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A little personal story about why I sometimes fear Saturday nights

Just another Saturday night in parenting land. It’s funny, my wife and I always have a tiny sense of dread about Saturday nights. It’s because whenever in the 20-month-history of our son Ayden’s life, he has been sick, teething, went to emergency rooms, or broke legs right before the weekend. And this weekend, yet again, is no different. He’s running a low grade fever all day. Drinking lots of fluid, he was eating pretty well, and he was watching Caillou all day—listen, ALL DAY! ALL DAY!!! It’s his comfort so mom and dad let it happen. And now, he just fell asleep yet again with a fever running up.  Motrin/Tylenol and all that stuff is ready for the night. I may turn in early in case he wakes up… then I’ll play Caillou yet again and listen to John B Wells on Coast to Coast AM in one ear. I think he’s talking about destruction coming with planet Nibiru. So while I comfort my son I’ll be scared to death at conspiracy madness 2012. Can’t wait. Just hope the fever goes away. It may be a long …

A little personal story about why I sometimes fear Saturday nights

Just another Saturday night in parenting land. It’s funny, my wife and I always have a tiny sense of dread about Saturday nights. It’s because whenever in the 20-month-history of our son Ayden’s life, he has been sick, teething, went to emergency rooms, or broke legs right before the weekend. And this weekend, yet again, is no different. He’s running a low grade fever all day. Drinking lots of fluid, he was eating pretty well, and he was watching Caillou all day—listen, ALL DAY! ALL DAY!!! It’s his comfort so mom and dad let it happen. And now, he just fell asleep yet again with a fever running up.  Motrin/Tylenol and all that stuff is ready for the night. I may turn in early in case he wakes up… then I’ll play Caillou yet again and listen to John B Wells on Coast to Coast AM in one ear. I think he’s talking about destruction coming with planet Nibiru. So while I comfort my son I’ll be scared to death at conspiracy madness 2012. Can’t wait. Just hope the fever goes away. It may be a long …

Chaos on the field after baseball umps make bad call; Fans litter field

Mix a controversial call with really angry baseball fans and you'll get this: A mess of a stadium, debris and garbage flying through the air onto the field, and nervous players hoping not to be hit with beer cans.

What a way to shine, Atlanta. More from CNN and more from ESPN..








Chaos on the field after baseball umps make bad call; Fans litter field

Mix a controversial call with really angry baseball fans and you'll get this: A mess of a stadium, debris and garbage flying through the air onto the field, and nervous players hoping not to be hit with beer cans.

What a way to shine, Atlanta. More from CNN and more from ESPN..








The theory you are not real...

There has been a popular thought lately among folks with astute degrees and high intelligence: The theory that we are not real, that life is just a projection, that humans and the race we have lived and are living is just a big quantum experiment. Or as Nancy Evans Bush said on Coast to Coast AM last week, we are a joke..
The newest example of this thought process comes from the NEW SCIENTIST, which places on its cover and talks in great detail in its issue, about what exactly reality is. The publication is also devoting a special section to that question on their website as well..  And it's a great question. Think of the implication, the deep rooted potential, and the mighty ability to chaos that comes with the answer...
To me, reality is my own. I know my reality, I know my family, friends.. I know my job.. I know my hobbies, my fears, and my hopes. I don't really know yours. And you don't know mine. So reality, in a sense, is specific to the person having that reality. Do…

The theory you are not real...

There has been a popular thought lately among folks with astute degrees and high intelligence: The theory that we are not real, that life is just a projection, that humans and the race we have lived and are living is just a big quantum experiment. Or as Nancy Evans Bush said on Coast to Coast AM last week, we are a joke..
The newest example of this thought process comes from the NEW SCIENTIST, which places on its cover and talks in great detail in its issue, about what exactly reality is. The publication is also devoting a special section to that question on their website as well..  And it's a great question. Think of the implication, the deep rooted potential, and the mighty ability to chaos that comes with the answer...
To me, reality is my own. I know my reality, I know my family, friends.. I know my job.. I know my hobbies, my fears, and my hopes. I don't really know yours. And you don't know mine. So reality, in a sense, is specific to the person having that reality.…

Those creepy crisp October nights, as things turn a whiter shade of pale

Something special exists in the deep dark nights of October. Maybe it's that tingle of terror in the air, or the creepy crisp cold that begins to develop as the months moves on in time.. Perhaps it's the fields of screaming that terrify people who want a good scare, somewhere in corn fields and farms across America. Haunted attractions are plentiful..

October can be so bittersweet as you see time roll on. Dropping temperatures can even be a cruel punishment for a beautiful September.

