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    Broken Computer January 26th, 2007

    My stupid personal computer is in the shop. The tech thought that reloading the drivers would solve the problem but after two days he still can’t get the thing working. So I have no clue as to how long it will be before I can get it back in working order. In the meantime, my blogging will be extremely limited.

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    The State Of The Union Speech January 23rd, 2007

    It’s only a few minutes away until the State Of The Union Speech. I wonder if some idiot is going to try to disrupt President Bush’s speech.

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    Sylvia Browne & James Van Praagh — Proven To Be Frauds Once Again January 23rd, 2007

    Sylvia Browne & James Van Praagh - Psychics or Con Artists?

    With the amazing discovery of Shawn Hornbeck very much alive after several years missing, comes a reminder of how fraudulent self-proclaimed “psychics” truly are. In this case, Sylvia Browne (a favorite guest of Montel Williams) and James Van Praagh (claims to be able to speak to the dead) were on record saying their special “powers” told them Hornbeck was dead. From James Randi’s website:

    Back in February, 2003, “psychics” Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh were consulted by the parents of missing 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck – Pam and Craig Akers. That young man just recently turned up – very much alive and well, in rather sharp disagreement with the prognostications of the humbug artists. The Hornbecks had talked February 11th with Sylvia Browne on the Montel Williams television show, where she informed them that Shawn was “no longer with us,” which means “dead.” She said his body was in a wooded area “about 20 miles southwest of Richwoods, Missouri.” She said it would be near two large, jagged boulders that “seem out of place in that area,” and she added that the bicycle he was riding when he disappeared, is in a dump “in another state.” As a result of Browne’s fruitless guess, intensive searches by hundreds of volunteers were conducted in the general area described by her, but naturally, with no success. Not even “jagged boulders” showed up, let alone the kid – until he was found and returned home on Friday, January 12th. He’d been gone for 1,559 days!

    But there was more specific drivel from Browne, She said that Shawn had been taken by a “dark-skinned man, he wasn’t black – more like Hispanic.” She said the kidnaper had long, black hair worn in dreadlocks and was “really tall.” He was driving an older model blue sedan, she said, a car with fins like in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Chevrolets. All of this drivel was wrong, from the description of the man – he is not Hispanic nor dark-skinned, he’s Caucasian, he’s heavy and not tall – and his car was quite the opposite of Browne’s invented notions: it was a white pickup truck.

    The Akers also appeared in television segments on “Beyond” with James Van Praagh, another equally accurate “psychic.” He led the search in an entirely different direction, suggesting that a person who worked in a railroad car plant was involved, and that the body “might” be concealed in a railway car. Again, totally wrong, in all respects. This fatuous guess-fest also led to numerous detailed searches, including a railroad yard – all a waste of time and money, at the expense of the frantic parents.

    This is yet another glaring example of how these leeches eagerly fasten onto grieving and vulnerable persons, exploit them, and profit from their situation. And it won’t stop. Larry King and Montel Williams will continue to give the scam-artists time and publicity – BECAUSE THEY JUST DON’T CARE!

    Montel Williams, who regularly allows Browne to appear on his show to perform pretty poorly executed cold reading techniques while claiming them to be psychic abilities, should be ashamed of giving her a regular platform on his show. However he’s chosen to stoop to embracing such scum and villainy and now is too cowardly to come forward (so far) in response to Browne’s 2003 appearance on his show presenting false claims. Both Browne’s and Van Praagh’s records are quite poor. Their predictions have historically been shown to be below statistical chance in regards to probability. They’re both frauds and con artists with absolutely no psychic abilities with egotism and avarice being the main motivations for their activities. There is evil in their hearts.

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    What Is Up With The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem Site? January 23rd, 2007

    TTLB The Truth Laid Bear

    As the title asks, what is up with the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem site? My stats, along with all the other blogs’ stats I’ve checked, have not been updated since January 8th, 2007. I’ve left enquiries via their support section, but have not seen any response. If anyone has heard anything, please leave a comment.

