Thursday, December 08, 2011

WTF! 80 Year Old Woman Faces Jail Time... For Feeding Ducks!

We must of solved that poverty problem, global warming and world peace and moved on to more important things!

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Claire Butcher, an 80-year-old living outside of Boston, has spent the last 45 years providing bread crumbs, dog food, and other snacks to local water fowl.

But officials in Lynn, Massachusetts finally got fed up and slapped the octogenarian with criminal charges, saying that the influx of birds - and the excrement they left behind - was causing a major problem.

After numerous attempts to stop Ms Butcher from feeding the ducks, officials found her guilty of trespassing as well as ignoring a city ban not to feed the animals.

Feed the birds: Claire Butcher, 80, was criminally charged after spending 45 years tending to local ducks and geese
In 2009, Lynn officials made a deal with Ms Butcher after seeking an injunction, and she agreed to no longer feed the birds.
Officials said she repeatedly ignored that deal, trespassed on city property, and neglected to pay several fines.
Officials and neighbours alike are upset at the mess the birds leave behind at the ponds.
Filthy: Lynn city attorney Vincent Phelan called the parks 'filthy' and says it was a result of Ms Butcher's bird feeding

The initial problem started in 2009, when Lynn officials got tired of all the complaints stemming from Ms Butcher’s bird feedings.

Some neighbours complained of feathers
getting stuck on their roofs, and others were upset they couldn’t go on a
stroll around the park without walking in piles of duck droppings.

Birds of a feather: Officials complain that Ms Butcher's feedings bring too many ducks and geese to the local ponds and making a mess
Make way for city ordinances: Lynn's parks show signs that tell visitors not to feed the animals

‘I guess Lynn has nothing else to do besides chase an 80-year-old woman down the street for feeding ducks,’ she said.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Radioaffliction Vol.8: I Went to the Doctor and Had my Blagojevich Removed! (Again)

Host Peter A. Clay is joined by Chris Korhonen(C.K.) and Robert King.

Click here for volume 8 of The Radioaffliction.

Updated 12/7/2011
I am reposting this on the day former Gov. Rod Bladojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.

Topics include:
The Impeachment conviction of Rod Blagojevich(we just love the name, and the hair!).
DTV Delay(again!).
How bad is the economy(really).
No Love for the $2 bill.
Getting questionable advertising through committee(aw, nuts!).


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Me & My Roku Episode 5: CNBC Opens Up Pandoras Box!

Celebrating 1 year of Roku with the return of the best podcast highlighting the great features of the streaming Roku box.

Click here to listen or right click it to download!

In this episode host Peter Clay reviews the CNBC channel for Roku and how he has fallen in love with the Pandora channel. Plus much more.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Sinatra's Letter to Mike Royko!

Just saw this on Antiques Roadshow when it was here in Madison, Wi.


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Frank Sinatra's angry letter to Mike Royko of the Chicago Daily News !

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

How To Make Perfect Brownies!

Just some helpful advice with the Holidays coming up!


1½ cups sugar
¾ cup flour
¾ cup cocoa powder (see note below)
3 eggs
¾ cup butter, melted
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (see note below)

A NOTE ON CHOCOLATE: You’ll notice the list of ingredients is very short. That means the quality of the chocolate makes a huge difference. The chocolate flavor is front-and-center — not the sugar, not the richness, the chocolate. I used Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder, and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names!

Very cool. However I thought stomach rumble was called "borborygmi"(I learned that from George Carlin!)?

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  • 5. Gynecomastia



7. Morton's Toe

Morton's Toe

When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.

14. Phosphenes

The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.

16. Wamble

Stomach rumble.

21. Mondegreen


Misheard lyrics.


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Favre Opens up on Rodgers and The Packers!

FYI. Hadn't heard anything from the Brett man in a while. So of course he has to make himself into the news somehow.

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Favre on Rodgers: ‘He fell into a good situation’

Favre's answer was typical of the man. Passive-aggressive, a series of compliments with a bunch of hidden needles inserted, and the amazing ability to always bring the subject back around to himself.