October can be a painful reminder of something we all will face: Annihilation. As leaves die they turn vibrant.. much as people do.. As grass turns yellow and the skies begin to dampen into a hazy shade of gray, the sun angles itself somewhere else and the season changes .. autumn is here. Winter is our lives is creeping in.

October can be painful. It can have prizes. It can also force a heart starving for love and beauty to weep at the bleak landscape that a month of leaves changing results in.

We ar…

Those creepy crisp October nights, as things turn a whiter shade of pale

Something special exists in the deep dark nights of October. Maybe it's that tingle of terror in the air, or the creepy crisp cold that begins to develop as the months moves on in time.. Perhaps it's the fields of screaming that terrify people who want a good scare, somewhere in corn fields and farms across America. Haunted attractions are plentiful..

October can be so bittersweet as you see time roll on. Dropping temperatures can even be a cruel punishment for a beautiful September.

October can be a painful reminder of something we all will face: Annihilation. As leaves die they turn vibrant.. much as people do.. As grass turns yellow and the skies begin to dampen into a hazy shade of gray, the sun angles itself somewhere else and the season changes .. autumn is here. Winter is our lives is creeping in.

October can be painful. It can have prizes. It can also force a heart starving for love and beauty to weep at the bleak landscape that a month of leaves changing results in.

W…
Customers at a Kentucky Chinese restaurant called the Red Flower were presumably eating and enjoying their dinner when they caught a glimpse of something horrific: Roadkill being wheeled into the kitchen!
Really, don't believe me? Here is the official link to an official place..
CBS in Williamsburg, KY, reports that people saw a deer stuffed in a trash can being wheeled into the kitchen. Even worse, a trail of blood followed the trash can, the blood was being mopped up by workers ..
The place is shut down, obviously. Temporarily. TEMPORARILY ?  Ugh...
Customers at a Kentucky Chinese restaurant called the Red Flower were presumably eating and enjoying their dinner when they caught a glimpse of something horrific: Roadkill being wheeled into the kitchen!
Really, don't believe me? Here is the official link to an official place..
CBS in Williamsburg, KY, reports that people saw a deer stuffed in a trash can being wheeled into the kitchen. Even worse, a trail of blood followed the trash can, the blood was being mopped up by workers ..
The place is shut down, obviously. Temporarily. TEMPORARILY ?  Ugh...

Should winter storms be named?

I have been a long proponent of winter storms being named. They deserve it. The blizzard of 93 would sound much more frightening if it was named El Diablo, after all.
There may have been divine intervention now as the Weather Channel has decided this year to NAME WINTER STORMS!  So they are only as official as the Weather Channel. Not the NOAA. Not Accuweather. Just the Weather Channel. And that's fine. I bet it catches on. It take son to start the ball rolling.
But here is the problem.. And the Weather Channel answers none of these issues: Is there a difference between West Coast and East Coast, Midwest and South storms? What if the storm turns out to be a dud..? Will the storm be named AFTER it strikes or before? We all know computer models show storms in the winter time that never become a storm.. So what then? cancel the name and start from scratch?
What about the possibility that nationwide there are more than 26 storms?
What constitutes a named storm? Wind? snow potential or ac…

Should winter storms be named?

I have been a long proponent of winter storms being named. They deserve it. The blizzard of 93 would sound much more frightening if it was named El Diablo, after all.
There may have been divine intervention now as the Weather Channel has decided this year to NAME WINTER STORMS!  So they are only as official as the Weather Channel. Not the NOAA. Not Accuweather. Just the Weather Channel. And that's fine. I bet it catches on. It take son to start the ball rolling.
But here is the problem.. And the Weather Channel answers none of these issues: Is there a difference between West Coast and East Coast, Midwest and South storms? What if the storm turns out to be a dud..? Will the storm be named AFTER it strikes or before? We all know computer models show storms in the winter time that never become a storm.. So what then? cancel the name and start from scratch?
What about the possibility that nationwide there are more than 26 storms?
What constitutes a named storm? Wind? snow potential or ac…
Last night on Coast to Coast AM, George Knapp interviewed someone named Nancy Evans Bush. Bush had a near death experience--but not the typical. The NDEs of popular culture speak about bright lights, big cities, lots of family, and happy thoughts. Also in the mix often are heavenly visits of Jesus minus the crown of thorns. And every now and then a few fields of beauty are involved.

For Nancy Evans Bush, none of the above. As a  matter of fact, her near death experience will make you question just about everything you know. She saw entities and those entities told her that her life meant nothing, and that the fact she had a child was a joke. Not sure who laughed, but her description of events sits unwell with the heart. Even more, as she described on last night's late night radio scare, lots of others have had some of the same experiences. Bush even went on to mention Howard Storm's brush with Satan and his visit to hell, or so he says, after he died and went there in the 20th …
Last night on Coast to Coast AM, George Knapp interviewed someone named Nancy Evans Bush. Bush had a near death experience--but not the typical. The NDEs of popular culture speak about bright lights, big cities, lots of family, and happy thoughts. Also in the mix often are heavenly visits of Jesus minus the crown of thorns. And every now and then a few fields of beauty are involved.

