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Congressional Stupidity through the eyes of a Travel Agent ?

Here are some observations about the politicians who run our country. They are from a Washington, D.C.travel agent with 30 years experience. Should we be worried?

I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

I got a call from a Candidate's Staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response ... (click).

A Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state!!!"

I got a call from a Lawmakers Wife from Mississippi who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." She said, "But they look so close on the map."

An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

An Alabama lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to who?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that is very rude." After putting her on hold for a minute while I "looked into it" (I actually was laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is (FAT), and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

A Senator's Aide called in inquiring about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them

A Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, FL. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?" I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever!!"

A Senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China several times and never had to have one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!"

A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York" The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent: "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady. After some searching, the agent came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere." The lady retorted, "Oh don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal", she admitted

Rick Perry Facts .. a bit on the Farcical Side

Facts about the AMAZING Rick Perry

There is no such thing as a lesbian, just women who have not met Rick Perry.

Fact: Rick Perry's tears cure cancer. Unfortunately, he's never cried.

Rick Perry's cereal never gets soggy. It sits there, staying crispy, just for him.

Rick Perry's organ donation card, also lists his hair.

4 out of 5 doctors recommend Rick Perry. Also, in totally unrelated news, 20% of doctors die unexplained, needlessly brutal deaths.

Instead of having a cigarette after sex, Rick Perry heads outside and brands his cattle.

Rick Perry has never lost a sock. Ever.

There is no "Control" button on Rick Perry's computer. Rick Perry is always in control.

When somebody yells "Last one in is a rotten egg," Rick Perry is never, ever the rotten egg.

Rick Perry came and he gave without taking. But you pushed him away. Oh, Mandy.

When Rick Perry was born, the only person who cried was the doctor. Lesson learned. Never slap Rick Perry.

Aliens DO exist. It's just that they know better than to visit a planet Rick Perry inhabits.

Rick Perry lives vicariously through himself.

Rick Perry once visited the Virgin Islands. They are now referred to simply as "the islands"

When Rick Perry opens a pack of Twix, there are three.

As a boy, Rick Perry interrogated his parents on Easter until they revealed the precise location and contents of each hidden egg.

Rick Perry has to maintain a concealed weapon license in all 50 states in order to legally wear pants.

Rick Perry really likes the movie 101 Dalmatians. No one knows why.

Some kids urinate their names in the snow. Rick Perry can urinate his name into concrete. He just chooses not to.

Rick Perry does not "style" his hair. It lays perfectly in place out of sheer terror.

Rick Perry did all the make-up on the Planet of the Apes movies.

Rick Perry understands the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Rick Perry ghostwrites all the articles for Garden & Gun magazine

Rick Perry was born with the right to party. Unlike the rest of us who have to fight for it

Rick Perry impaled over 40 horses to make what he calls "an authentic" Merry-Go-Round.

Rick Perry's blood type is WD-40

Rick Perry can peel potatoes with his eyelids.

Rick Perry shoots dangerous wild animals on his jogs.

On his birthday, Rick Perry randomly selects one lucky child to be thrown into the sun.

Rick Perry just saved a kitten from a tree while Jon Huntsman was talking

Time slows down whenever Rick Perry speaks

AT&T does not drop Rick Perry's Cell Calls

Perry's car once ran out of gas. After pistol whipping it for 10 min it started back up. He's never had to fill it up since

Rick Perry gargles with a mixture of  turpentine, coffee, and crude oil.

