Friday, January 30, 2009

Jan 30


Too much show this AM! TONY'S, Tunes Free Plug Friday, and the BLAKE SHELTON interview.

BTW if you want to get your business on the radio next Friday, please e-mail for next Friday. FREE PLUG FRIDAY a great way to get a free plug about a business and or your own business.

W I N G N U T @@@@@ C A T C O U N T R Y 9 5 1 D O T C O M


GHOST WHISPERER (8p ET, CBS) -- The CBS lineup is repeats tonight, starting with this one.

WIFE SWAP (8p ET, ABC) -- A new episode. Two hours of "20/20" follows.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (9p ET, NBC) -- A new episode. Two new editions of "Howie Do It" air before.

MONK (9p ET, USA) -- Bob Costas guest stars in this new episode. A new "Psych" follows.

NEWS ABUSED by Wingnut:

Chemicals used in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products may reduce fertility in women. [In fact, scientists say that these chemicals could reduce fertility even more than does being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends.]

Scientists are investigating erratic behavior by the Mars rover. [Which could mean the end of NASA feeding peanut butter crackers to its equipment.]

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in France to protest over the handling of the economic crisis. [Apparently two of every three Frenchmen think the economic crisis should be served with Bordeaux.]

Researchers say that people who suffer a concussion in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later. [For instance, I was dropped on my head as a child, and I still think Paula Abdul's the greatest.]

President Barack Obama signed an equal pay act into law Thursday. [That means, when you're fired here pretty soon, you'll been getting the same unemployment benefits as your male and female counterparts.]

A new study shows that climate change is "largely irreversible" for the next 1,000 years. [You know what that means: you can keep driving your Hummer like it's 1999.]
A new study shows that boys with uncommon names regardless of race are more likely to commit crimes. [This could lead to a massive arrest of celebrity parents for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.]

The stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe seriously injured his back on the set of the new Harry Potter movie. [The injury occurred when he tried to lift J.K. Rowling’s checkbook.]

Ford Motor Co. is reporting that for the last quarter it lost $5.9 billion. [I wonder if they checked under the seat cushions.]

Katie Couric’s ratings are up. [Why? Three words: Wet T-Shirt Tuesdays.]

A new report says tennis great Serena Williams has now become the all-time career prize money-earning female sport star. [She’s earned more than golfing superstar Annika Sorenstam, more than anyone in the WNBA, and more than the Detroit Lions.]



• Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
• A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.

• Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.
• A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

• Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Emily Browning
• Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.


• College
• Fireproof
• Lakeview Terrace
• Pride & Glory
• The Rocker
• RockNRolla
• Open Season 2 (straight to DVD)
• Vicky Cristina Barcelona

• Cheers - The Final Season
• The Love Boat - Season 2, Vol. 1

1. Max Payne
2. Saw V
3. Pineapple Express
4. My Best Friend's Girl
5. Righteous Kill
6. Mirrors
7. Bangkok Dangerous
8. The Express
9. Babylon A.D.
10. The Family That Preys

Lets talk about Valentines Day, check this out.....

HARD TO SWALLOW VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS had a story today about Valentine Gifts, giving lists for different price levels of gifts. While there were some great ideas, like flowers, jewelry and candy, some of the gifts seemed a bit risky to me.

In the under $25 category: A Six Month Subscription to Good HouseKeeping Magazine. A woman can buy this for herself but what does it say when her husband buys it for her?

In the $25 to $50 category: A Trish McEvoy 'Beauty Booster' lip gloss trio. For that romantic occasion let your spouse know they could do with a Beauty Boost.

In the $50 to $75 category: A TimeSmart self setting clock radio. Here Honey, I got you a clock!

In The $75 to $100 category: The Not Your Daughter's Jeans Tummy Tuck Skinny Stretch Jeans. Does anything else really need to be said?


Why can't you get tickets?

There are 72,500 seats available at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. 75 percent are given to the 32 NFL teams. The Cardinals and Steelers get nearly 18 percent of those, and the host team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, gets 5 percent. The remaining tickets are controlled by the NFL and distributed to NFL affiliated companies -- NBC (the network broadcasting the game), corporate sponsors, media, VIPs charities, the host committee -- and then what's left go to the fans. Of those tickets, 1 percent are put into an annual random drawing -- the NFL's only method of distributing tickets to the general public

Joke of the DAY from John in Pueblo, thanks John....

A blonde, a brunette, a redhead, a vicar, a priest, a rabbi, two giraffes and a duck, a farmer, a lawyer, an accountant, a Mexican, an Indian, a Chinaman, an Irishman, an Englishman, an American, and a Scotsman walked into a bar. The bartender said, "Hang on a minute, is this some sort of joke?"

This was insane I found this info on the net, PEOPLE check this out, is this real???

Are there any guys listening that actually keep track of their women's cycle? Guys are you scared of "that time of the month?" Now, there's a new service that you might be interested in. Yes, there's actually a monthly PMS reminder service to warn men. And it seems pretty popular, 100,000 have signed up worldwide!, the brainchild of a 28-year-old bloke guy who wanted a reminder. It's slogan: "saving relationships one month at a time."

OK I am scared, but amused at the same time. Check this out, and first off to just exemplify how much of a run on sentence this is; do men think about this crap?

Men's Health asked: Which famous body part would you most like to have?
• 41% said Michelangelo's David's abs
• 28% said Albert Einstein's brain
• 17% said Dirk Diggler's unit
• 7% said Hulk Hogan's arms
• 6% said Lance Armstrong's legs

But 'us' guys are prefect right, we don't need no stinking Lance Armstrong......LOL



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jan 28

Greetings BLOGGERS!

SUNSHINE is back , yes i know i am stating the obvious, but i can still do a little sunshine cheer right? LOL Wait a sec, though they say it might snow tomorrow?!!?! BLA, curse you nasty weather-man curse you!

INFO FUN facts from my Montana Grand mother! ( do you care about this stuff? )

This is day 28 of 2009, with 337 days remaining.
• 1813: Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.
• 1878: Yale Daily News became the first daily college newspaper in the United States.
• 1887: In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes were reported: 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
• 1915: An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard.
• 1934: The first ski tow in America began operation in Vermont.
• 1958: The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks.
• 1959: Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
• 1985: USA for Africa recorded the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.
• 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts onboard, including Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space.
• 1994: The first trial of accused murderer Lyle Menendez ended in a mistrial. He and his brother Erik were later found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
• 2006: In Leavenworth, Kansas, Thomas Haynes was an enterprising young drug dealer. So enterprising that he had some business cards made up to advertise himself as the town's "boss" drug dealer. Police officers got one of the cards, called the number, set up the buy and when he showed up to make the delivery he was arrested.

• Actor Alan Alda (M*A*S*H, The West Wing) is 73
• Actress/singer/model Barbi Benton is 59
• French president Nicolas Sarkozy is 54
• Golfer Nick Price is 52
• Singer Sarah McLachlan is 41
• Singer/actor Joey Fatone ('N Sync, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Dancing with the Stars) is 32
• Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 29
• Actor Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Green Street Hooligans) is 28
• Heiress Athina Onassis is 24

• 1845: The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name Quarles in signing the poem.
• 1861: Kansas, the Sunflower State, entered the United States of America this day.
• 1924: Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio, patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.
• 1936: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
• 1949: The Newport News was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship.
• 1968: Coach Adolph Rupp of the Kentucky Wildcats notched win #772 and became the winningest coach in college basketball history, as Kentucky beat Mississippi.
• 1977: Rose Royce earned the #1 spot on the music charts with Car Wash, from the movie of the same name.
• 1999: Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared together in public for the first time, posing for photos outside London's Ritz Hotel, where they had attended a party.
• 2000: A teenage boy in Thessaloniki, Greece, survived a 63-foot fall from his seventh-story apartment balcony after landing on two plastic dumpsters. The 17-year-old was hospitalized with a broken leg and a mild concussion.
• 2002: In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
• 2006: Bob Woodruff, ABC's evening news co-anchor, and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were severely injured when hit by a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad.
• 2006: In Boston Tyrone Brown posted an online ad, offering cocaine for sale. He included his phone number. Cops called the number, set up a purchase and busted him.


Stop the presses! (You can't, it's the Internet!) Randy Jackson actually dropped a massive (albeit ineloquent) truth bomb during tonight's episode of American Idol. But before you fly into a panic wondering what shocker to expect next — a ''no'' vote for a marginal contestant from Paula? A product-free hairstyle for Ryan? — bear in mind that the Dawg probably didn't mean to express what I (and a lot of fellow Idoloonies) have been thinking about our favorite show for the last three weeks.

You see, I'm pretty sure the poet/bassist/television personality was simply commenting on yet another moment of ''spontaneous'' ''hilarity'' involving Paula, Simon, Ryan, and himself, and not actually railing against what's been a strangely dissatisfying collection of low-wattage auditions to date when he declared: ''The bizarre season of American Idol season 8...the bizarre season continues in Jacksonville!''