For Nancy Evans Bush, none of the above. As a  matter of fact, her near death experience will make you question just about everything you know. She saw entities and those entities told her that her life meant nothing, and that the fact she had a child was a joke. Not sure who laughed, but her description of events sits unwell with the heart. Even more, as she described on last night's late night radio scare, lots of others have had some of the same experiences. Bush even went on to mention Howard Storm's brush with Satan and his visit to hell, or so he says, after he died and went there in the 20th…
MONDAY OCTOBER 1 2012, NEWS OF THE WORLD

A massive harvest moon was shining bright last night as the calender turned pages. The month of September was short this year. It felt very brief. And now here we are in October. The ecclectic mix of cold and heat is common. Sometimes even snow in October briefly visits. Strange times are here.. Some say it's when the vale between the here and now and the ..not so here and now breaks down. So let it. For it's that magical time of year when ghosts, goblins, and spirits fill the night. October: Bring it on.

Large earthquakes linked to larger global aftershocks..

The sinkhole in Assumption Parish is growing..

US quietly moving fleet to disputed waters between Japan and China..

Just in time for October: "Zombie economy"..

Perhaps he finally heard his own music: Justin Bieber vomits on stage..

George Michael cancels tour due to 'major anxiety'..

Confirmations for AMAZING SPIDERMAN sequel (yes a sequel)

HARRY POTTER to potty mouth: …
MONDAY OCTOBER 1 2012, NEWS OF THE WORLD

A massive harvest moon was shining bright last night as the calender turned pages. The month of September was short this year. It felt very brief. And now here we are in October. The ecclectic mix of cold and heat is common. Sometimes even snow in October briefly visits. Strange times are here.. Some say it's when the vale between the here and now and the ..not so here and now breaks down. So let it. For it's that magical time of year when ghosts, goblins, and spirits fill the night. October: Bring it on.

Large earthquakes linked to larger global aftershocks..

The sinkhole in Assumption Parish is growing..

US quietly moving fleet to disputed waters between Japan and China..

Just in time for October: "Zombie economy"..

Perhaps he finally heard his own music: Justin Bieber vomits on stage..

George Michael cancels tour due to 'major anxiety'..

Confirmations for AMAZING SPIDERMAN sequel (yes a sequel)

HARRY POTTER to potty mouth: …

THIS IS THE WAR THAT NEVER ENDS

It seems to go on and on.. 
After 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a new milestone has been hit: 2,000 United States soldiers have died during the conflict. 
There are few people at home now that pay any attention to what our troops are doing in that  nation. There aren't major bold headlines stating that 2,000 are dead as occurred in 2005 when the Iraq war deaths topped that tragic number.

The death tolls has been climbing in recent months in Afghanistan as more attacks take place on US troops. More police turning on those who trained them.. and much more resistance is taking place in some strongholds across the country..

Another untold story is the troops that don't fall in the fields of battle: There have been countless other stories of troops losing legs and arms, having mental and physical ailments.. and being scarred by a war in a faraway land that Americans stopped paying attention to.

And why did we stop paying attention to Afghanistan? It was a major issue in 2008 when Pres…

THIS IS THE WAR THAT NEVER ENDS

It seems to go on and on.. 
After 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a new milestone has been hit: 2,000 United States soldiers have died during the conflict. 
There are few people at home now that pay any attention to what our troops are doing in that  nation. There aren't major bold headlines stating that 2,000 are dead as occurred in 2005 when the Iraq war deaths topped that tragic number.

The death tolls has been climbing in recent months in Afghanistan as more attacks take place on US troops. More police turning on those who trained them.. and much more resistance is taking place in some strongholds across the country..

Another untold story is the troops that don't fall in the fields of battle: There have been countless other stories of troops losing legs and arms, having mental and physical ailments.. and being scarred by a war in a faraway land that Americans stopped paying attention to.