Daily F (Financial ) Occupy Wall Street Edition and Best Jobs too

Occupy Wall Street is more popular than you think.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20120052-503544.html


Why are they so angry ?   Take a look at all the reasons why...LOTS of them
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-wall-street-protesters-are-so-angry-about-2011-10?op=1



YOUR DEAD IPHONE IS A GOLD MINE-LITERALLY
http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/13/technology/iphone_trade_in/index.htm?source=cnn_bin&hpt=hp_bn5

But what happens to your trade-in once you ship it to Gazelle, ReCellular, NextWorth, Amazon Trade-In, or any of the other recommerce sites out there?
First, cell phones are inspected for wear and tear and to see whether they still work. Damaged phones are assessed for salvageability.
All phones then go through a memory wipe. Each trade-in company said it wipes memory in two steps to ensure data is erased from the phone. If the phone doesn't work, the companies will physically destroy its memory. 


expeditions
BUFFET BUILDS TAX THE RICH CASE
http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/113663/buffett-builds-tax-rich-case-wsj?mod=bb-budgeting&sec=topStories&pos=3&asset=&ccode=

Mr. Buffett long has urged lawmakers to raise income-tax rates on the wealthiest, arguing that his secretary paid a higher effective rate than he did last year. President Obama embraced the concept, and went along with Senate Democrats' proposal for a 5.6% surtax on those making $1 million a year or more.
Mr. Buffett's adjusted gross income was $62,855,038 in 2010, according to the letter, while his taxable income was $39,814,784. He said he paid $15,300 in payroll tax, and $6,923,494 in federal income tax. That made for an effective tax rate of 17.4%. 

Now Is a Good Time to Buy a Car: Edmunds CEO
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/now-good-time-buy-car-edmunds-ceo-143624243.html
But, if you're in the market for a car, Anwyl says, now is probably a good time to buy. The automakers are finally bringing their 2012 designs to market, after delays (again because of distributions caused by the Japan earthquake), and that means more incentives and better prices. "This month and then the next window of opportunity would be right after Christmas and all the way through the new year."

Best Jobs if You're Over 50
CNN MONEY
http://finance.yahoo.com/focus-retirement/article/113650/best-jobs-if-youre-50-cnnmoney?mod=fidelity-changingjobs&cat=fidelity_2010_changing_jobs

  • The job skills you honed over a lifetime may transfer, but as an older job hunter you need to work harder to prove your skills are up to date. Digital know-how and social media experience, for example, are essential in the nonprofit world, says Bleiberg.
     

    What You Need In A Financial Survival Kit
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/What-You-Need-In-A-Financial-investopedia-1750932932.html?x=0

    Financial experts such as the members of the American Institute of CPAs recommend having a personal financial kit that is easily carried in the event of an emergency. These experts suggest all original documents be kept in either a fire-proof safe in your home, or preferably, in a safety deposit box at a bank away from your residence. If a natural disaster strikes your neighborhood, it could also strike the local bank leaving you without a resource for those documents or cash. The average cost of a safe-deposit box is $30-$50 per year.

    If an emergency is imminent, you will want a basic kit that you can easily carry with you after a disaster. If your home is destroyed, this kit should have copies of all the basic information you'll need. This "kit" can be a sealable plastic bag, or a small plastic storage container that you can easily "grab-and-run" with. There are many documents you will need to help you recover after a disaster strikes, most should be kept in the fire-proof safe or safe deposit box. This basic kit should consist of essential documents to take care of your basic needs.
  • A copy of your driver's license or state identification
  • Copies of your credit cards and bank account information
  • Copies of current prescriptions, including eyeglasses, and any medical histories that EMS and medical personnel would need to know - allergies, asthma, heart meds, diabetic condition, etc.
  • List of your emergency contacts - family members, doctors, insurance agents, financial advisors
  • Insurance cards, policy numbers and agents contact information - Life, health, homeowner, auto, renters
  • Safe deposit box information - name of financial institution, list of the contents and the key
  • Copies of any living wills, power of attorney or medical power of attorney
  • Enough cash for living expenses for three days for your entire family
  • Prepaid phone cards, cell phone charger

Mad at Bank Of America Citi Bank Wells Fargo & Suntrust

Just some of the quotes and what's being said about charging for debit cards and raising rates or now charging for what had previously been free checking. People, find a new bank. Stay away from the national banks who took government hand outs to pay their executive bonus. Let them know you won't take it anymore by closing your account and finding a local community bank.