And yet, as much as my favorite show has been underwhelming me over the first five episodes of its eighth season, I also noticed that tonight's festivities opened to the strains of Journey's ''Don't Stop Believin','' and it gave me a thin thread of hope that maybe, just maybe, the producers are holding back on showing us the talent, and planning to unleash a human tidal wave of future Daughtrys and J.Huds and Archies when Hollywood Week kicks off on Feb. 3. (Ooh! Just one week to go!)

Yeah, I know, it's a long shot. Why in the name of all that's pitchy would Fox want to mislead us into thinking this year's talent pool will live to disappoint? And the Journey bit was supposed to be an homage to Randy, who played bass with the band back in the day. But think about it: The judge voted most likely to need a thesaurus isn't actually from Jacksonville, and while he does share a name with Florida's largest city, was that really any reason for him to don a safety-orange t-shirt with blue palm-tree designs and swap seats with Simon for a day? No, people, it was not. Therefore, I choose to spin the theory that ''Don't Stop Believin''' was a subtle message from Idol producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz (how I love to type that name!) to you and me: ''It's going to get better, guys!''

And despite evidence to the contrary, I choose to believe season 8 is going to get better because I love American Idol more than caffeinated soft drinks and bacon combined. Because I believe in the power of undiscovered musical talent to bring the citizens of this great country to tears (or sometimes to blows). And because, well, I get paid to blather almost exclusively about Fox's wildly popular talent competition from January to May every year, and I'm not gonna lie to you: It's a pretty sweet gig.

So without further ado — and because I am fighting a losing battle with a severe case of nausea tonight — let's cut to the chase with the five ways tonight's show could (should?) give us all a little hope.

MORE IDOL RECAP ROUGHAGE: from seacost online:

Didn’t anyone learn from Ross Plavsic? Last week in Louisville, the guy who rearranged Chinese characters and sounded like Lurch butchering "Cara Mia" – he had a degree in physics.

This week, in Jacksonville, another one showed up. George Ramirez – who looks like a cute guy who somehow got lost at sea for a month and ended up with a “Cast Away” beard – is also a physics major. Who can’t sing. Who butchers songs in a low, ultra-serious voice.

George had what Randy called “the quietest audition” ever on “American Idol.”

What is it with physics majors? Simon asked George if he’d ever done this before and he said he sang for his friends. Maybe good scientists are tone deaf.

Simon: “This isn’t for you, is it?”

He’s silent.

Simon: “I’ll tell you -- it isn’t.”

Simon wasn’t a big fan of Jacksonville; at least, not day one.

“They weren’t very good,” he told Ryan. “Mostly they were terrible.”

There were a couple of standout folks, including Miss Florida Latina USA candidate Julissa Veloz. She wants to be the first Latina “Idol” and after they made fun of her laugh, the judges let her through.

You could tell Simon liked Jasmine Murray because he got that “I like this girl” look on his face.

Simon: “Cute, commercial and you’re a very, very good singer.”

I felt bad for Anne Marie Boskovich, even though she made it through. She came in, gushed over seeing a Kara concert – she managed to make it sound genuine instead of an arse kissing – and the judges told her she needed to come back with a “superstar” persona.

Why? Why can’t the “American Idol” just be a nice, genuine, natural girl? She was very pretty even before the makeup and mussed up hair and sleeveless shirt. Why did she need to get a little *sexier* before she could be let through?

Be true to yourself, Anne Marie!


 Joshua Ulloa

Sings Marvin Gaye

Compared to Justin Guarini, but this guy has more personality. He’s a goof.

Randy: Dawg, you got all the sound effects and everything.
Simon: In parts, you were very good. Then it was very gimmicky and very corny. It was like Inspector Gadget or something.
Randy: Actually, for me, dawg, I liked the crazy.
Simon: I’m gonna say yes.
All others say yes.

 Girl brought her dog, Sasha.

Sings “Superstar” by Karen Carpenter

She’s pretty good but they’re distracted by the dog, who is in Simon’s lap.

Simon: I think you’ve got a nice voice. I’m going to say yes.
Randy: I’m going to say yes.

Paula almost attacks Kara and kisses her. Then Kara had to pull up her dress.

Paula says yes.

Kara: My job isn’t done here until Simon tries something on me.

 Miss Florida Latina USA

Julissa Veloz

Simon: It’s better than what I thought it was going to be. Having said that, you didn’t make it sound nice.

(They make fun of her laugh.)

Kara: You have a voice. I was kind of on the edge of my seat to see what happened.

Randy wants to know what Simon thinks. Paula feels left out. Now that they have four judges she feels like they don’t need her.

 Darin Darnell likes to work the room. He’s happy-go-lucky and excited … until his friend is cut. Then he loses his energy and excitement.

He can’t really sing well anyway. Poor guy.

Kara gives him speech about how the music business isn’t for him, because he’s too emotional. She says they’re doing him “a solid” for letting him go.

 Naomi’s friend Samantha is a huge fan of Randy. She sits on Randy’s lap.

So Paula sits on Simon’s lap.

Ryan comes in and sits on Kara’s lap.

Poor Naomi hasn’t had a chance to sing.

She tries to sing “Loving You” and does a horrible job.

Simon thinks it’s a joke. She cries, so Randy, Paula and Kara go up to hug her. (I bet it was still a joke.)

 Jasmine Murray

Simon has that “I like this girl” look on his face.

Simon: Cute, commercial and you’re a very, very good singer.

She’s going to H-wood.

 George Ramirez has a beard for no good reason.

Another physics major. What is it with physicists and this show? Some delusional dream? He can’t sing. Not one bit.

Randy calls it the quietest audition they’ve ever had.

Simon: This isn’t for you, is it?

He’s silent.

Simon: I’ll tell you, it isn’t.

 Anne Marie heard Kara sing something at Nashville.

She has a great voice and they want her to come back as a superstar.

 T.K. Hash sings John Legend. He had auditioned last year.

He’s OK, but I’m not convinced he’s good enough.

Paula thinks he was inspired by David Archuleta

Kara was the deciding vote to get him to Hollywood (Simon said no)

 Michael Perrelli plays guitar everywhere he goes.

He can’t take the guitar in the room and it terrifies him. He’s freaking out even before the audition. Crying. I hate when they cry BEFORE the audition.

He has a smiley face backpack.

Simon: I think you’re quite interesting, but your voice isn’t.
Kara: I think you’d be better with your guitar.

Simon: Advice -- don’t start pleading like that. It’s not necessary. It’s tough for anybody in life full stop. You get a job like everybody else and you have a band on the side.

(Everyone else says “yeah”)

Wow. They get really nasty after that. Saying he’s getting on their nerves. Nasty.

 Anne Marie Boskovich comes back with a makeover

She is quite pretty. Everyone is smiling at her.

Randy: I think you have a really great voice. I love the whole vibe.

She needs to get the whole star persona out, they say. I say, heck with them!

T.V. tonight!

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- More auditions, this time from Salt Lake City. A new "Lie To Me" follows.

THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC (8p ET, CBS) -- This one-time special primetime broadcast will be in addition to the regular newscast and will include breaking news of the day. The rest of the CBS lineup is repeats tonight.

LOST (9p ET, ABC) -- A new episode. A repeat of the second hour of the season premiere airs before.

LAW & ORDER (10p ET, NBC) -- A new episode. A new "Knight Rider" airs at 8p ET.

LIFE ON MARS (10p ET, ABC) -- "Life" returns with new episodes.

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) -- It's a Super Bowl cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.

DAMAGES (10p ET, FX) -- A new episode.

Entertainment 411

FBI HELPS IN TRAVOLTA CASE _ The FBI has reportedly joined the investigation into the alleged plot to extort money from John Travolta following the death of his teenage son. According to E! News, the organization has lent voice analysis experts to the Bahamian police to help them probe "sensitive" phone calls between lawyers for the Travoltas and the politician who has been accused of extortion.

... RadarOnline reports the item at the center of the extortion case is a "refusal to transport" document. Some reports said a photograph was at the center of the case. But RadarOnline reports the extortion charges stem from a conversation Travolta had with the paramedic concerning where Jett should be treated. Travolta originally wanted to fly Jett back to the U.S. for treatment, believing it would take just as long to transport his son to a Bahamian hospital as it would to fly him to Florida. confirmed with a source close to the situation that while Travolta originally preferred to have Jett treated in the U.S. he realized there was no time and agreed to have him treated in the Bahamas.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S BOYFRIEND MAY BE ALIVE _ Olivia Newton-John's onetime boyfriend, who disappeared in 2005 and was presumed to have drowned at sea, may be alive after having faked his own vanishing act, according to a private investigator hired by Dateline NBC. Former cameraman Patrick McDermott apparently slipped out of sight to escape debts and let his son cash in a $100,000 life-insurance policy, believes investigator Philip Klein.

OBAMA GIRLS GET HARRY POTTER INVITE _ They've already been invited to hang with Hannah Montana, now Malia and Sasha Obama also have the chance to meet Harry Potter. Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has offered to show the first daughters around the Harry Potter set.

