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Props To everyone who is helping someone this Holiday Season! From the Anonymous people who have been paying off people’s Layaway bills, those who are helping out in homeless shelters, those who are donating to charities, We give you a hearty Well Done! Giving is the true Spirit of Christmas, whether it’s Giving of time. money, or effort! Your names may not be known, but your actions will be!
With today’s death of North Korea’s Kim-Il Sung, Several dictators have been overthrown, killed, or teetering on verge of collapse:
Quadaffi-Overthrown and shot to death
Mubarak-Overthrown, On trial, faces death penalty
Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen-Forced From Office
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia-Forced From Office
Assad of Syria-On the verge of being overthrown, not going down without a fight
This shows you that people are getting tired of being strong-armed by ruthless, violent leaders, and will fight to the end, willing to give their lives. There are several more who may face the same treatment in the coming year.
Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow Is Having Quite A Ride! He’s 7-1 As A Starter, With several come from behind wins. He is hitting on less then %50 of his passes, but he has a 13-1 TD To INT Ratio, and is one of the top rushing qbs. He is becoming one of the qbs who his team knows that any given game, He’ll give you a chance to win. Plus, he is a fine witness of the Christian faith, and has impressed everyone with how he shrugs off all the criticism. If he can improve on his passing, look out! He will be a star for a long time!
The cremated remains of several of our dead soldiers were dumped into a landfill with garbage. What disrepect. These men and women died for their country and this is how they’re repaid? Who ever was responsible for this needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY!
Reading about a church in Kentucky who told an interracial couple they couldn’t participate in church activities or become members. Some Christians they are! Love knows no boundaries, no color, race, or nationalities. God has to be very disappointed in them. If this writer were a member of this church, he would have left immediately!
Here Is an article about an 8 year old who was taken away from his Mom because he weighed 200 plus pounds. Do you agree with this? This should be only used as a measure of last resort, in this writer’s humble opinion. Weight loss is a tricky thing. If this Mom had been feeding him garbage all the time, not getting him exercise, then maybe he needed to be taken out of the home while he mother got counseling and help. But if he had been genetically predisposed to being big, well that is a whole different matter. Perhaps Mom could be taught to reduce his portions and make healthier meals.
by Katharine Royal on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 12:33pm
I've been given a lot of interesting topics to blog about for the next few days/weeks and, for me, the one that has hit home most so far is whether a person can be a bully without necessarily even realizing that their behavior could be categorized that way. The answer, quite simply, is YES.
Allow me to explain. So many times, when people hear the word bullying they think of the big kid in the schoolyard or in the halls at school that shakes smaller kids down for lunch money, knocks them up against lockers, calls them names, etc. It's EASY to understand this kind of behavior as bullying. That said, there are MANY other types of bullying that go on today beyond even just name calling and physical harm to another.
For instance, have you ever been in the supermarket, school, the mall, even at church, and seen and heard people talking about what somebody was wearing, what they looked like, or something they did in a negative way? Maybe it was a remark about the person's weight. Maybe it was the way their voice sounded or their word choice, and maybe it was a wardrobe malfunction they may not have known about. Making jokes about such things, even if the person in question doesn't see to be able to hear you, is a form of bullying.
So where is the line between good natured ribbing and bullying? Well, ask yourself this question. Does the person involved think it's funny; or as the old saying goes, are they being laughed at, or laughed with? If the person doesn't know they are being talked about, they can't be laughing with you. If they do know, do they seem uncomfortable? Sometimes people will laugh out of uncomfortability, not because they are really finding the situation funny. If you're not sure, don't do it. If you don't know if the person finds it funny, err on the side of not wanting to be a bully.
Going along with this, there are two specific phrases I hear used again and again that have become so ingrained in some people's vocabulary that they don't even seem to realize they are saying them....and yet this language is VERY bullying language.
First, likely everyone has heard people describe things or people as "gay" and not meant by that that it's a person who loves somebody of the same gender. "Gay" is a word that sadly often get used to mean stupid, lame, effeminate, dorky, etc. When this word is used to mean anything other than a person who loves somebody of the same gender, it's offensive and is bullying behavior. Same with another all too common one that even I find myself slipping into every now and again; the blonde jokes. They've been around for decades, and are normally in good fun. It's easy not to even think of jokes like that in terms of bullying, but truly there are a great many people who are very offended by the thought that people consider others less intelligent because of something as trivial as hair color.
