Saturday, May 28, 2005

May in Iraq 

The latest attacks raised the total number of Iraqis killed this month to about 650, in addition to at least 63 American troops who have been killed, the highest American toll since January.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Teacher Tapes Mouths Shut 

Sheryl Smith, a Vigo County substitute teacher got into hot water for taping her students' mouths shut when they wouldn't shut up. Huh.

I gotta say that while the kids might temporarily be quieter with tape on their mouths, speaking from personal experience, it really turns into a badge of honor for those students who get taped. I thought it was hilarious when I had my mouth taped shut by Mrs. Hopping in third grade. Tip for teachers: scotch or masking tape is not your best choice for taping mouths, it comes loose. Try duct tape or, better yet, some pro gaffer tape.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Trunk Monkey 

On the way to work each day I pass a car dealership on the south east end of Lebanon (Indiana). They have started an ad campaign involving something called "Trunk Monkey". "Get a trunk monkey in every one of our vehicles." Last night I was wondering what they mean by trunk monkey. Google found the promotional web site. On it are some videos that kind of explain the Trunk Monkey.

Not watching a lot of TV, I don't know if these ads are running locally. So here's a dose of Trunk Monkey. This ad when you consider this news story about the vicious chimp attack that occurred earlier this year.

More on the attack! with Video

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Medical Marijuana Update 

For the Sick? Or for the Sad?

Here is an Exclusive from Oakland writer Morgan Jones about California's medical marijuana clinics:

Around the corner on Broadway are two new medical marijuana clinics, which I wouldn’t have noticed except for the smell of pot wafting down the sidewalk. They’re street-level offices in the same building as the Naropa-Oakland University of Creation Spirituality. There’s also an ink jet store and a military recruiting center nearby.

At first, the clinics were non-descript, dumpy waiting rooms, but now they’ve upgraded and look a tad more respectable. Aside from the smell, the only real clue to their purpose were the names, Compassionate Caregivers and Green Medicine Group.

One might expect to see a cancer patient in the vicinity, but no one looks very sick. Just about all the people I see in there are in their early twenties. The employees taking a cigarette break outside all look like, well, any young guys dealing pot, making it seem like a free for all with some shrewdly-worded literature backing it up.

The pot smoker bragging he’s got a line on some killer medical marijuana is pretty much a Bay Area cliché at this point.

In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors just put a cap on the number of medical marijuana clinics, stopping them at around 30. The political backers of medical marijuana support the cap, projecting that the more they’re regulated, the more entrenched the practice will become.


Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of the Grinch, Tony the Tiger and many more has died Sunday May 22 at 91.

And Henry Corden, the voice of Fred Flinstone died at 85 last Thursday. His first acting role was in the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Known for playing villains, he found small parts in movies, including 1952's The Black Castle and The Ten Commandments in 1956.

What great voices.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

George Shumar Geopots 


Chris Vorhees has put George's Geopots online. Take a look.
Maybe we'll have to put one on our van when we go to Vermont in August.

Here is more from Chris and Steve Lacy.

Hot Sauce Health Scare from the Dept of Homeland Defense 

May 17, Food and Drug Administration ? CaJohns Fiery Foods recalls barbeque sauces.
CaJohns Fiery Foods Company is voluntarily recalling 16-ounce glass bottles and one-gallon
size plastic jugs of several brands of barbeque sauces because they contain undeclared
anchovies, soybeans, and wheat. People who have allergies to these ingredients run the risk of
serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The specific brands
of barbeque sauces being recalled are CaBoom! Bayou-Q Barbeque Sauce Spicy, CaBoom!
Barbeque Sauce Hot, CaBoom! Bayou-Q Barbeque Sauce X Hot, Gecko Gary?s Brushfire
Spicy BBQ Sauce, Irish Scream BBQ Sauce, and HDH Grillin? Sauce. All lot codes of these
sauces are being recalled for re-labeling. The recalled barbeque sauces were distributed
nationwide through retailers, mail order and Websites. The firm has suspended distribution of
these products until a new revised label listing the undeclared ingredients is acquired. No
illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Source: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/cajohns05_05.html
 Posted by Hello

Monday, May 16, 2005

Birthday Fun at the Cooks 

May Seventh fun was had by all at Ron & Krista's Tick Ranch. Many birthdays were celebrated.

Bob Cook made a striking Penguin Line-Dancer for his mother. Katie was swamped a pile a toys. Water guns were loaded and fired.

Here is even more fun:


Liberace born May 16, 1919 

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987), better known by the stage name Liberace (and known to his friends as Lee), was an American entertainer.

In 1957 he sued the British tabloid The Daily Mirror for an article by veteran columnist "Cassandra" (William Connor). The article called Liberace a "deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavored, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love": that is, the article did everything it could to imply he was homosexual without saying so. Liberace sued for libel, and testified that he was not a homosexual and had never taken part in homosexual acts. Liberace won the suit and was awarded damages.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Little Davey Mason Has A Birthday Today! Posted by Hello

Here's a toast to Junior Dave!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

"Well, I used to look like this when I was young, and now I still do." - Yogi Berra on his birthday and mine.  Posted by Hello

Years of fun and frustration and the fullness of life, yer bacon-twistin' son of a gun. Here are three associates of mine from the past, two of which I have lost touch with, and one of which is a good friend, and now co-worker of mine.
Left to right: Pat (PF#2) from Muncie, John Wallace now of Boone County, and Todd Pfeiffer of Greater Indianapolis sitting on the Sandpaper Couch in the Ashland Street "Funeral Home" in Muncie.


I just found out me and Stephen Baldwin share the same Birthdate, year and day. Whoop-dee-doo.

For me birthday here is a Orange Zephyr Zoya enjoying "Las fruta de la primavera. " Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005


Fifth day of the Fifth month of the Year Five of the Second Millenium.

Cinco de Mayo.

Six years and one day since Phil Wingert died.

A excise cop, a fire marshal, a robbery detective, and a park ranger and his drug dog walk into a bar . . .

Not a joke,but, of course, this same situation took place last Saturday night at Sidewinders on Indy's Southside. This is a bar about 20 blocks north of our place. I always thought that the bar would probably do its best to live up to its name, Sidewinders. No mention of meth or oxy.

On 4/30/05, shortly before midnight, South District officers, an Indiana Excise officer, an IFD Deputy Fire
Marshal, an IPD Robbery detective, and a Park Ranger and his drug dog, conducted a pro-active law
enforcement effort at Sidewinders bar, 1847 S. State Av. This resulted in a total of eleven arrests for various
charges including dealing and possession of cocaine, extreme intoxication, and auto theft. Additionally, six
people received citations for possession of false identification and minors in a tavern. The owner received
citations for a variety of liquor law violations. There were more than 225 people in the building, which has a
rated capacity of 125. Other dangerous violations were noted by the Deputy Fire Marshal, such as only one
working entrance/exit (all the other doors were padlocked). After the bar was emptied, officers discovered
approximately 25 bindles of powder cocaine scattered throughout the bar. It should be noted that the bar’s
license is up for renewal.

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