SUSAN SARANDON ON ER? _ There have been lots of rumors about George Clooney's return to ER. Here's the latest news: Oscar winner Susan Sarandon will share some scenes with Clooney. NBC wouldn't confirm or deny either Clooney or Sarandon's guest-starring gigs on the medical drama, and calls to the actors' reps were not returned.

JOSH HOLLOWAY NOT COMFY WITH CELEB THING _ While his Lost role has earned him much fame, fortune and status as a sex symbol, Josh Holloway says being labeled as such gets in the way of his everyday life. In a Company magazine interview, Holloway says that the "whole sex-symbol thing is really strange," saying he "wouldn't wish it on anybody." Holloway adds, "I appreciate the opportunity to work, the cash it gives you, and other things it provides are wonderful. But the celebrity thing ... I don't like attention."

THORNTON AND JOLIE AGAIN? _ Billy Bob Thornton says he'd love to work with ex-wife Angelina Jolie again. The couple first worked together in the film Pushing Tin, back in 1999. And apparently, Angelina is also itching to work with Billy Bob. He says, "She and I keep looking for something to do together; we just have to find the right thing."

This morning we talked about the 'rich people' in Hollywood and what they were doing before they really started rolling in the cash.....before they were famous.....check it out


* Sean Connery -- Back when Sean was still known as Thomas Sean, he held a series of odd jobs to help his family out during the depression. These included delivering milk, driving a truck, and polishing coffins.

* Michelle Pfeiffer -- Supermarket cashier

* Jack Nicholson -- Office boy in MGM's cartoon department

* Alec Baldwin -- Busboy

* Luciano Pavarotti -- Elementary school teacher for two years -- but only after abandoning his dream job of being a professional football goalkeeper.

* Patrick Swayze -- Professional ballet dancer with Disney on Parade

* Pierce Brosnan -- Fire-eater. Yeah, like with the circus. He learned it as a teen and says he still puts it on his resume.

I got several e-mails from people asking me why i always say nap time on my blog, well its simple i take an afternoon nap because i rise so early every flipping day, check out some very important info about being a napper!!!

A short snooze during the day will boost your mood and your intelligence -- but there's more to it than simply closing your eyes

• A nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for up to 10 hours.
• Research on pilots shows that a 26-minute "NASA" nap in flight (while the plane is manned by a copilot) enhanced performance by 34% and overall alertness by 54%.
• One Harvard study published last year showed that a 45-minute nap improves learning and memory.
• Napping reduces stress and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and excessive weight gain.
• A British study suggested that just knowing a nap was coming was enough to lower blood pressure.
• A short afternoon catnap of 20 minutes yields mostly Stage 2 sleep, which enhances alertness and concentration, elevates mood, and sharpens motor skills. To boost alertness on waking, you can drink a cup of coffee before you nap. Caffeine requires 20 or 30 minutes to take effect, so it will kick in just as you're waking.
• Naps of up to 45 minutes may also include rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which enhances creative thinking and boosts sensory processing.
• Limit your nap to 45 minutes or less, if you need to spring into action after dozing. Otherwise, you may drift into slow-wave sleep. Waking from this stage results in sleep inertia, that grogginess and disorientation that can last for half an hour or more.

One of my best friends in the whole entire world is having a baby in a little TOWN CALLED Eugene, Oregon and is scared to death. Not about being a good father, but if he and his new wife can afford it.....check this out:

Everybody knows that having a child puts a dent in your family finances, but not everybody plans for it. What's worse, even those who do plan have lots of misperceptions about just how big an impact a little baby can have, according to a survey of 1,000 new and expectant parents (commissioned by Redbook and VISA).

76% of expectant parents say they feel financially prepared for having a baby -- but 41% of new parents admit that, in hindsight, they were not as financially prepared as they thought.

It turns out there's a major financial roadblock that expectant parents often fail to account for: hospital bills. One in four new parents ended up spending more than $2,000 on out-of-pocket costs for services associated with a normal delivery -- costs that they thought would be covered by insurance.

Nearly half of new parents say they spent more money than necessary on a car seat; 36% overspent on strollers; about 25% went overboard on baby photos, a crib and clothing.

Even though expectant parents tend to underestimate the overall financial impact of having a baby, they also overestimate the cost of daily expenses. Expectant parents figure on spending an average of $120 a month on diapers; new parents actually spend half that. What gives? New parents are savvier shoppers: Three-fourths of them shop for baby items at discount retailers, compared with only half of expectant parents. It makes sense: A Consumer Reports comparison recently found that some store-brand diapers work just as well as brand-name ones and cost a lot less -- assuming you change six diapers a day, you'd save about $220 a year.


Surprise -- the prices on many baby items have gone down in the last decade. (1994 prices have been adjusted for inflation.)
1994: Huggies 100 count Step 1 diapers at Costco, $19.58
2005: Huggies 100 count Step 1 diapers at Costco, $13

1994: 336 count Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes at Sam's Club, $10.22
2005: 336 count name-brand wipes at Costco, $7.70

1994: 16-oz. can of name-brand formula at grocery store, $10.17
2005: 16-oz. can of name-brand formula at grocery store, $17.60

1994: average, $196
2005: average, $220

1994: average cost of first year's layette, $653
2005: average cost of first year's layette, $500

OUCH! I have a cat, that's all i need.....

JOKE of the DAY:
Service in the restaurant was extremely slow. The husband was starting to flip out, so his wife tried to distract him with small
talk. "You know," she said, "our friend Rachael should be having her baby anytime now." "Really?" the husband snapped. "She wasn't even pregnant when we walked in here."

CMN (country music news) that you can use:

Due to high demand, KENNY CHESNEY tickets for his June 27 concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will now go on sale January 31, two weeks earlier than planned. He will be joined at the show by SUGARLAND, MONTGOMERY GENTRY, MIRANDA LAMBERT and LADY ANTEBELLUM.

MIRANDA LAMBERT will head into the studio in February to begin work on her third album. She's been writing songs for the project and can’t wait to get back on the road to play them for her fans.

MIRANDA LAMBERT has named her new horse Zeus Troubadour after the Greek God and the God of Country Music -- GEORGE STRAIT. She got the horse from some friends who didn't have enough time to ride him.

TAYLOR SWIFT's got the life any young woman would want, but she tells Teen Vogue it wasn't always so great. She tells the magazine, "Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of popular girls. They didn't think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me." Another reason she was singled out? "The kids at school thought it was weird that I liked country [music]. They'd make fun of me." But all that changed in ninth grade when she moved from her hometown in Pennsylvania to Nashville and scored a record deal. A year into her career, Taylor returned to perform in the place where earlier she'd been mocked -- and saw the girls who made her feel so badly about herself. She says they showed up, wearing her T-shirts and asking her to sign their CDs. Taylor calls the visit "bittersweet."

BRAD PAISLEY’s tour stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bossier City, Louisiana, San Antonio and Lubbock, Texas were all sellouts last week. The 2009 leg of his Paisley Party tour has sold 225,000 tickets in 24 shows so far. His opening acts this month are DIERKS BENTLEY and DARIUS RUCKER, but Darius will give way to CRYSTAL SHAWANDA in February.

NAP time...


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jan 27

Greetings Bloggers!

TUES. It's what I call DIGITAL TUESDAY! Love that here is why. The new stuff comes out and the must have , want lists must be met, check it out and do the economy a favor and BUY something?!?!?


• College
• Fireproof
• Lakeview Terrace
• Pride & Glory
• The Rocker (guy from the office is in this)
• RockNRolla
• Open Season 2 (straight to DVD)
• Vicky Cristina Barcelona

• Cheers - The Final Season
• The Love Boat - Season 2, Vol. 1


TAYLOR SWIFT's self-titled debut on karaoke!

JAMEY JOHNSON’s That Lonesome Song on vinyl. The album was released last year on CD.

PAT GREEN’s album, What I’m For, which includes his latest, Let Me.

JOHNNY CASH Remixed, a collaborative effort of Johnny's vocals mixed with artists from other styles of music.

VINCE GILL and DOLLY PARTON can be heard on a new bluegrass album from actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin, in stores today. The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo is Martin's first full-length bluegrass album, which came about after he played on the Grammy Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown with EARL SCRUGGS. The Crow was produced by John McEuen, of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND and consists of fifteen original tracks written by Martin.

DIGI. Tuesday Rocks right?


• Dierks Bentley: Feel That Fire (2/3)
• Wynonna: Sing: Chapter One (2/3)
• Aaron Tippin: In Overdrive (2/3)
• Jake Owen: Easy Does It (2/24)
• Raul Malo: Lucky One (3/3)
• Jack Ingram: untitled (3/17)
• Willie Nelson: Naked Willie (3/17)
• Martina McBride: Shine (3/24)
• Eric Church: Carolina (3/24)
• Keith Urban: Defying Gravity (3/31)
• Billy Ray Cyrus: Back To Tennessee (3/31)
• Ronnie Milsap: Then Sings My Soul (3/31)
• Rascal Flatts: Unstoppable (4/7)
• Emerson Drive: Believe (4/7)
• Jason Aldean: Wide Open (4/7)
• Collin Raye: Never Going Back (4/7)
• John Rich: Son Of A Preacher Man (Spring)
• Tanya Tucker: That Lonesome Town (Spring)

Speaking of Taylor Swift man she is everywhere doing everything and selling more CD's thank you can shake a stick at!