"I'm going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn't do it sooner. My last year in Green Bay prior to the first game, I made the remark that this was probably the most talented team that I've ever played on. And of course everyone looked up and was like, 'This guy's off his rocker.'

"We were very, very young; take me out of the mix and we were by far the youngest team in the league. But I could see the talent pool across the board was outstanding. Now our season kind of ended up being a reflection of that. We came close, and I think we took a lot of people by surprise, but guys emerged rather quickly. Aaron had a chance…even though the last couple years it's seemed like he's almost a rookie, he's been around awhile. And I'd like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn't have drafted him in the first round. He's got tremendous talent, he's very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right.

"And so, he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. I don't think there's any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I'm really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year season, it hadn't quite clicked yet and I didn't know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they're going to be hard to beat. And that's what happened."

The simple fact is that Rodgers is playing the position in a way that Favre may never have — with a ruthless efficiency that Favre rarely possessed. That's not a slam on Favre; the daredevil aspect of his play was one of the many reasons he was one of the NFL's most successful all-time quarterbacks. But it's also true that Favre should take a second look at how Rodgers is marshalling his old team — or, it's possible that Favre has already taken that second look and would prefer that Rodgers not fly so close to the sun.

It just grates a bit that Favre is trying to make the NFL's best quarterback (that's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it) into less than what he is, simply because he's taking Favre's ball and running with it, and throwing it more accurately than Favre himself ever did.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

7 Principles That Drove Steve Jobs and Should Drive the Rest of Us!

Was Steve Jobs a genius?

Before I answer that question let me tell you a quick story. Years ago I was working for the local company in Wisconsin and I was offered a job at a radio station in California. I was debating the move, but on my last day one of my co-workers came up to me and said "Don't worry about what everybody else thinks. You are just doing what they wish they could do.

So was Steve Jobs a genius, or did he just act upon what everyone else is capable of doing(but don't).

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1. Do what you love: Steve Jobs has followed his heart his entire life, he says, has made all the difference. 

2. Put a dent in the universe: Jobs attracts like minded people who share his vision and how help turn his ideas into world-changing innovations. Passion fuels Apple's rocket, and Job's vision creates the destination. 

3. Kick start your brain. Innovation does not exist without creativity, and for Steve Jobs, creativity is the act of connecting things. Jobs believes that a broad set of experiences broadens our understanding of the human experience.

4. Sell dreams, not products. To Jobs, people who buy Apple products are not consumers. They are people with dreams, hopes and ambitions. Jobs builds products to help them fulfill their dreams. 

5. Say no to 1,000 things. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, according to Jobs. From the design of the iPod to the iPhone, from the packaging of Apple's products to the functionality of the Apple website, innovation means eliminating the unnecessary so that they necessary may speak. 

6. Create insanely great experiences. Jobs has made Apple stores the gold standard in customer service. The Apple store has become the world's best retailer by introducing simple innovations that any business can adopt. 

7. Master the message. Jobs is the world's preeminent corporate storyteller, turning product launches into an art form. You can have the most innovative idea in the world, but if you cannot get people excited about it, your innovation doesn't matter. 

Steve Jobs
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Friday, September 02, 2011

3 Ways To Get More Time Out Of 24 Hours!

Some helpful tips. What other ways are there?

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3 Ways To Get More Time Out Of 24 Hours

1. Move your clock 15 minutes: Waking up even 15 minutes earlier will buy you extra time to drink your coffee, take more time to do you hair or pick out what to wear. 

2. Shop smarter. Why drive to the stores, get stuck in traffic and then you get to the store and you don't see anything you like? Instead of wasting my time of driving extra 30 minutes to a store I shop online from the convenience of my own home. Let the website do the legwork now you. Not only will you be saving time, but you will saving money on gas. 