THE STREET
WILL YOU LEAVE BANK OF AMERICA OVER THE DEBIT CARD FEE

Bank of America is not the first to charge this fee. Other banks have also tried to find new ways to offset the revenue loss. Wells Fargo is testing a monthly fee of $3 in select markets for debit card purchases. JPMorgan Chase is test marketing a fee as well.


...the idea that Bank of America would charge customers as much as $60 a year for using debit cards to buy groceries had some of TheStreet's readers hopping mad. "I've been a customer of BAC since it was C&S, way back in 1991. I think my loyalty has finally run out," one reader wrote.


CHARLOTTESVILLE DAILY PROGRESS
"LOCAL BANKS SEE BOOST FROM CUSTOMERS FLEEING FEES"

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/business/2011/oct/09/local-banks-see-boost-customers-fleeing-fees-ar-1371513/

"The second they start charging me a fee I didn't sign on for, I'm closing my account and moving all my money"


FORBES-
CUSTOMERS ARE MAD AT BANK FEES

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/10/07/personal-finance-financials-us-turning-to-credit-unions_8723274.html

Whenever a big bank rolls out a controversial fee, customers start fuming about taking their business elsewhere


CNN MONEY
I DITCHED MY BIG BANK

BOA CHIEF -"WE HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE A PROFIT"
http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/11/pf/bank_fees_switch/

"I dropped Bank of America like a hot potato," said Tim O'Brien a partner in a Seattle-based television advertising agency. "I felt like I was getting nickel and dimed."


PERKSTREET BLOG
MAD AT BOA AND CITI
http://blog.perkstreet.com/im-mad-about-bank-of-america-and-citibanks-new-fees-perkstreets-coo-spouts-off/

Aren't the Big Banks afraid of the customer backlash, the potential of rioting and angry tweets and Facebook posts?

Jon Gruden nooo...Ron Jaworsky MNF Cuss and Curse S Bomb

Jon Gruden . nope ...turns out to be Jaws on ESPN MOnday Night Football says "shit" as casually as can be. The former Eagles QB way before anyone heard of Vick says you really have GOT to get rid of the ball. Shit, I think we all agree right ?


Amy Winehouse -The Past is lost, and so is the future

At approximately 4:00 pm local time (BST, UTC+1) on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's home in Camden, London. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed her death.  There is currently an open investigation to determine the cause of death. The current cause of death is described by police as "unexplained". Winehouse had a longstanding drink and drugs problem.   She gave up on life at such an early age of 27.   She won grammy's, was considerend incredibily talented, exotic, and beautiful.  Many are asking why, how, and some of those should be the people closest to her.  Music has lost someone who made our lives easier to listen to and helped us look musically a bit into the past ...but music has also lost much of its future in the passing of Amy Winehouse.

Clarence Clemons - Goodbye and Goodbye E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen at his Rock HOF admission in 1999: "You wanna be like him, but you can't. The night I met Clarence, he got up on stage; a sound came out of his horn that seemed to rattle the glasses behind the bar, and threatened to blow out the back wall. The door literally blew off the club in a storm that night,. But there was something else. Something happened when we stood side by side; some energy, some unspoken story

“….For 15 years, Clarence has been a source of myth, and light, and enormous strength for me onstage. He has filled my heart so many nights, so many nights. And I love it when he wraps me in his arms at the end of the night. That night when we first stood together, I looked over at C., and it looked like his head reached into the clouds, and I felt like a mere mortal, scurrying upon the earth. But he always lifted me up - way, way, way up. Together we told a story of the possibilities of friendship; a story older than the ones that I was writing, and a story that I could never have told without him at my side. I want to thank you, Big Man - I love you so much.”
That was what Bruce said in 1999 being inducted to the Rock Hall Of Fame. ...now if thethe "15 years" he mentions seems short, it was Bruce honestly taking in to account the years Bruce played with someone else...and I can tell you from seeing those "F Street Band" performances as they were called, it felt VERY empty when a song came up that needed Clarence on Sax ...was not the same without him, as the music world never will be without him today. I've seen Bruce a dozen times ---first time in 1975 at Burruss Hall in Blacksburg for $4.50. and the arena was always electric when Clarence stepped into the spotlight. I also had one of the times of my life when "Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers" played to about 300 faithful during a huge ice storm at Radford University until the wee hours of the morning in the early 80's . Somehow, those of us who saw the band the past few years had to realize we were seeing the end of something . At the end of the shows, with the crowd prompted by the screens, we all hailed
The E Street Band!