TAYLOR SWIFT’s upcoming appearance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo sold out in a matter of minutes. All 71,000 tickets were snatched up.

TAYLOR SWIFT’s appearance on the CBS series CSI has been scheduled to air March 5. Taylor calls the experience of filming "life-changing." Taylor will play a teenage girl whose family runs a motel in Las Vegas.

Beginning today (Tuesday), TRACE ADKINS is the focus of an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame that showcases video footage and the outfit he wore for his appearances last year on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice.

Lets talk Pets, do you have any? I have a giant sized bag of fur names Morris, he is orange!

For the sixth consecutive year, Max is the most popular name for both dogs and cats. That's according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, which insured some 466,000 clients. Only 13 dogs in VPI's database went by Fido in 2008, placing the name at number 2,866. Rover wasn't far behind at number 2,534. Lassie was number 1,572), Pluto was number 1,009), Spot was number 659) and Fluffy was number 338.
The top 10 names for dogs:
1. Max
2. Bailey
3. Bella
4. Molly
5. Lucy
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Sophie
10. Chloe
The top 10 cat names:
1. Max
2. Chloe
3. Tigger
4. Tiger
5. Lucy
6. Smokey
7. Oliver
8. Bella
9. Shadow
10. Charlie
Speaking of pets, a national survey reveals most pet owners believe they can understand the "woofs" and "meows" of their pets. At least 62% of dog and cat lovers insist their fury friends can understand what they're saying, according to an Associated Press poll. While it may be as elementary as a dog barking "I need to take a walk" or a cat purring "give me more chow," the bulk of pet owners say the dialogue isn't just a guessing game.

I am a VIDEO game collector and a bit of a Geek. I have just about every system you can imagine of and many trinkets to go along with it. My pride and JOY and modified Nintendo Entertainment System (classic NES) While surfing the net, trying to find out what new and crazy I stumbled across this.....

Do you think video games are a blessing or a curse? Many people bash video games saying that they make kids fat because children don't go outside to play anymore. I think not! Maybe some just sit there and play, but not if you have the Wii! We talked about a 10-year-old in Ireland who managed to walk again after for years in a wheelchair. She received treatment in a New York hospital, attending Wii therapy courses for six days a week. While she had conventional treatments, such as hydrotherapy, it was the Wii Fit that the girl took a shine to and which helped her back on her feet again. Now that's very cool and inspiring!


AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- The auditions continue from Jacksonville, Florida. A new episode of "Fringe" follows.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) -- A new episode. A repeat of "The Mentalist" follows.

THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) -- Super Bowl bound Arizona Quarterback Kurt Warner and popular celebrity chef Curtis Stone guest star in this Super Bowl-themed episode. A repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" follows.

SCRUBS (9p ET, ABC) -- Two new episodes air back to back. A new edition of "Homeland Security" airs before.

WITHOUT A TRACE (10p ET, CBS) -- The team searches for Elena's former partner in this new episode.

LEVERAGE (10p ET, TNT) -- A new episode.

NIP/TUCK (10p ET, FX) -- A new episode.

The News abused by WiNgNuT

Pfizer has agreed to buy out rival drug manufacturer Wyeth. [Both of their stock prices went up. And probably so did my prescriptions.]

In Chicago a 14-year-old dressed as a police officer walked into a squad room and was given a patrol assignment before the deception was discovered five hours later. [He claimed he bought the job from Governor Blagojevich fair and square.]

Even the film company behind the comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop is surprised at how successful it's doing. [They’re already working on a television spinoff, CSI: Food Court.]

The impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich started yesterday (Monday). [And you thought YOUR workweek got off to a rough start.]

Home Depot is cutting 7,000 jobs. [I had no idea that many people worked there. I can never find anyone when I need help.]

A new report says U.S. schoolchildren need more recess. [Suspiciously, the report was written completely in crayon.]

Hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger will tell his story on 60 Minutes. [Let's see if he can avoid catastrophe in the media.]

Drivers distracted by their own cell phones need to be on the lookout for a new danger -- distracted children crossing streets while talking on their own cell phones. [On second thought, distracted drivers on their cell phones running over distracted children on their cell phones does bring a bit a poetic justice to the world.]

Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate. [Instead Oprah will remain Queen of America.]

Thank you DRIVE THRU


Monday, January 26, 2009

Jan 26

Greetings BLOGGERS!!!!!!

It's popsicle cold TODAY! BRRR true story The Schwan man came this past Friday. I ordered my favorite ice-cream 'Rainbow Serbet' and had no room in the freezer. I stuck it outside this morning before i left for work and when i got home at noon it was still frozen solid! I mean this block of very tastey goodness could have been used in a episode of the Soprano's as a killing instrument LOL!

When its this cold outside you stay home and watch T.V.

On the Tube tonight:

HOUSE (8p ET, FOX) -- A new episode. A new "24" follows.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) -- Everything on CBS is repeats tonight, starting with "Bang".

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) -- The nine remaining bachelorettes learn they must "sing for their supper" to earn the coveted one-on-one date. A new "True Beauty" follows.

THE LAST TEMPLAR (9p ET, NBC) -- This mini-series concludes tonight. A new "Superstars of Dance" airs before.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE CLOSER (9p ET, TNT) -- Brenda and the team investigate an apparent suicide that the medical examiner believes was actually a murder.

SERIES PREMIERE: TRUST ME (10p ET, TNT) -- Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") and Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") star is this new drama series about two best friends working as creative partners at a top-ranked Chicago ad agency.

I have to admitt I am a total MOVIE nerd, I own nearly 1500 movie titles, see major geek here. Now you might ask, why, or who cares, hang on let me set up my next point....
I was curious about the way the award shows were going to be scored and shown soon. I did a little bit of reading and found out some pretty interesting stuff check this out:

A lot of people were upset that The Dark Knight got snubbed for Best Picture. Now there's word that some Academy Award voters plan to cast write-in vote for the film. Really? A write-in vote on the Oscar ballot? Well, yes. According to the book All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards:

... One of the factors that prompted the creation of write-ins was the 1935 snubbing of actress Bette Davis for what many considered to be one of the best performances of the year in John Cromwell’s Of Human Bondage. Outraged at this development, celebrities demanded the ability to write-in votes for Davis. Even The Hollywood Reporter got into the act, insinuating that the voting process that year was somehow mishandled. In response, in February 1935, Academy president Howard Estabrook announced that voters could write-in their personal choices for the winner of each category. Write-in votes would then be counted, just like any other votes.

... At the 1936 Oscar ceremony, Hal Mohr became the first person in history to win an Oscar based on write-in votes alone. Mohr won an Oscar for cinematography for his work in the 1935 film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

... But due to the myriad of issues that were generated by the write-in process, not to mention the general confusion for all parties, the Academy changed the rules to forbid write-ins after 1936. This made Hal Mohr the first and last person ever to win an Oscar through a write-in campaign.

... Which means there's is no way The Dark Knight will be taking home a Best Picture or a Best Director trophy come February 22nd. (see now you know?)

Lets talk movie box office:

1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $21.5 million
2. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, $20.7 million
3. Gran Torino, $16 million
4. Hotel for Dogs, $12.3 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire, $10.5 million
6. My Bloody Valentine 3-D, $10 million
7. Inkheart, $7.7 million
8. Bride Wars, $7 million
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, $6 million
10. Notorious, $5.7 million

... The #1 movie this week last year was Meet the Spartans.


• Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
• A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.

• Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.
• A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

• Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Emily Browning
• Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

Way off topic here, but wait I am always off topic:


Today (January 26) begins Chinese New Year 4707 -- The Year of the Ox.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in ox years tend to be painters, engineers, and architects. They are stable, fearless, obstinate, hard-working and friendly. Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Walt Disney, and Anthony Hopkins were all born in the year of the ox.

BRAIN BUSTER this Morning: According to a survey, 84 percent of kids say they do what at lunchtime at school? (Trade foods with their friends)

The JOKE of the Day sent to me by 'Big Daddy Carl' thats what he wrote anyway, and by the way he lives with two teenage daughters:
A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up. "Wow!" said her father, "That was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?" "Wrong number," replied the girl.

NAP time...


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jan 24

Greetings Bloggers

Have a great weekend, I am headed to the Mountains this weekend,

Talk with ya Monday!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jan 21

WED we made it its HUMP DAY...HE HAWWW!
We have to hit something very IMPORTANT tonight on ABC!


Lets do a TV breakdown:

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- More auditions in this edition. FYI: the episode will run 3 minutes long, ending at 9:03p ET.

