Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cattle shown to align north-south

If you're ever planning on getting lost near an open field with grazing animals, you might want to read THIS article. Evidently cattle graze facing North or South. That might be useful to know if you lost your compass. Then again, you could always look at the sun or locate the north star.

Presidential Candidates Disappoint Again

Is Obama constitutionally eligible to be president? That's the question posted as a forged birth certificate is discovered. Check out THIS Blog about it.

Is McCain overplaying the POW card? Does he feel like he has to since the black card has been played so often by Obama supporters? Check out THIS script from the Leno show.

ACC Basketball Schedule

With football taking the spotlight, you don't hear much about my favorite NCAA sport to watch. The schedule has been made for the ACC and I can't wait. It should be a fun year.

Monday, Nov. 10
Delaware @ Duke, 7 (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Georgia Southern/Presbyterian at Duke (Coaches vs. Cancer)

Friday, Nov. 14
N.C. Central @ Wake Forest, 7
Bucknell @ Maryland, 8
Gardner-Webb @ Virginia Tech, 8
Winston-Salem State @ Georgia Tech, 8:30
Central Connecticut State @ Boston College
Clemson in Palmetto Classic

Saturday, Nov. 15
Penn @ UNC, 4
N.C. State @ New Orleans, 7
Florida Southern @ Miami, 7:30
Florida State @ Jacksonville
Clemson in Palmetto Classic

Sunday, Nov. 16
VMI @ Virginia, 2
Rhode Island @ Duke, 4:30
Clemson in Palmetto Classic

Monday, Nov. 17
Loyola (Md.) @ Boston College, 7 (Preseason NIT)
Mount St. Mary's @ Virginia Tech, 7

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Florida State @ LaSalle, 7
Boston College vs. St. John's-Cornell (Preseason NIT)
Youngstown State @ Maryland, 8
Kentucky @ UNC, 9

Wednesday, Nov. 19
South Florida @ Virginia, 7
UNCW @ Wake Forest, 7
Wofford @ Clemson, 7:30

Thursday, Nov. 20
Fairfield vs. Virginia Tech (Puerto Rico Classic)
Duke Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Stetson @ Florida State

Friday, Nov. 21
Radford @ Virginia, 7
Duke in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, 7
Vermont @ Maryland, 8
UNC @ UC Santa Barbara, 10
Miami vs. Southern Miss (Paradise Jam)

Saturday, Nov. 22
Boston College @ St. Louis, 1
Georgia Tech @ Mercer, 6:30
Coastal Carolina @ Florida State, 7
High Point @ N.C. State (@ Reynolds Coliseum), 7
Miami vs. LaSalle-UConn (Paradise Jam)
Clemson @ Charlotte
Virginia Tech vs. Mizzou-Xavier (Puerto Rico Classic)

Sunday, Nov. 23
Montana @ Duke, 1
Miami in Paradise Jam
Virginia Tech in Puerto Rico Classic

Monday, Nov. 24
Western Illinois @ Florida State, 7
Winston-Salem State @ Wake Forest, 8
UNC vs. Chaminade, 9:30 (Maui Invitational)
Miami in Paradise Jam

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Winthrop @ N.C. State, 7
Liberty @ Virginia, 7
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Georgia Tech, 7:30
UNC vs. Alabama-Oregon (Maui Invitational)
Savannah State @ Clemson

Wednesday, Nov. 26
Elon @ Virginia Tech, 7
UNC in Maui Invitational
Boston College in Preseason NIT

Thursday, Nov. 27
Cal State-Fullerton vs. Wake Forest (Anaheim Classic), 4:30
Maryland vs. Michigan State (Old Spice Classic), 7

Friday, Nov. 28
Duquesne @ Duke, 3
Boston College in Preseason NIT
Virginia @ Syracuse, 7
Jacksonville @ Georgia Tech, 7:30
Presbyterian @ Clemson, 7:30
Florida State vs. Cincinnati, 10:30 (Las Vegas Invitational)
Maryland vs. Ok. State-Gonzaga (Old Spice Classic)
Wake Forest vs. St. Mary's-UTEP (Anaheim Classic)

Saturday, Nov. 29
Stetson @ Miami, 1
Florida State in Las Vegas Invitational

Sunday, Nov. 30
UNCG @ N.C. State, 2
UNCA @ UNC, 6:30
Wake Forest in Anaheim Classic
Maryland in Old Spice Classic

Monday, Dec. 1
Wisconsin @ Virginia Tech, 7

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Iowa @ Boston College, 7
Ohio State @ Miami, 7
Clemson @ Illinois, 7:30
Duke @ Purdue, 9
Virginia @ Minnesota, 9:30

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Indiana @ Wake Forest, 7:15
Penn State @ Georgia Tech, 7:30
Michigan @ Maryland, 7:30
UNC vs. Michigan State (@ Detroit), 9:15
Florida State @ Northwestern, 9:30

Saturday, Dec. 6

Vanderbilt @ Georgia Tech, 2
Bucknell @ Wake Forest, 2
Duke @ Michigan, 3:30
Miami @ Kentucky, 5:30
N.C. State vs. Davidson (@ Charlotte), 5:30
Boston College @ UMass

Sunday, Dec. 7
Florida @ Florida State
Liberty @ Clemson
Maryland vs. George Washington
Virginia Tech vs. Navy

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Virginia Tech @ Georgia, 7

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Bryant @ Boston College, 7

Friday, Dec. 12
FIU @ Miami, 7:30
Delaware State @ Maryland, 8

Saturday, Dec. 13
Florida State @ Georgia State, 4
Oral Roberts @ UNC, 6
Winston-Salem State @ N.C. State (@ Reynolds Coliseum)
S.C. State @ Clemson