The E Street Band!




The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, love-making -




Le-gen-dary E - Street - Band!

Guess you know I will miss him. 

TEN FACTS ABOUT CASEY WESTON OF THE VOICE

10 FACTS ABOUT CASEY WESTON OF THE VOICE
1-NAPLES FLORIDA NATIVE
2-PARENTS WERE BOTH PRO VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS
3-ON THE ADAM LEVINE'S TEAM ON NBC THE VOICE
4-HER TWITTER IS @CASEY_WESTON
5-STARTED PLAYING GUITAR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
6-HER SELF TITLED EP WAS RELEASED IN 2009 AND IS AVAILABLE FROM HER WEBSITE
7-SHE HAS OPENED FOR CRAIG MORGAN AND JAMES OTTO (JIM OTTO WAS A CENTER FOR THE OAKLAND RAIDERS MANY YEARS AGO KNOWN FOR WEARING THE JERSEY NUMBER 00....BUT NOT THAT JIM OTTO)
8-ONE OF HER NAPLES PERFORMING HAVENS IS CALLED SOUTH STREET CITY OVEN
9-SHE JUST GRADUATED FROM GULF COAST HIGH SCHOOL
10-SHE STATES THAT SHE HOPES TO MAKE IT TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY

Google Doodle honoring Les Paul on June 9th is best ever

Everyone loves the GOogle Doodle...the way they take the logo and make it into a drawing on occasion to honor a someone or a something or a such and such.  For June 9th 2009, the google doodle is the BEST EVER and honors Les Paul. It is a WORKING guitar prestrung so you cant sound badly.  Practice up and hit the button on the right side and it RECORDS your masterpiece, as Les is not only known for his guitar work but for innovating recording as we know it today.

Rock On Les Paul and THANKS GOOGLE

Ten Facts About Danni Shay - The Beiber Look Alike from AGT

From YoooHaaa.com the site thats a little bit about everything

Ten Facts about Dani Shay --the oustanding Justin Bieber Look Alike from Americas Got Talent


1- She premiered on the Houston auditions show May 8th 2011 on NBC Americas Got Talent where she got three Yes's from Judges Pierce Morgan, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osborne. and is going to Vegas.
2-Her music is published and auditioned at her myspace page http://www.myspace.com/danishay
3-Her Bieber Parody is called "What the Hell," and is a take off on Baby Baby Baby by Justin Bieber.  It's on YOUTUBE at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ru84WuSfpQ
4-She hopes to meet Bieber on the Ellen Show
5-She has been writing music since at least 2006, more seriously since 2008.
6-Her great line as seen on AGT was "No Justin Beiber looks like ME"
7-She is also known on the interenet for covering Love The Way You Lie by Enimem
8- Her Twitter is @dannishay
9-Her official website is http://danishay.com/
10-Her download only album is called "Rise From The Dead"

Water For Elephants Sex Scene ..SNOT or Beautiful Tears

First Reese Witherspoon said of Robert Pattinson and hers love scene in the new movie Water For Elephants that it was NOT a pleasant scene to film.   She has said of how hot the scen is "I mean, sexy doesn't cover it. I don't know how we got this rating, that's all I'm gonna say,"   But in another interview, with In Touch magazine, she said  "Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I've ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life. He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it - and it was not appealing. I'm talking green, infectious, disgusting - I'm not kidding!"

 

Now, the woman who greatly played and sang June Carter Cash to an Oscar now says the comment about how gross it is to make out with the man who is always, as Jimmy Fallon portrays, BOTHERED, has recanted to back up his story that he was just crying because Reese was so beautiful in the scene. 


Yep..thats believable. 