OLD CHRISTINE (8p ET, CBS) -- A new episode. A new "Gary Unmarried" follows.

SEASON PREMIERE: LOST (9p ET, ABC) -- A clip show airs at 8p ET, before the 2-hour premiere.

SERIES PREMIERE: LIE TO ME (9:03p ET, FOX) -- (Note the start and end time; the episode will run until 10:06p ET) Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk, Reservoir Dogs) stars in this new drama as Dr. Paul Ekman, a specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose both the truth and lies in criminal investigations.

CSI: NY (10p ET, CBS) -- In this new episode, the team finds various body parts scattered around the city. A new "Criminal Minds" airs before.

LAW & ORDER (10p ET, NBC) -- A new episode. A new "Knight Rider" airs at 8p ET.

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) -- It's time for the Restaurant Wars!

DAMAGES (10p ET, FX) -- In this new episode, Ellen uncovers a decades-old secret from Patty and Purcell's past.

It seems you and I watch a lot of tv, this is sort of Geek stuff but interesting non-the-less:

Top TV Shows Week Ending 01-11-09

you get the picture
College Football: Oklahoma vs. Florida
26.77 M
NFL Football: Arizona vs. Carolina
23.78 M
AFC Division Playoff Post-Game-Sunday
21.35 M
The Mentalist
19.62 M
19.1 M
College Football: Texas vs. Ohio State
17.06 M
60 Minutes
15.03 M
Golden Globe Awards
14.86 M
Grey's Anatomy
13.87 M
Desperate Housewives
13.79 M
Without a Trace
13.13 M
12.61 M
Barbara Walters Special
12.55 M
Cold Case
12.3 M
Biggest Loser 7
11.92 M
Two And a Half Men
11.56 M
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
11.0 M
Law & Order: SVU
10.82 M
Ghost Whisperer
10.64 M
CSI: Miami
10.4 M
Source: Nielsen Media Research

My friends in SEATTLE sent this my way from another radio station I had to share it with you:
Might be good to break this into two bits, spaced an hour apart or done at the same time two different days. Men's retort in BOLD btw

When he says What he really means is
"Let's take your car." "Mine is full of beer cans, burger wrappers and completely out of gas." "Woman Driver!" "Someone who doesn't speed, tailgate, swear, make obscene gestures and has a better driving record than me."
"Can I help with dinner?" "Why isn't it already on the table?"
"Have you lost weight?" "I've just spent our last $30 on a cordless drill."
"My wife doesn't understand me." "She's heard all my stories before, and is tired of them."
"I'm getting more exercise lately." "The batteries in the remote are dead."
"Hey, I've read all the classics." "Hey, I've been subscribing to Playboy since 1972."
"You cook just like my mother used to." "She used the smoke detector as a meal timer, too."
"I was listening to you. It's just that I have things on my mind." "I was wondering if that red-head over there is wearing a bra." "Take a break, honey, you're working too hard." "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."
"It's a really good movie." "It's got guns, knives, fast cars, and Heather Locklear."
"Will you marry me?" "Both my roommates have moved out, I can't find the washer, and there is no more peanut butter."
"I was just thinking about you, and got you these roses." "The girl selling them on the corner was a real babe."
"I brought you a present." "It was free ice scraper night at the ball game."
"This relationship is getting too serious." "I like you more than my truck."

How often do you shower? Seriously, i can ask that right? I take one everyday in the morning before i go to work unless i am running late than I wash my face and wear a hat. :) That's what i do everyday! Now what about you? There are some people out there to claim they can read a person by their washing or showering habits!!! SERIOUSLY check it out:


So, which part of your body do you bathe first? The answer to that question reveals interesting information about your personality, say experts. "The subconscious is in control because a person is on autopilot when performing a daily task like showering," explains psychologist Sharon Berry. "But even if you're not really thinking, research shows that the area where you start directly relates to your personality."
Here's what your showering style reveals about you:

• Begin by shampooing your hair -- You're artistic and creative. You spend much of your time daydreaming about future plans, but you can be very dogged when it comes to achieving goals that are particularly important to you. Spending time with intellectually challenging pals is essential. You'll go to any lengthens to please your sweetheart in bed. Your best choice of life partners is a person who starts with the chest.

• Begin by soaping your chest -- You're a straightforward, practical person who focuses on a task with a single minded intensity that ensures you'll find the solution. You are impatient with people who interrupt your concentration. You also have no time for people who don't share your point of view. You are a good lover who's willing to try new things. Have a happy love life by choosing a partner who begins with their hair.

• Begin by washing your under arms -- You're loyal, dependable and hard working with a down to earth demeanor that makes you a very popular person. But your trusting nature can blind you to the true intentions of others. Make an effort to curtail your workaholic ways by spending more time showering your honey with affection. You'll reap immediate benefits. Choose a lover who starts with the shoulders.

• Begin by cleaning your face -- Lots of spending money plus a bulging savings account and a healthy retirement fund top your must have list. Getting ahead financially sometimes even eclipses your relationships with friends and family. But you can be generous, surprising loved ones with thoughtful gifts. You enthrall your mate with the ingenuity you bring to the bedroom. Your best partner starts with the armpits.

• Begin by scrubbing your shoulders -- You're a quiet person who reveals little about yourself in social situations. The privileged few allowed in your small circle value your opinion and are impressed with the inner strength you bring to a crisis. You may have fantastic fantasies, but you're often too timid to share them with your lover. Loosen up and you'll be happy you did. A person who washes the face first is your best bet.

Where do you rate? Send me an e-mail and tell me I have to know! LOL

Quick Wingnut In The Morning Headlines:

• A memory pill that was first developed for Alzheimer's patients could be available for everyone in the next year or two.
• Kelly Osbourne has been taken into custody for allegedly slapping a gossip columnist who called her fiance dumb.
• Passengers aboard the US Airways jet that collided with a flock of birds, forcing the pilot to land in the Hudson River on January 15, will each be paid $5,000 to compensate them for lost luggage and other belongings.
• A Philippines police officer says he has captured video of the mysterious "White Lady" -- a ghost -- on his cell phone.
• Brad Pitt says he is not afraid of growing old, but is worried about how he will die. He's afraid of fire and tight places, but not sharks.
• By the way, his full name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. You can thank his dad, Donald Sutherland, for those 7 names.
• New American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi is a distant cousin of Regis Philbin.
• ER's Parminder Nagra and her longtime boyfriend, celebrity photographer James Stenson, were married last weekend... just a month after announcing she was pregnant.
• Ozzy Osbourne and family are back in a variety-style show featuring skits, impersonations and audience games to air later this year on Fox.
• Country singer Jo Dee Messina has welcomed a baby boy into the world.
• Rachel Griffiths from "Brothers and Sisters" is expecting her third child in July.
• The man accused of killing three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family in Chicago has pleaded not guilty.
• Country singer Jo Dee Messina and her husband have announced the birth of their first child, a boy.
• Marcia Cross's husband, stockbroker Tom Mahoney, has been diagnosed with cancer.

CMN (country music news)

KENNY CHESNEY has announced stadium dates and venues for his Sun City Carnival Tour. Opening acts will include MIRANDA LAMBERT, LADY ANTEBELLUM, SUGARLAND and MONTGOMERY GENTRY. Dates are:
• May 2, Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, Texas*
• May 23, Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio*
• May 30, Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
• June 6, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• June 13, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
• June 27, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• July 18, AT&T Park, San Francisco, California*
• July 23, Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah*
• August 1, Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
• August 15, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
• August 22, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
• September 19, Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, Indiana
* Show does not include Montgomery Gentry

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has been added to the lineup of performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards, airing February 8 on CBS. She's up for Best Female Vocal Performance in Country for her tune Last Name and will perform during the show, along with KENNY CHESNEY and others.

TRACE ADKINS performs his tune You’re Gonna Miss This on today’s (Wednesday) Ellen. He'll also perform his new single, Marry For Money, on tonight Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS).

Word is TAYLOR SWIFT will make a cameo appearance in the Jonas Brothers' upcoming 3-D Concert Experience, due out February 24. She'll sing a duet version of SHANIA TWAIN’s I'm Gonna Getcha Good. The movie was filmed last summer when Taylor was dating Joe Jonas.

JO DEE MESSINA says now that she's a mom, she plans to hit up MARTINA MCBRIDE and SARA EVANS for advice on touring with her newborn son, Noah. She plans to take him on the road with her beginning in April.

The ZAC BROWN BAND (May 30) and JO DEE MESSINA (August 1) will entertain fans with concerts following Pittsburgh Pirates home games this season.

JESSICA SIMPSON may only be the girlfriend of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, but she is part of the Cowboys’ Family Cookbook this year. She and Tony discuss their recipes for Banana Breakfast Fruit Smoothies and Broccoli with Wherry Tomatoes.

With his song Don't, BILLY CURRINGTON scores his third number this week and ends BRAD PAISLEY and KEITH URBAN's stint at the top after just one week. Billy’s last chart-topper was Good Directions, which held the spot last summer.