Sunday, Dec. 14
USC-Upstate @ Boston College, 1
Robert Morris @ Miami, 1
Illinois-Chicago @ Georgia Tech, 2
Longwood @ Virginia Tech, 2
Wright State @ Wake Forest, 4

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Tennessee Tech @ Florida State, 7
North Florida @ Clemson, 7:30

Wednesday, Dec. 17
ECU @ N.C. State, 7
Longwood @ Virginia, 7
UNCA @ Duke, 7:30
Georgia State @ Georgia Tech, 7:30

Thursday, Dec. 18
Charleston Southern @ Florida State, 7
Evansville @ UNC, 7

Friday, Dec. 19
Wake Forest @ Richmond

Saturday, Dec. 20
UNC vs. Valpo (@ Chicago), 2
Lipscomb @ N.C. State, 2
Duke vs. Xavier (@ East Rutherford, N.J.), 2
Providence @ Boston College, 4
Auburn @ Virginia, 4
Virginia Tech in Holiday Festival
Georgia Tech @ Pepperdine

Sunday, Dec. 21
Pitt @ Florida State, 5:30
Clemson @ Miami, 7:45
Virginia Tech in Holiday Festival

Monday, Dec. 22
Marquette @ N.C. State, 7
American @ Maryland, 8
Georgia Tech @ USC, 10:30
Wake Forest @ ECU

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Maine @ Boston College, 1
Hampton @ Virginia, 7

Saturday, Dec. 27
Bryant @ Maryland, 2
Miami @ St. John's

Sunday, Dec. 28
Florida State vs. Western Kentucky (@ Sunrise, Fla.)
Virginia @ Georgia Tech, 5:30

Monday, Dec. 29
Loyola (Md.) @ N.C. State, 7
South Florida @ Boston College, 7
Virginia Tech @ Charleston Southern, 7

Tuesday, Dec. 30
Clemson @ South Carolina, 7
Radford @ Wake Forest, 7
Elon @ Maryland, 8
Tennessee State @ Georgia Tech, 8:30

Wednesday, Dec. 31
Sacred Heart @ Boston College, 2
Towson @ N.C. State, 2
Loyola (Md.) @ Duke, 4
UNC @ Nevada, 10
North Florida @ Miami

Saturday, Jan. 3
N.C. Central @ Miami, 1
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi @ Florida State, 2
Xavier @ Virginia, 2
Georgia Tech @ Alabama, 3
N.C. State @ Florida, 4
Wake Forest @ BYU, 8
Charlotte @ Maryland, 8
ECU @ Clemson

Sunday, Jan. 4
Boston College @ UNC, 5:30
Virginia Tech @ Duke, 7:45

Monday, Jan. 5
Florida Atlantic @ Miami, 7:30

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Georgia @ Georgia Tech, 7
Brown @ Virginia, 7
Alabama @ Clemson, 9

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Harvard @ Boston College, 7
Davidson @ Duke, 7
Morgan State @ Maryland, 8
Charleston @ UNC, 9

Saturday, Jan. 10
N.C. State @ Clemson, noon
Georgia Tech @ Maryland, noon
Duke @ Florida State
Virginia @ Virginia Tech, 4
Miami @ Boston College

Sunday, Jan. 11
UNC @ Wake Forest, 8

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Duke @ Georgia Tech, 7
Florida State @ N.C. State, 7
Richmond @ Virginia Tech, 7
Wake Forest @ Boston College, 9
Maryland @ Miami, 9

Thursday, Jan. 15
UNC @ Virginia, 9

Saturday, Jan. 17
Maryland @ Florida State, noon
Georgia Tech @ N.C. State, noon
Georgetown @ Duke, 1:30
Wake Forest @ Clemson, 3:30
Miami @ UNC, 9
Boston College @ Virginia Tech

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Boston College @ Georgia Tech, 7
N.C. State @ Duke, 8
Virginia @ Maryland, 8

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest, 7
Florida State @ Miami, 7:30
Clemson @ UNC, 9

Saturday, Jan. 24
Maryland @ Duke, noon
N.C. State @ Boston College, 2
Florida State @ Virginia, 4

Sunday, Jan. 25
Virginia Tech @ Miami, 5:30
Georgia Tech @ Clemson, 7:45

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Boston College @ Maryland, 7:30

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Duke @ Wake Forest, 7
UNC @ Florida State, 9
Miami @ N.C. State

Thursday, Jan. 29
Clemson @ Virginia Tech, 7

Saturday, Jan. 31
Wake Forest @ Georgia Tech, noon
UNC @ N.C. State, 3:30
Virginia Tech @ Boston College, 8
Miami @ Maryland, 8

Sunday, Feb. 1
Virginia @ Duke, 2

Tuesday, Feb. 3
N.C. Central @ N.C. State, 7
Maryland @ UNC, 8

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Boston College @ Virginia, 7
Wake Forest @ Miami, 7:30
Duke @ Clemson, 9
Georgia Tech @ Florida State

Saturday, Feb. 7
Miami @ Duke, 1:30
Virginia @ UNC, 4
Florida State @ Clemson, 7

Sunday, Feb. 8
N.C. State @ Virginia Tech, 1:30
Boston College @ Wake Forest, 4
Maryland @ Georgia Tech, 7:30

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Virginia @ Florida State, 7
Clemson @ Boston College, 9