3. Focus with no interruptions. Make it a habit to focus on a project at least for 30 minutes with no interruptions. Don't take any meetings, calls, conference, if you have to turn off your blackberry. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daryl Hannah Makes a "Splash" at The White House!

Some people will do anything to get noticed. Maybe she will get a guest spot on a show on the CW network!

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Daryl Hannah arrested at White House protest

Actress Daryl Hannah has appeared in several films, including

Washington (CNN) -- Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested Tuesday during a sit-in in front of the White House protesting a pipeline expansion project that would significantly increase the amount of oil the United States imports from Canada's controversial Alberta oil sands.

The "Splash" actress was among more than 100 people arrested at the demonstration, according to the group that organized the protest.

A representative for the actress was unaware of the arrest when contacted by CNN Tuesday afternoon.

The State Department is set to issue what could be a final ruling to allow a massive new pipeline expansion from central Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. A decision is expected by the end of the year, State Department spokeswoman Heide Fulton said at a briefing last month.

Canada's oil sands have drawn numerous critics who say the way the oil is extracted harms the environment.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Why Noah Should Have Had a Final Checklist for the Ark!

17 Traits for Success

The original article is traits for a successful Real Estate Investor, but I found that they are useful for all areas.

1. Don’t Run on Random – If you want to find success in business, dedicate yourself by incorporating these five steps into each day.

  • Focus on your objective and create a plan
  • Commitment to completing the objective 100%
  • Execute the plan to complete the objective
  • Monitor & Adjust
  • Create a Standard Operating Procedure so it can be repeated

2. Learn from the Best – At SREC, we offer different levels of real estate investing coaching. The top level is reserved for the best, most successful investors. They all have the traits on this list in common, so take it to heart.

3. Take Personal Responsibility – Take personal responsibility when something unexpected arises. It’s never the other person’s fault. There is always something you can do to prepare for and prevent whatever circumstances are coming. Always feel like you’re in control. With this attitude, you will never lack the ability to handle a difficult issue, no matter how unexpected.

4. Don’t Expect Failure, But Still Plan for It – Have a backup plan, after backup plan, after backup plan. Always anticipate something going wrong at each step of the process, and put a plan in place to handle it. Work smart – don’t waste time on tasks that are not revenue producing

5. Focus on Revenue Producing Activities – The only thing that generates revenue is focused action on tasks that make money.  Always write down your revenue goal. Each of our top producing coaching clients understands how much they need to make each week to hit their monthly number.

6. Write Down Your Revenue Goal – When you write something done, it seems to have sticking power. It’s a daily reminder that works to keep us accountable.

7. Be Frugal – Avoid spending money if it can be avoided. This is especially important when your business is young. Not only do you need to create revenue, you need to be profitable. If your expenses eat up all your revenue, then that’s not a successful venture for business.

8. Strong Work Ethic – People who are looking to be successful put the time in, make the sacrifices and build upon their successes.

9. Dreamers vs. Doers – You can have a dream, but if you’re a “doer” then that dream is really a goal –– not a fantasy. You know if you’re a dreamer if you’ve had many ideas, but none have ever been realized.

10. The Big Idea – Armchair warriors don’t go far.  It’s never about the BIG idea or the great idea.  It’s about execution. No matter how big your idea is, if you don’t know how to make it happen, how to bring it to life, it’s worthless.

11. Take Personal Responsibility – Take personal responsibility when you fail. With this mindset, you seldom will actually fail. Conduct yourself with confidence and do your due diligence even when you hadn’t closed your first transaction.

12. Have to Succeed – The mindset that we’ve seen our most successful clients maintain, despite whatever challenges they faced, was that they had to succeed.  They always find ways to overcome obstacles, and you need to do this, too.

13. Enjoy Facing Challenges: Don’t Run Away – Successful investors like facing challenges; they don’t back down from any sort of challenge, no matter how imposing.

14. Define Success – Understand how to deal with failure, and they value this as part of the process. No one is successful all the time; failure is a natural part of achieving success. Our top performers make an effort to learn from every mistake, and they use this new knowledge to improve their business.