Lastly in the word department for the moment is one that's gained wide-spread attention of late due to members of the cast of Glee -- the word "retard" or "retarded."
Up until fairly recently these were words used by doctors to descraibe a medical condition affecting somebody's mental abilities. Most medical professionals stopped using these words a short time ago largely as a result of all the stigma that has grown from them.
Much like the usage of the word "gay," "retarded" and "retard" are VERY overused in society. Even in casual conversation, it gets thrown around by people to describe anything from a silly behavior to somebody perceived to be stupid. Along with it's usage are often phrases like "window licker" and "short bus"....even at times references to helmets and the pointed use of the word "special."
Most people when they say things like this, like with the word "gay" aren't really meaning that the person in question has a medical condition that affects their cognitive function. That said, as somebody who DOES have a medical classification which led to that word being one I was called frequently growing up, I know first hand how damaging it is. Most people, when they say it in a casual, "joking" context are merely meaning "that was a silly thing to do" or "that was something that didn't seem to make a lot of sense that person did." However, for so many things perceived as negative to be referred to by the use of a name originally intended to classify people with a disability is quite damaging to many people who hear the words being thrown around so casually.
So here's the simple thing you can do. Realize EVERYONE messes up. Heck, I still say things all too often that I then catch myself on and realize it could easily have hurt somebody even if it didn't mean it hurtfully. You'll never be perfect.
That said, you CAN and SHOULD do your best. You have a cheat sheet here. Even if you just start by trying your hardest simply to avoid the things mentioned here, you're off to a GREAT start. Don't beat yourself up if you mess up, just be mindful. It may help to have a group of friends to hold one another accountable on these things. They may seem minor to you, but stopping the use of words and phrases and behaviors like this will likely help save a life.
On November 7, 18-year-old Ashley Billasano tweeted 144 times, over a span of more than six hours, about the horrific sex abuse and molestation she had been enduring for years. Recently, people from Child Protective Services told Ashley they did not believe her claims that she had been sexually abused and forced into prostitution by a family member. As happens with many victims of abuse who can’t get the help they need, Ashley could no longer mentally cope. When not even one of her 500 followers responded to her desperate pleas on Twitter, she suffocated herself.
Ashley is not the first person to turn to social networks as a last cry for help. In 2009, a Twitter user from San Jose, California sent a Tweet to Demi Moore threatening suicide. Moore replied to their tweet and added: “hope you are joking.” At the time, Moore only had 370,000 followers, but many of those followers saw Moore’s tweet and helped contact authorities in San Jose, who were able to locate the Twitter user and take him into protective custody.
Unfortunately, it is more typical for social media users to ignore, or not know how, to react to suicidal messages posted on Twitter or Facebook — especially when the message is a result of bullying and a teenager might be afraid to respond to another for fear of backlash against their own reputation. Dozens of children and teenagers die every year as a result of suicide because of bullying, whether it starts at school or online. In today’s Web 2.0 world many of these children — like Ashley — have an expansive social network. But when they need help, when they are desperate for just anyone to listen or care — will you?
Knowing how to respond to a suicidal message on Facebook or Twitter is critical to help save lives. You don’t actually need to know the right words to talk them off of their proverbial ledge. However, if you respond to the person in crisis and assure them that there is someone who wants to talk to them, which can be either you or a person at a crisis center, and be prepared with a a phone number that they can call for help, you just might be able to save their life.
Amanda Lehner, online communications manager for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, advises that social media users take every threat they see on Twitter and Facebook seriously and first try to identify their location first. If you know where they are, try to contact their local emergency department and have them respond — the person may have already tried to physically harm themselves. If you don’t know where they are located, the next best thing is providing the person with a crisis hotline that can listen to and talk with the person. Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is one such crisis hotline and an operator there will direct the person to their local crisis center, where someone will talk with them and help them find medical care. (If the person is not in the US, Befrienders is an international suicide prevention resource that can help you find a crisis hotline for anyone around the world.)