Wednesday, Feb. 11
UNC @ Duke, 9
Wake Forest @ N.C. State
Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech

Saturday, Feb. 14
N.C. State @ Georgia Tech, 1:30
Virginia Tech @ Maryland, 4
Florida State @ Wake Forest, 4

Sunday, Feb. 15
Clemson @ Virginia, 1
Duke @ Boston College, 5:30
UNC @ Miami, 7:45

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Maryland @ Clemson, 7:30

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Miami @ Florida State, 7
N.C. State @ UNC, 8
Virginia Tech @ Virginia, 8
Georgia Tech @ Wake Forest

Thursday, Feb. 19
Duke @ St. John's, 9

Saturday, Feb. 21
Boston College @ Miami, noon
Virginia @ N.C. State, 1
UNC @ Maryland, 3:30
Florida State @ Virginia Tech, 8

Sunday, Feb. 22
Clemson @ Georgia Tech, 1
Wake Forest @ Duke, 7:30

Wednesday Feb. 25
Virginia Tech @ Clemson, 7:30
Duke @ Maryland, 9
Florida State @ Boston College

Thursday, Feb. 26
Miami @ Virginia, 8
N.C. State @ Wake Forest, 8

Saturday, Feb. 28
Georgia Tech @ UNC, noon
Clemson @ Florida State, 2
Wake Forest @ Virginia, 2
Duke @ Virginia Tech, 3:30

Sunday, March 1
Maryland @ N.C. State, 7:30

Tuesday, March 3
Virginia @ Clemson, 7
Florida State @ Duke, 8
Wake Forest @ Maryland, 9

Wednesday, March 4
UNC @ Virginia Tech, 7
Miami @ Georgia Tech
Boston College @ N.C. State

Saturday, March 7
Georgia Tech @ Boston College, noon
N.C. State @ Miami, noon
Maryland @ Virginia, 3:30

Sunday, March 8

Virginia Tech @ Florida State, 2
Duke @ UNC, 4
Clemson @ Wake Forest, 6

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You're kidding right?

Why America Rejects Female Political Leadership

I read THIS article speculating why Hillary Clinton lost the primary. I won't speculate on that however I did want to point out this conclusion they came up with. It goes like this:
Men and women agree that women are more honest, intelligent, compassionate, outgoing and creative, according to a survey out Monday. But men still get a significant edge as leaders — and from both sexes.
Would you agree to all that is said above? Television has replaced the strong father figure with the Homer Simpson type and that view is starting to sink in. Lets look at each of these opinions so they are out in the open. Subconscious plays a large role in your opinion the more you hear this sort of thing, the more likely you'll buy into it.

1) Women are more honest
Before, women were often stereotyped as manipulative and backstabbing more so then men. Men are said to say what they're really thinking and not beat around the bush. I suspect they are saying women are more honest about their feelings and in relationship with the opposite sex. I would venture to say both are equally dishonest but display it in different ways.

2) Women are more intelligent
There to my knowledge is no proof for this. Five to ten years ago, men were always scoring higher on tests as they were the driven ones. The fact that women are doing better now seems to point out that they are rather more driven to study just as men were the more driven (or given the opportunity) back then. Studies show there are differences in the male and female brain and these differences make certain areas easier for one sex over the other but that doesn't make one more intelligent. I'd say the evidence most people are forming their opinion on is Tim the tool man or the Family man.

3) Women are more compassionate
Are women more compassionate or do they just display their compassion more? Studies show women are more likely to have more compassion on the poor or oppressed then men while men often demonstrate more compassion to more tangible targets such as particular people instead of groups.

4) Women are more outgoing
It is proven that women talk more then men but outgoing can also be getting involved on your own initiative. That is something anyone can do no matter how much they talk.

5) Women are more creative
Marcie is more creative then me but I don't think that's because she's a woman. I know a man who is just as creative as her. I'd say we become what we practice. On that note, what does creativity have to do with making decisions in public office?

My opinion on the matter is God has given us all an amazing ability to work on this earth. God gave man the ability and authority over all of creation therefore man has been given all the capacity needed for the job. At the same time, woman was created as a suitable helper so she to was given the ability to do any area of that same job when the man can not. They are both 100% able workers. Determination develops ability and not your sex.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kids will be kids (unless disciplined)

Marcie and I were at the pool yesterday when these two kids tried to break in to one of the cars in the parking lot. The car had an alarm when went off while they were in the car so the owner of the car took notice. The owner was the lifeguard and he was pissed. He hoped the fence and chased the kid down. The kid was going for the GPS that was in the car but after being caught, he claimed he "dropped something in there and was trying to pick it back up." Since the kid's under 16, pretty much nothing will happen to him. He'll be charged and handed over to his mother. Again, being under 16, the court won't do anything but put something on his record and his mother probably won't do anything either.

Marcie made a comment that it was the lifeguard's fault because he left it visible in the car. Perhaps that is right but it's pretty sad that the consumer has to go to all this work to hide his possessions even in a locked car with an alarm. It makes me mad that there are little to no consequences to breaking the law and so I can see where the popularity of Batman would come from. The idea of a Batman who takes care of scum because the courts won't, that sounds good too me. Boundless posed the question "Is Batman too dark?" or does he go too far to be considered "good." My thought is no. By the eye for an eye standpoint, that kid's hand should have been chopped off. I'd say a good roughing up would do him some good and is much more lenient then what even the Bible (Old Testament) permitted.

