the media in response to the charges. Wishing reporters a "Merry Christmas" as they try to get to the bottom of serious allegations doesn't help the cause.

More EXTREMELY useless news

I am not making this stuff up. This is actually in the news.

Wildlife experts ponder gender of Santa's reindeer
By BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press Writer Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer – Fri Dec 19, 5:38 am ET

LUBBOCK, Texas – There may be a perfectly good reason why Santa doesn't get lost on his annual Christmas globetrot: His flying reindeer just might be female and don't mind stopping for directions.
The gender of Rudolph and his or her sleigh-hauling friends — the subject of goofy Internet chatter every year around this time — is now being pondered by renowned wildlife experts at Texas A&M University.
"Santa's reindeers were really females, most likely," said Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer who cites the depictions of Santa's helpers with antlers as the primary evidence. It turns out reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bulls typically shed their fuzzy protrusions before Christmas.
But Santa's sleigh helpers might also be castrated males, known as steers, said Greg Finstad, who manages the Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Young steers finish shedding their antlers in February and March, just as non-expecting females do. Bulls generally lose theirs before Christmas, while expectant mothers retain their antlers until calves are birthed in the spring. This allows them to protect food resources through harsh weather and to have enough for developing fetuses, he said.

Anniversary of a passing

It was on this day back in 2001 that comedic legend Foster Brooks passed away. Foster was known for playing a drunk but was quite sober at the time. It seemed like it was his partner in many of his clips, Dean Martin, who was throwing back the bottle. Watch Dean's as well as Don Rickles' reactions in this clip. Hilarious.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Who is the real loser?

So, Drew Peterson is engaged..............AGAIN! A 23 year old woman has accepted the man's proposal. Peterson is a retired Illinois police seargent who is a suspect in the death of his third wife and is suspected to have had a role in the disappearance of his fourth wife.

Peterson is 54.

Peterson's first wife divorced him because he was cheating on her. His second marriage was over after ten years. His second wife said that Peterson was abusing her.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Heckler's Weekend

What happens when you hire a coach with a losing record to take over at Auburn? A heckler spoils the airport welcome!

Bush is already a lame duck but literally?
The protester shouted in Arabic, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!"

Can you use this info?

Really? #1, #6, and #7 I can see happening...but meteors, comets, and space debris?

7 freaky home threats: Are you covered?
Bobbi Dempsey
Wednesday December 10, 2008, 6:00 am EST

If you're like most homeowners, you probably don't think about your property insurance very often. It's common to enjoy the security of knowing your insurance company has you covered?Or does it?
Sure, your basic homeowners' policy will cover you for the run-of-the-mill stuff like fires (the accidental variety, at least). But what if you have the misfortune of suffering a more unusual type of calamity?
In that case, it's important to know whether you have an "open perils" or "named perils" policy. Most homeowners' policies cover your dwelling on an "open perils" basis, sometimes conversely referred to as "named exclusions." With this type of policy, anything not specifically excluded by your policy is covered. A named perils policy is just the opposite: Everything's excluded except what is specifically listed as covered.
Even within those categories, policies can vary widely depending on your location and the type of coverage you have. So you need to study your policy carefully. Here's a look at some of the more unusual things that could happen to your home, and how your insurance company might react. We'll get some help from Bill Wilson, associate vice president of Education & Research for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.
7 'freaky' home perils 1. Flood 2. Mine subsidence 3. Volcanoes 4. Meteors, comets, and space debris 5. Stampeding animals 6. Landslides 7. Sinkhole collapse

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Grinch that stole Ballys

It's been public knowledge that the Ballys fitness chain is struggling. I have been a member for the past 15 years or so. I first joined in Canton when I was still living at home.

Anyway, I was going to this one on Monroe Street in Toledo for the past month. I was doing a spinning class (bike riding) to break up the boredom of being on a treadmil. I was going Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings for this class. This morning, the instructor told me that today was the last Saturday spinning class. I was shocked. I asked what happened. She said this past Wednesday, the employees were told that this Ballys location would be closing on December 17th.

Luckily for the instructor, she will be teaching classes at the Ballys on Airport Highway in Toledo.

I am surprised at the timing of the closing. Mid-December? Before people make their New Year's Resolutions to lose weight and get fitness club memberships? Times must be tough indeed.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winners and Losers of the Week

Winner of the Week: Tom Jones
I tab Tom Jones as my winner of the week for his latest music release called "24 Hours." There are several great songs on the disc. I saw Tom Jones in concert a few years ago at the House of Blues in Cleveland and he was awesome. It's good to hear the legend can still sing his butt off. "The Road" is a great song.

Loser of the Week: Bulls Coach Vinny Del Negro
How did this guy not get a technical foul for his move of screaming at a player and being on the court as Quentin Richardson nailed a big shot? The scream wasn't very professional.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

News ideas

With time ticking down until Christmas, what will the top news stories be on December 24th?

I can already see a story on shopping procrastinators being on the news as well as video of the nearby airport for a story on people travelling.

Look for the usual AAA story about how many people will be traveling by car when we have never been told how the AAA get their stats.

Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The media giving away free advertising.

This is on WTOL channel 11's website tonight. Thankfully, they are gauging just much this economic downturn is affecting us.

Topless clubs feel the economic squeeze

Associated Press - December 9, 2008 6:24 PM ET
DETROIT (AP) - How bad are things around the Motor City? Not all that bad if you frequent places like Jon Jon's Cabaret.

The topless club in the suburb of Warren - where General Motors and Chrysler employ upwards of 20,000 people - cut the cost of a table dance from $20 to $10 in mid-November. General manager Kelly Sander says the dancer gets all the money plus any tips, while food and drinks generate the club's income.