If you do see a suicidal message on Twitter or Facebook, be sure you at least do something to help. In fact, the chances are that the more followers or friends a person has, the more unlikely someone is to do something due to the bystander effect, which theorizes that the more people witness an assault or accident, the less likely anyone is to help the victim, since everyone thinks someone else will react. The more friends and followers also means the more likely the suicidal message will get swept away by other messages in their friends’ feeds. If you don’t feel comfortable offering your own voice as help, or you are afraid you will say something that will further aggravate their emotions, be sure you provide them with a resource that can help them — or at least try to figure out how to provide their local authorities with enough information for emergency services to provide the immediate help they desperately need.
And while knowing how to respond to suicidal messages is critical to save lives, social media users must start responding to the warning signs that a “friend” might be sad and depressed before they arrive at a state of total despair. Social network users are overwhelmed with incoming messages and media, and many users acquire thousands of friends and followers whom they’ve never met and don’t personally care about (and vice versa). When users look to their social networks for attention, validation, or someone to just listen, they often won’t find it because their message gets lost amongst the others. Will you know when your friends are going through a tough time — or even when they hit rock bottom? Social media users need to clear out the clutter if they want to be able to read the warning signs of a friend in trouble — let alone know when to react when they have hit rock bottom.
If you are looking for more help, either for yourself or a friend, consider visiting To Write Love on Her Arms, which provides a list of additional lifelines and resources. Other great resources include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and SAVE.
Reading about Bob And Michelle Duggar, the reality tv stars who are the parents of 19 with 1 on the way. Why would anyone want to have 20 kids? I know that they are religious people, and good family people, so that’s probably one reason. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as they’re doing it because they want to have a big family, and not because they want to take advantage of the system. It used to be that large families were the norm, but these days. with all the economic problems, is it feasible? A large number of pregnancies has got to put a strain on a woman’s body. Here’s hoping that they have a healthy baby!
Joe Paterno was right when he said he should have done more. Even if he didn’t understand what his graduate assistant said he saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky doing with a 10 year old kid in the shower at the Penn State locker room, he should have at least did some investigating. As for the other times he was told, and told his bosses, he could have at least checked back in a few days and seen if they had done anything, and call the police if the hadn’t. Technically, he did the right thing, but morally, he really should have followed up. He, the college president, the 2 officials who were charged with perjury, the grad assistant, and anyone else involved should be ashamed with their actions. Hopefully Mr. Sandusky will get the book thrown at him, and spend the rest of his life in jail. Also, let’s not forget the kids: They were between 8 and 13 when this happened. NO kid should have to go through abuse, especially at the hands of an adult that they trusted. Hopefully, they can/are getting therapy for this, and they can have a good life.
Us Generation Xer’s are not as lazy, shiftless, depressed, and everything else we’ve been called. According to a survey, we have good jobs, had a good college education, and have a good outlook on life, have pleanty of friends, and unlike our parents, have had better success at marriage. So back at ya, old folks!
What do you think about our troops finally leaving Iraq? If the Iraquis are ready to take care of them selves, then it should be time for us to leave. Hopefully, the new leadership will be able to resist the influences of Iran and Al queda. This war has been 10 years, millions of dollars, and thousands dead. Was it worth it?
Do you think that the Occupy Wall Street movement will become a force as powerful as the Tea Party has become? The Middle Class and poor are getting tired of the rich getting richer and them getting less and less. It’s a shame that our country is getting this way. Can anything be done?
Detroit Tigers over NY Yankees in4: After CC Sabathia, there is no pitching for the Yankees.
Texas Rangers Over Tampa Bay Rays in 4 : Too Much Power for the Ray’s Pitching to overcome
Philadelphia Phillies Over St. Louis Cardinals in 3: The Best Pitching in Baseball will shut down Pujols and Co.
Milwaukee Brewers Over Arizona Diamondbacks in 4: Prince and Co. will mash the ball hard.
Another member of the party of family values has been busted! Illinois congressman Joe Walsh was recently hauled into court by his ex wife for not paying over $100,000 in child support payments. He was supposed to appear personally in court, but didn’t. When asked by the judge why he wasn’t there, his lawyer said it was because he was a member of Congress. Also, he lost his driver’s license for not having insurance. Why a bench warrant wasn’t issued for his arrest, I’ll never know. People, no matter if your rich or poor, politician or whatever, an obligation is an obligation, Meet it!