Some may point this view as incorrect quoting "turn the other cheek." That verse however does not apply here. Slapping some one with the back of your hand was a common insult back then. It did not cause any real pain unless you consider a slap against your pride. That verse does not mean anything about social justice or defending yourself or your home. We shouldn't break any laws and should always go through proper procedures but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy if there was some one out there making sure kids like him don't do it again.

By the way, this is the same kid that throws rocks into the full parking lot and pulls out road signs almost every day. He's a chronic juvenile delinquent and on his current path, will do nothing more then put a drain on our economy's financial and physical well being.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Strange Tongue Facts

Check THIS article out if you want to read some interesting bits about the tongue. It seems the tongue map is a known false myth that has never been disputed. It also seems there are at least 5 distinct tastes we can taste which include sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory.

Oh, and the tongue isn't the strongest muscle in the body. The muscle with the most raw strength is the butt while the muscle with the best endurance is the heart.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Another "Tag, You're It" post!

1. My uncle once: shrink wrapped my car! Of course this came after my cousin and I tried to let the air out of one of his tires at work. We get very competitive over the game 'marbles'(similar to aggravation) in the VanderWall family! ;)

2. Never in my life: so far have I been out of the country- which is pathetic cause MI is right next door to Canada.

3. When I was five: ...I don't remember that far back!

4. High school was: the best time of my life! Our cross country team was a big family, I had a consistent schedule, I had dinner made for me every evening, my laundry was done, and I didn't have to pay all the stuff I fork out money for now. Life was good. :)

5. I will never forget: all the times my high school best friend made me laugh so hard I had various liquids coming out my nose.

6. Once I met: DC Talk, which was the best day of my life... I'm sure I seemed very immature and babbled a lot!

7. There’s this girl I know: who ate 7 cheeseburgers and 1 double cheeseburgers all in one sitting. I sat next to her on the bus ride home from our cross country meet- I wanted to barf by burger 4.

8. Once, at a bar: I ordered food.

9. By noon, I’m usually: done teaching for an hour, an am socializing with people over the age of 12.

10. Last night: I relaxed, and went to bed early!

11. If only I had: more money, I would see every world wonder, and every US wonder!

12. Next time I go to church: I'll be starting at Triangle to help teach Sunday school, and then off to Colonial for my Sunday school.

13. What worries me most: being late for anything! :)

14. When I turn my head left I see: A bunch of art stuff.

15. When I turn my head right I see: the multi colored entrance to my classroom!

16. You know I’m lying when: ...whatever, I have a good poker face! ;)

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is: cabbage patch kids, teddy rockspin(sp?), and orange tic tacs

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be:... honestly I'm just not into that. :)

19. By this time next year: I'll be into my second yr as a full time art teacher! yay!

20. A better name for me would be: ...well not many people have my name so I don't think I want another name!

21. I have a hard time understanding: why men don't understand women, I mean its really not that hard!!! ;)

22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: get a BFA? or maybe I would like to be an art therapist for children.

23. You know I like you if: ... I think I act the same towards everyone, but you know I'm comfortable around you when I talk more. :)

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be: (the people handing me the award. It's only polite.)... I agree, and then mom and dad for providing the means to get me to that point, and then God for providing mom and dad the means for getting us to that point.

25. Take my advice, never: go to a country concert in NC and not get lung cancer.

26. My ideal breakfast is: pancakes with peanut butter and syrup!... and true MI maple syrup is the best of course, oh and its gotta be JIF for the PB.

27. A song I love but do not have is: usually one I hear on the radio and then never hear who sings it, I hate that. I can't recall any right now though.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you: get ice cream at House of Flavors, walk to the beach from there where you'll walk the break wall and see the Badger(our car ferry) come or go, and that will be followed by the most amazing sunset ever over Lake Michigan!!! The next day you will have to check out the state park(esp suicide hill and the sand dunes) its one of the best!!! You won't be disappointed by Ludington!

29. Why won’t people: learn to drive!!! I mean really is it that hard!!!

30. If you spend a night at my house: you may smell like campfire the next morning. :)

31. I’d stop my wedding for: a 711 Slurpee... or perhaps I'd just have a Slurpee machine at my wedding!

32. The world could do without: tella marketers and start letting English speaking folks handle the phones!

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: ... if you know me I don't care for any critters at all, if there is something in my house with more than 4 legs, its DEAD! There is no way you'd ever get me to lick the belly of a cockroach.

34. My favourite blonde(s) is/are: ... hmm I'm not sure if hes a blonde, but Chris Evans isn't bad on the eyes! Stacy and I enjoy watching Cellular. Of course realistically Brantley is my main man. :)

35. Paper clips are more useful than: pencils when trying to unclog glue bottle tops.

36. If I do anything well it’s: something I care about, like teaching art.

37. And by the way: Melissa, you've been tagged- I don't know who you are, but you can blame Brantley! :)

Tag, You're it!

So, bloggers like to play tag. Ashely tagged me. I'm it!

1. My uncle once: caused an 18 wheeler to get stuck under a building because it was too tall

2. Never in my life: will I touch baby poop!

3. When I was five: I thought my teacher's trash can was the coolest thing in the world. It was a normal trash can only it had a lion's head on top.

4. High school was: a good distant memory of 10 years ago. I missed my reunion but I did see Doug this weekend so that's pretty much who I hung out with then anyways.

5. I will never forget: when I dropped my belt buckle in the toilet at Kara's house. Yuck!

6. Once I met: Pat McGee and the opening band Marathon's bass guitarist.

7. There’s this girl I know: who despite making a fool of myself and doing things that would freak most people out, she agreed to go out with me. She's amazing and now, over two months later, I'm still saying and doing stupid things around her but we're still dating. Some guys have all the luck.