Erika Davies is the voice of Suburu Outback Commercial

Sometimes when you hear greatness for the first time you just know it.   Off the speakers of the HDTV this morning came the new Suburu Outback commercial with the lyrics "I love you I do " and of course, the search for WHO IS that amazing voice and that  sometimes is combined with the ever so continuously and surprisingly popular ukulele, but on this track just a gut string six string.   Erika Davies is the voice and the song is going to pop from beyond the commercial.  Kudo's to Suburu for finding this unique voice and finding a new fan in me.  The old fashioned 1940's quality and a tremendous range combined with perfect pitch. Check out other songs like Dream a Little Dream, Robot Girl, and Captured My Heart at her Myspace.
http://www.myspace.com/erika/music/playlists/i-love-you-i-do-1492824

Rebecca Black Friday is pulled from Youtube

Well here is some breaking news for you...Rebecca Black's "Friday" video has been pulled from You Tube as of 7pm 03-29-2011. Oh the humanity. "Love it or hate it — and chances are, you hate it “Friday” had racked up an impressive 64 million views. It had racked up around 1.189 million dislikes; Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” its nearest competitor for the dubious honor of “most hated video,” has only 1.162 million dislikes."

Happy States and West Virginia --not so muchd

Hawaii is the happiest state.  Duh.  I think I'd be happier in Hawaii.  I know I have been to West Virgninia and those folks didn't look so happy ..and the survey shows it...the unhappiest state is West Virginia.  Here is the complete ranking of happiest states for 2011.

1.     Hawaii: 71.0
2.     Wyoming: 69.2
3.     North Dakota: 68.4
4.     Alaska: 68.3
5.     Colorado: 68.0
6.     Minnesota: 68.0
7.     South Dakota: 68.0
8.     Utah: 67.9
9.     Connecticut: 67.9
10.  Massachusetts: 67.8
11.  Nebraska: 67.8
12.  Maryland: 67.5
13.  Washington: 67.5
14.  Montana: 67.3
15.  Kansas: 67.2
16.  New Hampshire: 67.2
17.  Vermont: 67.1
18.  California: 67.0
19.  Iowa: 66.9
20.  Idaho: 66.9
21.  New Mexico: 66.7
22.  Virginia: 66.7
23.  Wisconsin: 66.7
24.  New Jersey: 66.6
25.  Maine: 66.4
26.  Illinois: 66.3
27.  Oregon: 66.3
28.  Texas: 66.3
29.  Arizona: 66.2
30.  Pennsylvania: 66.1
31.  Georgia: 66.1
32.  New York: 65.9
33.  Rhode Island: 65.7
34.  Missouri: 65.6
35.  South Carolina: 65.3
36.  North Carolina: 65.1
37.  Florida: 65.1
38.  Oklahoma: 64.9
39.  Indiana: 64.8
40.  Tennessee: 64.8
41.  Michigan: 64.6
42.  Louisiana: 64.3
43.  Delaware: 64.2
44.  Nevada: 64.2
45.  Ohio: 63.8
46.  Alabama: 63.7
47.  Arkansas: 63.7
48.  Mississippi: 63.0
49.  Kentucky: 61.9
50.  West Virginia: 61.7

Spotlight on Gerry Goffin and Carole King

Gerry Goffin is a Brooklyn songwriter who was born in 2939 and was married to Carole King, and has written 8 number one singles including his breakthrough hit, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow off of Tapestry which was on the Billboard LP chart forever (more than six straight years...seriously)  and was the top selling solo album of all time until Michael Jacksons Thriller.   He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was referenced on GLEE in the Feb 22 episode on Fox .


Carole King has written or co-written 118 pop hits.Tapestry was rated number 36 on Rolling Stones all time top albums list.

Wizard of Oz References - The Movie

Wizard of Oz References ...you get one everyday.