15. Boundless Curiosity – Always want to be “in the know.”  Always be in a position of learning. Avoid coming across as a know-it-all expert.

16. Never Stop Growing – The minute you think you’re an expert on something and your ego comes out, you’re at the tail end of your experience. Why? You stop seeing, stop listening, and stop learning; therefore, you stop growing. You need to be able to see new opportunities so that you can react immediately.

17. Be Humble – Successful people don’t have to boast. They let their knowledge and action speak more loudly than any words.  They know that they may not have all the answers, but it’s their secret.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Frozen Tundra Expanding!

$130 Million dollars to expand less than ten thousand in capacity? At least no tax dollars will be used.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An Apple a Day is Only Good for So long!

Every now and then we are reminded that all good things must come to an end and we must move on. I hope Apple can and maybe they already have.

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Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

After several years of failing health and medical leaves of absence, Steve Jobs today announced, "I hereby resign as CEO of Apple."

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation "to the Apple board of directors and the Apple community." "Unfortunately, that day has come.

"I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee," Jobs added. "As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple."

In a separate release, Apple noted that Cook was, in fact, named CEO, Jobs was elected chairman of the board and Cook was added to the company's board.

"Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's board. "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as chairman of the board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."

Since 2004, Jobs has battled pancreatic cancer, had a liver transplant and taken multiple leaves of absence from Apple, though he, himself, has released few details of his health struggles.

Jobs, the mastermind behind the iPad, iPod, iPhone, iTunes and so much more of the iconic company's identity, has become an iconic figure in popular technology.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Quote of the Day!

Funny but true!

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Drugs have taught an entire generation of Americans the metric system.

P. J. O'Rourke
US humorist & political commentator (1947 - )


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Note to People: Church Off a Railroad Track With a Trailer In the Back is Bad!

There are so many aspects to this story that are creepy, and there so many things that should have been red flags(flares) that trouble was near. Wake up people!!!

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South Carolina Preacher Charged With Kidnapping, Rape

LADSON, S.C. –  Dale Richardson was saved at a tent revival 32 years ago, was called to preach the Lord's word in 2006 and, for the past year, had served as pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church, a modest red brick structure on a South Carolina side road running along a railroad track.

Now he's in jail, charged with kidnapping and raping three women at gunpoint -- two of them in a trailer behind the church -- and kidnapping a fourth who was not sexually assaulted.

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Girl Struck by Lightning Twice While in Shower(Duh)!

I am going to sound a tad insensitive, but since nobody died in this story here it goes.

As you read the through the story you will find that the young girl who struck by lightning(twice) almost deserved it.

NEWSFLASH!!: Don't take a shower during a THUNDERSTORM!

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Swedish girl zapped by lightning twice

A 12-year-old girl in Gothenburg was struck by lightning twice while taking a shower during a thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.

After dinner 12-year-old Alice went downstairs in the basement to take a shower when her parents heard her scream.

Seconds prior to the child’s outburst two loud claps of thunder had suddenly cracked outside and the rain began to pour.

Alice had been struck by lightning in the arm but her parents did not immediately understand what had happened.

The child’s mother, Cecilia Svensson, immediately went downstairs and began to help wash her daughter’s hair when Alice screamed for the second timed.

“She screamed again. She was holding the metal shower hose while rinsing off,” Svensson, who at this point still did not understand what was happening, told local newspaper Göteborgstidningen (GT).

Peyton Manning Out, Favre In?

Lockout over, preseason in full swing you would think there would be more important things to talk about: But No! Please bring up more Brett Favre talk(sarcasm)! But it does make you wonder how hurt is Peyton Manning?

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As we wrote earlier this afternoon, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account that he was in Brett Favre's hometown, but the quarterback's agent says he has not heard of any interest from the Colts according to the Associated Press.