8. Once, at a bar: I ordered a keg of Root Beer for my Bible Study. Funny thing is, nobody knew how to tap it.

9. By noon, I’m usually: thinking about food. Duh!

10. Last night: I read till 1:30 in the morning. I started back on "Betrayal" and got sucked into the battle.

11. If only I had: more time, I would paint my house, finish the molding, expand my padio, and other random things around the house. I've got all these ideas on how to make my house more valuable when I sell but I just don't have the time.

12. Next time I go to church: I'll be doing the cameras so I'll have to miss Sunday School. Sad day.

13. What worries me most: is uncertainty. I like to know where I stand and my task at hand.

14. When I turn my head left I see: this really cool glass that when you apply an electromagnet, it becomes one of those electricty ball things that glow where you touch it.

15. When I turn my head right I see: 15 RockStar energy drinks to fill that cup.

16. You know I’m lying when: I say I was wrong. I am never wrong.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is: Saturday morning cartoons.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be: Brutus. He was cool but died at the end.

19. By this time next year: I'll be 29.

20. A better name for me would be: impossible since you can't get much more unique then Brantley. Perhaps I could be Bob or Mike since that would be easier.

21. I have a hard time understanding: women. Now that's an understatement.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: get another degree.

23. You know I like you if: I put my foot in my mouth more then once. It's quite proportionate actually.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be: the people handing me the award. It's only polite.

25. Take my advice, never: sit with your face towards the sun in soccer practice. Also always try to keep your chest warm. Your arms will take care of themselves.

26. My ideal breakfast is: french toast granny style.

27. A song I love but do not have is: why wouldn't I have a song I love. It's only 15 cents to download them from my Russian site.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you: go back to Raleigh. There isn't anything there worth sticking around for.

29. Why won’t people: make quick decisions and follow through.

30. If you spend a night at my house: you're likely to drink juice or water since that's all I stock.

31. I’d stop my wedding for: fire, a bomb, or a meal by Dave Bogus. It's so good. I'm just kidding about the last one... But seriously...

32. The world could do without: chick flicks. (How to lose a guy in 10 days can stay though)

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: eat butterbeans. Last time I ate them I threw up. That was 20 years ago.

34. My favourite blonde(s) is/are: Diane Kruger. Beautiful woman and great actress. (sorry Marcie, it's true but you've got good looks and personality too. You're a Carolina girl now. Best in the world)

35. Paper clips are more useful than: credit cards on bathroom locks

36. If I do anything well it’s: sausages. sau-sage. Please sausages.

37. And by the way: Marcie has been tagged.

All right Marcie Tag! You're it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

China better?



What do you think about THIS? It's so funny how much of a show China has put on.
  1. Fake fireworks
  2. Fake singing
  3. Fake ethnic origin
  4. Underage gymnast
  5. Suspense of athletes religious rights
  6. ...
I'm sure I could keep going with just a quick Google search. Don't be fooled by what the commentators say. They have to say nice things or risk losing coverage.

Traffic

I don't think anyone will dispute gas is expensive. One of the worst things for gas mileage is stop and go traffic. Where does this stopping come from? Often it comes from having to stop at every light. How often have you driven down the road and hit every light along the way?

If I were a politician, one of my platforms would be to program the lights so that you would only be caught at at most one light per a street. That would lower my city's energy usage as well as help with congestion. I think that would be a really good platform but places in the European Union have taken a different approach. Bizar as it is, I like their thinking. Read about it HERE.

Thanks Dave. Great article.

Left or Right

Affiliations of Cable News Watchers

The latest Pew Research survey on the partisan make up cable news network viewership:

CNN: 51% Democrats, 18% Republicans, 23% independents

MSNBC: 45% Democrats, 18% Republicans, 27% independents

Fox News: 33% Democrats, 39% Republicans, 22% independents


August 15, 2008

Social Class

Marcie was telling me about the social class lessons that she learned about in her last school meeting. Two things really stood out as good advice in case you're ever in a hard time.

The first thing a middle class working you can learn from "underclass" or the "working class" is where to go when you have no where else to go. If you find yourself with out money in a strange place, you should go to the hospital. Here are reasons why.
  • It's safe - there is security there, numbers, and people are typically kinder to those in need
  • A place to rest - you have a roof over your head and a place to sleep with out sticking out. They probably won't know if you're visiting a patient or if you're just crashing for the night
  • If you feel nauseous, the front desk will typically have cheese and crackers for you
The second thing to know is what to do when your family doesn't have any food. When you're hungry and out of options, fast food restaurants will toss their excess food at night. Since it's prepackaged, you're pretty much safe eating it.

There are a lot of really cool things to learn about the life we live and our differences. Probably the most interesting one is change between the classes. Before, the higher class you were, the more luxury items you could afford. Times are different now however. It seems class now is determined by net worth. Even the poor now can afford name brand clothing and go out to nice places even though they live month to month. Before, there were blue collar and white collar but now there have been many new distinctions that have come out. The most common one you see is what has been dubbed the gold collar. That distinction used to only belong to college age students but has now become more common across the board of the lower class. Even middle class, typically known for working hard for their money is starting to see large amounts of debt due to living out side of their means.

I'll leave you with this last thought. Consider Proverbs 22:7 : The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

New blogger

If you notice to the right of the screen, Marcie has been added to my blog. I'm trying to get her to start writing some articles. It's easy. Whatever you see that you think stands out, just put that down. Anyways, hopefully you'll see something soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Daddy long legs

The picture below shows a close up view of a harvestman, more commonly known as a daddy-longlegs.