Sander says Jon Jon's has lowered drink prices, but business is still down 50% from a year ago. The club now opens at 6 p.m. instead of 11 a.m. and several employees have been let go. Sander says people can't afford to go out and have fun the way they used to.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Are you kidding me?

Part of me is happy for this kid and another part of me says, "Come on, you can't be serious."

Fox to adapt 9-year-old's self-help book (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is ready to take advice from a 9-year-old.

The studio has acquired the film rights to "How to Talk to Girls," a cute 46-page self-help tome written by Alex Greven, a Colorado fourth-grader.

Greven wrote "Girls" as a handwritten, $3 pamphlet sold at his school book fair; he wrote it after he noticed his peers were having some trouble talking to the ladies, though the book is geared for all ages. Among this advice: Comb your hair and don't wear sweats; control your hyperness and cut down on sugar if necessary; a crush is like a love disease that can drive you mad; it is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry but are like cars that need a lot of oil.

Soon enough Harper Collins picked up the book, which came out in November and quickly became a hit. But initially, Fox, which is like Harper Collins is owned by News Corp ., and its book scouts passed on the title. But when the book hit the town last week, garnering heavy interest from multiple parties, Fox stepped back in and took the book off the table. The deal was in the low-to-mid six figures .

No writers or producers are attached yet.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Friday, December 5, 2008

Winners and Losers of the Week

Winners of the Week:
The Aurora Greenmen Football Team

The Greenmen won the Division III football state title by beating Eastmoor Academy 21-10 last Saturday in Fawcett Stadium. It's the first title in football for Aurora. Coach Bob Mihalik is one of the classiest and nicest guys ever and does great work with kids.

Losers of the Week:
By Nomination of Cliff (WIXY):
Cleveland Browns General Manager Phil Savage who "threw his coach under bus." After another loss in a disappointing season, Savage told the press that his job is to basically assemble the team and it's up to the coach how to best utilize that talent. Translation: it's not his fault the team sucks. It's too bad Coach Crennel can't catch the passes that Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow drops.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress. This knucklehead took his gun into a nightclub last week and accidentally shot himself in the leg. Currently, Plax is suspended without pay from the Giants. I just don't get it how these guys with unreal talent get caught up in this crap.

The band Coldplay: Joe Satriani has filed a lawsuit against the band which basically amounts to a charge of plagiarism. Judge for yourself.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Useless news

Are you kidding me? I'm sure this will be a hot topic at every newsroom morning meeting.

Yellow expected as a bright spot for 2009
NEW YORK – Enough gloom and doom: There's a prediction from a leading color source that cheerful and sunny yellow will be the influential color of 2009.
Pantone, which provides color standards to design industries, specifically cites "mimosa," a vibrant shade of yellow illustrated by the flowers of some mimosa trees as well as the brunch-favorite cocktail, as its top shade of the new year. In general, Pantone expects the public to embrace many tones of optimistic yellow.
"I think it's just the most wonderful symbolic color of the future," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "It's invariably connected to warmth, sunshine and cheer — all the good things we're in dire need of right now."
In the spring fashion collections previewed earlier in the fall for retailers and editors, pops of yellow brightened the runways of Carolina Herrera — who called her favorite shade marigold — Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen and Michael Kors, among others. Kors even included a retro yellow polka-dot bikini that clearly harkened back to a more upbeat time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More useless news

Best Female Figure Not an Hourglass (from Yahoo!)
An imperfect body might be just what the doctor ordered for women and key to their economic success, an anthropologist now says.

While pop culture seems to worship the hourglass figure for females, with a tiny waist, big boobs and curvy hips à la Marilyn Monroe, this may not be optimal, says Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah.

That's because the hormones that make women physically stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tend to redistribute fat from the hips to the waist.

So in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources and otherwise bring home the bacon, they may be less likely to have the classic hourglass figure, Cashdan hypothesizes in the December issue of the journal Current Anthropology.

***For the rest of this story, visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081203/sc_livescience/bestfemalefigurenotanhourglass

How can a statement of what the "best" female figure be made? Isn't this up to preference or individual interpretation? As we see in sports, all kinds of body types can be athletic or can compete.

Christmas poll

On the website, Timesreporter.com, a newspaper based in New Philadelphia, they currently have the poll question below up for public opinion. I'm not fluent in Spanish but I'm quite sure it's "FELIZ" Navidad. Other suggestions for their poll from me would be "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth", Barbara Steisand's version of "Jingle Bells", and anything done by the Chipmunks.

Which of the following is the worst Christmas song?
"Santa Baby"
"Wonderful Christmastime"
"Do They Know It's Christmas"
"Felice Navidad"
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
"Jingle Bells" (Barking dog version)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Useless news

Now that the election is over, it's on to find other stories that have me scratching my head as to how and why they make the news. This one appears in the news every stinkin' year!

'12 Days of Christmas' items would cost $86,609

PITTSBURGH -- At a price like this, it would have to be true love.

PNC Wealth Management says it'll cost you $86,609 to buy everything in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song this year.

That's up more than $8,500, or nearly 11 percent, from last year, and includes everything from the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as in the song.

While the price of the whole package is up, some things are actually cheaper than last year. Jim Dunigan, a PNC Wealth Management spokesman, notes how the price of five golden rings is down about 11 percent. Three French hens and six geese-a-laying also cost less this year.

But increases in the big items like eight maids-a-milking, 10 lords-a-leaping, 11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming is where you'll pay, thanks to a general wage increase.