There are 2 executions scheduled for today. In Texas, one of the men convicted of dragging James Byrd to death will die. In Georgia, Troy Davis, convicted of killing a cop, is also scheduled to die, even though 7 of the 9 witnesses who fingered him have recanted. So do you think that Mr. Davis’ the execution should be at least delayed while the facts are analyzed. It won’t hurt anything. If he’s guilty, he’ll be executed. If the evidence is reanalyzed and found wanting, he’ll be a free man. That is the problem with the death penalty, you don’t have %100 proof in all cases.
It’s been 10 years since that day that changed the US. Do you remember where you were? How you felt? If you were like most of us, you probably were totally shocked and in a fog for days. Then you were both sad and outraged. It was good to see at least for a while the country come together, especially after the 2000 Presidential election. We were no longer Democrats or Republicans, Christians, Jews, or other religions, we were Americans. We wanted to get the man who ordered the attacks, not knowing that it would take 10 years, lots of lives lost, and 2 wars that are still going on. We tried to believe that not all Muslims agreed with the extremists. Then after a while, the novelty went away. Political divisions are back, those who opposed expanding the war were called unpatriotic (it should be considered unpatriotic not to voice opposition if done calmly), all Muslims are being painted with the same brush as the terrorists, and we seem to be more divided then ever. Hopefully, someday, we will have some sort of unity in this country.
Watching a trial on Tru TV dealing with an 8 year old who was allowed to shoot an uzi at a gun show, something went wrong, and the kid ended up shooting the back of his head off. Would you allow your 8 year old to shoot an automatic weapon? Maybe a single shot .22 or something, but not an uzi or any other automatic weapon! The put up too much recoil that a kid that small just doesn’t have the strength to handle. Just letting you know, despite my views, this is NOT an anti gun post. My Dad is a hunter and has several guns. I have no problem with responsible gun ownership!
You hear lots of bad news these days, but there is some good out there. Like the lady who was paralyzed due to a pool accident caused by horsing around at her bachlorette party who finally tied the knot after a year of rehab, and the kids whos soldier father surprised them by returning from Afghanistan and coming to their school, and the wife who won a contest to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame and her soldier husband had secretly returned and disguised himself in umpire’s gear, surprising her at the game.
Sometimes, the course of History can be changed if something different happens. Suppose how things in our country would have went if…
1: George Washington decided to stay in retirement at Mount Vernon and declined either to lead the Continental Army in 1775 or accept the presidency in 1789.
2: After the South seceded, they either won the Civil War, or the North decided to say “Seeya” and peace was made, and there were 2 countries.
3: Had Lincoln survived, would Reconstruction had have been easier? Or would the Radical Republicans impeached him for his leniency towards the South as they actually did to Andrew Johnson.
4: Had the election of 1876 not been stolen by the Republicans, how would a Tillman presidency been?
5: Had the Republicans not been divided in 1912, could Taft, If reelected, or Teddy Roosevelt if his campaign been sucessful prevented the US from entering World War 1?
6: If FDR had been defeated for reelection in 1936 or decided not to run for a 3rd term in 1940, could his successors have kept us out of WW2?
7: Had FDR not died in April 1945, would he have authorized the dropping of the Atomic Bombs?
8: Suppose we had not dropped the Bomb, and we had to invade Japan, how much time would it have taken and how many lives would have been lost?
9: If JFK had not been shot,and served 2 terms, would Viet Nam have ended earlier? Civil Rights legistation passed? would we have had Nixon elected in 1968?
10: If not for Iran, would we be saying “Ronald Who?”
11: see no 4, Change it to 2000 election, how would Al Gore have been as president?
12: If not for 9/11 would GW Bush been reelected?
The Possibilities are endless..
The Death of Amy Winehouse is another in the list of Celebrities who have died from drug and alcohol abuse. Why is it they have the need to get high? Stress? Pressure? This should be a wake up call to kids to insist on being fans of these people, and want to imitate them.
This week, Most of the US has been enveloped by extremely high temperatures.
Here are some tips to keep you safe and comfortable:
Drink Plenty of Water
If you jog or run, do it in the morning or evenings when it’s cooled down
If you have to mow your lawn, do it in the morning or evening
If you don’t have air conditioning, go somewhere that does, like the movies, a store
And of course, don’t go out if you don’t need to or have health problems!