You can easily identify it as a daddy-longlegs because of its two eyes. Spiders have either six or eight eyes, depending on the species.

The picture also shows the dark fang looking parts below the eyes. They are pedipalps. The chelicerae are the lighter colored mouthparts immediately below the darker pedipalps.

By just looking at the picture, it sure looks as if they can bite. It also seems reasonable to assume that since they are omnivorous, eating insects, plants and fruit, they would have to bite or chew the food to eat it.

Sometimes the words people choose to explain things are a bit confusing. Certainly daddy-longlegs eat. However, discussions about spider or daddy-longleg bites technically refers to their ability to use fangs to inject venom into prey to kill it.

Daddy-longlegs do not have fangs or venom for killing prey, and therefore there is no need for humans to be concerned about being bitten by them.

Now you know. Source comes from THIS site.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Obama supporters suspend free speech

Again, not trying to tell you who to vote for but if you do side with Republicans, you're likely to be persecuted. Here's more proof.
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Web loggers who are campaigning against Senator Obama's presidential run are accusing Google and Obama supporters of silencing them after their Web logs were marked as spam and their accounts temporarily frozen.

On Thursday, hours after publishing a post about an online petition demanding that Mr. Obama publicly produce his birth certificate, an associate professor of business administration at Brooklyn College, Mitchell Langbert, found that he could no longer access his Web log.

Google's Blogger hosting service had suspended "Mitchell Langbert's Blog," which Mr. Langbert describes as "two-thirds academic stuff I'm working on and one-third politics," until it could verify the Web log was not a "spam blog," or a site designed solely to increase the page views of associated Web sites.

A day later Google lifted the block on the account, but the incident and earlier Web log freezes in late June have led Mr. Langbert and other anti-Obama bloggers to accuse the Illinois senator's supporters of intentionally identifying their blog addresses to Google as spam blogs. They also say the company has reflexively suspended the sites.

"These tech-savvy smart alecks have figured out that if you report a blog you don't like, you can do some damage to a person," Mr. Langbert said.

A spokesman for Google, Adam Kovacevich, said in a statement that an overzealous antispam filter was responsible for the blocks.

"We believe this was caused by mass spam e-mails mentioning the 'Just Say No Deal' network of blogs, which in turn caused our system to classify the blog addresses mentioned in the e-mails as spam," he said. "We have restored posting rights to the affected blogs, and it is very important to us that Blogger remain a tool for political debate and free expression."

Several of the blogs that were blocked, including hillaryorbust.com and comealongway.blogspot.com, are part of the "Just Say No Deal" network of anti-Obama blogs. But Mr. Langbert's blog is not, leading him to conclude that Obama supporters had targeted him.

On her right-leaning blog "Atlas Shrugs," Pamela Geller keeps a list of blogs that Google has temporarily blocked. "The blockings do come in waves," she said. "The last wave was this past week, and now it got very quiet."

Some writers have had their blogs unblocked, while others have moved them to WordPress, a rival blog host.

"I don't think" Google has "malicious intentions at all, it's just that spammers can literally overrun a service if you're not careful, so their defenses have become overzealous," a spokesman for WordPress, Matthew Mullenweg, said in an e-mail.

"We always have human review before turning off an active blog," he said. "People invest so much time into their blogs, to treat it with anything less than the utmost respect is criminal."

Monday, August 11, 2008

Financial Literacy

Financial Quiz - Evidently the majority of HS graduates fail this quiz and the numbers aren't much better for college graduates. What is your financial literacy score? Answers will eventually be posted in the comments section once I've had a chance to take the quiz myself.

1. Inflation can cause difficulty in many ways. Which group would have the greatest problem during periods of high inflation that last several years?
a) Older, working couples saving for retirement.
b) Older people living on fixed retirement income.
c) Young couples with no children who both work.
d) Young working couples with children.

2. Which of the following is true about sales taxes?
a) The national sales tax percentage rate is 6%.
b) The federal government will deduct it from your paycheck.
c) You don't have to pay the tax if your income is very low.
d) It makes things more expensive for you to buy.

3. Rebecca has saved $12,000 for her college expenses by working part-time. Her plan is to start college next year and she needs all of the money she saved. Which of the following is the safest place for her college money?
a) Locked in her closet at home.
b) Stocks.
c) Corporate bonds.
d) A bank savings account.

4. Which of the following types of investment would best protect the purchasing power of a family's savings in the event of a sudden increase in inflation?
a) A 10-year bond issued by a corporation.
b) A certificate of deposit at a bank.
c) A twenty-five year corporate bond.
d) A house financed with a fixed-rate mortgage.

5. Under which of the following circumstances would it be financially beneficial to you to borrow money to buy something now and repay it with future income?
a) When you need to buy a car to get a much better paying job.
b) When you really need a week vacation.
c) When some clothes you like go on sale.
d) When the interest on the loan is greater than the interest you get on your savings.

6. Which of the following statements best describes your right to check your credit history for accuracy?
a) Your credit record can be checked once a year for free.
b) You cannot see your credit record.
c) All credit records are the property of the U.S. Government and access is only available to the FBI and Lenders.
d) You can only check your record for free if you are turned down for credit based on a credit report.