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    It’s Been A Helluva Year, Saints Fans January 21st, 2007

    New Orleans Saints

    Congratulations to the Chicago Bears. And congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for a season that no member of the Who Dat Nation will ever forget. No one (and I mean absolutely no one) would have predicted the Saints making it all the way to the NFC Championship game. The 2006 New Orleans Saints really gave a major emotional boost to a city that desperately needed it. It was a helluva run, gentlemen and I believe you will be successful in the 2007 season.

    Now with the Chicago Bears winning the NFC Championship, who will I be rooting for in the Super Bowl in Miami? If the Patriots win, I’m rooting for the Bears since I don’t care for New England. If the Colts win, I’m rooting for the Colts so I can at least root for a Manning. Either way, the game will mean less for me since the Saints aren’t going to be in it.

    Another season ended (a little later than expected) and another instance of “wait until next season.”

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    Six Sunnis Burned To Death & Destroyed Mosques — Dubious AP Reports Followed Up By Michelle Malkin January 21st, 2007

    Okay, one quick blog entry before the football game. Michelle Malkin came back from Iraq last week and has a followup on her investigation into the AP’s dubious reports of Sunnis being doused with kerosene and burned alive and destroyed mosques complete with a link to her in-depth article in the New York Post. I find it interesting that the arrogance of the AP and its supporters shows when someone comes along, attacked as a “non-journalist” often, and exposes errors and perhaps even fabrications (intentional or not) in their reporting by going directly to the source. With the AP’s recent history of fauxtography (e.g. – faked, altered and misinformed photographs) and shady sources out of Iraq, how can they expect the public to trust them. Combine that with many instances in recent years of journalists from major news sources faking stories, plagarizing materials and other unethical acts, it’s no wonder that an ever growing number of people are getting their news and information from multiple online sources in order to make certain of its accuracy. Face the fact…due to the unethical actions of a few (compared to the vast majority of respectable journalists) bad apples plus the rise of the online information age, the classic form of journalism as we know it to be is dying a slow death.

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    Scott Charles “Bam-Bam” Bigelow — R.I.P. January 19th, 2007

    Scott C. 'Bam Bam' Bigelow
    Scott C. “Bam Bam” Bigelow
    September 1, 1961 — January 19, 2007

    The world of professional wrestling has lost another star. Scott Charles Bigelow, better known as “Bam Bam” Bigelow passed away earlier today at the age of 45 in his home in Hudson, Florida. The cause of death is not known at this time. Bigelow originally trained to be a pro wrestler at Larry Sharpe’s “Monster Factory” in New Jersey and debuted in Memphis in 1985 as Crusher Yurkov, a Russian heel character. Upon leaving Memphis, Bigelow adopted the name “Bam Bam” Bigelow. His career in the United States lasted until 2004 when he retired. He was a popular wrestler, most often playing the part of the heel often winning his matches with his finishing maneuver known as “Greetings from Asbury Park” which was a flying headbutt originating from the top turnbuckle. He also enjoyed success overseas in Japan in the 1990’s, often teaming with Big Van Vader. Although he never held the world’s title for either of the “big two” (WCW & WWF) he did win the ECW heavyweight title from Shane Douglas in 1997. It was while he was in ECW that he was directly involved in one of the most memorable moments in that company’s history when he hurled Spike Dudley from the ring into the second or third row of the audience. That was one of the moments replayed often during ECW television shows. The St. Petersburg Times newspaper wrote a lengthy piece on him in 2005 which can be found online. He will truly be missed.

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    Family Trees January 18th, 2007

    Beth at the Blue Star Chronicles gives readers a glimpse into her family tree with Thursday Thirteens. I found it extremely interesting.

    Boys Will Be Boys January 18th, 2007

    Samantha Burns Andrew Kaduk has a story of some teens that at least made her him laugh…well actually a little tidbit of what Paul Harvey calls “the rest of the story” that made her him laugh.

    Thanks Andrew for correcting my erroneous attribution. My bad.

    Some Modern Philosophical Questions To Consider January 18th, 2007

    Kobayashi Maru asks some interesting and poignant questions that makes one wonder.

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    Peyton Manning January 16th, 2007

    Indianapolis Colts logo

    Peyton Manning, after living a full life, died.

    When he got to heaven, God was showing him around.

    They came to a modest little house with a faded Colts flag in the window.