And why did we stop paying attention to Afghanistan? It was a major issue in 2008 when …

Somewhere in Time.. feels like so long ago now

Last night I listened a bit to Art Bell's 'Somewhere in Time.' Thankfully Mr. Bell has not yet been successful in getting Premiere Radio to stop broadcasting the past shows. Because when he finally does win, that will mean listeners will be stuck with right wing propaganda and .. the intelligence of George Noory. 
Last  night the past came back with Howard Rheinhold being interviewed about how the Internet would change everyone's life. They talked about 'smart phones' without calling them that, but instead they commented in amazement how you can get the Internet by just having a wireless card in an airport. 
So I thought back for a second in time. 2002. Where was I. What was I. I was a 22 year old kid who was, at that time, pretty addicted to the Internet. I had my own website by the time I was 18 years old.. the more I came to know how the net worked the better I liked it. I used email (really don't much anymore besides for work) and I also had a large gigan…

Somewhere in Time.. feels like so long ago now

Last night I listened a bit to Art Bell's 'Somewhere in Time.' Thankfully Mr. Bell has not yet been successful in getting Premiere Radio to stop broadcasting the past shows. Because when he finally does win, that will mean listeners will be stuck with right wing propaganda and .. the intelligence of George Noory. 
Last  night the past came back with Howard Rheinhold being interviewed about how the Internet would change everyone's life. They talked about 'smart phones' without calling them that, but instead they commented in amazement how you can get the Internet by just having a wireless card in an airport. 
So I thought back for a second in time. 2002. Where was I. What was I. I was a 22 year old kid who was, at that time, pretty addicted to the Internet. I had my own website by the time I was 18 years old.. the more I came to know how the net worked the better I liked it. I used email (really don't much anymore besides for work) and I also had a large gig…

Dallas Texas suburb hit by minor earthquake

The stars are night are deep and bright, and so was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake that struck a Dallas Texas suburb, rattling nerves and knocking pictures off of walls. No major heartache or breakage, the airport kept on going, and despite the chance of aftershocks, life is going on as normal. As normal as you can get after your area gets an earthquake, even though it rarely does. The USGS said the quake hit at 11:05 CDT time Saturday .. 911 was flooded with calls, and a subsequent 3.1 aftershock occurred in proximity to the stronger shake..
This is yet another example of how the earth is changing, in some manner, and places that were once safe zones for certain things aren't anymore. Of course someone can say 'go back in history' and see all of the other times instances like this occurred in Texas--which they have--and prove me wrong. But perhaps the better thing to say would be during my lifetime, and maybe yours too, things like this are just plain out weird. Next thing you…

Dallas Texas suburb hit by minor earthquake

The stars are night are deep and bright, and so was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake that struck a Dallas Texas suburb, rattling nerves and knocking pictures off of walls. No major heartache or breakage, the airport kept on going, and despite the chance of aftershocks, life is going on as normal. As normal as you can get after your area gets an earthquake, even though it rarely does. The USGS said the quake hit at 11:05 CDT time Saturday .. 911 was flooded with calls, and a subsequent 3.1 aftershock occurred in proximity to the stronger shake..
This is yet another example of how the earth is changing, in some manner, and places that were once safe zones for certain things aren't anymore. Of course someone can say 'go back in history' and see all of the other times instances like this occurred in Texas--which they have--and prove me wrong. But perhaps the better thing to say would be during my lifetime, and maybe yours too, things like this are just plain out weird. Next thing y…

Did FOX News inadvertently get what it wanted?

I feel a bit bad for Shepard Smith of FOX NEWS this week. The network was covering a high speed car chase--as it so often does during slow news days--when the driver of the car drove down a dirt stretch, got out, and proceeded to commit suicide on live TV for all to see. Smith tried to get the station to stop airing before the shot to the head occurred, but was too late: Anyone paying attention saw a man take his own life on the news.. (MORE HERE)

The entire situation is pretty tragic. And quite surprising. I thought a 5 second delay was the normal course of business when covering life events. In this instance there was quite a FOX NEWS FAIL.

Or was it success?
Think about it..
In covering live car chases on television, what is a network expecting will happen? What are executives behind the camera hoping for? They want excitement! Drama! They want cars to zoom through residential neighborhood, being chased by police! They want high speed chases on expressways! Anything that can get someon…

Did FOX News inadvertently get what it wanted?

I feel a bit bad for Shepard Smith of FOX NEWS this week. The network was covering a high speed car chase--as it so often does during slow news days--when the driver of the car drove down a dirt stretch, got out, and proceeded to commit suicide on live TV for all to see. Smith tried to get the station to stop airing before the shot to the head occurred, but was too late: Anyone paying attention saw a man take his own life on the news.. (MORE HERE)

The entire situation is pretty tragic. And quite surprising. I thought a 5 second delay was the normal course of business when covering life events. In this instance there was quite a FOX NEWS FAIL.

Or was it success?
Think about it..
In covering live car chases on television, what is a network expecting will happen? What are executives behind the camera hoping for? They want excitement! Drama! They want cars to zoom through residential neighborhood, being chased by police! They want high speed chases on expressways! Anything that can get s…