Have you ever been watching a sports report and, perhaps the team you follow has lost a game, but now has a home game, and the sports reporter says "ahhh but there's no place like home," or thats the headline in the sports page the next day.   How MANY times have you been reading abut something, or watching a movie or TV show, or heard on a radio commercial "We're not in Kansas anymore," when someone wants to describe a situation thats not normal.    How many times has someone lacking in size or a baby been playfully referred to as a "munchkin."   Some of these are used so often its easy to see why the most used pop culture reference is The Wizard of Oz, and others blow past you a little less noticable.  Here is the ever growing list of things you can look for so you too can realize that if you have daily contact with media including but not limited to TV, newspaper, radio, magazines, advertising, internet and more, you get a daily Wizard of Oz reference.   

Now here's the video

Ten Facts about Brooklyn Decker

YoooHaaa Presents:
TEN FACTS ABOUT BROOKLYN DECKER

1-Married to Tennis Player Andy Roddick

2-She has been in TV shows like Chuck, Ugly Betty, and Royal Pains

3-Born April 12, 1987 in Kettering Ohio

4-Her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition was in 2006

5- As a kid she also lived in Middleton Ohio and Charlotte North Carolina

6-Her movie roles include Battleship and Just Go With It with Adam Sandler

7-In Self Magazine she admited an eating disorder, stating "My father did an intervention and got me to stop obsessing about everyone else and wrecking my body."

8-Her measurments are 36C-24-34 with blonde hair and blue eyes

9-Has appeared in magazines such as Teen Vogue, FHM, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, and in campaigns for the Gap, Victoria's Secret and J.C. Penney

10-She was discovered in a Charlotte shopping mall when she was a teenager.

Ralph Kiser on Survivor Redemption Island is the Good Ol Boy with a Fan Page

Yooohaaa now has the
THE UNOFFICIAL RALPH KISER CBS SURVIVOR FAN PAGE
Link to it here.

Ralph is the good ol boy from Virginia who is going up against Boston Rob and Russell in Survivor, Redemption Island. Here is the place to stay updated on his progress in the game and to join in on the discussion of his moves in the game, good or bad.  Will he outwit and outplay the cast, or be outcast?

“I applied three times out of four years and they interviewed me all three times. There’s something they like.”

“I will be the king at camp because I can build shelter, cook, find food and be the leader,” Kiser said, according to the CBS questionnaire.

“I know plants, trees and what most of their uses are,” he says. “I can also build anything; start a fire anywhere and make people believe anything I say!”

"No vehicle payments, no mortgage payments, plus I own two homes on the same farm."
Ralph Kiser's inspiration in life? "I'm inspired by my farm; I've been at it all my life. I'm always amazed at my animals—how they grow and survive. Being able to watch the circle of life go 'round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of."
WHERE THE HECK IS LEBANON VIRGINIA
In the deep southwestern corner of the Old Dominion, in Russel County, Lebanon has a population of a little more than 3000.


PREVIOUS FAME
Ralph was on an adventure show with teammate Ronnie Smith and placed second on Back to the Woods. That show was filmed in Washington, Smyth and Grayson counties in the summer of 2009. It aired first online, and then on CW4-TV. The show combined physical challenges and puzzle challenges much as Survivor does.

Name (Age): Ralph Kiser (45)
Tribe Designation: Zapatera

Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.

Occupation: Farmer
Personal Claim to Fame: Being completely debt-free at age 44. No vehicle payments, no mortgage payments, plus I own two homes on the same farm.
Inspiration in Life: I'm inspired by my farm; I've been at it all my life. I'm always amazed at my animals - how they grow and survive. Being able to watch the circle of life go 'round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of.
Hobbies: Hunting, hiking and traveling.
Pet Peeves: People who are lazy and donĂ‚’t try to make anything of themselves.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, strong-willed and stubborn
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I'm probably a combo of Big Tom and J.T.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I've wanted to be on the show for years and knew one day I'd get my chance. I want to be a hometown hero for the folks back home!
Why you think you'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm an outdoors mountain man. I know plants, trees and what most of their uses are. I can also build anything; start a fire anywhere and make people believe anything I say!
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I will be the king at camp because I can build shelter, cook, find food and be the leader.