Like it or not, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the Murder of her 2 year old Daughter Caylee. The American Justice System worked to perfection, though. The Prosecution and Defense showed their witnesses and evidence, the jury weighed the evidence, and found the prosecution lacking. There was simply not enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey did it. Like it or not, that is how our system is supposed to work. If you don’t like it, try getting the Constitution changed. There were no winners in this case. Little Caylee is still dead, a family and a state torn apart. Some advice to Casey: Keep your nose clean, because everyone will be watching your every move. Quit partying, lay off the men, and try to make amends with your family, if possible.
One thing I can’t stand is people who you have to walk on eggshells around. There are people who make mountains out of molehills, and any little thing you say sets them off. They can be jealous that their lives are bad compared to other people’s (Or at least that’s what they think) , they also think that criticism is abuse, and also, they constantly say that people are out to get them, and when they move, they accuse their new neighbors of doing the exact same things. They are never happy about anything. What do you do about those people? At some point, do you tell them “Listen, life is not fair, get over it and get on with your life?
Casey Anthony has thrown her family under the bus! Not a bus, but an Optimus Prime sized 18 wheeler. She either hates her family so much that she’d let them take the blame for her crimes, or they’re too dumb enough to realize what’s going on. Personally, If I had been accused by my Daughter of molesting her, then helping cover up the accidental death of my Grand Daughter, and I knew that I had done neither, I would disown her in a heartbeat. And I would also disown my Wife and Son for expecting me to fall on my sword and take the blame. This puts the dysfunction in dysfunctional family
Note to Anthony Wiener:
Why did you decide to ruin your career and possibly your marriage by sending out lewd pics to women via Twitter? You have some serious problems! Didn’t you learn anything by what happened to your fellow New Yorker Chris Lee? You should resign from the House as soon as possible. Since your Wife is pregnant with your first child, you don’t need the pressures of office to interfere with an attempt to fix your marriage, and become a better husband and parent.
After watching the Defense’s opening statement in the Casey Anthony case, What ever happened to Personal Responsibility? Too many people use excuses to try to get out of paying the price for their crimes or mistakes. Just because you had a bad childhood, were abused, your parents didn’t treat you right, or any other number or excuses, that’s no reason to not be punished. Just man up and admit your mistakes. Cover ups usually get you in more trouble then the original action. There are lots of people who have had bad things happen to them and don’t use it as a cruch!
With the arrest of now former IMF President Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York this week on rape charges, it confirms the statement that no man is above the law. No matter how rich you are, what political position you hold, or what other station in life you hold, the law is the law! You do the crime, no amount of money or fame should make you immune from prosecution. On the flip side, just because you’re poor does not mean that you can’t have legal help if you’re accused of a crime.
This week begins the Casey Anthony trial. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this case, Casey Anthony is a Florida woman on trial for the 2008 murder of her 2 year old daughter Caylee. Casey has a lot of things going against her. First, she waited 1 month before she told anyone that Caylee was missing. Second, She is a total liar. She came up with this story that the Nanny was the kidnapper, and a lot of other falsehoods. Also, she is a thief, having swiped money from both her Grandmother and her best friend. And third, she has as a lawyer a guy who is only looking for publicity, not someone you want representing you in a death penalty case. But, he’ll be a miracle worker if he can pull it out. Even though she’s considered innocent until proven otherwise, if this isn’t a slam dunk case, what is? Though that’s what they said about OJ…..
You gotta give props to everyone involved in the operation to get Osama. From the President who authorized it, to the Intel agents who tracked him down and got confirmation that it was Bin Laden, to the Navy SEALS that carried out the strike. The 2 amazing things where that secrecy was totally maintained until after the deed was done, and that the only American loss was a copter. It’s good that Bin Laden is dead, but vigilance needs to be maintained. There are still terrorists out there gunning for us, and Al Quaida will be out for revenge because of the loss of their leader. We can’t let our guard down one bit!
Some people are so obsessed with having someone and being married that they will pick the first person that looks nice at them. Desperation should never be an option. Some people are just not marrying material. they have all assorted issues that make a relationship difficult or impossible to maintain. THINK BEFORE YOU LEAP! It will save you a lot of grief!