7. Your take home pay from your job is less than the total amount you earn. Which of the following best describes what is taken out of your total pay?
a) Social security and Medicare contributions.
b) Federal income tax, property tax, and Medicare and social security ontributions.
c) Federal income tax, social security and Medicare contributions.
d) Federal income tax, sales tax, and social security contribution.

8. Retirement income paid by a company is called:
a) 401 (k).
b) Pension.
c) Rents and profits.
d) Social Security.

9. Many people put aside money to take care of unexpected expenses. If Juan and Elva have money put aside for emergencies, in which of the following forms would it be of LEAST benefit to them if they needed it right away?
a) Invested in a down payment on the house.
b) Checking account.
c) Stocks.
d) Savings account.

10. David just found a job with a take-home pay of $2,000 per month. He must pay $900 for rent and $150 for groceries each month. He also spends $250 per month on transportation. If he budgets $100 each month for clothing, $200 for restaurants and $250 for everything else, how long will it take him to accumulate savings of $600.
a) 3 months.
b) 4 months.
c) 1 month.
d) 2 months.

11. Sara and Joshua just had a baby. They received money as baby gifts and want to put it away for the baby's education. Which of the following tends to have the highest growth over periods of time as long as 18 years?
a) A checking account.
b) Stocks.
c) A U.S. Govt. savings bond.
d) A savings account.

12. Barbara has just applied for a credit card. She is an 18-year-old high school graduate with few valuable possessions and no credit history. If Barbara is granted a credit card, which of the following is the most likely way that the credit card company will reduce ITS risk?
a) It will make Barbara’s parents pledge their home to repay Karen's credit card debt.
b) It will require Barbara to have both parents co-sign for the card.
c) It will charge Barbara twice the finance charge rate it charges older cardholders.
d) It will start Barbara out with a small line of credit to see how she handles the account.

13. Chelsea worked her way through college earning $15,000 per year. After graduation, her first job pays $30,000. The total dollar amount Chelsea will have to pay in Federal Income taxes in her new job will:
a) Double, at least, from when she was in college.
b) Go up a little from when she was in college.
c) Stay the same as when she was in college.
d) Be lower than when she was in college.

14. Which of the following best describes the primary sources of income for most people age 20-35?
a) Dividends and interest.
b) Salaries, wages, tips.
c) Profits from business.
d) Rents.

15. If you are behind on your debt payments and go to a responsible credit counseling service such as the Consumer Credit Counseling Services, what help can they give you?
a) They can cancel and cut up all of your credit cards without your permission.
b) They can get the federal government to apply your income taxes to pay off your debts.
c) They can work with those who loaned you money to set up a payment schedule that you can meet.
d) They can force those who loaned you money to forgive all your debts.

16. Rob and Mary are the same age. At age 25 Mary began saving $2,000 a year while Rob saved nothing. At age 50, Rob realized that he needed money for retirement and started saving $4,000 per year while Mary kept saving her $2,000. Now they are both 75 years old. Who has the most money in his or her retirement account?
a) They would each have the same amount because they put away exactly the same
b) Rob, because he saved more each year
c) Mary, because she has put away more money
d) Mary, because her money has grown for a longer time at compound interest

17. Many young people receive health insurance benefits through their parents. Which of the following statements is true about health insurance coverage?
a) You are covered by your parents' insurance until you marry, regardless of your age.
b) If your parents become unemployed, your insurance coverage may stop, regardless of your age.
c) Young people don't need health insurance because they are so healthy.
d) You continue to be covered by your parents' insurance as long as you live at home, regardless of your age.

18. Don and Bill work together in the finance department of the same company and earn the same pay. Bill spends his free time taking work-related classes to improve his computer skills; while Don spends his free time socializing with friends and working out at a fitness center. After five years, what is likely to be true?
a) Don will make more because he is more social.
b) Don will make more because Bill is likely to be laid off.
c) Bill will make more money because he is more valuable to his company.
d) Don and Bill will continue to make the same money.

19. If your credit card is stolen and the thief runs up a total debt of $1,000, but you notify the issuer of the card as soon as you discover it is missing, what is the maximum amount that you can be forced to pay according to Federal law?
a) $500
b) $1000
c) Nothing.
d) $50

20. Which of the following statements is NOT correct about most ATM (Automated Teller Machine) cards?
a) You can generally get cash 24 hours-a-day.
b) You can generally obtain information concerning your bank balance at an ATM machine.
c) You can get cash anywhere in the world with no fee.
d) You must have a bank account to have an ATM Card.

21. Matt has a good job on the production line of a factory in his home town. During the past year or two, the state in which Matt lives has been raising taxes on its businesses to the point where they are much higher than in neighboring states. What effect is this likely to have on Matt’s job?
a) Higher business taxes will cause more businesses to move into Matt’s state, raising wages.
b) Higher business taxes can’t have any effect on Matt’s job.
c) Matt’s company may consider moving to a lower-tax state, threatening Matt’s job.
d) He is likely to get a large raise to offset the effect of higher taxes.

22. If you have caused an accident, which type of automobile insurance would cover damage to your own car?
a) Comprehensive.
b) Liability.
c) Term.
d) Collision.

23. Scott and Eric are young men. Each has a good credit history. They work at the same company and make approximately the same salary. Scott has borrowed $6,000 to take a foreign vacation. Eric has borrowed $6,000 to buy a car. Who is likely to pay the lowest finance charge?
a) Eric will pay less because the car is collateral for the loan.
b) They will both pay the same because the rate is set by law.
c) Scott will pay less because people who travel overseas are better risks.
d) They will both pay the same because they have almost identical financial backgrounds.