    “This house is yours for eternity, Peyton,” said God, “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.”

    Peyton felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a black and gold sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Saints logo flag, and in every window, a New Orleans Saints towel.

    Peyton looked at God and said “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even went to the Hall of Fame.”

    God said “So what’s your point Peyton?”

    “Well, why does Drew Brees get a better house than me?”

    God chuckled, and said “Peyton, that’s not Drew’s house, it’s mine.”

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    Bears vs. Seahawks – Sunday, January 14th, 2007 – How Does This Impact The Saints January 14th, 2007

    New Orleans Saints At Chicago Bears

    In an ironic ending, the Chicago Bears defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 27-24, the same score as the Saints-Eagles games. Both times the birds were defeated. So this means the Saints will have to travel to Chicago next weekend to play the Bears for the NFC Championship in an afternoon game at 2pm EST.

    Saints vs. Eagles – Saturday, January 13th, 2007 – Pre- & Post-Game Reports January 14th, 2007

    Coosh's Bayou Rouge

    In a previous post, I mentioned that I was going to definitely watch the Saints play the Eagles and to get some “good mojo” and some good food, my wife and I would be going to a local restaurant owned and run by transplanted Louisianians called Coosh’s Bayou Rouge. I did indeed get some boudin balls and gumbo while my wife got a shrimp po’boy (partially dressed).

    Carl & Nancy at Coosh's Bayou Rouge

    After we left Coosh’s, we went home and I made my preparations for watching the Saints play. I also made sure to have the VCR going as well at the computer recording the game (for my personal use when football season is over). And how did the game turn out?

    Saint's vs. Eagles NFC Playoff Game

    The score was identical to the last Saints-Eagles game back in October with the Saints winning. I am overjoyed as are thousands upon thousands of Saints fans. Who they play next week and where will depend upon the outcome of the Bears-Seahawks game Sunday at noon EST. I’m going to root for the Seahawks because I feel the Saints could and should beat them. Plus if I understand it correctly, if the Seahawks win, they would play the Saints in the Superdome in New Orleans but if the Bears win then the Saints would have to play up in Chicago. I want it in the ‘Dome.

    GEAUX SAINTS!

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    Saints vs. Eagles – Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 8pm EST on Fox! January 12th, 2007

    New Orleans Saints

    Saturday evening at 8pm is the time Fox will be airing the New Orleans Saints vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. And I will be planted in my recliner watching. I will wear one of my Saints jersey (haven’t made up my mind whether it will be Bush or Brees) and probably act like a typical wild and wonderful Saints fan (WHO DAT?!?). And to hopefully garner some good mojo for the team, I’m getting a good New Orleans type meal from a local restaurant run by transplanted Louisianians called Coosh’s Bayou Rouge (great gumbo and the best doggoned pecan pie in the Florida panhandle). I’ll probably have some boudin balls and jambalaya or maybe some red beans and rice. I hope to run into some fellow Saints fans while I’m there. I know the owners will be happy to see the Saints represented. Then it will be off to the house where I’ll watch the game. And hopefully the Saints will win. They are playing it in the Superdome in New Orleans and the place is gonna ROCK! I can’t wait! The Saints (10-6) beat the Eagles (11-6) by 27-24 in New Orleans on October 15th and are the second-seeded team in the NFC behind Chicago. The Bears play host to Seattle at 1 pm EST on Sunday in the other NFC game.

    New Orleans Saints

    Oh…and if you expect me to offer up any predictions, don’t hold your breath. As witnessed by my woeful prediction of the BCS Championship game, I suck at sports predictions.

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    Barbara Boxer: Another Example Of Liberal Classlessness January 12th, 2007

    Barbara Boxer

    Liberal Democrats claim their party is the part of compassion and tolerance. Well, Barbara Boxer shows once again what a lie that is. She took a cheap shot at Sec. of State Condi Rice at one of the hearings. Pretty pathetic on Boxer’s part and frankly she owes Rice an apology although no one is expecting any from Boxer. After all, since the Dems regained control of Congress, they feel empowered to let their true nature (one of little compassion and tolerance for those who don’t follow their narrow political and social leanings) show through.

    A tip o’ the cap to Wizbang! for the heads up.

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