The 41-year-old Favre retired in the offseason after a 20-year career and lives in Hattiesburg. Irsay sent a tweet on Sunday saying "Brad, I'm in Hattiesburg ... is it right or left at the Firechief?"

Favre's longtime agent Bus Cook said he hadn't spoken with the quarterback in a few days, but the "last time I saw him he was on his tractor mowing the back forty."

Through a spokesman, Colts' general manager Chris Polian declined comment on Irsay's tweet.


Life is Complete! "The Man From Atlantis" is Available on DVD!

For all those who have faint memories of their childhood!

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Man from Atlantis

Back in the summer of 1977 if you went to the public pool
that I frequented, you'd see a lot of young boys (especially yours
diving underwater and moving around like they were having an epileptic
seizure. We weren't having fits, we were
trying to swim link Mark Harris, the Man from Atlantis.
The series started off with not one, not two,
but four made-for-TV movies that were rated highly enough to earn the
concept a
weekly TV series. After that lengthy
trial, you'd assume that the show would get solid ratings.
That wasn't the case. A lower
budget, silly scripts and a villain
who was featured way to often doomed the show to only 13 episodes.

Still fondly remembered (and featuring Dallas
star Patrick Duffy in the title role) the show is at long last
available on
DVD-R from Warner Archives. There are
two sets, the four TV movies and the entire weekly series, and both are
viewing, especially the first collection. (Click on the cover images above to be taken to the Warner Archives page to order them.)


Prosecutors Shot at Clemens in Jeopardy?

I tend to agree with the notion that the Government has wasted time and money pursuing purjury chages, but how can the Defense claim Double Jeopardy if the first trial was declared a mistrial?

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Prosecutors want another shot at Clemens trial

WASHINGTON (AP)—Prosecutors pursing a perjury conviction against baseball
star Roger Clemens acknowledge they made a critical error that ultimately doomed
their high-profile trial but asked a judge for another chance to convict the
pitching standout of lying about using performance-enhancing drugs.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia filed arguments
Friday disputing Clemens’ position that a second trial would violate his
constitutional protection against double jeopardy by making him face the same
charges twice. The filing is the prosecutors’ first public admission of fault in
the mistrial and first explanation of what went wrong.

They said it was an oversight that they showed jurors evidence that U.S.
District Judge Reggie Walton had ruled inadmissible—evidence that the
defendant’s teammate told his wife that Clemens had admitted using
performance-enhancing drugs.


It's Time to Amplifly!

Hopefully will allow me to post more about ideas and interests I find surfing the web.

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Use Amplify to clip, share & spark conversation

about excerpts from articles, blog posts, tweets

or anything else you read on the web.
  • You can easily share anything you Amplify on Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, Wordpress, Tumblr,

    Google Buzz, Friendfeed and many more social networks and blogs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bummin Cousins Episode 10: George Foreman Grills The Lost Continent of Mu!

Time once again to join the Bummin Cousins for another fun episode of information you need to know before shopping at Second hand or Thrift stores. With your hosts The Bummin Cousins, Peter A. Clay and Jim Reid.

Click here to listen or right click it to download!

In this episode:
Jim finally picks up a George Foreman Grill!
Should someone replace an old record player by going Bummin or simply replace a needle?
Pete picks up James Churchward's "The Lost Continent of Mu"!
Is the 6 o'clock news trying to get you to stay away from Thrift Stores with Bed Bugs?
A shout out to the website Everyday Threads and the sites new page "Thrift Store Finds!"
Plus Jim and Pete review The Roku Box!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Me and My Roku Episode 4: Cruncyroll Makes Me Crackle a Vibraphone!

In this episode host Peter A. Clay discusses how much he still loves his Roku box, and how it saved his Christmas Eve!

Click here to listen or right click it to download!

Also Peter reviews new Roku channels:


Radioaffliction Classics with The Bummin Cousins: Delightfully Weird Streaming!

The Bummin Cousins Peter A. Clay and Jim Reid are back with a wonderful podcast about the things found in Thrift Stores and Flea Markets. Cl...