It seems like these days, people of different religions have a hard time getting along with each other. Some of the more extreme members of all faiths think that they are better then everyone else, and those that don’t believe they way they do are trash and don’t deserve to live. If they all sat down and had a deep discussion, it’s possible that these groups could find that there is a lot that they do agree with. Also, respect is needed! Just because a person is a member of a certain religious group or has no faith at all does not mean that they are a bad person. Just something to think about….
Goes to anyone that says a woman that gets raped Had it coming to her because she dressed or acted in a certain way. And we wonder why a lot of rapes go unreported! No one should have to go through that. It’s like having to go through the experience all over again.
The 90’s certainly were an interesting decade! What were some of your memories of back then? Here’s some of the historical events:
First Gulf War
1st World Trade Center attack
Rise of the Internet
Lots of great movies
Lots of Great Song
What are some of the events in your life that you remember?
1n ‘92 we moved to West VA
In 97 I became a Christian
People, if you’re in a checkout line at the store, please don’t have your ear stuck to your cell phone while the cashier is trying to tell you something. And also please, keep your kids under control! It’s just a bit of courtesy. Cashiers are always getting yelled at, so please, show some respect!
With Charlie Sheen’s latest meltdown, do you think its’ possible that an addict can be beyond hope? He has totally lost it. A person can only be helped if he wants help!
Here are a couple comments from our listeners:
From Aimee: No, but they need to bottom-out first, and he's bottoming-out, he's just doing it with an audience.
From Karen:personally i don't think he is at his end yet..he gloats on all the media attention-and the attention his mistresses are still giving him. take it all away from sheen-then let's see how he responds..he still has some money-house-limos-nice clothes etc.
By Jean Folger
updated 2/24/2011 10:37:26 AM ET 2011-02-24T15:37:26
Improving fuel economy not only saves drivers money, it also benefits the environment by releasing fewer emissions into the air and reduces a nation's dependence on oil and oil imports. Reducing the amount of driving we do — by carpooling, using public transportation and combining trips — has the greatest effect on how much gas each person uses. That said, there are many ways to improve fuel economy when we do drive. These primarily involve driving more efficiently and making sure our cars are properly maintained.
Go easy on the pedals
Speeding, braking and rapid acceleration waste gas. Depending on the type of vehicle, poor driving habits can negatively affect fuel economy between 5 percent and 33 percent. Based on the current national average of $3.12 per gallon (for regular gasoline), driving sensibly, and not like a race car driver, can lead to an equivalent gas savings of between 16 cents and $1.03 per gallon.
Gas mileage decreases above 60 miles per hour. According to fueleconomy.gov, for every five miles per hour that exceeds 60 mph, drivers pay an equivalent of about 24 cents more for each gallon of gas. While each vehicle has its own optimal speed for fuel efficiency, speeding can result in 7 percent to 23 percent reduced fuel economy. Driving at slower speeds can save 21 to 71 cents per gallon.
Leave extras at home
An additional 100 pounds in your car can reduce gas mileage by up to 2 percent. The reduction is relative to the vehicle's weight: Smaller vehicles are more affected by increased weight than larger ones. For every 100 pounds in extra weight, plan on spending up to 6 cents more per gallon.
Use cruise control (when appropriate)
According to Edmunds.com, using cruise control under appropriate conditions (avoiding use during especially hilly terrain) can improve fuel economy by up to 14 percent. That's a savings of about 43 cents per gallon.
Turn off the car
Idling gets zero miles per gallon and collectively consumes several billion gallons of fuel per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The California Energy Commission advises that vehicles should be turned off if the expected wait will be longer than 10 seconds, since an idling vehicle can burn as much as one gallon of gas each hour. Turning the car off can save about 5 cents per minute.
Check tire pressure
A little bit of vehicle maintenance can go a long way in improving gas mileage. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.25 billion gallons of gasoline — approximately 1 percent of total consumption — are wasted each year on underinflated tires. Tires can lose about 2 pounds per square inch per month. Each tire that is underinflated by 10 psi reduces fuel economy by about 3.3 percent. Four tires that are underinflated by 10 psi, then, would reduce a vehicle's fuel economy by a substantial 10 percent at an added cost of 31 cents per gallon.
Follow the guidelines in your vehicle's owner's manual (these recommendations also appear on a sticker inside the driver's side door jamb) — and not what is stamped onto the tire itself.