When Pigs Fly or Float or ..whatever

When 30 Thousand Pigs Fly ..er ...Float


If you were a reporter and someone called in a story that said 30 thousand pigs are floating by in the river, what would you do ?   Well, the reporter for the Morning Bulletin went with the story and it made print ...and then of course it made a retraction and apology.   It turns out, someone was really saying "30 sows and pigs"  NOT 30 thousand pigs.   The Morning Bulletin AND the Rural Weekly regret the error.

Here's The Click.

Ten (count em -10) Facts About Katy Perry

1-Katy is currently 5'8" and 130 lbs but when she was a kid she weighed 145 lbs.  She was so busty  at that weight she wanted Breast Reduction, and told Elle  Magazine "...and I had enormous boobs that I didn't know what to do with, so I wore minimizers, which were not cute. Those thick-ass straps! I got made fun of for the over-the-shoulder boulder holder...and all I wanted was to look like Kate Moss. Little did I know...that these things would come in handy someday."

2-Her real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and was born in Santa Barbara California October 25, 1984

3-Among Perry's musical influences are Alanis Morissette,  Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, and Freddie Mercury of Queen.

4-She met british comedian Russell Brand in the summer of 2008 and married October 23rd in 2010. 

5-Her television exploits include Sesame Street, American Idol, The Young and The Restless, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, The X Factor, and in movies she is Smurfette in The Smurfs.

6-Her first single was not a hit, and though she skyrocketed to the top with the lesbian themed "I Kissed A Girl," her first single was entitled "Ur So Gay."

7-Perry's mother is apparently not very proud of her daughter, telling the British tabloid Daily Mail that her music is "Shameful and Disgusting."

8-Her parents are two devoted pastors who directed their daughter into singing in churches or local restaurants. Perry said that her mother used to ban her from listening to what they call "secular music".

9-"Have I ever kissed a girl? Of course I have. I can't sing a song and not have done it. That'd be complete hypocrisy. I fancy Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie - I'd definitely kiss them."

10- Appeared in a commercial for "Proactiv Solution" acne skin care.

Prince tells Kardasian to "Get off the stage"

So the greatest living guitarist, sans guitar, just dancin ...pulled Kim Kardasian on to his stage to boogie.  She cant dance..cause frankly, she cant do anything...famous for nothing.   Prince may have just been saying what America is thinking and has been for a very long time.  "Get Off The Stage.

Here is the click.

You Get A Wizard Of Oz Reference Everyday

The Wizard Of Oz References
"You get a Wizard Of Oz reference almost everyday of your life"
If you read a magazine, check out a newspaper, watch some tv, go for a drive and hear the radio or notice a billboard ad, rent a movie, or just enjoy a random conversation, you get a Wizard of Oz reference every day of your life ..well almost ..and I am willing to be for every day you don't, you get a few to make up for it another day.  They come up all the time in oh so many ways. 
 Any of these and more "count"

...over the rainbow
somewhere over the rainbow ..the words spoken or the music played
munchkin ..such as a small person referred to as a munchkin ...used often in sports analogies
and your little dog too
and to-to too ?
we're not in kansas anymore 
auntie em
tin man / cowardly lion / scarecrow used in context of someone without a brain
the recognizable music for miss gulch (when she is on the bike)
wicked witch
are you a good witch or a bad witch
horse of a different color
no place like home
red slippers / ruby slippers
the witch is dead ...or even an hanging "ding dong" is a reference in certain contexts
come out come out wherever you are
the lollipop guild / the lullabye league
"when life drops a house on you" reference
any green faced witch
I'm melting
my preeeetttttyyyyy
emerald city
it's always best to start at the beginning
people come and go so quickly here
If I only had a brain / a heart / some nerve
Lions and Tigers and Bears
...and what would you do with a  brain if you had one?
because of the wonderful things he does
paaaaahhhhpies  (poppies)
Surrender Dorothy   (or surrender __ written in the sky in that context)
well bust my buttons
man behind the curtain
a place like oz/ land of oz /
I am the great and powerful oz
Witch Theme "the old one"
most references to flying monkees
many judy garland references in context
references to spin off movies such as "the wiz" or the miniseries "tin man"
Wicked (the play)
Ease on down the road