CHUCK WICKS is writing songs for his next album with various collaborators including R&B singer Brian McKnight, girlfriend JULIANNE HOUGH and pop singer Richard Marx.

Brain Buster this morning: Sixty-nine percent of us have this in common. (There is at least one photo of us somewhere on the Internet)



(WSJ) News organizations had a hard time closing in on the number.

In the early afternoon, both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal headlined “millions” of witnesses, but their articles referred to “hundreds of thousands.” The Times, in the same article, said the crowd was “appearing to number well over a million.”

CNN also described a crowd of “hundreds of thousands,” online, but on TV and online the news network also referred to an “expected” and “estimated” crowd of up to two million. CBS News, online, described “crowds approaching two million.” Later that number was changed to “in excess of one million.”

The Associated Press counted more than one million people, using “crowd photographs and comparisons with past events.” That report was picked up by Fox News and also by NBC News. The latter network, like the Washington Post, quoted a “security official” who put the crowd closer to two million, which the Post said would break Lyndon Johnson’s record 1965 crowd of 1.2 million.

If the “security official” is right and the crowd was nearly two million, that would mean less than three square feet of space per person, according to Clark McPhail, a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Illinois and expert on crowd counting.



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jan 20


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Here's a rundown of all the daytime Inaugural coverage.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- The auditions continue in this hour-long edition.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD BALL: AN INAUGURATION CELEBRATION (8p ET, ABC) -- President Barack Obama hosts the first Neighborhood Ball. Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to perform. A special showing highlights from other inaugural balls follows.

THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) -- A wild jump-rope challenge leads to immunity.

CHANGE AND CHALLENGE: THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA (9p ET, CBS) -- This special looks at Barack Obama's journey to the White House and shows highlights of the day's activities.

FRINGE (9p ET, FOX) -- "Fringe" returns with new episodes.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) -- In this Presidential Inauguration Special, see reports from the inaugural galas, with highlights of the night's biggest events.

LEVERAGE (10p ET, TNT) -- A new episode.

Wingnut's Inauguration Observation

It's inauguration day. [So if President Bush's pockets look really full, it's because he's stocking up on White House peanuts.]

World leaders received one final telephone call from President Bush Monday. [Then they all changed their numbers.]

President George W. Bush on Monday made a round of phone calls to leaders around the globe. [With his usual question: "Is your refrigerator running?"]

The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush will seek political asylum in Switzerland. [After being denied asylum in Holland, where the shoes are wooden.]

Joe Biden's wife told Oprah that her husband was told he could choose between being Vice President or Secretary of State but chose Vice President so he would be home with the family more often. [That meant that the Secretary of State position, which requires extensive foreign travel, could then be given to Hillary Clinton. Biden keeps reminding Bill Clinton that he owes him one.]

Alex Trebek has signed to host Canada's newest reality competition show, Canada's Next Prime Minister. [Yes! It’s only Inauguration Day and already the U.S. is no longer the laughing stock of the Western world!]

The number one movie at the box office is the new Kevin James movie about a bumbling mall cop. [We used to make fun of mall cops but in this economy we’re fascinated by anyone who still has a job.]

Scientists have revealed details of a high-tech breakthrough which could help childless couples using in-vitro fertilization. [It's a new program which allows the childless couple to select a kid from the Brangelina brood.]

An elderly couple went missing from a cruise ship over the weekend. [Crews noticed the couple was missing when there was pudding leftover after dinner one night.]

Nearly one thousand people have been caught cheating on China's notoriously competitive civil service entrance exams. [Almost half of them underage gymnasts.]


This sounds like the beginning of a really bad comedy, or a really bad slasher film. Three buses carrying this year's 52 Miss America contestants got lost during the women's first night in Las Vegas. Miss Washington Kate Marie Grinold said the buses accidentally took the pageant contestants to the wrong restaurant location Saturday night. The upside, says Grinold: "We got to see a lot of lights." Miss Nevada Julianna Erdesz says the bus was lost for 90 minutes and that she and Miss Oklahoma were on their iPhones bringing up GPS directions for the driver.

A former Miss USA and former NBC soap actress has stunned the entertainment world by launching an adult film career. Kelli McCarty, who had a gig on NBC's Passions, will be in video to be released February 4. McCarty says she's the one who approached the adult movie company (Vivid) "with the idea of shooting a film with a sexy but interesting storyline." She says she's very please with the outcome of the movie and may do another.

Michael Nicholson has a passion for learning. The 67-year-old Kalamazoo, Michigan, retiree has amassed 27 college degrees since 1963, and he's not done yet. He started with a bachelor's degree in religious education (at William Tyndale College in Detroit). That led to a master's degree in theology. Since then, he has earned two associates degrees, 19 master's degrees, three specialist's degrees and one doctoral degree. And he's currently pursuing two master's degrees -- one in health administration and the other in special-education administration. Nicholson and his wife have lived in Kalamazoo since 1980. He worked as a parking-meter attendant at a university for 11 years and took advantage of the tuition discount to earn several of his master's degrees there.

Two Burmese men who were lost at sea for 25 days after a fishing boat they were in sank off the coast of Indonesia were found alive, floating in an oversized icebox. The men were found Saturday. They climbed into a large icebox as the rest of the crew scrambled for something to grab. The rest of the ship’s crew have not been found.

A German woman missing for 12 years has been found living in the woods on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland, with nothing more than an umbrella and tarp for shelter. The 52-year-old woman appeared to be healthy after living in the simple shelter. After being found she told authorities she didn't want any contact with her family. The woman spoke of a mission that she had to fulfill but didn't elaborate.

A Phoenix, Arizona, man who lost 392 pounds during a two-year diet and exercise regime had to have more than 30 pounds of excess skin removed from his body. David Smith used to weigh 630 pounds and was dangerously close to eating himself to death. But he sought help from a fitness instructor who helped cut his weight by almost two thirds. However removing the unsightly flaps of skin left hanging off his body took four separate operations over another 12 months. He also needed laser surgery on his eyes and dental work to fix his teeth, which had destroyed by too much sweets and soft drinks. The 31-year-old Smith has now become a fitness coach himself and found himself his first girlfriend.

A new $46 million machine designed to calculate how climate change will affect Britain has become a bit of an embarrassment for researchers because it has the same carbon footprint as 2,400 homes. The ironic problem, say officials is that they needed the extra computing power to improve the accuracy of their climate predictions, as well as its short-term weather forecasting.

Tom Cruise Alert:

According to the family of Claus von Stauffenberg, Tom Cruise was "too small" to play him in the film Valkyrie. In an interview with a German newspaper, the colonel's great nephew argues that Tom was miscast. The nephew sniffs: "[He] seems terribly cautious, almost as if he were afraid of playing the role. He tries to seem elegant but comes across as extremely stiff. He seems not at all decisive in the role and above all not charismatic enough. On the whole he just seems too small. Von Stauffenberg was the man behind the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by placing a bomb in a briefcase.

An Italian publication opened its interview with Tom Cruise by describing all the restrictions imposed by the movie star's publicists. According to a tipster, the requirements to interview Tom Cruise were as follows:
• Must have seen Valkyrie.
• Must have liked Valkyrie.
• Must read a letter about how Scientology has never been banned in Germany. Even though Tom Cruise hates talking about Scientology.


• City of Ember
• The Express
• Henry Poole Is Here
• Igor
• Max Payne
• Saw 5

• Criss Angel: Mindfreak: Season 4
• Emergency! - Season 5
• George Wallace (1997) (2-disc Special Edition)
• MGM: When the Lion Roars
• Moonlight - Complete Series
• My Three Sons - Season 1, Vol. 2
• The Rockford Files - Season 6

TODAY's Brain Buster: 70% of parents think it's easy to do this but 80% do it incorrectly. What? (Install a child car seat)

Joke of the DAY:

One day during cooking class, a teacher, Mrs. Jones, was extolling her secrets for preparing perfect sauces. When she ordered her class to the stoves to prepare their assignments, she said, "Don't forget to use wooden spoons." As the class stirred their sauces, one contemplated the physics behind the mystery of the wooden spoon and decided it must have something to do with heat conduction. She approached Mrs. Jones to test her theory. "Why wooden spoons?" she asked. "Because," Mrs. Jones replied, "if I have to sit here listening to all your metal spoons banging against metal pots, I'd go nuts."

Thanks Tom Hunter, for the joke, much appreciated!!

NAP-TIME? No scratch that:



Monday, January 19, 2009

Jan 19

Greetings BLOGGERS!!!!

How was your weekend? I know everyone asks that right?? It's kind of an ice breaker correct? The weekend seemed to travel or time warp way too fast. I turn my head ans it's Sunday night. I dread those times because I know i have to be up at 4:30. Its not like a gut wrentching dread its just a, feeling of man there goes the sleep in days type of feel. Are you with me? Mondays are those kinds of days where we have to get back into routine and get the week kicking! How about we melt our brains today with some mind numbing facts, cool?