Replace spark plugs
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence indicates that bad spark plugs can decrease fuel economy by up to 30 percent, and can cost drivers up to about 94 cents per gallon at today's prices. If a car's gas mileage suddenly drops, there's a good chance it's because of misfiring spark plugs.
Misaligned tires drag instead of roll freely. Improper alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent — about 31 cents per gallon. In addition, the tires can wear out more quickly. Tires that are out of balance (symptom: vibration in the steering wheel) can cause uneven tire wear, which can result in lower gas mileage. Tires should be balanced and rotated according to the vehicle's owner's manual to improve tire performance and fuel economy.
Fill your tank early in the morning or late at night
Fuel is dispensed by volume. If you fill your tank when it is coolest outside — early in the morning or late at night, and avoid the heat of the day — the fuel will be more dense. As a result, you will get more gas for the same amount of money.
Reducing the amount of driving we do, whether it's by carpooling or foregoing an unnecessary trip, is perhaps the most effective way to decrease the amount of gas that each person uses and make fill-ups at the gas station last longer. Proactive steps can be taken to improve fuel efficiency by paying attention to and changing gas-guzzling driving habits, and following a vehicle's maintenance schedule. Improved gas mileage is good for you, good for your car and good for the environment.
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Replace the leadfoot with cruise control and pay attention to your tires
Disagree with his politics or not, It took lots of courage for Senator Scott Brown to reveal that he had an abusive childhood. Not only was he beaten by various stepfathers, he was molested by a camp counselor. We can only imagine how tough it was for him to keep it all to himself for over 40 years. Hopefully, his story will inspire those going through similar things to speak out, and make sure they get the help they need, and also so that the perpitrators can be punished.
Here is an article about Malyia Jeffers, a 2 year old girl who lost bot of her legs and a hand due to an infection. She probably would be OK now if the ER had not waited 5 hours to see her. Because of this malpractice, she will be maimed for life. Her parents are suing the hospital, and hopefully, they’ll get the hospital for all they can get!
1: Say you’re a divorced lobbyist, when in actuality you’re married with a kid.
2: Advertise in Craigslist that you’re looking for a woman
3: Take a totally idiotic shirtless picture of yourself with your phone and post it to craigslist.
4: Use your own personal email account with your real name to converse with the lady who bit on your ad.
Smart move, Chris!
Here’s The Pertinent text:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
This was passed right after the Civil War To Say that former Slaves were citizens. Do you think it needs to be changed so that children of illegal immigrants do not automatically become citizens? Maybe it does.
Of Martin Luther King Jr. this week, what do you think the state of race relations in the US is? Since Dr. King’s time, things have improved, but they could be better. There is still raceism and prejudice towards other races, nationalities, and sexual orientations. Will we ever have a society where people are judges on their character, and not their color?
Political speech seems to have degraded into a shouting, name calling match like a bunch of school kids. Just because we differ on political views does not necessarily mean that one person is right and the other one is wrong. A Democrat's idea might be just as good as a Republican's, though they may differ. This does not give the 2 sides the right to go calling each other's names, and stir up their followers into a frenzy. This sometimes convinces the followers that violence is the only way to get their point through. Back in the old times, Politicians respected their political rivals, and when they disagreed with them , they tried to hash our their differences, and when they couldn't, they just agreed to disagree, and let the matter rest. People of both parties should try to imitate their predecessors in that respect. The public is getting turned off by these antics. They elected their Senators and Congresspeople to do the work they're supposed to do, not bicker and act like babies.
The NFl plyoffs are here, here are Billy's Predictions for Wildcard Weekend:
Philadelphia Eagles over Green Bay Packers: Micheal Vick Will Go Wild
New Orleans Saints over Seattle Seahawks: Someone had to win the NFC West. Saints in a rout.
Baltimore Ravens over KC Chiefs: Joe Flacco and a Great Defense shut down a young KC Team
Indianapolis Colts over NY Jets: Visitors just don't win in Peyton's Place
First Round Byes; AFC: Pittsburgh, New England
NFC : Atlanta, Chicago
What do you think the top news stories from 2010 were? Here are some, not in any particular order:
Gulf Oil Spill
Trapped Miners Survive 70 Days Underground
Rise of the Tea Party
Health Care Bill
Illegal Immigration Bill In Arizona
US Starts Leaving Iraq