When republicans in the Virginia Legislature showed True Colors


The Hypocrisy of the Virginia General Assembly

 
Lets get this straight> Republicans ..be they in Washington, or anywhere else, oppose what they call Obama Care because it is  for their taste "socialism"  and  is unconstitutional because it requires one to be required to carry insurance.  THEN , in an ultimate act of hypocrisy, are now requiring Virginia business owners to carry protection for autistic children in their company insurance.   Hmmmmm  can anyone say why this is different   ?   Once again, I say that the true way to get a national health insurance policy supported by the Republicans would be for Obama to oppose it, because even if something is right, and clearly makes sense, if Obama or other democrats are for it, Republicans must oppose it for some reason.

Seriously...a REPUBLICAN group of legislators MANDATED a health care covenant, while on a national level, opposes anything that resembles mandate as socialism.  Really ?   Really ?  Seriously ?

Here is the Washington Post article.
 

The Lost Packers Chiefs Super Bowl I Video

It is amazing to believe that Super Bowl one, which was covered by both NBC and CBS was not preserved by anyone. There is some NFL Films footage, but aside from that, neither network had saved a recording of the first Super Bowl (Otherwise known as the NFL AFL Championship Game) And back then, hard to believe I know, but in addition to not being able to pick up but three stations ...one of which you had to hold the rabbit ears just right to minimize the snow on the screen, NOBODY had a Video Recording Device.

So, now the Wall Street Journal says that someone had recorded the game and stored it in the attic. It needed to be restored, and now, perhaps, we might all get to actually see the game that started it all.
Here is the link for a great read.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704709304576124373773290508.html?mod=wsj_share_facebook

McBain, the movie ...a tribute to Arnold that is very funny

McBain ..the video.  Seriously ?   Great editing job from someone who took the Simpsons Arnold Schwarzeenager alter ego appearing for so many years on the show and pieced together this masterpiece of irony and comedy.  

Kristenb Schaal has a great funny rant on new abortion law considerations


Funny, Poignant, Quirky

Kristen Schaal has some great appearances on the Daily Show and her latest rant on the "free abortion ride is over" is making the rounds on viral videos.  She is funny, and yet her quirky nature lend weight to whatever credible points are being made.   Rollin with the daily snow ..oops..the daily show. 

Will Seacrest announce engagement on American Idol ?

Julianne Hough, from ."Dancing With The Stars " has been going out with Ryan Seacrest for a long time.  Now there are many rumors that he will propose.  Will he announce their engagement on the premier of American Idol ?   Speculation is that he already has the ring, so it would be the perfect time to do it.   

10 facts about Rachel Weisz

Agora
10 facts about Rachel Weisz10 facts about

  1- Divorced her husband for Daniel Craig of James Bond fame
 2-Born March 7 1970
 3-Played Evy Carnahan-P'Connell in The Mummy & The Mummy Returns which also starred WWE Wrestling Star The Rock and Brendan Fraser
 4-Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardner in 2005
 5-Born in Westminster, London, England
 6-Will star as Libby Attenton in Dream House in 2011
 7-Will Star as May in Unbound Captives in 2012
 8-Attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge
 9-Her sister Minnie is an artist
 10-Was in Season 22 of the Simpsons -Episode How Munched is that Birdie In the Window as Dr. Thurston

Regis Philbin Announces Retirement

Regis Philbin announces retirement today, June 18th 2011, saying "This is my last year on the show."  He indicated that it would be late summer or fall before the end came, and no word on whether or not they will try to get a new Regis with Kelly.  Regis Francis Xavier Philbin has been hosting talk and game shows since the 1950's.   He is sometimes called the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.    He is the Guinness world record holder for most time in front of a television camera.  He went to Notre Dame and always talked of his love for the Fighting Irish on the show.  Perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire enjoyed HUGE ratings in 1999.  He was also the original of America's Got Talent before being replaced by Jerry Springer. Regis will be irreplaceable on American  TV.