24. If you went to college and earned a four-year degree, how much more money could you expect to earn than if you only had a high school diploma?
a) About 10 times as much.
b) No more; I would make about the same either way.
c) A little more; about 20% more.
d) A lot more; about 70% more.

25. Many savings programs are protected by the Federal government against loss. Which of the following is not?
a) A U. S. Savings Bond.
b) A certificate of deposit at the bank.
c) A bond issued by one of the 50 States.
d) A U. S. Treasury Bond.

26. If each of the following persons had the same amount of take home pay, who would need the greatest amount of life insurance?
a) An elderly retired man, with a wife who is also retired.
b) A young married man without children.
c) A young single woman with two young children.
d) A young single woman without children.

27. Which of the following instruments is NOT typically associated with spending?
a) Debit card.
b) Certificate of deposit.
c) Cash.
d) Credit card.

28. Which of the following credit card users is likely to pay the GREATEST dollar amount in finance charges per year, if they all charge the same amount per year on their cards?
a) Jessica, who pays at least the minimum amount each month and more, when she has the money.
b) Vera, who generally pays off her credit card in full but, occasionally, will pay the minimum when she is short of cash
c) Megan, who always pays off her credit card bill in full shortly after she receives it
d) Erin, who only pays the minimum amount each month.

29. Which of the following statements is true?
a) Banks and other lenders share the credit history of their borrowers with each other and are likely to know of any loan payments that you have missed.
b) People have so many loans it is very unlikely that one bank will know your history with another bank
c) Your bad loan payment record with one bank will not be considered if you apply to another bank for a loan.
d) If you missed a payment more than 2 years ago, it cannot be considered in a loan decision.

30. Dan must borrow $12,000 to complete his college education. Which of the following would NOT be likely to reduce the finance charge rate?
a) If he went to a state college rather than a private college.
b) If his parents cosigned the loan.
c) If his parents took out an additional mortgage on their house for the loan.
d) If the loan was insured by the Federal Government.

31. If you had a savings account at a bank, which of the following would be correct concerning the interest that you would earn on this account?
a) Earnings from savings account interest may not be taxed.
b) Income tax may be charged on the interest if your income is high enough.
c) Sales tax may be charged on the interest that you earn.
d) You cannot earn interest until you pass your 18th birthday.

Starting young

If I had a kid, he'd be wearing these and had a ball at his feet. Aren't they cool? Indoor soccer shoes for babies. They've got everything now. You can even see the chucks (or at least the tops of them) on the shelf below.

Speaking of Chucks, there arose some discussion of where the name Chucks came from. A few of our friends (I won't say any names or point out the state they are from) did not believe me when I told them converse all-stars were called chucks. If you would like some history on Chuck Taylor, you can check out his wikipedia entry HERE.

soft shell

And yet another poorly lit grainy picture of food. I thought it was posted when I deleted the picture but it looks like you won't get to see it. It's not that impressive looking anyways. At least not nearly as good as it tasted that is. Marcie helped this time. Ingredients were red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, Chorizo (Mexican sausage), and toppings. The toppings included two types of cheese, picamas, and a mixture of cilantro, garlic, olive oil, diced sun dried tomatoes, and lemon juice. Since we didn't really have a side dish, we decided to opt for dessert. That was cinnamon rolls drenched in sweet goodness. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Oh, on a side note, an elementary teacher taught me how to know the difference between desert and dessert. I'm not the best speller out there so tricks like this really help. She said you put two s's in dessert just like you always want two helpings of it. Not many people want two helpings of the desert so it's simple, easy, and fun to remember. Today's was brought to you by the number 08 and the letter s. Enjoy.

Space

They don't give you much space do they Darren?... Women!

Soccer on Sundays

If anyone is interested in playing pickup soccer. Several people get together from Providence at Fletcher Park on Sundays to play. Fletcher Park is in down town Raleigh. Let me know if you would like to play and I can get you more information.

How could you God?

Hear some one this weekend talk about disappointment with God. In post-modern man's arrogance, they often presume to put God on trial. Looking through the Bible, I can off hand think of three people who showed disappointment with God and actually got a verbal response.

Job was the first. When he asked God why, God's response was not "Let me explain myself" as He goes on the defensive like the god Young paints in The Shack. God's response was "where were you?" Where were you when the heavens were created. And the earth. He spent several chapters putting Job in his place. A place of humility that the post-modern man has all but forgot.

Next was Martha. Lazarus had just died and she was angry that Jesus had not arrived sooner. God's response here was very different then His response to Job. Here it was a response of sympathy and love. He was moved by her grief and wept.

Finally, there was Mary. Her situation again was different. She was ready to learn from the experience and see God in a new way. God began to teach her and she saw that bad things some time (but not always) happen so that God can be glorified. [ps - this is not an example of God allowing bad things to happen to work his purpose. Lazarus was raised from the dead so all was undone. I would not suggest saying "all things work for His good" unless you know the future and know all will be undone or how it will work out for His good. It could just happen because the world is sinful.]

Three situations. Three responses. Is there some one you know going through a tough time? In helping them deal, you might use one of these three responses. Which response should you take?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ear

We're playing cards right now... really.

rythm

Darren and Sam display their musical talent just before we play cards.

Juiced

My brother came home the other day with a case of Rockstar energy drinks. They came out with a Pomegranate one advertising 50% juice, 100% energy. I drank one, liked it, then went and bought me a pack. 24 drinks for $10. That's less then 50 cent a drink. Now I'm rethinking my decision. Just one made me jittery and I was having a hard time concentrating. That's a lot of energy.