DATEBOOK - January 19, 2009

This is day 19 of 2009, with 346 days remaining.

• 1883: The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
• 1903: The first transatlantic radio broadcast between United States and England takes place.
• 1953: 68% of all U.S. television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.
• 1978: The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America will continue until 2003.
• 1983: The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
• 1993: Fleetwood Mac reunites for the Inaugural Ball of President-elect Bill Clinton.
• 1997: An underwear factory in Moscow, facing a cash-flow crisis, begins paying its workers in bras. An employee tells a newspaper she could earn 35 to 40 bras a month, which she could sell for $2.15 each, or 40% more than her regular salary.
• 2001: President Clinton acknowledges for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky. He also surrenders his law license for five years in a deal sparing himself possible indictment.
• 2004: In Germany, a court ruled workers could be fired for kicking their colleagues in the rear end. The court upheld a company's decision to sack a male employee who kicked another employee in the rear after a work dispute.
• 2004: John Kerry won Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses; Howard Dean, who finished third, delivered a fist-pumping, bellowing concession speech that was viewed as politically damaging.
• 2006: Osama bin Laden, in an audiotape that was his first in more than a year, said al-Qaida was preparing for attacks in the United States; at the same time, he offered a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions.
• 2006: An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
• 2006: Bulgarian police arrested an elderly village priest on drug charges after he refused to stop growing marijuana. The 63-year-old clergyman in a mountain village with 10 residents was arrested after police found around 5 kilograms of marijuana in his house and numerous plants in abandoned fields nearby. Police had confiscated the drug at his house numerous times before and believed he was growing it for sale.

Here more stuff you don't really care about.... LOL

• Actress Jean Stapleton is 86
• Actress Tippi Hedren is 79
• Former TV journalist Robert MacNeil (The MacNeil/Lehrer Report) is 78
• Singer Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers is 70
• Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 67
• Actress Shelley Fabares is 65
• Singer and actress Dolly Parton is 63
• TV chef Paula Deen is 62
• Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 56
• Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 54
• Actress Katey Sagal (Married...With Children) is 52
• Actor Paul McCrane (Dr. Robert Romano on ER) is 48
• Actor Shawn Wayans is 38
• Actress Drea de Matteo (Joey, The Sopranos) is 37
• Actress Jodie Sweetin (Full House) is 27

This stuff is mostly the same but it comes from my Grand-ma in Montana so i like it better :)


• January: Book Blitz Month, Cervical Cancer Screening Month, Coffee Gourmet International Month, Family Fit Lifestyle Month, Financial Wellness Month, International Business Resolutions Month, International Creativity Month, International Life Balance Month, International Wealth Mentality Month, National Be On-Purpose Month, National Clean Up Your Computer Month, National Get Organized Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Hot Tea Month, National Mail Order Gardening Month, Nation Mentoring Month, National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month, National Radon Action Month, National Returns Month, National Yours, Mine And Ours Month, Oatmeal Month, Senior Women's Travel Month, Slow Cooking Month, Walk Your Pet Month
• January 19: Hunt for Happiness Week
• January 19: Blue Monday, aka The Unhappiest Day of the Year. "Unpaid Christmas bills, nasty weather, and failed New Year's resolutions combine to make this day the gloomiest in the calendar."
• January 20: Aquarius, the Water Carrier
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: National Hugging Day
• January 21: The Golden Raspberry nominations (The Razzies) are announced
• January 22: Academy Award nominees announced
• January 22: Answer Your Cat's Question Day
• January 23: National Handwriting Day
• January 23: Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
• January 24: National Compliment Day
• January 24: Miss America Pageant
• January 24-31: The 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada
• January 25: SAG Awards, TNT and TBS
• January 26: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
• January 27: Steve Martin's album The Crow released
• January 28: Academy Award final ballots mailed
• January 30: 40th anniversary of the Beatles last concert
• January 30: Inane Answering Message Day
• January 30: Fun At Work Day
• February: American Heart Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Library Lovers' Month, African American/Black History Month, Bird Feeding Month, Hot Breakfast Month, Time Management Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
• February 1: Super Bowl 43
• February 1: 45th anniversary of the introduction of G.I. Joe
• February 1: Solo Diners Eat Out Week
• February 2: Groundhog Day
• February 2: Hedgehog Day
• February 3: 50th anniversary of "The Day the Music Died"
• February 8: Grammy Awards on CBS
• February 17: Last day of analog television in the U.S.
• February 17: Academy Award final ballots due
• February 22: 81st annual Academy Awards
• March 9: Dancing with the Stars begins
• March 12: ER ends its 15-year run
• April 4: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
• May 29: Jay Leno's last Tonight Show
• June 1: Conan O'Brien takes over Tonight Show
• August 11: USPS begins selling Early TV Memories stamps
• September 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day
• December 22: Spain's Christmas Lottery drawing. (Over $3 billion in prizes.)

On the TUBE tonight:

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) -- A new episode. A new "How I Met Your Mother" follows.

HOUSE (8p ET, FOX) -- "House" returns with new episodes on its new night and time. A new "24" follows.

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) -- In this 2-hour new edition, there will be two special one-on-one dates, each with a rose at stake. A new "True Beauty" follows.

KIDS' INAUGURAL BALL: WE ARE THE FUTURE (8p ET, Disney Channel) -- Michelle Obama will host this concert honoring military families. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers are among the night's big performers

SUPERSTARS OF DANCE (8p ET, NBC) -- A new, 2-hour edition. The Season Finale of "Momma's Boys" follows.

GOSSIP GIRL (8p ET, CW) -- A new episode. A new "One Tree Hill" follows.

TWO AND A HALF MEN (9p ET, CBS) -- In this new episode, Judith is pregnant with a baby girl and Alan is convinced he is the father. A new "Worst Week" follows.

CSI: MIAMI (10p ET, CBS) -- In this new episode, when a murder occurs during a horse race, Horatio discovers that Ryan has a personal connection to the case.

WINGNUT'S News you can USE?

Legoland is an all-things-Lego theme park in San Diego. Part of it is Miniland USA, which includes Lego-sized reproductions of seven areas of the United States -- from Las Vegas to New Orleans. Well Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration is being commemorated at Miniland USA with tiny depictions of the new First Family and an entourage of onlookers.

To heck with Champagne, break out the Botox. It's inauguration party time. Washington, D.C.-area cosmetic dermatologists, and skin experts in other major cities, say despite the sagging economy, requests for quickie cosmetic fixes, such as Botox and microdermabrasion, have picked up during the last few weeks as people pretty-up for inaugural events. Despite a 2008 survey released last week by The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery that revealed almost 96% of cosmetic surgeons were concerned about the economic downturn and that 79% had already felt its effects, many patients say tough times haven't put the breaks on looking good for inauguration parties.

As many as 2 million people -- double the number for any previous inauguration -- are expected to fill the Mall tomorrow (Tuesday) to witness the swearing-in of Barack Obama. And among them will be a security force nearly 50,000 strong, including 7,500 active-duty soldiers, 10,000 National Guard troops and 25,000 law-enforcement officers -- all overseen by the Secret Service.

Similar to their free tall coffee on election day, Starbucks says it be giving away free coffee to coincide with the inauguration of Barack Obama. Customers who fill out a pledge card -- available in stores -- to give five hours of time to a local volunteer opportunity of their choice will receive a free tall brewed coffee Tuesday (January 21) through Saturday (January 25). Here is a little secret though, you technically DO NOT have to fill out the card or pledge anything to receive your free tall coffee. Another similarity to the promotion Starbucks did on election day is that if you simply ask for the free tall coffee without making any pledge, just like not voting, they will follow their "just say yes policy" and give it to you for free.

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE OBAMA _ Soon-to-be First Lady Michelle Obama turned 45 over the weekend.

The Super Bowl matchup is set. In two weeks the Arizona Cardinals will play the (Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens).

What a relief! Now we can sleep at night. We've been worried sick ever since we mentioned last week that the Lingerie League is losing its playing area in Tampa, Florida. Now the scantily clad babes playing tackle football will compete in Lingerie Bowl 6 on a new field of dreams. It's the Caliente "clothing optional" resort in central Pasco County, Florida. Tickets, should you wish to attend: $50 to $150. The game also will be broadcast on pay-per-view during Super Bowl halftime. This year's "ultimate catfight": Miami Caliente vs Tampa Breeze.

US Airways pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger has emerged as a national hero after saving the lives of the 154 people onboard the doomed Flight 1549 that ended up in the Hudson River. And, like any American hero, Sullenberger now boasts a Facebook fan page. Sully has already collected over 30,000 fans, including some hawking Sully-themed products like T-shirts.

Zurich, Switzerland, has banned municipal workers from having overbearing body odor. The ban is part of a list of rules on behavior and dress code issued by city officials, which includes bans on strong perfume and plunging necklines. Workers have been provided with a four-page document with "dos and don'ts" for employees' "professional presentation". Those with bad breath are also targeted, while employees are forbidden to bring too many personal belongings to their office. Also restricted: Too much bare back or stomach on display, shirts with patterns, and too much make-up or overly manicured nails. Gym shoes, messy beards and short slacks are also forbidden.


WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: San Francisco police have advised portable-toilet owners across the city to stay on high alert as a toilet torching bandit remains on the loose. The potty perpetrator has set fire to 18 portable toilets on different construction sites throughout the city, forcing at least one construction foreman to disguise his site’s porta-potty as a storage shed with plywood and a blanket.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: In Charleston, South Carolina, a man was busted for stealing a bike off a woman's porch. During his arrest he told officers, "I was late for work. What was I supposed to do? Walk?"

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeff Franklin snatched a woman's purse in front of a clothing store, getting away with her money but not escaping the video surveillance cameras in front of the store. Police knew just what Jeff looked like and were surprised when he showed up at the station house the next day to inquire about the arrest of his girlfriend on unrelated charges. Guess he didn't realize what a big star he'd become. He was arrested.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME:In a dispute over a video game system, a Deltona, Florida, man is in jail, accused of shoving his mother and throwing a taco at her. Dena Moir told deputy sheriffs she called her 19-year-old son several times to come downstairs for dinner Tuesday. When he didn't respond, she said she went upstairs and unplugged his Xbox. She told deputies her son pushed her, called her names and ordered out of his room. The woman said she was cleaning the kitchen when her son came down to eat and that she pushed him to the side because he was in her way. At that point, deputies said, the man smacked his mother on the left arm, called her an offensive word and threw his taco in her face.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: In Palmyra, New York, a man has been charged with criminal mischief and cruelty to animals after being accused of assaulting his wife with a cat. Paul A. Wood is accused of throwing the family cat at his wife and punching a hole in the wall of the couple's home. The cat, which has its claws, struck the woman in the back during the argument. The cat and the woman were not injured during the incident.

An elderly woman in Palm Beach County, Florida, crashed with her vehicle into a man on a scooter and then kept driving to make her hair appointment. Police say 77-year-old Louise Davidson was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash with injury. Cops say the woman was turning right when she veered into the path of the oncoming scooter that had the right of way. The man was thrown by the impact onto the windshield and then fell to the road. Police later spotted the woman's car after she had her hair appointment. The scooter driver suffered a number of abrasions.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Authorities in Cape Coral, Florida, are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a T.J. Maxx store. A security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard said she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up. A report said the shoplifter tried to get into the vehicle but fell out and was run over by the car. She then got up and jumped onto the hood of the car. As the car was driving away, the report said the woman fell off and was run over again. On her third attempt, she finally made it into the vehicle. Police are using the car's license plate and a check the woman dropped to track her down.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: A Freeport, New York man, is accused of going fishing in a pet store aquarium where he caught a $350 shark and smuggled it out of the shop under his jacket. Police said the man released the contraband shark into his home aquarium, where they say he also kept a green moray eel he had purchased with a stolen credit card.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Police in Lacey, Washington, are looking for two men who have stolen gumball and candy machines in a string of seven thefts at restaurants and businesses. The burglars usually break in by throwing a rock through a window.

WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME: A man in Nevada who beat a $62 ticket found a way to beat a speeding ticket: tell the judge the speed limit sign was too small. James Killian, a civil engineer with the Nevada Department of Transportation, argued the ticket he received in April for going 39 mph in a 25 mph zone was unenforceable because the speed limit sign was too small and didn't comply with uniform traffic codes adopted by the state in 2003. An Elko County judge agreed and dismissed the citation. Now county employees are taking inventory of traffic signs, trying to determine how many may need to be replaced.


PAUL BLART WINS BOX OFFICE _ A movie about a mall cop was the weekend box office winner. The Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop made nearly $34 million to debut in first place.

BEYONCE SINGS FOR OBAMAS _ Beyonce will sing for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance on inauguration night. The Presidential Inaugural Committee isn't saying what tune will be sung, only that it is "our hope that we can keep the song secret until the moment." Beyonce is part of the star-studded lineup at the official Neighborhood Ball that will be televised on ABC, along with her husband Jay-Z,, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sting, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5. The Neighborhood Ball is for Washington, D.C. residents.

MATT LAUER GETS PILOT INTERVIEW _ Today show host Matt Lauer grabbed the first interview with the US Airways pilot hailed as a hero for his cool work landing a jet into the Hudson River. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will be interviewed this morning (Monday).

RUPERT GRINT KISS NERVOUS _ Rupert Grint says he'll be nervous when he films kissing scenes with his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson. The 20-year-old actor has been told that his first kiss with Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, will be filmed next month on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

STABBING AT NOTORIOUS AFTER-PARTY _ Police say four men were stabbed at a New York City nightclub advertising an after-party for the film premiere of Notorious about rapper Biggie Smalls. While the party had been promoted as the "official" after-party, the distributor for the film said it was not related.

MIRA SORVINO LOSES TEETH _ Mira Sorvino needed emergency dental work after breaking five teeth while filming The Last Templar. Mira insisted on doing her own stunts for the TV mini-series, in which she plays a female Indiana Jones. She sustained the injury when she was hit by a boat hook during a storm scene after being blinded by a wave.

GRIEVANCE FILED AGAINST PIVEN _ The producers of Speed-the-Plow have filed a grievance with Actors' Equity Association, the stage actors' union, against Jeremy Piven for abruptly leaving the Broadway revival last month. The actor quit the comedy less than two months after it opened to favorable reviews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Piven's doctor said the 43-year-old actor was unable perform because of high levels of mercury in his system, possibly caused by eating large amounts of raw fish. Piven's publicist called the producers' claims "absurd and outrageous."

BOY GEORGE OFF TO JAIL _ Singer Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Friday after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort by handcuffing him to a wall in a London apartment.

CINDY MCCAIN WON'T BE ON DANCING _ Page Six reports that Cindy McCain nearly became a contestant on Dancing With The Stars -- but the idea was nixed by John McCain. Page Six reports: "Just before Thanksgiving, Cindy McCain started talks with producers to appear as a dancer on the show. She wanted to do it very badly. But this week, Sen. McCain 'put the kibosh on it.'"

NBC RENEWS SHOWS _ NBC is renewing Tina Fey's 30 Rock for the 2009-10 season, along with The Office and The Biggest Loser. And NBC has set a premiere date for Amy Poehler's new comedy, a mockumentary about local government. The show, yet to get a title, will debut April 9.

24'S LAST HOUR _ 24, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist hunter Jack Bauer, will stop after 8 seasons. And Kiefer has warned fans that there might not be a happy ending for his character. Producers have hinted that a movie will tie up all the loose ends once the show finishes.

NUDE MADONNA _ A full frontal nude photo of Madonna is going up for auction at Christie's auction house in New York on February 12th. The 30-year-old photo appeared in Playboy in 1985. Madonna was strapped for cash at the time and responded to the photographer's ad seeking a nude model. She made just $25 from the photo and it's now expected to fetch over $10,000.

LOST IN SPACE ACTOR DIES _ Bob May -- who played The Robot in Lost in Space -- died Sunday in California.

1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $33.8 million
2. Gran Torino, $22.2 million
3. My Bloody Valentine 3-D, $21.9 million
4. Notorious, $21.5 million
5. Hotel for Dogs, $17.7 million
6. Bride Wars, $11.7 million
7. The Unborn, $9.8 million
8. Defiance, $9.2 million
9. Marley and Me, $6.3 million
10. Slumdog Millionaire, $5.9 million

... The #1 movie this week last year was Cloverfield.


• Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren
• A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

• Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale (Beckinsale did not film new footage; a scene from Underworld will be used to bookend the film)
• An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

• Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt
• A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

• Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
• A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

I found this on the internet and could have choked on the m&m i was eating at the time because it made me laugh so hard, please read on, but without eating for course LOL


The Secret Society of Happy People declares this to be the eighth annual Hunt for Happiness Week, to encourage people to actively seek happiness during the week.

Polls show Americans are no happier today than they were 50 years ago despite significant increases in prosperity, decreases in crime, cleaner air, larger living quarters and a better overall quality of life.

According to research (University of Minnesota), happiness is 50 percent genetic. What you do with the other half of the challenge depends largely on determination, say psychologists. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Think money or prosperity will buy happiness? It does, to a point. Research shows money that lifts people out of poverty increases happiness, but after that, the better paychecks stop paying off sense-of-well-being dividends.

Additional research (University of California at Riverside) has discovered that the road toward a more satisfying and meaningful life involves a recipe repeated in schools, churches and synagogues. Make lists of things for which you're grateful in your life, practice random acts of kindness, forgive your enemies, notice life's small pleasures, take care of your health, practice positive thinking, and invest time and energy into friendships and family.

To be really happy, seek out and nurture strong friendships (University of Illinois study).

Don't count on the government for happiness, say researchers. Our economy lacks the robustness to sustain policy changes that would bring about more happiness, like reorienting cities to minimize commute times.

This mornings BRAIN BUSTER: Chances are your kid does this on average of 57 times s day?